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 Adiran 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.
Duplicity is the second book in the Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford. I had the opportunity to read and review Entangled, the first book, back in April, and I loved it. (You can read my review here.) This time around, Nikki sent me an ARC of Duplicity and even mentioned BlookGirll in the Acknowledgements section! Cue MAJOR fangirling! 🙂
I immediately dove into Duplicity as soon as it transferred to my Nook, because I just had to know how all of my favorite characters were doing. Did Charlene truly vanish? Would Gray stay in her new body? How would Raj and Mrs. Perez handle Gray’s body switch? Would Adrian come back to exact revenge on the council for stripping him of his powers?
Overall, Duplicity did not disappoint! Within the first few pages, I was immediately thrown into the life of Stacey Morehouse, whose body is now inhabited by Gray. What irony! Gray and Charlene wound up in the mess they’re in because Charlene was originally supposed to get rid of Stacey, but Gray got in the way. Now, Gray is in Stacey’s body and anotherGray (Lee) wakes up in Charlene’s body – in Paris! How’s that for drama?!
Taking a cue from the title, the duplicity of Gray was a little confusing at first. I had to keep reminding myself that Gray/Stacey was the “original” Gray and Lee/Charlene was the duplicate Gray. Then I had to wonder about poor Charlene! (Yes, I really felt a moment of pity for that evil twin.) Her spirit is just floating around somewhere over Paris, where she was sent to boarding school, while her body has been hijjacked by a duplicate of her sister.
As with Entangled, I really loved how spunky Gray was in Duplicity. Her internal dialogue is witty and her actions/reactions are realistic and relateable. I felt horrible for Lee, the duplicate Gray. For her, it has only been a week since she last kissed Raj. In the “real world”, however, it’s been 10 months and both Raj and Mrs. Perez have both accepted that Stacey Morehouse is now Gray. How odd, to be the same person, yet have two separate experiences and distinctly separate memories.
I was a little taken aback in the turn Raj’s character seemed to take – from swoon-worthy bad boy to careful, committed boyfriend. I did feel for him, though, when the waters became muddied in regard to his feelings for Stacey/Gray and Lee/Charlene. The kindness he extended to Lee completely charmed me. While he is much more “settled” this time around, and I hope to see more snarkiness and swagger from the Raj I’ve come to know and love in the third installment of this series.
Thankfully, when one bad boy repents, another is there to take his place. Enter Adrian Hedrick Montez, the uber bad boy fromEntangled! He’s still shrouded in mystery, and I’m still not sure what his motives are, but I was much more sympathetic to Adrian’s character in this half of the story. He’s obviously not just a trouble-maker and now I am immensely curious to learn more about his background and what his place will be in the lives of Gray and Charlene.
While I felt that the premise was a bit weaker than its predecessor, the story within Duplicitywas entertaining and kept me wanting more, more, more! The “contact” who Mrs. Perez originally made a deal with in return for Gray’s life back in Entangled makes an appearance, and man, is he/she/it CREEPY! I can’t wait to see what this “contact” has in store for the Perez/Morehouse/McKenna families in the next book.
Duplicity was an admirable follow-up to Entangled and kept me turning pages until the very end. If you’re looking for a new series full of snarky characters and magical mysteries, the Spellbound Trilogy is for you!