Book Review: Duplicity (Spellbound #2) by Nikki Jefford – Witchy Delight

Shame on me for not getting to this book sooner. I read and was highly entertained by the first in the trilogy, Entangled, last year. Why the follow up slipped through my net, I don’t know. I woke in the middle of the night recently with back pain and knew there was no getting back to sleep, so I grabbed my Kindle and got reading. I read this in a few hours, finishing about 4am. Totally distracted me from the pain – nice one!

If you haven’t read the first book, beware of SPOILERS and stuff that may not make much sense.

duplicitySince the last book, Graylee is getting along fine in Stacey’s body. She goes by Lee now. Lee’s mom is dating Stacey’s dad, so Lee gets to spend a lot of time with her mother. Her relationship with Raj is stronger than ever. All in all, life is pretty good these days. That is until her twin sister, Charlene, walks through the door claiming to be Gray. But Lee (in Stacey’s body) is Gray; she’s just in a different body. How can there be two of the same people? Are you still with me? I think I lost myself there, actually. Anyway, something magical and potentially dangerous is going on, and they figure it’s down to the dirty rotten scoundrel of a sorcerer, Adrian.

I felt for Gray. She comes back from oblivion only to find Raj happily going out with Lee. Where does she fit in? Her mother already has a version of Gray in Lee. It seems like the only one really happy to have Gray around is Adrian. The separation of Gray and Lee was very well done. Despite these two starting out as the same person, it’s made clear they’re different “entities” now. In the past year, Lee’s personality has changed a little. She’s in the body of someone else, living with Stacey’s father as Stacey, so of course she’s going to grow up and develop. Gray, however, is the same. She doesn’t have the recent life experience of Lee. She’s raw Gray – if that makes any sort of sense.

I’d love to know more about oblivion. The concept of souls isn’t explored in these books. How can there be one soul in two different bodies, and where was Gray before she suddenly puffed into existence in her sister’s body, and what are they going to do about Charlene’s soul just hovering around in France without a body? These are questions I’d like to see come into focus in the final book in the trilogy. From the sneak peek at the back of the book, we get to follow Gray in her new life in Barcelona. I visited that beautiful city last summer, so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in all things Catalan in Enchantment.

Entertaining and fast-paced, I sped through Duplicity just as I did Entangled. I liked all the characters in this book, something that rarely happens. Nikki Jefford is a talented author. Bring on book 3, Enchantment, out soon. ****

Check it out on Goodreads   &      Amazon

Do you like stories about magic and witches? Have you read any of Nikki’s books?

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23 Responses to Book Review: Duplicity (Spellbound #2) by Nikki Jefford – Witchy Delight

  1. M.S. Fowle says:

    I read the first one and loved it. I gotta make time to finish the series. Nikki is a phenomenal story teller. 🙂

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I love the cover. It sounds like a carefully plotted series. I can’t imagine the hoops the author must have jumped through crafting such a complex plot. I’m glad this distracted you from your back pain and hope you are feeling better now, Emma!

    • Emma says:

      The covers for this trilogy are simply gorgeous. I’d have trouble keeping up with all the plotlines if it were my series. These books will make you laugh, too.
      And thanks, Mae. I’m much better.

  3. Whoa! Mind. Blown. I think I followed all of this. I definitely need to read the first book because you’ve got me hooked on this book. What a compelling concept! And that cover is stunning.

    • Emma says:

      I’ve hooked you? Great stuff! And if you managed to follow my rambles, well done. I’m after re-reading this post now and some of it doesn’t make sense to me.

  4. I will definitely look up the first one! Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Christie Rich says:

    I’ve read Entangled and loved it! Somehow Duplicity slipped off my radar. Thanks for reminding me, Emma. I love Nikki’s writing, and this sounds interesting 🙂

    • Emma says:

      Slipped off my radar too, Christie. That pesky TBR list is so long, books sometimes just slip through. So glad I read this, and the third book is out next week, I think. Yippee. 🙂

  6. I’m confused, but I like the cover, and I think the idea is very meta and interesting (I think).
    Ah yes, wonderful Barclona, where a younger me mistakingly fell in love with Calamari, good times, good times.

    • Emma says:

      Yep, I’m pretty sure I left a lot of people confused. But it’s a good read.
      Calamari – no thanks. I’m very squeamish about squid and other stuff that comes from the sea.

  7. Still haven’t got around to reading Entangled. Glad book 2 got a positive review.

    • Emma says:

      Readers do tend to fear that the middle book of a trilogy won’t be great, but there were no worries here.
      Thanks for stopping by, Sheena.

  8. beckyday6 says:

    Back pain, that doesn’t sound like fun! I’m glad the book allowed you to forget about it though, definitely the sign of a riveting read. Power to the books!

  9. Debra Kristi says:

    I saw this book somewhere recently and was giving it serious though. I think you just convinced me. I must add it to my TBR. Sounds like my kind of thing. Starting with the first one, of course. Sorry you had such back pain. That’s no good. 😦 Glad you found some distraction, though.

  10. LOVE this cover. I’m going to have to bookmark this page of yours, Emma, and hopefully get to read these sometime later in the year. They sound captivating to say the least. Great review!

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