AN ISOLATED CONVENT. A SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE. A DARK SECRET. SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction! I can't believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father. Ask his forgiveness. Seven months. Seven months isn't that long, is it? I'll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I'll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.Puerto Rico, 1973 17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.At night, the waterfall's dark music haunts her dreams of drowning... When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. The body count begins. Someone doesn't want the secret out... Are the ghost and Paloma's suspicions real-or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
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About the Author
A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing-compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy-but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults.
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Chameleon based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review Chameleon by Zoe Kalo! Paloma is taken to a convent to "repent, grow and become a better person", as the head nun tells her, even though Paloma feels as though she's being punished. She is dropped off at the convent by her mother, stepfather and her younger half sister, Sara, who is sad to leave Paloma. The reason Paloma is in trouble is because she tried conducting seances to reach her father, who died when she was young. Paloma becomes part of a group of teenage girls that each have a story of their own. She is unsure who she can trust, any of the girls or even the nuns. The story pulled my attention in from the beginning with its suspense, mystery and a promise of the paranormal. The complex characters and layered mystery kept me on my toes! 5 stars for the twists, turns and the interesting setting of this story!
I just don't know where to start, I have only good words to say about this novel. This book was a total package. It had a ghost story, it had crime, and it also had traces of psychology. Right from the time Paloma was sent to the convent, she could sense something weird, something different about the place. But she was quite determined to not make friends, and just spend 7 months anyway, after which she would leave and go home. But then she meets Rubia, Adelita, Silvy, and Maria. And soon she realises that stay in this covent won't be the way she had planned. Every character is mysterious, dialogues spoken reveal less, hold back more, so I just wanted to keep on turning the pages, so that I could know more. Few dialogues just brought chills down my spine. This book got me captivated and I was always on the edge of my seat, enjoying every bit of this story. Even though it had a supernatural angle but I found the story to be quite believeable. The mystery and the suspense was held till the end, and then the revelations started coming. Some of the revelations were really unpredictable. The story was scary, thrilling and had all the elements that made this book a utterly engaging read. I would like to add that Chameleon had a kind of abrupt ending, so maybe a few more pages to nullify it would have been better. But it was not much of a problem for me because it didn't feel like a cliffhanger. Overall I would say that Chameleon has a nice story and I would recommend it to all ghost and mystery lovers.