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Chameleon by Cidney Swanson
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Sep 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-by-heather

Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Author for Honest Review
Reviewer: Heather


Chameleon is the second installment in the Ripple series. As I have yet to read the first book in the series I can’t comment on how well the two flowed into each other, but overall this could easily work as a standalone title. This shows strength in the abilities of the author, because as we all know, creating a series can be very difficult.



The story shows us two distinct ripplers in the beginning, and as it progresses, we learn that Sam is a very special Chameleon, if not the most sought after. The exact why is found out later in the story, but I honestly don’t want to give it away. Ripplers, or Chameleons have the ability to become invisible. This allows them to slow down the aging process and seemingly live forever. Of course this would be highly sought after, and in one scientists mind could lead to the perfect utopia. Disastrous science experiments, harming and testing on children, killing innocents all mean nothing to these scientists. However, they still appear to be missing the key, the link, they don’t have…Sam.



While the story itself begins in California, Sam, Will, and Mickie take us on a journey to France! While you move through the plot of Helga’s attempts to capture Sam, you will receive a quite lovely and subtle history of the country itself. I was even able to learn a few French phrases too. I really loved this unique aspect that you won’t typically find in novels for young adults.



While the trio is trying to stay under the radar of Helga and her minions, the group finds themselves learning more about how they came to be, and how the genes of the Chameleon are passed down. But does any of it really matter? Can they defeat, expose or overcome the scientists plot? Will Sam ever be safe from the monsters that seek to use her? Does Sam ever get to let Will know she loves him?



There is so much going on with this story, but it all adds up in the very end. The author brings suspense, mystery, history and even science into a wonderful read that has a touch of romance. I look forward to reading not only the first in the series, but hopefully more that follows in the future. I don’t think the story is ready to be finished anytime soon!
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