Monday, June 25, 2012

The Shapeshifters Secret

Title: The Shapeshifters Secret
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pub Date:  June 12th, 2012
Author: Heather Ostler
Received From: NetGalley
The Shapeshifter's Secret

She tried telling herself to stop, but it was useless. Something had fully claimed her mind and body. A sound began to erupt from inside her chest, a deep sort of growl that seized her entire being. She felt as if there was a grizzly bear inside her, trying to escape. And then a deafening roar echoed from her mouth, only inches away from Lancer’s face. It took everything inside of her not to attack him.
In Julia’s life, timing is everything. Like the time her paranoid father put bars on her window so she wouldn’t sneak out at night—even though she’s never given him a reason not to trust her. Or the time this weird new kid showed up at her school and pretty much every girl in sight instantly and inexplicably fell in love with him. What was up with that?
But as time moves on, things in Julia’s life go from strange to seriously impossible. Now it’s all she can do to keep herself and the life she’s always known from falling apart.
This fast-paced action-adventure story is packed with humor, romance, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very last page. Get lost in a world of hidden royalty, shifting alliances, and dangerous vendettas, but don’t ever forget: nothing is what it seems.

The Shapeshifters Secret from first glance and beginning reading is one of a popular genre of books,  of coming to know your life in the height of finding out who you really are. Similar to both the Harry Potter and the Hex Hall series. Julia is a 16 year old girl who finds out that she has something different coming for her life than she expected. The gift of being a shapeshifter and the curse of being a target. While some reviews I've read mentioned this was a slow book to start I can't deny that, but those who gave up missed out! You know how they say the best things in life are worth the wait...

I couldn't stop, slow down or put this book down. I never felt I truly knew some answers to some of the secrets. Which intrigued me beyond words. I loved some the magical, mystical elements added into this book. The way that Julia and Terrance communicate for one. The way she gets to be with her best friend from her previous life really brought some element of normalcy to her life as well! I loved the way the teachers at Lockham covered classes and exams. I've never laughed so hard at a test question in my life! The relationships between her and Caleb is one that I can't wait to watch grow and I can only hope there is a sequel to come!

This is one book that if you stick it out I think you'll enjoy! 

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