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Changeling (MetaWars #2)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  330 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
The second in a new series by popular urban fantasy author Kelly Meding, about an X-Men-like group of young people with superpowers who must find a way to work together.

Five months ago, Dahlia Perkins was a struggling newspaper journalist whose biggest responsibility was paying her rent on time. After learning she has the ability to absorb and deflect massive amounts of he
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Jul 13, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Holy f*ck! Seriously, and in all honesty, those were the first two words out of my mouth when I finished this book. Thank goodness the kids weren’t around. But my aunt and uncle were. They just pretended they didn’t hear me and walked away. That was a good idea; I needed some time on my own to let things soak in a bit.

Changeling by Kelly Meding is the second book in her Meta Wars series and it is a non-stop-you-barely-have-time-to-breath sort of book. T
Katie Michaels
Aug 23, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
I don't even know where to begin. I want to begin at the ending, because I am still shaking my head... kind of... stunned by how it all went down. I won't spoil you, of course, but I will say that never in a million years did I expect what happened in those last few chapters.

This is book two in Kelly Meding's MetaWars series, but the main character is no longer longer Trance. Dahlia, the newest member of the super-hero team has taken the lead role. The story is told from her first person POV.

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Jul 17, 2012 Pamela / SpazP rated it really liked it
Dahlia Perkins, also known by her Meta name Ember, is basically the proverbial new kid on the block with the Ranger Corps. She only recently discovered her powers, and is the newest recruit to the group. She has yet to find her place or her purpose, except for following Trance's lead. It has been six months since their showdown with Specter in the first book, Trance, and their biggest concerns lately are picking out new paint and light fixtures for their new headquarters. That all changes once E ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Hobart rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I'll be honest -- when I saw that this sequel would have a different narrator/central character than Trance, I lost a lot of interest in it, and really only started the thing since I'd already spent the $$ and had a mild dose of curiosity. Within 20 pages, though, I was in--hook, line, sinker, and probably even rod and reel.

The same fun, excitement and heart that characterized Trance, are fully present and accounted for in this installment. This is a great world that Meding has created for us,
Hate to sound geeky but this was a neat story, enjoyed learning more about the characters and once again thought the plot concepts were well executed.
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Quick & Dirty: A dark and bleak setting with original storytelling that kept me guessing from beginning to end.

Opening Sentence: “Who’s got the friggin’ fire extinguisher?”

The Review:

Changeling is the second book in the MetaWars series and it follows Dahlia Perkins as she is just beginning to learn to use her Meta powers. It has only been about six months since her powers have awakened. She has some really interesting fire type powers, if you get her mad s
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I can't even remember when I last read the first in this series by Kelly Meding, so diving back into this one was a mite tricky. Luckily, it's one of those series that has a different character with each book, so I didn't really need all the backstory to Trance. Changeling was definitely an interesting development in the series and had quite a few shocks and surprises that I didn't expect so soon in a series.

Dahlia is the youngest member of the MetaHumans and everyone wants to protect her. Ethan
Apr 27, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


My first thoughts upon finishing Changeling were holy shit does Meding love to torture the hell out of her characters! The second thought was, I definitely want more of Dahlia to see what happens next to her! I loved the first book, Trance, and was eagerly waiting for Changeling to come out so that I could find out who the next character to be introduced was and what diabolical evil plans Meding had for her characters. Of course, one thing lead to ano
Aug 08, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Changeling is the second book in Kelly’s Meta Wars series, set in a futuristic and somewhat dystopian Los Angeles. We follow newcomer Dahlia Perkins as she adjusts to being a superhero and unravels a series of grisly murders that link directly to a past she doesn’t quite remember. Unlike her other series, Meding chose to use different point of view characters for each book. As such, we don’t see too much of the narrator of book 1, Teresa “Trance” West in this book. I have to say one thing I love ...more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the second book in the MetaWars series by Kelly Meding. This book is told from the point of view of Dahlia Perkins, aka Ember. We were introduced to her in the first book, as a newly found Meta with the ability to absorb flames and heat. 6 months have passed since the ending of Trance and the former Rangers are working on putting together the house that they will be using as a base of operations. We find out that Dahlia has access to a trust fund set up by the father that she has never ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Kricket rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Orignally posted on

Normally I try not to spoil stuff in my reviews, but I'm not sure I can do that this time. So fair warning, there are spoilers.

I was seriously disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Trance, but this one just falls so flat.

First, Dahlia was such a weak character after reading about Teresa. And at first, it works. Dahlia is new to the group and uncertain of her place in it. But her character didn't change much
Aug 31, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, read-2015
Changeling has one of the most bizarrely awesome endings I have ever read! I mean, the whole book was quite great, but I never would have expected that ending. Maybe a variation on it, but I really never expect authors to stick it out with something like that. Woah. Anyway. Dahlia aka Ember is the newest member of the Meta team, but she's not exactly accepted. Then she's shot at, but Trance takes the bullet, and empty bodies (as in just in tact skin) start showing up. Someone seems to be out for ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
This review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion

Moving forward in the MetaWars series, Changeling was both a thrilling addition to a world I had grown to like and a sharp departure from the course set by Trance, the first book in this series.

