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on Aug. 06, 2013 :
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the first book, those who enjoy paranormal YA fiction
Trigger Warnings: treachery, fighting
Please note: Review will contain spoilers for book one. If you haven't read it yet, you have been warned.
My Thoughts: I was so taken with the first book that I had to immediately go out and buy the rest of the trilogy and start reading. Unfortunately I needed to do some editing, so I wasn't able to indulge myself with any more marathon reading until I finished that, thus the delay in finishing this second one. It definitely was no less enthralling and entertaining, especially watching Gray and Lee clash.
I started to develop a bit of a feel for Adrian in this book. I think there is more to him than we've seen. Maybe we'll learn more in the final book. And while she may be a super, ultra-, mega-beeeyotch, I'd like to know what became of Charlene. She can't have started out bad. While she tried to kill Stacey, succeeded in killing her sister, and then tried to purge Graylee, I just don't believe she is necessarily evil. She just was obsessed with being popular, and with Blake, and... well, I'd just like to know what happened to her.
To me, this obsession with the characters is the sign of some really good writing. If the author hasn't created characters you feel for, wonder about, and are concerned what happens to them, then she hasn't engaged the reader, and believe you me, this reader was engaged. So, if you like paranormal YA fiction, you do not want to miss the Spellbound trilogy. The final book, Enchantment, is up next.
Series Information: Spellbound trilogy
Book 1: Entangled, review linked here where formatting allowed
Book 2: Duplicity
Book 3: Enchantment, to be read next.
Disclosure: I purchased this book after loving the first in the series. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj McKenna, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian Montez. He expects one of the Grays to be his. Nearly a year later, the council is onto them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. If they work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
on Aug. 16, 2012 :
Note: This review may contain some spoilers if you've not yet read Entangled.
Duplicity is a wonderful followup to the first in Nikki Jefford's Spellbound Trilogy. Nikki's writing has clearly gotten stronger and makes this an even better read than Entangled. The story line involving the two Gray's is compelling and raises all the right questions. And poor Raj...I can't imagine how confusing that must have been for him trying to figure out how to act around both of them! I know that I had a hard time myself...alternately feeling sorry for one or the other, or rooting for one or the other!
I loved the growth that the characters demonstrated since Entangled and throughout Duplicity. The reintroduction of Adrian Montes was a pleasant surprise as he is a complex and compelling character who I hope to see more of in the final installment of this series. I also hope that we learn a little bit more about his very mysterious past.
With constant action and loads of mystery and suspense as well as plenty of fun Duplicity draws you in and doesn't let go. I thoroughly enjoyed Duplicity and recommend the Spellbound series to any YA readers looking for a fun witchy read!
Note: Duplicity does have a bit of mature content and is probably better suited to the older YA reader.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Lili Lost in a Book
on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Ten months after the occurrences in Entangled, Graylee (now known as Lee) is still trying to settle into her new life as Stacey Morehouse. However, a few days before her death anniversary, a second Gray shows up in Charlene's body. My reaction: O.O WTF?? Is that even possible? Well, apparently it is. But this second Graylee (who goes by Gray) does not have the memories of those last ten months. For her, it's only been days after her death. Everyone is confused with the two Graylee's and they don't know what to do. But Mom's "Contact" (who looks A LOT like the freakin' Grim Reaper...creepy) seems to know exactly what to do with Gray...and let's just say that it's not a good thing for her.
As if two Graylee's weren't enough trouble, Adrian the Avenger is back doing what he does best: causing trouble. But wait, there's more! The town seems to be under some sort of spell, 'cause all the witches and warlocks are having magical malfunctions (but I actually like Raj's magical malfunction ;))
I cannot begin to tell you how much I am loving this series! I am a huge fan of magic and witches (and swoon-worthy guys)! Duplicity?? More like Awesomicity! Okay, that was a fail, lol. But you get what I'm saying ;)
I really liked that there were a lot of things going on at once, yet it didn't feel overwhelming...it kept the plot interesting. I am seriously loving all the diverse characters, but having two Graylee's kinda threw me off...I mean, they're technically the same person, but they're different at the same time! I felt kinda bad for Gray, 'cause Raj was off limits for her. I found myself routing for Lee, then I found myself routing Gray, too. Now I'm just wondering what the heck is going to happen to Gray. And where in the world is Charlene?? Oh she is NOT going to be happy when she comes to (probably in another body...that's most likely French, LOL).
The story is very unique and it held my attention all the way through. I mean, how could it not when the first sentence of the book was this: Lee found it difficult to concentrate on mathematics when all she could think about was jumping her boyfriend's bones. I'm giggling even now. It was hot, hot , HOT! It wasn't overly explicit, but boy did Nikki make me blush ;)
I am super excited to find out what's going to happen in Enchantment! And....more Raj, more Raj, more Raj!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 12, 2012 :
When Nikki sent me Duplicity I immediately loaded it onto my reader and dug into it. I read Entangled (the first book in Nikki's Spellbound series) a few months back and it was a 5 star read for me. I loved the characters and the world building and have been anxiously awaiting Duplicity. We dive right back in with Graylee Perez (now Stacey Morehouse) & Raj McKenna and are thrown right into another mystery.
The characters remain strong in Duplicity, Graylee is as witty and strong headed as ever. Once again I found myself laughing out loud at her dialogue and totally connecting with her. There is a lot of Graylee Perez to go around in this novel, we have the Graylee that is in the body of Stacey (known as Lee) and we have the Graylee who is in Charlene's body (known as Gray.) This whole concept did get me confused a few times and I found myself having to re-read passages to get a clear idea of what was going on and who was in the scene. This predicament created quite the pickle for our dear Raj as he was faced with dealing with a duplicate girlfriend. In this one I found Raj to have settled down a lot, he didn't really come across as the bad boy that we met in Entangled, though he played the role of the sweet supportive boyfriend perfectly.
Taking Raj's place as the resident bad boy is Adrian Hedrick Montez. Yes, Adrian is back and in this one I found him to be a much more sympathetic character, I actually felt bad for him sometimes. Adrian plays a bigger part in this novel but his past still remains a mystery that I am dying to uncover. Mystery remains a bit part of this series and you never know exactly what is going on, it's great to watch the characters on their missions to uncover the truth.
Nikki has created another great story that is easy to lose yourself in. Though I do feel that the premise of this one was a bit weaker and harder to follow I still loved it. I definitely recommend Duplicity to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)