Friday, June 28, 2013
VBT: Review ~ Chameleon by Kelly Oram
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.
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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“This…” Russ put his fingertips on my cheek and dragged them down my neck, then brushed them back and forth along the length of my collarbone. It was too much to handle. My breath caught in my lungs and I started to tremble.
“The chance to touch you like this,” Russ said. “In a way that could never be mistaken for friendship, it’s all I ever think about anymore.”
A loud, slow clap startled both Russ and me from the trance we’d fallen into.
Standing twenty feet away on the edge of the lake was a tall man with sun-kissed skin and shaggy brown hair that fell in his eyes and curled out behind his ears. He looked about twenty-five and had arms that bulged out from the sleeves of his t-shirt. I had no doubt he could bench-press like five of me.
He was good-looking, but he was a stranger. Which, in our quiet little town that was so far off the beaten path people only came here when they had a really good reason to, was highly unusual.
“Now that was a line,” he said with amusement. “Seriously, I’m going to have to use that sometime.”
“Yeah, and until you showed up the line was working,” Russ called out in a voice full of false friendliness. “So, uh, show a little decency and find somewhere else to be.”
The stranger laughed. “I like you. You remind me of myself. If I were you I’d give the girl a kiss while you have the chance.”
When Russ’s muscles tightened I gently put my hand on his arm. “Be careful. There’s something about him. I can feel him like I feel you and your dad.”
Russ glanced at me. “He’s a supernatural?” he whispered back. “Are you sure?”
“As sure as I can be.”
I looked back at the stranger. It didn’t look like he was in a hurry to follow Russ’s advice to get lost. He walked over to the pile of clothes Russ and I had left on the shore and picked up my shirt. “This is a nice color for you, Danielle. I like it when girls aren’t afraid to wear a little color. Why don’t you come out of there and let me see how it looks on. I assume you’ll want to be dressed for our journey.”
Russ pushed me behind him. “And just what journey are you talking about?” he asked while I had another question.
“How do you know my name?”
“You’d better get used to that, Dani. Pretty soon every supernatural in the world will know your name. News travels fast, and the rumors about you, well, let’s just say you’re a bit of a celebrity. That’s why I’m here. I’ve come to fetch you for my boss. He’s very interested in meeting the one who’s supposed to fulfill the prophecy.”
To my surprise Russ let out a gasp and looked at me with wide eyes.
“That’s right,” the stranger said to Russ. “The Seer has predicted it. No doubt the council is already on their way to steal and corrupt her for their own purpose. My job was to get here before they do.”
Prophecy? Seer? Council? This entire conversation was over my head.
“What’s he talking about?” I asked Russ, but he ignored me. His attention was fixed on the stranger.
“Looks like he’s on steroids and likes to play fetch for his master? Must be a werewolf.” When the stranger grinned proudly Russ matched his smirk. “That explains the smell.”
“Just as your magic explains your misguided sense of superiority young master warlock.”
“You’re not taking her anywhere.”
“Danielle.” The werewolf addressed me suddenly. “Your boy toy here is overconfident. I’m a full-grown werewolf—second in command of my pack, and a trained worrier. A few beginner knockback spells from a young warlock-in-training won’t be any match for me. Come with me now and there doesn’t have to be a fight, but if he tries anything I will kill him.”
I didn’t have to think about his request. His threat was obviously real so I headed for the shore before Russ could stop me.
“Smart girl,” the werewolf said tossing me my shirt.
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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Of Kelly's books that I have read, I have loved them all. To my knowledge, this is her first paranormal romance. I thought it was a terrific start to a new series. I will be following this series for sure!
You will find warlocks, witches, vampires, fae (though only one so far), werewolves, nephilim, demons, and a heroine who is extra special in Chameleon.
Dani is very powerful but doesn't even know it. She doesn't realize that the things that go bump in the night are real. She doesn't even know that her best friend and recent crush, Russ, is a warlock. At least not until the night he tries to tell her. She freaks a little and then accepts a date with another guy. Russ gets a little jealous and sets into motion some actions that bring Dani's power to the surface. Talk about a surprise!
Russ and his father who also happens to be a warlock, try to talk her through it but she is stunned. Eventually she relents and agrees to talk with them. Shortly after that her whole world falls apart.
The council takes her away against her will. She is basically told that this will be her new home and that her old life is over.
She is introduced to the Seer. He is the one who "found" her and sent the council to retrieve her. She is attracted to him even though she loves Russ.
There is so much more to say but I don't want to ruin any of the surprises. Believe me there are plenty!
Chameleon has romance, a love triangle, supernatural beings, danger, action, and mystery all woven neatly into a compelling plot. There is something for everyone.
I have to admit that I was a little upset by the love triangle as Dani doesn't pick the guy that I would have wanted. At first I was a little disgruntled but I am sure that it will work out with the other guy. I just wish that it didn't leave the one she didn't pick heartbroken.
The man behind all of the attacks really surprised me. I really didn't see it coming!
I recommend this to everyone who likes YA paranormal books. The romance was mild with no more than kissing happening.
I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was hooked from the beginning and I thought it was awesome. I can't wait to read the next book. I hope that it doesn't take too long! :-)
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