Chameleon (Supernaturals #1)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.
by Kelly Oram
Published: June 20, 2013
Source: eARC provided by author for honest review.
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.
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My Thoughts: Dani Webber has just turned 16 years old. It's the middle of the night when her best and really only friend Russ sneaks in to wake her up, wish her happy birthday, and give her a surprise that only Russ could come up with. He not only gives her a surprise, he confesses to her what he truly is, and it is not human. Dani, of course, doesn't believe him and in fact get really ticked off at him. She doesn't understand why, but lately she has been thinking of Russ as way more than just a friend. In fact, it takes all her strength to keep her hands off of him and be separated from him. Then when something happens to her she can't explain, she soon finds out that Russ and his dad Alex aren't the only supernatural ones in their small town, that in fact, she is one herself. Their quiet town soon becomes bombarded with more than one unwelcome supernatural visitor who want Dani, because she is "The Chosen One," and against her will and her wishes, Dani finds herself whisked off the consulate headquarters in New York and staring into the eyes of another almost painfully beautiful boy who she soon finds out is destined to be a big part of her life. Caught up in an ancient prophecy, visions of the future, her future, and the impending supernatural battle to come, Dani is unsure exactly what she is, who she can trust, and why she cares for two very different boys so much. When Dani, Gabriel, and Russ have to work together in order to get to the bottom of what is going on, things really get interesting to say the least. Nothing is as it seems, everyone is a suspect, the worst evil imaginable is about the be let loose upon the earth, and if that isn't enough, she is going to have to choose between the two boys who mean more to her than anything.
I enjoyed Chameleon. It is a paranormal story that takes place in a contemporary setting. There are all kinds of supernatural beings, warlocks, witches, werewolves, vampires, fae, necromancers, seers, and the like, and Dani is destined to be connected to them all. I liked Dani's character. She is snarky, brave, very smart-mouthed and headstrong, and she doesn't take crap from anyone, something that gets her into a lot of trouble. Russ is the super hot "bad boy" type. He is actually very much like Dani, where as Gabriel is quiet, honest, mysterious, devastatingly handsome, and he has tattoos, which ups his hottness factor. There is a love triangle going on, and I actually liked both boys a lot, though I think I am glad she chose the one she did. The plot was interesting and fast paced, and though the story is told from Dani's point of view, I felt like I really got to know all of the characters. There were quite a few secondary characters that played an important role in the story, and my favorite was Duncan, a vampire, and I hope to see a lot more of him in the next installment. Kelly Oram did a good job keeping you guessing as to who the bad guy was in the story, and just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be a twist in the story and things were turned around in another direction. The title of the book fits the story perfectly, but I can't tell you why without spoiling it. The romance is hot and well done. I am usually not a huge fan of love triangles, but I didn't mind this one. I really don't care for huge cliffhangers , and I thought this story ended well, leaving you satisfied, while looking forward to the next book in the series. Chameleon is the first book by Kelly Oram that I have read and I really enjoyed it, and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
About the Author:
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
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