Return of the professional reader.

And now I have returned to the world of Netgalleying… and the first book I have to review is Jillian Spectre and the Dreamweaver, by Nic Tatano.  I’m so glad that I requested this book!

4.5

Many thanks to HarperCollins UK and HarperImpulse, via Netgalley, for letting me read this book in return for an honest review.

First off… wow. I went into this book expecting an interesting story, based on the blurb, but I also expected it to be a little on the stereotypical side of YA paranormal.

Man, was I in for a surprise! There’s really nothing stereotypical about Jillian Spectre. I mean, yes, she’s a teenage girl with awesome paranormal abilities — but unlike similar books/series, Jillian’s powers are the strongest when she works together with her three best friends. I really liked that, because instead of just one person single-handedly saving the world, it was a team effort.

There was romance in the book, but thankfully — in my opinion, anyway — it was not overdone or really the main focus of the story. Well, not entirely the main focus (and if I said any more, it would be spoiler-y). But it was a sweet romance, no “hot sex” — and that I appreciated as well.

Definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on YA paranormal. It’s a quick read, and what’s even better (IMO) is that it’s part of a series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the first book in the series (when I requested this from Netgalley, I didn’t realize that it was the second in a series). However — also in its favor — it’s fine as a standalone. Yes, I knew that there was some info I was missing from a previous book, but it wasn’t so much to the point where I didn’t understand what was happening.

Well done, Mr Tatano! I look forward to reading other books of yours!!

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