I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting concept and some great characters. Unfortunately, the execution just wasn't there. At just over 200 pages, it seemed as if the author had a maximum word count that they couldn't go over but was determined to include EVERYTHING. There is enough content for at least two novels crammed into this one book, and key plot points are underdeveloped in favor of adding yet another piece to the plot. Additionally, the writing style is on a middle school level but the content is high school. Overall, this promising novel tried too hard and still missed its mark.
Tatano, Nic. The Adventures of Jillian Spectre: Welcome to the Mystic Quarter. New York, HarperImpulse, 2014.