Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Fatal Family Secret by Samantha Marks WITH Review

A Fatal Family Secret 
Samantha Marks 
(The Files, #1) 
Publication date: May 26th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


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-found powers, and hiding from the ancient secret society that kidnapped her mother. Morphing has consequences, and Kayleigh begins to realize that being able to change into anything can mean losing herself in the process.

5 stars

I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


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 insecure in her body both physically and emotionally.  Her mother was kidnapped 2 years prior leaving her going through the teenage developments alone with her father.  She begins to notice changes that are not normal.  Questioning her sanity, Kayleigh doesn't know who to turn to.  She receives a Christmas present from her missing mom.  Although this answers some questions, it leaves so many more and Kayleigh feels even more alone.  Does Kayleigh find the answers to what is going on with her?  Does it bring her any closer to her mom?  What does she learn about her best friend through it all?

I recommend this book.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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