Chameleon by Kelly Oram
e-book: 356 pages
Release Date: 25 June 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
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For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.
As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.
Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.
Chameleon is a very unique story full of action, adventure, mystery, love and heaps of confusion and teen angst. In short, I really liked it! Since my stop on the blog tour for the sequel, Ungifted, is tomorrow, I thought it best to quickly let you know a few of my rambling thoughts about book one. So on with the show!
Danielle is a fairly likeable newly 16-year-old. She has her issues, it's true, but overall I liked her. Her best friend, Russ, is a spitfire and so much fun. He has so much energy and the two of them together are a force all their own. When Dani finds out she is a supernatural - shortly after she finds out Russ is a warlock, by the way - she is obviously freaked out. Then she's kidnapped by the league of supernatural beings and taken from all she's ever known. Add to that the part where she finds out she's part of a prophecy AND her special supernatural power and boy oh boy is there trouble. Dani's power is freaking amazing, by the way. It definitely has its disadvantages, but there is no denying how cool it is. Like Russ says, it's "supernatural awesomeness!" It reminds me of Peter from the TV show Heroes! Anyone? Ahem, anyway. Oh yeah! Another thing that happens after Dani's kidnapped is she's "tortured" in a supernatural way and then given to the Seer as his mate. All of this happens in a fairly short period of time and without her consent. This poor girl! I mean, how much can one person take?! Granted, the Seer (aka Gabriel) is amazingly sweet and gentle and innocent, but I know I wouldn't want my choices stolen from me like that.
Danielle's confusion over her feelings for both Russ and Gabriel were a bit frustrating at times, as a reader. I can only imagine how confusing it was for her! There's one boy she's known most her life and has a great connection with, then a new guy comes in and she has a deep connection with him, too. Honestly, I always felt Russ and Dani were too much alike. They fought a lot and are both very loud and opinionated, but they have grown up together. I feel that Gabriel is a better match for her because he's so calm and level-headed and honest. I thought those two together had great balance, but I still don't like how the bond was made.
It was like a roller coaster, always wondering who to trust! How much does Russ' dad, Alex, know? Is the Supreme High Councilor really a good guy or a lying traitor? Can Gabriel really be as innocent as he seems? Okay, that last one never actually made me wonder. From the get-go I felt Gabriel was very genuine. I guess it was mostly the grown ups that I couldn't seem to trust.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel! As always, Kelly Oram has written a great, intriguing story that will make readers swoon, gasp in horror and scream in shock! Like all of Kelly's books I've read so far, I was completely sucked into the story. Bring on the next one!
A favorite quote: “Evil is a choice. It doesn't matter if you are human or supernatural. It matters what kind of person you are.”
|I think it was more of a 3.5, but I still really enjoyed it, so 4 it is. And I don't do half ratings... yet.|