Book Tour and Review: The Siren's Secret

The Siren's Secret
(The Shapeshifter's Secret #2)
by Heather Ostler
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
June 11th 2013 by Cedar Fort
Source: From author for review for tour

Goodreads summary:
Julia’s life has gone from complicated to nearly impossible! When Julia loses her shapeshifting powers and her appearance changes in alarming ways, she flees to Sirenity, where she learns an incredible secret about her mother. In this thrilling sequel, Julia must take greater risks and make bigger sacrifices as she discovers who she really is and what she can really become.

What I thought:
I didn't read the first book in this series, but I didn't feel lost at all reading this. There were a couple of things that I know I missed out on, but the author gives quite a few reminders about what occurred in the last book.

I thought this was a very interesting fantasy world. There are various types of beings, although the ones that I remember are the sirens, werecats, and the water nymphs. The story begins with Julia, her father, and some soldiers hiding away in New York, but when they feel it becomes unsafe they move back to the school where Julia will be attending soon anyway and where she can be safe. Most of the story takes place here as well as an island where the Siren's live. I liked the contrasts between the places and that Ostler doesn't give so many descriptions that it overwhelms the story.

Julia is definitely a teenager! There is plenty of drama! A couple of times I was a little confused because I thought she had thought or decided one thing, but would go in a different direction. I really liked Sierra and Gabe, Julia's friends. They were very supportive and loyal. There is a love triangle involving Terrence (Julia's boyfriend) and Caleb (who wants to be her boyfriend). I didn't completely love either guy, but I would say that I liked Terrence the best. I won't say who Julia chooses.

There are a couple of things that are definitely unresolved and I'm guessing that a certain evil lady will make another appearance in the next book. I really appreciated that this was a clean read. :)
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About the Author

Heather Ostler grew up near the mountains with a rambunctiously entertaining family. She majored in English at Utah Valley University and soon began composing stories about masquerades, water nymphs, and shapeshifters. She and her husband, Kellen, reside in Highland, Utah with two remarkably pleasant pugs.

I like fortune cookies, lucky pennies, shooting stars, and implausible coincidences. I’m always cold and have at least 5 different flavors of hot cocoa on hand at all times. I’m a sucker for happy endings and like to eat dessert first. I think Muppets Christmas Carol is one of the best movies ever, along with The Parent Trap. English accents, cloudy days, and family inside jokes make me smile. I am a writer, and I love finding inspiration in art, music, nature, seasons, and relationships.

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