Told from the viewpoint of Dahlia Perkins, the newest member of the Meta team, it vividly portrayed the challenges of both a world in social upheaval over the resurgence of the Metas and the inner-dynamic of divergent personalities attempting to come together
Jul 05, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Meding's Changeling is just as action packed as the first book in her Meta Wars series, Trance. This book picks up after the events in Trance with the Meta crime fighters setting off on their own. This book does switch narrators from book one with the team's newest member taking the reigns. Dahlia quickly won this reader over though, and I am glad that Meding chose to give readers a switch in point of view. Dahlia finds herself the target of a mysterious enemy which puts the lives of her friends ...more
The first book in the Meta Wars series, Trance, was one of my favorite books of 2011. I love superheroes and really there just aren’t enough books out there that feature them. Kelly Meding’s series is fresh and exciting and with Kelly I know that I am always going to be surprised by what she does next. You really cannot predict how things will turn out.

Going into Changeling, I had expectations and now looking back I don’t know why since I have been reading Kelly’s work for a while now. I expecte
Anne Odom
Nov 26, 2012 Anne Odom rated it really liked it
This is not your typical paranormal romance/urban fantasy. This book is not for you, if you are going for the girl-meets-boy, girl-and-boy-get-insatiably-hot-for-each-other, girl-and-boy-have-some-heart-rending-complication, girl-and-boy-resolve-everything-with-the-hottest-sex-ever, oh-and-also-there's-a-bit-of-adventure-thrown-in. If I hadn't been wondering "when they heck are they getting together" for most of the book, I think I would have enjoyed the overall experience more. So know going in ...more
William Bentrim
Sep 10, 2012 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Changeling by Kelly Meding

In a world of mutants (my word not the author’s) there are allies and enemies but if changelings are involved how do you tell the difference?

This seems to be the second book of a series. I was not fortunate enough to read the first book, Trance. This book paints a picture of immature semi-super hero’s making mistakes and enemies while trying to do the right thing. Morality is fairly fluid as to the rule of law and biblical justice (old testament) seems to be favored.

Feb 03, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone how likes Urban Fantasy
Shelves: favorites
Initially I was shocked as I started reading to find that I was no longer hearing from Trance (The voice of book one) but instead was following Ember a character in the series that we had just started to know.

As always Kelly's books manage to surprise, even when you think you may start to see the ending develop the plot twists and becomes anew.

I won't give anything away, just tell you that you should really give Kelly Meding a chance if you haven't yet. She is an amazing offer and I look forwa
Jul 25, 2012 Turtles rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-modern
WTF, this book was just weird. I was kind of disappointed after reading the first book that the author decided to re-use the premise of a shape shifter/power stealer kind of thing as the leading villain again. I was also disappointed by all the raving injuries and deaths in the story (again). It's frustrating to get attached and have that person die. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that I waited a year after finishing the first book to read this one. I absolutely love this series so freaking much. The characters are compelling, and the plot has a way of building up until a completely explosive and intense finally. Seriously, I don't know how Kelly Meding does it. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I still feel as if I'm left reeling from some of the revelations. That being said, I cannot wait to jump into the next I don't think ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Darcy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, uf, super-heroes
I really liked the first book in the series, but this one was so different. I was ok with the way things started, but then when a whole different species was introduced I was leery. I hated how isolated Dahlia seemed from the group, or when she was with the group see seemed like the odd man out. I really hated how the book ended. It seems to me that the author has written herself into a corner with these 2 characters. I will read the next book in hopes it goes back to the goodness that was the ...more
May 24, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I loved Trance, the first book in the series, alot and Dahlia was one of my favourite characters, so I was thrilled to find out that Changeling featured her as the protagonist. A great read with an awesome finale that left me very much looking forward to the next one!
Oct 26, 2015 Amelia rated it liked it
I liked it okay. It seems the author is telling each story in the series from a different character's point of view. That took some getting used to. The writing hasn't improved. Repetitive words, LOTS of cliché and phrases she seems to be really attached to. Three of my pet peeves. I still enjoyed the story, but the stars are melting away...
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction

Kelly Meding crafts an intricate plot that is sure to keep you guessing. Just when you think you know what will happen, Meding shocks you with a premeditated move you didn't see coming. She managed to pull several twists on me and I'm still reeling!
Aug 10, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This one was a little different than the first book. I loved Daliah's POV but I think I liked the villan meta better and adding in mad scientists and genetic projects. It was just a little over the top for me to believe. But overall it was not a bad book. The ending left a lot to be desired though and its going to be a long wait to see what happens to our team next!
Jul 01, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good read. You can find my review here:

Also, there's a contest to win a copy of either this or the first book in the series on my blog:
Wow. So that's how it is Medling?
Talk about a cliffhanger.

I didn't think I would ever find a book with a stranger character transformation than in The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake but really, wow.
Jun 14, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
The author is not afraid of knocking off a major character and introducing new ones to the mix, and this installment in the series is no exception. Some of the main characters are likeable and some are not-so-likeable, and it will be interesting to see how (or if) they grow up as the series progresses.
Nov 02, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
Meta Wars book 2. This is a good series, a promising series. Read book 1 first even though each book centers around a separate character, there's too much back story in book 1 to skip it. Oh, and I TOTALLY didn't see that twist coming!!!!
Aug 31, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
Kelly Meding can write.
She told me..this one is about different people , not like the first book.

Oh, Kelly.
This was about putting the spotlight on other characters in the same family of stories.
It was fun.
I can't wait for more stories about the Metas.

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