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The Shapeshifter's Secret

(The Shapeshifter's Secret #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  133 reviews
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'll keep you guessing to the very l ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 328 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort
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Heather Ostler
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I did give my novel 5 stars. As the author I'm allowed to do that, right? But honestly, thank you so much for your interest in The Shapeshifter's Secret. I really hope you enjoy it!
Apr 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

This e-ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Cedar Fort Publishing.

I hate bashing a book by a debut author, but dear Heather Ostler, my feeling after I finished your book is identical to the feeling I got after I had been Rickrolled.

Oh, that famous ankle-dancing simply melts my heart

Like, if I were to pull a prank on an innocent victim, I'd tell that person to read this book because;

This fast-paced action-adventure story is packed with humor, ro
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Glass by: Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
You can find this review here: Ja čitam, a ti?

What Glass thought about it...

This is sweet story in which will enjoy younger readers. Magic, Hogwarts-like boarding school, nymphs, castles and secret royalty. I'd be honest with you guys. The Shapeshifter's Secret has its ups and downs. Some parts left me frustrated and some made me swoon. Beginning is little bit too fast and there are lot of things left hanging loose. I wasn't really "convinced" by love story between Julia and Terrence but I'm gue
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A new series featuring an exciting creature: Werecats!

Julia is a typical sixteen year old except that she is under the constant, careful watch of her father. An inconvenience she has learned to live with, until a handsome new boy at school, Caleb, comes along and alerts her dad that she is sneaking out of her room. She comes home to bars on her window. Great! Her life is getting more confusing by the minute. Julia is constantly butting heads with her awful English teacher
(3.5 stars)

To be honest, I wasn't to sure about this book in the beginning. There were definitely things I liked about it and things I didn't. But when pushed comes to shove, this would have to be a guilty pleasure for me. This turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable read.

The Shapeshifter's Secret has a lot of qualites I like in my reads. Secrets and suspense, a royal bloodline and a hidden world, mystery, intrigue, an entangled enemy and a charming romance, but what I loved the most was the
Can I just say that was an excellent read. I really, really enjoyed it. I love shapeshifter stories and I would put this one at the top of my list of favorite ones. The story was interesting as well as the characters. The writing was great, I appreciated Mrs. Ostlers attention to detail, as well as the dialogue between her characters. To me this is what really made the book so enjoyable all the great dialogue. I really like this cover to it is very alluring, made me want to find out what was on ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Glass
You can find this review here: Ja čitam, a ti?

What Glass thought about it...

This is sweet story in which will enjoy younger readers. Magic, Hogwarts-like boarding school, nymphs, castles and secret royalty. I'd be honest with you guys. The Shapeshifter's Secret has its ups and downs. Some parts left me frustrated and some made me swoon. Beginning is little bit too fast and there are lot of things left hanging loose. I wasn't really "convinced" by love story between Julia and Terrence but I'm gu
I really wish I could've liked Heather Ostler's "The Shapeshifter's Secret" more than I did, but I was more frustrated as I read it than anything else. It had some interesting moments, I'll admit as I went along in the story, but it was clear after a certain point where the story would go. I did not like the mechanical dialogue, unidentifiable characters, and cliched progression. Seriously, how many YA paranormal novels will tackle this same troupe of a girl coming into a strange new power, bein ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it

Julia was just trying to get by in high school. Her dad won't let her go anywhere. Her mother is nowhere to be found. And her teacher really really seems to hate her.

But trying to get by in high school is nothing like trying to NOT turn into a white tiger when you're ticked, which is made more difficult when you didn't even know you could do that.

Julia just found out.

She also just found out that she's descended from an old family and an old name in an old
Veronica Morfi
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Julia has a secret history her father has worked very hard to keep her away from. She is not like us. She is a werecat from another world, hiding from an avenging mother who only wants to fulfill her evil goals by using her own daughter. Despite her fathers wishes Julia's past catches up with her and she soon finds herself in an alien world and enrolled in a new school for werecats and more fantasy creatures.

This book was not what I expected. The beggining was good, while Julia found out what sh
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. I tried my hardest and managed to get halfway through, but I just couldn't keep going. The characters seemed to all be stereotypes, the relationships were all a tinge off and the book didn't read very well. Just not for me!
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The Shapeshifter's Secret was very good. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but I ended up getting really into it.

So, I'm not sure this is mentioned, but the whole shapeshifter thing is werecats. Julia is a werecat. She can turn into a white tiger. Now, this is a fairly unique concept. I don't think I've seen it used before, which gives SS a few points by itself. It's actually pretty interesting. Ostler even explained some of the mechanics of transformation.

Julia is a okay character. S
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book! The kind of book where you would do anything, ANYTHING to get your hands on the next one right then, because you can't even wait another minute to find out what happens next. I could keep gushing, but I think I will get to the actual review.

The Shapeshifter's Secret is like a mix between a paranormal and a fantasy, which is such a cool combination. I love the touches of magic too. So I don't give any spoilers, i'm going to go very general and say that Heather Ostler ha
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Shapesheifter's Secret sucked me in and I was glued to the pages, needing to know how this was all going to turn out for Julia. Heather Ostler’s writing style is so enjoyable and clear. She had me totally intrigued with this secret world of the shapeshifters. The characters were all well developed in their personality and the romance is so puzzlingly beautiful. The romance between Julia, Terrence and Caleb is definitely one I will have to wait until the next book to figure out. Ostler is goi ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
(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 he
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2012
The Shapeshifter's Secret promised me a world unlike anything I have ever read about and it delivered. The concept is very original and the story has a way of sucking you into it. I manage to finish it in a single sitting! Julia is a very likable character, her overprotective father and his rules have limited Julia from involving herself in normal teenage activities.

