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Early Review: Shapeshifter's Secret (Heather Ostler)

Product Details
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 328
Publisher: Cedar Fort (June 12, 2012)
ISBN: 9787462110339
Source: ARC from Netgalley
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The Shapeshifter's Secret
Julia is finally discovering what–not who–she is.

Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia's used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia's reactions become oddly vicious and angry---more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very last page.

Eh... Sometimes I read a book that I just can't connect with. I really wanted to like this book. I tried soooo hard. I even read the whole thing when I wanted to stop 3/4 of the way in. But I just couldn't get the warm fuzzies about this one.

First off, the characters fell really flat in my opinion. Totally predictable. I never felt like I learned anything about them throughout the book. They also never seemed "real"-- if you know what I mean. The only word I can think of is lackluster. That's how the characters felt to me. Julia was alright, but she didn't wow me. I even had a hard time believing the whole shapeshifter aspect of her life. (That really could have been thought out better.) The best friend was ok. She was supportive and attentive. I liked her well enough. But the "villains" of the books I just didn't get. There wasn't much attention given to them to help me understand why they were supposed to be so diabolical.

The plot also didn't wow me. I was promised a fast paced action-packed adventure, but that is not what I got. Yes, the plot moved quickly but it felt more like the cause of that was due to the jumpy nature of the story instead of the "action." There were many gaps and questions that I had during and after reading that were never answered. That's never a good feeling as a reader.

One positive that I can say about the book is that there is a nice little surprise towards the end concerning one of the characers. I was rather surprised by some events. You'll have to read to see how that one plays out. I also thought the author did a nice job with her descriptions.

Like I said, I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't work for me. I love the cover and the idea behind the book, but I know I won't be reading any other books in this series. They were not for me.


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