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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
The Shapeshifter's Secret - Blog Tour
The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis, as part of the ‘The Shapeshifter’s secret’ blog tour.)
15-year-old Julia lives with her over-protective dad, and thinks that she is a normal teen. She’s wrong. She’s recently been having some issues with anger, and she really begins to panic when she throws a desk against the wall in her English class, and scares her class and teacher silly.
The problem isn’t anger though, the problem is that she’s Shapeshifter royalty, and as she nears her 16th birthday, her body has begun to show the changes that will occur when she finally begins to shift into her animal form – a white tiger.
When Julia finally finds out what’s really going on though, there’s little time to get used to the idea, and she ends up in a car chase, before hitching a ride through a portal to the world that she really belongs to – Ossai. From there she has to go to a special school to learn about shapeshifting, and begins to try to unravel the mystery surrounding her absent mother.
Julia has more than that to deal with though; first there’s the problem that someone wants her dead. Then there are the questions; why is she drawn to the mysterious locked ballroom? And who can she really trust?
This young adult book had a definite ‘Harry Potter’ feel to it – a school in a castle, magical powers, strange markings on walls, secret passages, the main character being known throughout the country as being special, mysteries surrounding her mother, mysterious teachers etc.
As well as the mysteries and paranormal aspects of the book there were also teen storylines concerning friends and boyfriends and such, and even having finished the book I’m not really sure which boy Julia really favoured.
There were some interesting objects to be found in Ossai – rocks that made instant fire, flying paper aeroplane candy, rings that glow red when people lie, and the characters were also varied with water nymphs as well as Shapeshifter’s.
I can’t say that I really enjoyed this book, it just didn’t hold my attention and I found myself speed-reading to get through it. I do think that other people will enjoy it though.
Overall: Read this if you loved Harry Potter.
5 out of 10.
(Book Length: 3739 kindle locations.)
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