09 June, 2014

Review: Chameleon by Kelly Oram

Title: Chameleon
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Published: June 25, 2013

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. 
Series: Supernaturals Book 1

I quite enjoy and find intriguing the prophecy deciding destiny tropes in books, so when Kelly Oram’s, Chameleon, proved to be little less mesmerizing and a lot more frustrating, I was not a satisfied reader, to say the least. 

The backdrop of Chameleon – full of supernaturals of every race; warlocks, witches, vampires, werewolves, seers and demons – is much the same as any other paranormal read. And yet, there is a unique charm to its familiarity that I enjoyed very much. The beginning starts off promising enough, with Dani, our heroine, turning sixteen and finding out that not only is her best friend, Russ, a warlock but she is a supernatural as well, with her own special ability. This, coupled with the straight-forward, not overly complicated romance between Dani and Russ set-up the perfect, entertaining storyline. Initially, this is the sort of book that is easy to get absorbed in, however, it is the latter more-than half of the book, after Dani gets kidnapped by the Council of supernaturals, that provided a steady decline in the amusing factor.

With all its familiar ideas, it comes as no surprise that there would be something off about the story, despite the homey feelings stirred with the paranormal creatures that inhabit its world. The world-building is, really, nothing special. It’s a little bit of modern-lifestyle thrown together with a (very) subtle historic feeling when the Council of supernaturals is introduced. There is a lot of room for future development, which I think the story could benefit from for the rest of the series. Other than that, the world is neither interesting nor worth remembering, perhaps somewhere in between.

The plot isn’t much better off. After the kidnapping, the story picks up quite rapidly in its emerging events, and not in a good way. We have too much happening in the span of what feels like all of ten minutes. Dani gets kidnapped, the council is introduced, the Seer is introduced, the prophecy told, all with the love triangle at the center of attention. The storyline soon becomes overcrowded, with unexpected plot twists and turns – which if they had been in another story, presented a different way, I would have jumped at the chance to talk about, but not with this – too much unnecessary angst, and the endless descriptions, and over-complications of every decision Dani makes. The epic and mysterious plot that the description offers is, unfortunately, reduced to a tedious banality. 

More than the plot being dull, it is the love triangle that made this read so frustrating for me, and perhaps the only book where I whole-heartedly favour the second guy over the first. Russ did it for me with his easy going demeanor and his loyalty towards Dani, to the point, where his character is the only character that garnered both sympathy and affection from me. I loved Dani and Russ, and the best-friends-to-lovers romance is a favourite of mine, which is why when Gabriel, the Seer, is brought into the picture I lost all semblance of having an open mind about this book. The love triangle’s failing played in part to all the extreme changes in the story. Dani goes from being a snarky, intelligent girl to a helpless, blind-by-love fool. The romance is cheesy, confusing, and definitely not worth rooting for. I couldn’t wrap my head around the “Gabriel-Dani” couple. Above all, I did not come to appreciate Gabriel's character. He has no spunk, no allure, rather he comes across as meek, not a character that gets my immediate attention. By the middle-end of the story, I found it difficult to invest in any of the characters, and ultimately, gave up trying to find a final redeeming quality. There is a lot more that could be said for the impossibility that this love triangle is, but to sum it up, it is beyond frustrating. 

With that said, I believe Chameleon is the type of read that will work only for people who have the right mind-set and patience for a love triangle, and all the conflicting emotions that it brings. If not for that addition to the storyline, this could have been a worthwhile read. Nonetheless, despite my reservations, I am still hoping that Ungifted will prove to be what its predecessor is not – memorable with no (I wish!) or as little as possible mention of the love triangle. Keeping my fingers crossed. 

***A copy was provided by the author for review.***

My Rating:

18 December, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (39)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!


  My WoW, today is:

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pre-order: Amazon | The Book Depository

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Its Jennifer L. Armentrout....do I have to say anything more!?? :D What do you think of this one? Leave your comments and links below so I can check out what you're all waiting on this week! ;p

13 December, 2013

Comeback? Anyone Interested?

Okay, I figured the terminator was an appropriate start to this post considering the topic at hand. lol ;p *shrug* I couldn't resist. What can I say....I'm weird. So, this blog hasn't seen the light of day since who knows when, but I am so over that like whip cream, I can't even tell you. Long story short....SCHOOL! Horrid, dreaded thing. I honestly couldn't keep up with my first year at university and writing reviews, and reading, and commenting. I guess, an apology is in order first for leaving without word. But to all of my beautiful Literary Lovers out there, I am sooo back! I can't wait to share my thoughts again, and see what all of you have been up to. Expect to see a boat load of comments on your blogs! I seriously need to catch up. :D I've missed out on the blogging community, and I wont lie and say the thought of closing the blog hasn't crossed my mind...but I just can't make myself do it. Blogging is a whole other world. Almost, like chocolate and cake. You really can't out beat those. I can't make myself part with this world just yet, and that being said, I hope everyone takes kindly to my brief message (is it brief if there are a lot of words!?? ;p). Oh and thank you for being a supporter. That's one thing I'll never get tired of. :)

16 September, 2013

Cover Reveal: Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you guys the cover of Carmen Jenner's debut novel Welcome to Sugartown hosted by the lovely Lady Amber's Tours! It's so different from usual covers, plus there's a hottie! I love it! :D

Title: Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown #1)
Author: Carmen Jenner
Published: November 3, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Book Website: Welcome to Sugartown

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won't just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Welcome to Sugartown.

*Content Warning. Intended for a mature 18+ audience. Contains explicit sex, oodles of profanity and a crap-tonne of AWKWARD.

About the Author:
Carmen Jenner lives on the far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia with her partner, their two awesome kids and her Chihuahua Pikelet. Her interests include: books, cupcakes, biker boys, naughty faeries, zombies and things with fangs.

She’s the author of Book Me! a book review site and is currently working hard on some super scintillating, sekrit squirrel project that you'll be dying to read.

Her short story: What Goes Around, was published in Crooked Cat Publishing's Fear: A Modern  Anthology of Horror and Terror October 3, 2012.

Her sexy debut New Adult Contemporary novel, Welcome to Sugartown, is set for release November 3, 2013

She will be appearing as a panelist at UtopYA 2014

Carmen despises talking about herself in the third person but LOVES hearing from Authors, Publishing Houses, and fellow Bloggers.

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