Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Secret of Darkwood Castle by Heather Ostler

Darkwood Castle cover (1)The Secrets of Darkwood Castle

Author: Heather Ostler

Published: May 21st, 2014

ISBN13: 9780692222751

Paperback: 384 pages

FTC FYI: Received a Kindle copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary 

18-year-old Julia Levesque is returning to Lockham Castle for her third and final year of shapeshifting school. She’s become a powerful werecat, completely embraced her siren side, and has found true love; but her problems are far from over. Julia is the lead candidate to become ambassador of Ossai, her world, in the hopes of ending the reign of the evil Guild. With her estranged mother as the Guild’s dictator, she knows it won’t be easy. She’ll have to travel to Darkwood Castle, a sinister and hopeless palace in order to stop her mother from destroying Ossai. Julia must find a way to save her world—and those she loves most. Otherwise, they’ll both be lost forever.

My Review

Julia has grown a lot since the first book.  She has come to terms with her destiny as a shapeshifter and a siren, and her future with Caleb.  Julia does feel things have been left up in the air with Terrance, and I liked how they were able to work things out.  Many exciting things are happening to many of the characters.  Not only does Julia and those around her need to worry about Guild attacks and Julia's mother Alexis, they are encountered with a stranger that Julia has a hard time trusting.  School is challenging and while Julia is dealing with running for ambassadorship, the Guild attacks those she loves.  

4 out of 5 stars.  I have been a big fan of this series from the first book.  Heather is a dear friend and I am happy how successful these books have been.  I loved how in The Secrets of Darkwood Castle, the author jumps right in to the story.  Then, later, when the action settles down for a bit, does a great job of catching the reader up on important events that happened in the first two books.  That being said, I would recommend starting with The Shapeshifter's Secret, then The Siren's Secret, so you are fresh and know everything.  During the last half of the book, I had a hard time stopping reading!  So many exciting things happened, the pages turned themselves.  The author plants many great seeds along the way that come to play later in the story.
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