Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Siren's Secret, by Heather Ostler

My friend Heather Ostler's book, Siren's Secret, the sequel to Shapeshifter's Secret, is coming out on June 15th, 2013. I'm happy to get to host her book tour. She'll be having a book launch at the Orem, Utah Barnes and Nobel on June 15th at 6:00 p.m. She's planned a fun party and will be giving away lots of prizes. 

Book Blurb

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

Siren’s Secret Review

Julia’s transformation from a shape shifting werecat to a siren in Siren’s Secret, the sequel to Shape Shifter’s Secret, brings with it all kinds of surprises that stretch Julia in different directions and kept me reading to find out what would happen next and how she would deal with these unexpected challenges. 

She is forced to change and grow in new ways and try to figure out who she is as she grapples with a curse and a prophecy concerning her that contradict each other. Julia starts out doubting and fearing this strange person she sees in the mirror and this darker side of her. At first, she almost gives up on herself and others and on her former life and future happiness due to the curse and the bad image people have of sirens.

I found myself wishing she would try harder to fight the curse or find a way to break it rather than believing it and letting it discourage her so easily, but I like how, when the lives of her loved ones are threatened, she makes decisions, takes action, and sacrifices herself—whether right or wrong—to fight against the evil that threatens to destroy them. In the end she is able to use her siren abilities to help herself and those she loves and turn it into an advantage.

This is a great book for young readers (preteen on up). It has nothing too frightening or graphic and has  lots of suspense and danger, and just enough romance. Throughout the story Julia is transported to exotic locations that would make great vacation spots or theme park rides. An enjoyable read that kept me turning the pages all the way to the end, though I was left with some nagging questions that I hope are answered in the next book. 

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