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A Fatal Family Secret

(The Morphosis.me Files #1)

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If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

On the first day of high school, Kayleigh wishes she could be taller, curvier, and cooler. But when she discovers she’s a shape-shifter, she bites off more than she can chew. Overnight, she becomes a target, and surviving the school-year means defending herself against cyber-bullies, learning to control her new-
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Published May 26th 2015 by Samantha Marks, PsyD (first published May 11th 2015)
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Dianne
Most teens have insecurity issues, body issues, popularity issues, etc. No one likes being the butt of practical jokes or those cruel barbs from insensitive peers. Meet Kayleigh, who wishes she could change many things about herself, until she discovers she is a shifter and even one small thought about changing herself could happen at the worst of times! Follow Kayleigh as she runs the gauntlet of bullying, peer pressure, peer cruelty all while discovering the magic of her Irish heritage and the ...more
Donna
I liked the plot idea. The idea of shapeshifters that could change into any shape at will is an interesting concept. That is where my interest ended. Kayleigh is scared of her own shadow and weak. She does improve but by the time she did, I was no longer interested. Her friend Bridget was not really a good friend and I didn't really care for her either. The story moved way too slow and I just didn't like the characters. I would have liked if the story centered more around the mother and what hap ...more
Rivalie
*Huge thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for providing a copy to review. All thoughts are 100% my own. *

3.5/5 stars
This story follows Irish mythology which I had no idea about and it made me more excited to dive more into the novel. What made me even more excited was finding out this story was based off of the Sons of Lir/Seven Swan Brothers story which is a classic favorite. The way the author incorporated the tale into her overall story was unique and everything managed to flow smoothly. There were
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Chris Aldrich
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-paced young adult novel that mixes a dose of interesting fantasy in an otherwise all-too-real teenage world. In the vein of classics like Dracula and Frankenstein that take adolescence and turn them into great fiction as well as well-veiled morality plays, this novel, with a much better version of the Teen Wolf plot or perhaps in the vein of X-Men: The Teenage Years, takes things up three notches by adding a dose of thriller/suspense in what portends to be an awesome four book ser ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received an eARC via the Xpresso Book Tour review library. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.

Bullying is a real issue and this book covers it and other topics that preteens and young adults face in a whole new light. People of all ages will enjoy this fast paced and well written story line. Full of good messages and delightful characters makes this a worthwhile read.
Beth
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
Half the time I found the story annoying and/or boring. The other half only slightly peaked my interest. Giving 3 stars is me being kind and hoping that the concept and where everything ended gets better throughout the rest of the series.
Lelia Taylor
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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High school bullying is a fairly common topic these days, rightfully so, but we don’t often see it woven into a dark fantasy tale. At first, I wasn’t sure how this was going to work but it didn’t take long for me to get invested.

Kayleigh is just starting high school, at a time in her life when she’s suffered more tragedy than most since her mother was abducted a couple of years earlier. All young teens go through major life changes during puberty and this girl is no different; she makes the perf
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Janet
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Its tough being a teenager and hoping and wondering if you will fit in when you start high school. Kayleigh has these fears like all teenagers but add to it bullying and learning your family has a secret can be stressful. She has to learn who she can trust and in the process that "Emotions are your body's response to thoughts you have".

The author pulls you in as we follow Kayleigh and her friends as they try to figure out who is behind the bullying and to help Kayleigh be more confident.

This boo
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Kim
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok

The mystery is sufficiently mysterious. But the writing isn't phenomenal. And it feels like it's trying really hard to be appealing to teens. I'm not a teen so maybe that's just my adult perspective. But I read a lot of YA fiction, and this is the first to feel so forced in that way. Lots of psychology too. Which isn't bad but I can tell that's the author's POV.
Beka
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book I did have a feeling who the text bully was and found myself right but it was nice finding out why. Watching Kayleigh grow as a character was great, I’ve read very few books lately where you see the main character grow to better herself.
Ishita
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: father-daughter
I am not sure how to start my review, because this book is like a really cool goodie bag with a lot of cute stuff. Aaaahhh…. Well, I guess I can begin by mentioning what drew me to pick this book – It’s super adorable book cover. And the cute factor doesn’t stop there.. There is something so cute (Yes, yes, I know I have overused the word) and quaint about the entire story; the world, people and setup. Irish folklore, characters with diverse backgrounds, fairy tales, mysterious antique jewellery ...more
E. C. McRoy
Got this for free on Amazon.

So this is about a 2.8. There were some things I really liked and they've bumped this rating up higher than I might have normally given it.

First, I want to aay that I really loved the diversity. It's the main reason I gave this a hogher rating. We've got mixed ethnicities, cultures from around the world, pieces of both cultural customs and snippets of language (granted, brief on both accounts), and even some LGBT stuff. It covers a lot and I really appreciated that. T
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Baron Bruce
Kayleigh is starting her freshman year and things couldn't be worse, the most popular girl at school hates her, she's frumpy, got zits, she's being cyber-bullied, her father's moving on with his life after her mother was abducted two years ago. Fortunately the elderly lady next door takes an interest in her and her and her new best frind joins her circle of friends she's known sincePre-School are providing support because she;s gonna need it! She learns she's a Shifter, right out of Irish myth a ...more
Ukgardenfiend
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Just what was the secret that this Irish family had hidden for so many years? And why did they need a genealogy chart?

