Today I am happy to welcome author, Heather Ostler. She is getting ready to release her novel, The Shapeshifter's Secret in June. She is currently on tour to promote her book. Please click on the banner to find other stops on her blog tour.
I am lucky enough to have Heather here today to share with us a fun little post about werecats. Werecats are at the center of her book and I must admit they are fascinating. Make sure to enter to win an ebook copy at the end of Heather's post.
Now here is Heather:
Secret Werecat Identities Revealed!
I’ve been researching werecat shapeshifters for years. Little information is known about these creatures that can transform from humans to werecats in seconds. However, I have finally discovered some important werecat identities.
Listed below are the werecat identities of some of the most famous and prominent people in history. These figures decided to keep the truth about their werecat a secret for one reason or another, but now they will finally be revealed.
Abraham Lincoln: One of the most beloved presidents, and panther werecat. Lincoln used his werecat abilities, which included easily staying hidden and a heightened sense of hearing, to spy, helping him to fight against enemies in the civil war.
Amelia Earhart: Aviation pioneer, author, and jaguar werecat. Many are mystified by the disappearance of Amelia, and some believe that she assumed a new identity. Perhaps her disappearance was connected with her dream of running away and living freely as a werecat.
Michael Jackson: Famous recording artist, entertainer, and tiger werecat. Michael is perhaps one of the most obvious werecats. In his music video, Thriller, he wears a complete and terrifying werecat costume (or is it?). Was he subconsciously telling the world what he was?
Elvis Presley: The king of rock and roll, cultural icon, and tiger werecat. Elvis gave the world a hint of his identity when he released the song TIGER MAN. Here are some of the lyrics:
I am the king of the jungle
They call me the tiger man
I am the king of the jungle
They call me tiger man
If you cross my path
You take your own life in your hands.
Hopefully I’ve enlightened you just a little more about the secret world of werecats!
Wow! Who knew! Thanks Heather for sharing that enlightening post with us. If you want to know more about Heather or her book, The Shapeshifter's Secret you can find her on her blog, author website, publisher's page, and twitter. Shapeshifter's Secret will be released on June 12th.
A big thanks to Heather for being here today. I am lucky enough to be able to offer to you an ebook copy of Heather's book. That's right you can get it before it releases in June. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter. See Contest Policies for details. Good Luck!
See my review below:
The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler
Julia is finally discovering what–not who–she is.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 will keep you guessing to the very last page.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 328 pages
Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort
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. She tries to keep her head down and survive another class but when her horrendous teacher singles her out and gives her an inappropriate grade, she loses it. Her anger surges up inside of her, building until she feels like she is losing control. She attacks a fellow student and tosses a desk across the room. Terrified, she runs out of the school and heads to the park behind her house. She lays on the ground, trembling, overcome by her emotions, and then a voice calls out to her. It is Caleb....then blackness and she remembers no more. When she wakes she is in her room. How did she get here? What happened? She confronts her father and learns he has been hiding a big secret from her. Julia is not a normal girl. She is in fact a shapeshifter, a werecat. Not only is she a werecat but she comes from a different world. One that can only be reached by portals. Suddenly, the house is under attack and Julia is forced to flee with Caleb. The pair head to Ossai, the world of the werecats and Julia's birthplace. This is just the beginning. Soon Julia learns that she has been hidden away for her protection. There is a deadly rift in the Ossai government and the leader of the opposing guild is out to get Julia. Who or what is hunting Julia?
What I Liked:
- I am always on the hunt for a new paranormal entity. Ms. Ostler provided me with a novel creature, the werecat. While shapeshifter's are nothing new, I enjoyed this new take. An entire world and species of people able to shift into giant cats, from panthers to tigers and everything in between. If you are looking for a book with something different, give The Shapeshifter's Secret a try.
- I liked that this blended several ideas, shapeshifter's, hidden world, sirens and nymphs, magic and a magical castle that serves as a type of boarding school. There are many fun elements in this book as well as a mystery to unravel.
- I appreciated that this book has a relatively neat resolution, yet the author plants ideas for the sequel. Any book that avoids the cliffhanger is worth the read in my book.
- I enjoyed learning about the werecats, their abilities and how they shift from human to werecat. This was one of my favorite aspects of the book. I really had fun reading the chapter that takes place during the Transformation Class as it describes a shape shifting duel.
And The Not So Much:
- This book moves along at a quick clip, which is usually not a problem, but for me the story flowed too quickly. The fast pace didn't allow for much exploration and development. I wished that some aspects were slowed down and explained better. The rushed narrative is straightforward and lacks the details and beautiful writing that I love.
- The romance between Terrence and Julia is sudden. They meet, he catches her eye, they go on a walk about the school grounds and then he is called away to do his duties as a soldier. The pair exchange letters and then they are saying I love you. I realize that this often how teenage romance plays out but I would have preferred a bit more development.
- The world building needs more augmentation. There is so little information about the world of Ossai. I wanted to know more about what the landscape looked like? how big is it? who are all the inhabitants? and so forth. This is another area that I feel the hurried pace glosses over the details.
- There are hints throughout the book that a possible love triangle is on the horizon, it didn't come to fruition in this book, and I truly hope that it doesn't go that way in the future.
- One puzzling thing to me was that Julia received a gift, a ring that is a lie detector. I was excited to see how the ring would be used to sniff out trouble, but it was never mentioned again, a big let down. I wanted to know more about this magical ring.
The Shapeshifter's Secret is the beginning of a new series that features werecat shapeshifters. I enjoyed learning about this new paranormal species and their world. This book has action and mystery and a few surprises. It moves at a fast pace and really picks up at the midway point, heading to an exciting finish. Overall, it is a solid read despite a few flaws. If you are in the mood for something different, give this one a try.
“She was losing control of her sight and couldn’t see anything but a swirl of shadows in front of her.”
“All of the furniture was a glossy wood and there were portraits of sunny lakes and glowing mountains coating the walls.”
“November fluttered through rather quickly and lightly, compared to the first couple of weeks of school.”
“Together they walked into the ballroom, a sea of masked faces swirling around them.”
Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for kindly providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.