Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Fatal Family Secret by Samantha Marks (The Files #1)

A Fatal Family Secret
by Samantha Marks

My rating: 4 stars
The Files - Book 1
Publisher: Samantha Marks, Psy.D.; 2 edition (May 26, 2015)
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

  A Fatal Family Secret by Samantha Marks
(The Files #1)
Most teens have insecurity issues, body issues, popularity issues, etc. No one likes being the butt of practical jokes or those cruel barbs from insensitive peers. Meet Kayleigh, who wishes she could change many things about herself, until she discovers she is a shifter and even one small thought about changing herself could happen at the worst of times! Follow Kayleigh as she runs the gauntlet of bullying, peer pressure, peer cruelty all while discovering the magic of her Irish heritage and the truth about her mother, who disappeared years before.

Samantha Marks’ A Fatal Family Secret is a heartwarming tale of fantasy, Irish mythology and one girl’s lonely journey to deal with issues far beyond her emotional maturity. Sure, Kayleigh has friends, she even has a special best friend, so she isn’t alone when she becomes the target of cyber-bullying as well as the razor-sharp comments from the school “IT” girls. Why did they make her a target? What did she do? So many secrets, so much to learn about herself and her heritage and just when things couldn’t get worse, she discovers she has been betrayed by someone she has trusted with her innermost thoughts.

Ms. Marks has written a wonderful coming of age story for middlegrade readers on up who will be able to relate to the issues raised, as well as to Kayleigh and her emotional kaleidoscope of feelings. Bullying and cyber-bullying are part of this tale and Samantha marks handles them very realistically from the actions themselves to Kayleigh’s reactions. Imagine the issues of being a teen, wanting to be older, wiser one minute and them wishing to go back to childhood where things didn’t hurt so much the next. Add being a shifter, untrained and a little out of control, talk about a high angst situation. Loyal friends are there, but what Kayleigh needs is to be able to talk about what is happening to her with someone who knows her secret and what she is facing. Will she find that someone? Can she trust them and will they always have her back? What if she loses herself in this new world she belongs to?

A wonderful read with a tale full of heart, and characters that may remind us of someone we knew.

I received this copy from Samantha Marks in exchange for my honest review.

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