{ARC Review} The Siren’s Secret by Heather Ostler

May 18, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★

The Siren's Secret by Heather Ostler
Pages: 313
Published by CEDAR FORT Incorporated on June 11, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
four-stars
Welcome to my stop on the The Siren’s Secret blog tourI loved the first book in the series, The Shapeshifter’s Secret. You can check out my review of book 1 HERE
Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Cedar Fort
Age Group:YA
Source: eARC from publisher
Series: The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2
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.

I fell in love with The Shapeshifter’s Secret as soon as I started reading it, so I jumped at the chance to read the second book in the series. I have been waiting for The Siren’s Secret for a very long time. I couldn’t wait to get back to Heather’s magical world of shapeshifters and water nymphs and the evil guild. The Siren’s Secret did not let me down! But what is even more interesting is that it was not exactly what I expected the sequel to the first book to be. It was darker and had a different overall tone. I liked the contrast to the first book. It was really interesting and honestly, it just makes me all the more excited to read the third book. I can’t wait to see what Heather is going to do next. She has proven that she has such versatility with her writing and it makes me excited to see what else she is going to come up with.

The Siren’s Secret jumps right in after The Shapeshifter’s Secret ended. After Julia’s first year at school had ended and she was home over the summer. She quickly runs into Caleb and Terrance and right away I knew that this book would be love triangley. I am personally a fan of Caleb and I always have been.

Julia is more conflicted than ever in this book. She finds out a secret and she spends most of the whole book trying to figure out what to do. It made for a much darker theme. Julia feels a distance between herself and pretty much everyone else and that made me sad at times. But it also made it harder for me to like her a little. I understand that she was going through some crazy stuff and how isolating that must have felt for her, but I think she could have been a little nicer to her friends. She had a few brat like tendencies in this book but her friends were great. I love Sierra and Gabe so much and this book just proved how awesome they are.

Julia isn’t the only one with secrets in this book. It seems to be all over the place, but there are plenty of new things that come to light. I loved learning about all of the new secrets, including the curse from the title. I do wish the curse was explained a little bit better but it was explained enough so that you got the idea. The Siren’s Secret is a fast paced book that has everything, some action, some adventure, some twists and turns, and just a hint of romance. It wasn’t actually too love triangle esque, most of that just came from inner conflict from Julia. I love this series and I can’t wait to see what Heather has in store for all of us next.

4/5 Gavels
 

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.

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