And which Irish myths are real stories lost in the mist of time and yet oral tales survive? And if course, which are just that - myths?

So we have a story about shapeshifters but not one in the usual vein. And a type of morphology that doesn't happen in every generation.

A well told coming of age story.

This book was given free in exchange for a review. 3.75
MC Frye
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fatal Family Secret (The Morphosis.me Files, Book #1)

I don’t read many books in the Young Adult Fantasy genre, but something about the cover of this eBook drew me in. I was not disappointed. The diverse and enjoyable ensemble cast of characters and the plot – a mix of Irish mythology with up to the minute teen-focused consumer technology – came together to make a page-turner of a novel.

Robert Heinlein, who wrote a number of short stories and novels for the young adult market during his early y
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Little Free Library #8424
This is a well-paced young adult novel that mixes a dose of interesting fantasy in an otherwise all-too-real teenage world. In the vein of classics like Dracula and Frankenstein that take adolescence and turn them into great fiction as well as well-veiled morality plays, this novel, with a much better version of the Teen Wolf plot or perhaps in the vein of X-Men: The Teenage Years, takes things up three notches by adding a dose of thriller/suspense in what portends to be an awesome four book ser ...more
Ami
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am a lovely mix or Irish, Scot, Italian and Native American which makes me very curious about the spirit world and myths from all nationalities. This book gives a bit of lore that I had never heard so that made it even more enjoyable. It also deals with real life social issues. I know that it was meant for young adults but as a not so young adult I am, unfortunately, well aware of some of these same issues that plague adults. There is some good ideas about coping wi ...more
Roxanne Johnson-bisland
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review
I like this book. It is one I would definatly a great book for YA.
Having a tragity happen to you is hard, being the one to find the scene and it being in your own home, on your birthday puts a whole new level of stress. To loose a parent your mother on your 13th birthday is beyond anything a young girl should deal with.
Starting 9th grade, puberty and a bully makes things even worse.
Having panic attacks, fainting, constant bullying, and to find out you are different, a Morph makes life of a Fresh
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Cheryl
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, finding out you have powers beyond your comprehension...losing your mother...being bullied by the new girl...& all during freshman year... great start to a new series ...more
Julie Hicks
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NancyMagaly
Fast paced and brings bullying in different formats to the forefront. The book is very well written and brings the reader into Kayleigh’s (the main character) mind and emotional status. There were a few times when I became frustrated with Kayleigh because of her passiveness and seeming inability to stand up for herself. I quickly told myself, this was what victims must feel like and having friends helped her situation. For me, when she started coming into her powers and accepting them and hersel ...more
Melissa Burcham
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

This was a good teen book. I am going to recommend it to my 13 year old daughter. The book showed typical teenage developments with a little fantasy and paranormal thrown in. The characters were well developed and the story line kept the pages turning.

Kayleigh is your typical insecure teenager. She is beginning the first year of high school with dread. She is insecu
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Lloyd L Wright
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Lloyd by: Author promo
This book is an awesome walk thru the freshman year of high school for a girl who has seemingly insurmountable insecurity issues. It illuminates the problems teenagers have and in the case of our main character, the problems she also has with being bullied. The family secret is an interesting twist that spices up the story. Samantha Marks has written a terrific book. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. I would highly recommend it for high school age teens.
phyllis
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep secrets

On Kayleigh's thirteenth birthday, her mother disappeared. Two years later and she is stilml gone. O Kayleigh's, she receives a silver necklace that has come through the mail. The only message that she has from the card is that your mother thinks that you should this. Then, as time goes by Kayleigh's starts to change. She doesn't know what to do or what is going on. Her answers are in her future.
Janelle Flores
I found that this book was unexpectedly good!! I liked that it touched on various topics that I believe would be relatable to young adults. There were parts of this book the reminded me of various plots from other books I have read , but I still enjoyed the book overall. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. It's a fast read.
Aline
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Swans

First book by Samantha Marks I received the book for a honest review. I loved it.Kayleigh story was sucspensful et kept me guessing. I was able to read it in a day. I liked it also because my granddaughter could read it. I would recommend it for YA or those who like tame books et fantasy
Melissa Borsey
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thank the author for allowing me to read and review this great book! There is a lot going on here for the main character Kayleigh, her mother was abducted, the police have closed the case, she has started high school and has to put up with bullying and she is a shapeshifter....very good writing, lots of great characters. I highly recommend!

Cassey
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read that covers a mix of issues while still having a great take on some mythology. Kayleigh and her friends have something about them that anyone could relate to...and that makes this a book an easy recommend for anyone who likes YA.
Juanita E. Arp
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading this book. Received FREE for an honest review
Mea
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh and it made me somber. I liked it even though you could pretty much tell where things were going at each point. All-in-all, it's not a bad book.
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Samantha Marks, Psy.D.

Dr. Sam wrote her first book in the second grade, a fifteen chapter novel called "I Fight the Blobbo Bugs" about aliens from outer space. Since then, she has enjoyed anything creative: writing, painting, playing musical instruments, and learning languages. She earned five degrees in Music, Education, and Psychology.

After graduating from Johns Hopkins University over 15 years
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