Author: Kelly Oram
Publish Date: June 25th 2013 by Bluefields
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.
I always enjoy reading Kelly Oram’s books. Her characters’ have sass and there are plenty of scenes that make me giggle out loud. When I got the chance to read Chameleon early for review, I jumped at it. And for an e-book (PDF), it was pretty long, which I wasn’t expecting. I can’t be the only one who buys an e-book only to find out it’s really just twice the size of the preview you get for free.
Chameleon is about Dani, a girl who grew up in a small town and with her best friend Russ, have been pranking and terrorizing the town any chance they get. The relationship between Dani and Russ is sweet, but it evolves into a romantic one that bordered along obsessive – but for good reason. Dani turns out to be paranormal just like Russ and his father, who have been keeping it from her to keep her safe from “danger”. The supernatural go through a puberty like stage that requires them to be around and feed off of other supernatural’s energy. This need gets pretty intense in some of the scenes. The story escalates pretty quickly after Dani finds out she is supernatural and we meet a slew of other characters that become questionable allies and foes.
One thing that I always notice about Oram’s YA novels are the love interests and how intensely she develops their interactions throughout the plot. There is so much sexual tension you’d think they would be considered New Adult until you’re reminded the characters are only 16 or 17. For me, I didn’t mind the New Adult crossover even if it wasn’t intended, but I can see someone arguing against this point considering it’s geared towards a YA audience.
The paranormal aspect of this story was really thought out and I enjoyed learning about the different characters’ abilities and weaknesses. We meet warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and a seer (sees the future) that make up a supernatural Council that governs their “kind”. Dani is caught in the middle of the brink of a war between the supernatural and humans, and she is tasked with saving the world, which she fights against as much as she can, considering she is used by pretty much every character in this book for their own gain.
Although the plot felt drawn out a bit too much, I kept at it because I wanted to know who the bad guy was. Oram constantly turned the tables as to who might be behind the resistance/war against humans, but she also gave each character enough redeeming qualities for the reader to feel torn about where their loyalty lies. I was able to connect with these characters and worry about them, and I felt anger and disappointment when it turned out they did something untoward. These are characters I feel that I could meet in my own hometown and can see them clearly in my mind as they make serious decisions and act on scary impulses in order to help others.
This is the first book in Kelly Oram’s Supernatural series, and I will definitely be reading the second book when it comes out! I can’t wait to see what happens next! (16/17+ due to the steamy scenes. 😉 If you like supernatural action, steamy hand holding, and quirky and sassy main characters, Chameleon is for you!
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