The book begins with Julia thinking about the complex personality of Caleb, the new student. But her anger issues are more disturb
Julia is sixteen and have some teen problems like a terrible teacher, over-protective father and anger management issues. But, she didn't expect to know that she was a warecat (also called a shapeshifter) and royalty in a secret city. When she finally learns her 'gifts', she was taken back to the castle, where she attends school for kids, who were all with some abilities. She also deals with some relationship issues - ah, men!

Nice plot! Have you seen "Sky High" movie? If you like that, you will
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I spent most of the reading experience being really angry with the book. I'm not really sure how to explain it. I don't know if it was the writing or the story itself - or both.

I didn't feel this was a complete book. I'm sure this is going to be the first book in a series, but there were too many incomplete series and too many things left unanswered. First, I don't know what's the connection with the water people with this book. We see a lot of things throu
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Shapeshifter's Secret
By Heather Ostler

“Julia is finally discovering WHAT – not who – SHE IS...”

Caleb Glyndor is the talk of all the girls, but to Julia he is a mystery. Somehow he is familiar to her, but she's not exactly how.
Julia's father Lancer Levesque insists on taking her to and from school every day and he doesn’t want Julia out at night.
One day Julia comes home from school to find bars across her bedroom window. She gets angrier at her father than she has ever been and she feels a gr
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A Bookcase to Heaven™ review.


This review is long overdue since it took me quite a while to figure out what exactly I was feeling.

Because, you see, The Shapeshifter's Secret is a novel that grows on you. I didn't realize that until I was on the last page when suddenly, my brain processed what my heart was saying: Whatever I had disliked about the book had melted away into a pool of caramel somewhere in between the covers. I have to say, from skimming through the words initially to being grabbed
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that ultimately left me confused. Not because of the plot or the premise, but because, although it had a lot going for it, and I liked it….I didn’t love it. I’ve been sitting on this review for a while, trying to gather my thoughts and make sure that I do it justice. After all, I did enjoy many aspects of the book and I see it’s potential. The problem for me is that, overall, I was left with an uneasy feeling, like I just needed a little bit more in order to really enj ...more
Amy Acosta
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Strange things have been happening lately. Julia's anger has become nearly uncontrollable and she doesn't know why, he mysterious new boy at school acts deeply concerned for her without reason, and her father and uncle have been talking about obscure things that seem to be related to her. After a scary encounter with a pond (yes, a pond!) and a panther who saved her, the family secret comes to light. Julia is a werecat from a royal family in an alternate world called Ossai, and people want her d ...more
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I started this review and immediately thought of the bad, so I guess I'll start with that first: I don't understand why she calls her dad Lancer. I just don't understand. It's not like he was missing for most of her life and suddenly he's back. He's been there the whole time. I think that was one of my biggest pet peeves with this one. Another issue was how the author kind of skimmed over details sometimes. I get that time was passin
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Like a bad Harry Potter knockoff. Frankly, I'm amazed I even managed to finish The Shapeshifter's Secret, I couldn't stand the writing at all, the characters didn't make much of an impression, the plot was entirely predictable and went nowhere fast, while the villain was the most cliched I'm just evil and power hungry character ever. Not much depth to anything at all. Trying to think of praise, and the only thing I can come up with, I guess the cover looks nice?

Like I said, writing turned me off
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I was only able to get half way through this book before I had to call it quits. Julia has a horrible dad. What kind of person allows his daughter to think she is crazy when he full well knows what is going on. On top of that he goes and places bars on only her window and offers no justification. He is so suffocatingly restrictive of everything she does. It is hard to like the guy especially when he follows up the watchfulness with abandonment. Julia's dad isn't the only adult to react oddly. Tw ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I honestly cannot think of much to say about this book. The problem that I'm having is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It was just, "blah". And, I have to be frank--I HATE writing reviews like this. I hate it when I just don't fall in LOVE with a book. But, alas, it happens.

Now, I received this book courtesy of Netgalley, so it's an ARC. With that in mind, I'm not going to critique all of the MANY spelling/grammatical errors that bothered me. Because, in reality, those will be corre
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
When the first sentence in the book starts with "Julia thought of how completely and utterly complicated Caleb glyndor really was", I pause and think twice about reading it. It is sad that not even through the first chapter I realize that I should have listened to my gut feeling and stopped reading right there, but alas I went as far as 21% and I can't continue any longer.

In the fist chapter we meet the insta-love (apparently it's not the case according to other reviewers, but it sure felt like
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it

Wow! When I started reading this book, I was literally hooked right from the first chapter! It was really a refreshing surprise when I started reading this book and it really just jumped right into the story, although it is nice to get more background and more details I think that with this book it really wasn’t needed, the author Heather Ostler was able to create a very vivid story and not fill it with nonsense. She was able to tell you what you needed to know, when you needed to know it, and
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Normally, I wouldn't start this way, but I am so distraught I must share. The love triangle in this book is RIDICULOUS and I am totally team Caleb. Terrence seems nice and all, but for some reason, he just doesn't do it for me. AND OMG the cliffhanger in Julia's romantic life.... NOT COOL.

Overall, I loved this book. It was a little slow going at first, and the set up for everything almost drove me crazy. About thirty pages of is going on will drive anyone insane! The adventure that follows is
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