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Chameleon [NOOK Book]


When Sam learns of her nemesis Helmann’s Nazi-like plan to establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she’s determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter—their best hope for stopping Helmann’s brave new world. But Sam isn't any safer in France. Someone is following her. Someone invisible. Sam will have to figure out how to hide from an enemy she can’t even see.
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When Sam learns of her nemesis Helmann’s Nazi-like plan to establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she’s determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter—their best hope for stopping Helmann’s brave new world. But Sam isn't any safer in France. Someone is following her. Someone invisible. Sam will have to figure out how to hide from an enemy she can’t even see.
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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Sarah Vest
I couldn't put this book down! If you liked Rippler you will LOVE Chameleon. The plot thickens and the pace quickens. I can't wait for book three!
Goodreads - Heather Robbins
This continues Rippler and if you haven't read that well, what the heck are you waiting for? Really great!! Chameleon finds us right after the other book left us off and boy howdy are Sam and Will stuck in some trouble... It's adventurous, exciting, and angsty *just a tad* but who doesn't like some of that? The story line just keeps getting better Love where it is going and once again .... CAN NOT WAIT for MORE!!! Great Job Cidney Great Job!!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013313514
  • Publisher: Williams Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Series: Ripple Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 184,240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 527 KB

Meet the Author

*Get all 3 Ripple Books for only .99/2.99/2.99, reg. 4.99 each! Limited Time*
Cidney Swanson grew up within spitting distance of the central California foothills and learned to drive on the crazy highways linking gold rush ghost towns. She began her first novel at age eight; it started with "Ouch," and she's enjoyed creating painful situations for her characters ever since. Cidney worked as a costume designer, clothing designer, and kitchen gadget salesperson prior to giving it all up for literature. Cidney lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley with her husband, three kids, a dog, and two cats and entirely too much rain.
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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Excellent follow up to Ripple!!

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Simply wonderful!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Fabulous 2nd book in the series - a must read!

    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!

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Keep your eyes on this one...

    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?

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    A faster-paced follow-up to Rippler

    (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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