3 July 2012

Review: The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler


The Shapeshifter's Secret
Heather Ostler

Published June 12th 2012

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.

My Review

I didn't really feel it for this novel. The reason that I chose to read it mainly had to do with the beautiful cover and that it has 'shapeshifter' in the title. Then I read the blurb and it had me intrigued. Sadly, the actual novel did not live up to its exterior.

The novel to me was rather vague. It was all, I went to school, ate lunch, came home, blah blah blah. There wasn't any real depth to the story and I got bored. At points in the book, there seemed to be illogical jumps of time between paragraphs, like one minute your eating lunch and the next your at home and its midnight.

The other thing that really bugged me was that the conversations between characters felt fake and nothing like one person would say to another. I think that there is nothing worse than bad dialogue in a novel, it is definitely a deal breaker for me.

The only thing that I did like about The Shapeshifter's Secret is the premise. I think that if this storyline had been written differently, I most definitely would have like it.


1 out of 5

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