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Posted November 21, 2011
Another great book by the awesome Ms. Swanson! If you haven't read the first book in the series, Ripple, yet, you really should. I really liked it and I couldn't wait to read Chameleon. Luckily, Cidney was kind enough to gift me a copy so I didn't have to wait long at all!
Chameleon picked up practically right where Ripple left off, which I really love in a follow up book. In this book, since you already know all the background about the ripple effect, it jumps right in and grabs you from the get go. It's a really quick read because everything just flows right along at a great pace.
From Goodreads: "Sixteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz has a lot on her mind. The crush who kissed her but changed his mind. The BFF who thinks Sam is in an abusive relationship. The geneticist who wanted Sam dead but now wants her ALIVE. And of course, Sam¿s still dealing with a tendency to disappear into thin air."
Poor Sam is as confused as can be by Will's lack of a reaction to her since they kissed. He's gone back to just being her buddy, but her best friend still thinks he's abusing her. To make matters worse, they are all going on a class trip to France together, with Will's sister, Mickey, acting as chaperone. On the flip side, Sam, Will and Mickey are finally going to get to meet their contact in person and hopefully get some more information on the gene that causes Will and Sam to ripple.
I can honestly say that you get to find out LOTS of information in this book! It's very action-packed and exciting, plus there is definite character growth, which all adds up to a terrific book! And the end sets you up perfectly for the third book, which I imagine will be even better than the first two as Ms. Swanson just seems to keep getting better and better with each book! I can definitely highly recommend this to the paranormal lovers out there :D
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Posted March 12, 2012
Just like book one, this book had me hooked at the first line. Cidney's writing is eloquent. I am a big fan of this series and the originality of the story. Well done.
Author Christy Sloat
Posted February 20, 2012
It's not often that I feel compelled to continue on and finish a series. Often, I will love or like the first book but then the second book will bore me to tears and that will be that. But I am so excited about the Ripple series! Chameleon was just as good as, if not better, than the first book. I made the mistake of starting it late at night and had to stay up to finish it because it was so intense! Things would just be calming down and suddenly something else would pop up. The storyline becomes even more fascinating in this one. There are excerpts scattered throughout this book and they're actually so creepy to read! I usually do not like this style of writing but it worked so well here because the excerpts were so horrifying I could not look away! Swanson has created so many terrifying characters but at the same time they are so incredibly believable. This book certainly gives you a lot to think about and shows you how humans can rationalize horrors to themselves and the long term effects of traumatizing a young child. Sam, Mickie and Will spend most of this book in Paris and they definitely manage to get themselves into a lot of trouble! I love the interactions between these three characters. None of them take anything too seriously and they're just really fun to read about. Sam and Will developed well throughout this one and we definitely get to see much more of Will's personality shining through! Mickie is as hilarious as ever, even if she's grumpy as hell. If I start talking about Sir Walter, I will never stop. He was so awesome and maybe even my favourite character so far. As you can see, I'm certainly now a huge fan of Cidney Swanson. Chameleon did not fail to impress and I'll be so excited to get my hands on the third book to see what's in store for these amazing characters!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2012
I read both books in less than two days, I couldn't put it down! Chameleon picks up right where Rippler left off, so make sure you read that one first. Can't wait for the 3rd book! Well done Cidney!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2012
After rehashing some history for her audience, Samantha Ruiz continues her story in Chameleon, telling us about her trip to France and what she discovers there. As she and her friends learn more about her ability to ripple, their situation becomes increasingly dangerous. A confrontation leads to disaster and the friends are forced to decide upon the best course of action to keep everyone safe...and alive. Their decision, however, will lead into trying times, and abandon them all to harrowing uncertainty. It was exciting to follow Sam and her friends through this part of her story and to uncover more about the history of her condition. Midway through the narrative, I was introduced to one of my favorite types of characters, who played a significant role in helping Sam escape the clutches of the wretched Dr. Gottlieb. (He was promptly snuffed out, but somehow, I'm sure he'll be back.) Even in the final chapters of the book, new characters were still joining the cast, which helped turn the end into a cliffhanger. I loved all the neologisms that were threaded into the dialogue. The writing was rich and imaginative and really brought the scenes of the story to life. One hangup for me, however, was the blatant overuse of the words "guffaw" and "chortle" (which actually continues from the first book). I'm not sure any of the characters ever laughed! There were a few hints that made me worry the series might turn into one of those science VS religion disasters, but up to now, the story has (wisely) avoided delving too deeply into either subject. I'm hoping that won't change. Provided it doesn't, I'll be eagerly following the series to its conclusion. And, hey. Paranormal romance without all the cheese. That's a good thing, right?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2011
(From my Wordpress blog, Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)
Things are heating up for Samantha Ruiz, a high school student with a bad habit of disappearing- literally. Her best friend is giving her the cold shoulder, the boy she likes is sending mixed signals, and oh yeah- evil scientists are hunting her down to experiment on her.
The second book in Cidney Swanson¿s Ripple series gets off to a running start. There are a few stumbling blocks of exposition as Swanson deals with the always problematic recapping of the last book, but after that it¿s smooth going. The pace of this sequel is much faster than the first book. The action starts immediately, and the plot moves quickly enough that it¿s difficult to put down. There¿s clearly a lot of thought behind it as well- I had a sort of tip-of-the-iceberg feeling more than once.
This is particularly the case with the villains. The notes between the chapters (in this case, from Helga¿s biography of her father) continue to provide insight into the bad guys even when they¿re not actually present. The one we do spend the most time with, Ivanovich/Deuxiémè, is one of the most fascinating. I was quite attached to him by the end. Helmann himself remains hidden apart from what we learn of him from other sources.
Of the good guys, my favorite is Sir Walter. His presence is reassuring, but he¿s not portrayed as all-powerful, and he has a sort of old-fashioned, grandfatherly air about him. Gwyn, on the other hand, I wanted to slap. She gave Sam the cold shoulder for a year because she mistakenly thought Will was beating her, and she gets off the hook with a simple apology? It might be believable that Sam is just happy to have her friend back, but Gywn appears to feel no guilt for abandoning her friend and talking about her behind her back. I¿d kick her to curb. Then again, when I¿m emotionally invested enough it a character to be yelling at the page, it¿s usually a sign that the author¿s doing a good job!
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Posted January 4, 2012
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