Review: The Adventures of Jillian Spectre-Nic Tatano


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cooltext1790897456 copyWelcome 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.

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***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and HarperImpulse.

There’s something special about The Adventures of Jillian Spectre in that it sucks you in and basks you in warmth. It’s carefree and magical and has the sort of lighthearted, magnetic characters that you want to see more of. 

PROS:

  • Jillian is a saucy little minx. She’s a fiery redhead with loads of sarcasm and serious confidence. She says what’s on her mind and throws caution to the wind. She makes reckless, life and death decisions that will leave you smacking your head against your e-reader while applauding her courage. Jillian is relatable. Besides having the coolest power, being able to predict and view the fate of romance for 5 years into the future, she still struggles with her own love life and is as confused about the opposite sex as the next girl. Jillian is calculated and conflicted about her father but sacrifices everything for the fate of the world. She’s truly a take charge, admirable protagonist.
  • The supernatural, the different shades of psychic and mental prowess was dazzling. From astral projection, to telekinesis, to being a muse, everything was bold, charming, and fascinating to read. 
  • The underlying message about technology and losing faith was intriguing. The idea that we’re so latched on to our devices we’re losing what makes us human, what makes us belive is a compelling and disquieting argument. As the technology interfaced with subconscious, people became more like zombies and forgot who they were in favor of what technology dictated. It’s an alarming portrait of humanity at risk.
  • Roxanne is a force. She’s a sizzling, ball of energy and wit. Sultry, sensual, and made of innuendo, Roxanne is an enigma. A good Catholic girl with a naughty sense of humor and big Italian personality. Rox insights laughter and head shaking. She’s addictive and more like a siren than a muse. ❤ Roxanne doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, she’s above all the drama and puts people in their place. 
  • Roxanne and Jillian’s friendship is golden. It’s what best friends are made of. Understanding and perfect symmetry.
  • Ryan and Jake each have a heart-throb persona. They’re gorgeous, alluring and while Jake is a bad boy with a tendency to play with emotions, Ryan is clueless, adorably so when it comes to feminine charms. 

CONS:

  • The danger and urgency was subtle. All of the pieces were there but they we’re in the forefront and for that reason, the anxiety was muted. 
  • The general set up of the borough of psychics (the Mystic Quarter) wasn’t fleshed out. A little more insight into the various powers and the weight of each psychic’s role would have been helpful in positioning Jillian in this larger scope. Also, the Summit. There’s not much detail in what they do or what it looks like from the inside. While this does add to the mystery and sort of untouchable, clandestine mystique of the higher-ups, it left a lot of questions. 

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