Sunday, July 27, 2014
REVIEW: The Adventures Of Jillian Spectre by Nic Tatano
Author: Nic Tatano
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: March, 2014
Genre: Teen / Young Adult
Description: Welcome to the Mystic Quarter...
Jillian Spectre knows what happens after you die because the seventeen-year-old mystic seer can see the future of her clients even after they've passed on. And that's not even her coolest power... she can be in two places at once. Problem is, her heart can only be in one.
Supernatural abilities aside, she's a typical high school senior torn between two guys. But that gets put on the back burner when she discovers the father she had long assumed was dead is actually alive, with unique powers of his own. He's a technopath, with the ability to interface his mind with technology. And he's got a plan to take down society.
Unless Jillian can stop him.
The Adventures of Jillian Spectre is the story of a very special girl who learns that the power of love is more important than supernatural powers.
My Thoughts: At first glance, Jillian Spectre is just like any other teenage girl. She attends high school, has a best friend, is crushing on several guys but can’t seem to get a boyfriend. Did I forget to mention that she has supernatural powers? In addition to being a mystic seer providing readings for people on their love lives, Jillian also learns she can literally be in two places at once. She also learns that the father she thought to be dead is not only alive, but evil with his own supernatural powers that he plans to use to destroy everything and her crystal ball isn’t going to be much help. Jillian will have to rely on her friends and their supernatural gifts if she hopes to stop her father and survive.
I really liked Jillian and her friends, Roxanne, Ryan and Jake. Learning about all of the various abilities they each have was very interesting to me. Roxanne is a muse, Ryan is a mind reader and Jake is telekinetic and their talents play a vital role in this story. Another character I really liked is Spencer Ball, an NYPD Detective who can astral project and who Jillian has given the nickname of Fuzzball. I hope to see him in future books. As a villain, I also thought Jillian’s father was interesting and has me intrigued to know more about him and see what he does next.
I thought the plot was well developed and held my interest throughout the entire book. I had empathy for the characters and was invested in getting to know them and caring about what happened to them. I loved the dialogue interchange between the characters and thought the use of the slang was character appropriate and entertaining.
My Final Verdict: Overall, this was a very good start to a series that looks to be very entertaining and interesting. I am already a fan of this author’s work and look forward to reading more from him. If the young adult genre is not your cup of tea, I recommend Boss Girl by this author.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Adventures Of Jillian Spectre from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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