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The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler
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May 07, 12

bookshelves: 2012-release, arc, netgalley, ereader, for-review
Read in April, 2012

Being sixteen can be hard enough for the average girl, but Julia soon finds herself hidden from a secret world at the edge of war. For some sixteen year olds the right of passage does not include growing furs and claws. The Shapeshifter's Secret brings itself into a whole different class with an intense plot and a fast moving storyline. Julia is our furry heroine who finds her world turned inside out when she is whisked away to another world called Ossai where her family is fighting each other and Julia could become the turning point in the altercations.

Ossai is a world accessed through portals to and from our world, only accessible to those with the fit knowledge and Ossai blood. The government is at war with itself as Ossai is divided between the Soldier Union, led by her father Lancer, and the Guild ruled by a select few and her mother Alexis too.

In a world ripe with family secrets and betrayal, Julia is struggling with her family's past while also learning who she is and her new abilities at Lockham Castle. Here among the students at the prestigious Ossai school, Julia is finding the strength in herself to help fight for her country's freedom and safety while also surviving falling in love and school. Keeping her grades up is hard, but keeping her love life secret from her father proves more challenging.

Readers will enjoy this new twist in the shapeshifting genre where there is law and order and royalty among the shifter's separate in a new world beside our own. With each chapter new secrets are revealed and a tragic past is exposed, and with a fabulous cast of characters the author has blended the story and the world building perfectly. Being a teen is complicated, but finding yourself a royal in peril is just plain tricky.
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