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The story is paced pretty well, covering an entire term at high school, and I never felt lost with respect to where we are in terms of the passing of time from the first page, because we are taken through the descriptions of seasons changing from winter to spring and the festivities of Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s day. This school year is particularly tumultuous for Kayleigh – it has been two years since her mom went missing, and she feels like she needs her now more than ever, what with her facing bullying at school, going through puberty, and suffering from a really low self-esteem because of which she is not able to stand up for herself or be confident around the guy she has a crush on. To be honest, I wasn’t totally convinced about the whole bullying theme in the book, maybe because I couldn’t really understand why she got cowed down so quickly. Because from what I saw, it was Kayleigh who had a larger circle of friends than the “mean girl” who just had two girls tagging along with her. As I read along, I think I slowly got where Kayleigh’s anxieties and fragility stemmed from. There was a point in the book where she breaks down because all the events of the past couple of years – beginning with her mom’s disappearance, to recent strange discoveries about her mom’s past, cyber bullying, the typical high school stress related to grades, friends and dating, physical changes to her body due to puberty and morphing – take a toll on her.
My favorite moment in the book is a conversation between Kayleigh and her friend. I can’t discuss it much because it is a major spoiler, but I will say that it was a mix of sad, profound and ironical. I just found it so fitting and “right” that the “limitations” of morphing was addressed so succinctly. You need to identify and get comfortable with your core self before trying to perfect morphing. And sometimes the cards life deals you feels so unfair, and no amount of morphing can completely heal or change that.
The book is strewn with some red herrings, so I had fun guessing. I got a few right, and was totally off the mark with some others. I thought this was a really good start to the series with so many things left to discover in the next book. The only thing I am a bit sceptical about is how the whole “international secret evil organization” is going to play out. There are times I feel the whole scope and premise of that track is so… vast, that I wonder whether the rest of the story will be able to gracefully handle the weight of it. So I am curious to see how that turns out.
Note : I received an e-copy of this book from xpressobooktours in exchange for an honest review.
(Originally posted on bookmyopia/wordpress)
Having a tragity happen to you is hard, being the one to find the scene and it being in your own home, on your birthday puts a whole new level of stress. To loose a parent your mother on your 13th birthday is beyond anything a young girl should deal with.
Starting 9th grade, puberty and a bully makes things even worse.
Having panic attacks, fainting, constant bullying, and to find out you are different, a Morph makes life of a Freshman even harder.
A Morph... What does that mean?? How do I control it? Where is my mom??? These are all questions Kayleighn wants answered.
One day a new way of being bullied starts. Kayleigh fights to control herself, not to run but after a fight with her best friend Kayleigh can not take it anymore.
She turns to the one person who can help teach her to control her abilities. A cousin that is a morph who hides as an elderly lady to be close to the family. Kayleigh learns to control her emotions, get the courageto be with the boy she likes and stands up to the school bully.
She confronts her cyber bully to find out it is another morph, her friend. Keyleigh can accept her friends true idenity but not the bullying.
In the end Keyleigh forgives...
I cant wait to read the next book.
REVIEWER FOR BLOGGIN’ WITH M. BRENNAN
Typical teenage protagonist Kayleigh comes home one day to find her father bleeding and injured in an apparent home invasion that ultimate reveals her mother has been either kidnapped or killed. Struggling with the psychological fallout of losing her mother under more than suspicious circumstances, she faces the turmoils of puberty, relationships, and fitting in as a teenager in high school. Making things worse, she discovers, that like her mother, she's a "Morph" with the ability to change her appearance into almost anyone she can imagine to even animals. Facing post traumatic stress disorder amidst teenagerdom, her new-found ability just compounds things and gives her some hope that her mother may not only be alive but that she may be able to find her -- if she can withstand constant bullying from classmate Emma and a very mysterious and potentially threatening online stalker who seems to know her every move.
I can't wait to see the next installment in November 2015.