On the first day of high school, Kayleigh wishes she could be taller, curvier, and cooler. But when she discovers she's a morph -- shape-shifters who can become anyone or anything -- the boundaries around personality, sexuality, and gender identity are blurred.
Suddenly, everything is fair game.
But there are those who want to control Kayleigh and her gifts. Overnight, she becomes a target, and surviving the school year means defending herself against cyber-bullies, learning to control her newfound 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.
After all, in a world full of morphs, rules are meant to be broken...
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About the Author
Dr. Sam wrote her first book in the second grade, a fifteen chapter novel called "I Fight the Blobbo Bugs" about aliens from outer space. Since then, she has enjoyed anything creative: writing, painting, playing musical instruments, and learning languages. She earned five degrees in Music, Education, and Psychology.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins University over 15 years ago, Samantha worked as a musician, teacher, behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, writer, and as a special education coordinator before becoming a doctoral level bilingual/bicultural Psychologist. For four years, she wrote a column for The San Juan Star in Puerto Rico, which focused on Mental Health, Education, and Parenting.
Currently she works in private practice in Columbia, Maryland, focusing on tweens, teens, and young adults, and spends time with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband from Venezuela and their spunky daughter, Sophie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was a nice young teen story and well-edited. I thought the story plodded at times with too much detail. I also thought the author tried to deal with too many major issues for one short book. All are important issues; however, addressing one or two would have given them the focus they deserve.
High school bullying is a fairly common topic these days, rightfully so, but we don’t often see it woven into a dark fantasy tale. At first, I wasn’t sure how this was going to work but it didn’t take long for me to get invested. Kayleigh is just starting high school, at a time in her life when she’s suffered more tragedy than most since her mother was abducted a couple of years earlier. All young teens go through major life changes during puberty and this girl is no different; she makes the perfect victim for bullies. Sometimes, she’s a little too much of a victim but I never felt her reactions were abnormal especially given her circumstances. If anything, she’s searching for comfort and security and it was a pleasure going on this journey with her. A Fatal Family Secret is an entertaining jaunt through the fantasy world with a dose of mystery thrown in and those aspects of the story shine a much-needed light on how kids have to cope with the loss of a parent. In this case, there are causes and effects we’ll never have to confront but the whole shapeshifting thing really sort of emphasizes the normal challenges that life brings us. Ms. Marks has done a really nice job of presenting teen issues in a very readable way and I’m looking forward to the second book, A Treacherous Social Game, already available.
I received an eARC via the Xpresso Book Tour review library. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own. Bullying is a real issue and this book covers it and other topics that preteens and young adults face in a whole new light. People of all ages will enjoy this fast paced and well written story line. Full of good messages and delightful characters makes this a worthwhile read.
Fast paced and brings bullying in different formats to the forefront. The book is very well written and brings the reader into Kayleigh’s (the main character) mind and emotional status. There were a few times when I became frustrated with Kayleigh because of her passiveness and seeming inability to stand up for herself. I quickly told myself, this was what victims must feel like and having friends helped her situation. For me, when she started coming into her powers and accepting them and herself for what she is, a morphosis, the reading became more intense and satisfying. Since it is written for a younger audience, I enjoyed recalling the way one feels when you have your first crush, first jealous twang, and first kiss. I thought about how my daughters would feel if I was abducted and had to go through puberty with their dad. Also how they would deal with everyday situations and holidays with out me. This book provided great insight for just that. Despite being a fantasy novel, the emotions, school mishaps, and teen issues are very real. I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the series and more from this author.