By Heather Ostler
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
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.
The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler
Review by Ashley Kay
2 Squees/5 Squees
As I read the synopsis for “The Shapeshifter’s Secret”, I thought this book may be interesting. I was slightly wrong. Julia’s character was somewhat undeveloped. Although Julia is the main character, the story seems to revolve more around the events than around her. Many of the characters lack personality and seem more irrelavant than they really are. Caleb has a very important role in the story, but it seems like I knew very little about him.
It does describe very well what little back story there is. The main events though, were very to the point and lacked details and description. I would have liked to have the main events drawn out a little more, instead of having a ton of major and minor events pressed closely together.
The whole theme of the story, I found very weird. When I read “The Shapeshifter’s Secret”, I was expecting werewolves, not werecats and water nymphs. Heather Ostler took shapeshifters and gave them their own meaning and widened the horizon of just werewolves and vampires and others of that sort. It was slighlty less thrilling then I expected it to be, instead it was like a boring fantasy.
The book ended in a very awkward point int the story. I felt as if it only reached the climax then the ending of the book. I’m expecting a sequel, because the book seemed not quite finished. I wouldnt recommend this book to an avid reader, but somebody who doesn’t read quite as often may enjoy this book because it was less complex than many other books.