If you witnessed your parents killed at age five for reasons unknown only to endure eight years of isolation in captivity, what would you do with your life when you were suddenly rescued by family you never knew you had? What if you yourself were even more than you seemed? The universe can be both a terrible and wonderful place to live if you have the courage to explore it. Enter an alternate reality of civil war, secrets, murders and betrayals that transcends space and time with CHIMERA, Book One of the Weaver Series.
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About the Author
Vaun Murphrey lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, two sons and a shaggy black and white four-legged friend. Her life is composed of one ordinary day after another, at least from the outside -- on the inside she travels to different worlds. If Vaun ever seems distracted, now you know why...be patient, she returns on a regular basis to visit Earth.
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Chimera based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
First off—AMAZING COVER!!! That was the first thing to catch my attention about this book, it’s just so awesome! Then the description sounded great too and I just couldn’t not request it! There were parts of the plot I found interesting and parts I found to be rather ridiculous. There’s a lot going on and at points it just seems way too busy. I was utterly unprepared for how disturbing the beginning of the book would be, as she gets physically and sexually abused in a prison cell and I almost abandoned the book at that point and later at the ‘tingling’ she felt while looking at a boy. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I have a daughter myself that I just got really disturbed at certain things. Overall, an interesting read. I don’t regret the time I spent on it but I’m not sure if I’m going to finish the series. *I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
OK so I requested to read Vaun Murphrey’s first book which just happens to be the first book in her Weaver series. The description of the book caught my eye and when I noticed it was a series I also requested the additional books in the series. I have to admit that I was nervous about this one. I mean I requested three books from a series based on the description without even reading one of the books, what if I hated it and still had to read books two and three because I already said I would. Well WOOO let me tell you I’m glad I did it. I made myself sit down to start Chimera, before the end of the first chapter I was hooked. This is the story of Cassandra Rainbow, a girl who was taken after seeing her parents killed. She is then help prisoner until she turns thirteen, that is when her remaining family discover that she is still alive and breaker her out. When she is reunited with her mother’s brother, Uncle Gerome and his wife Maggie Cass learns who and what she is and why her parents were killed. We learn in this book that the human race is still evolving and Weavers are that evolution. But like with any people there are good and bad among them, then to add more we now know there is life out there. I have to say that I'm very grateful because Ms. Murphrey has written a great book and I can’t wait to read them all! ** I was provided a copy of this story to read in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. **
***I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** This YA sci-fi novel starts off slowly and requires persistent reading, but halfway through it really hits its stride and the pace picks up - after which it rollicks along. Cassandra, the protagonist, is a thirteen year old who has witnessed the death of her parents and been incarcerated for eight years. Her jailers seldom speak with her and her treatment has, at times, been brutal. She discovers that she is a member of a group of humans known as Weavers. Weavers have expanded mental capabilities and can travel via an alternate plane to explore the universe. Cassandra is vastly more powerful than other Weavers and herein lies her problem: she will be hunted for her gifts. My difficulty with the initial part of this book was that there was an enormous emotional distance between the reader and Cassandra. However, I began to wonder if this was a deliberate strategy on the part of the writer. Cassandra’s imprisonment has necessitated that she repress many of her emotions in order to survive, apart from the fact that there is no-one during this time for her to form any kind of attachment to. As the book progresses and Cassandra learns to show emotion and begin to form friendships, the reader is, similarly, more able to connect with the story. If this was strategy on the part of the author, then it was risky, because if I hadn’t been reviewing this, I may have actually stopped reading earlier on, though I’m glad I didn’t. There is a really great, different, interesting and complex story here, the mechanics of which are well thought out. However much of the first part of the novel felt like it was setting up the story for the bigger picture/next books. The reader is given a huge amount of necessary background information in dialogue between characters, which barely avoided feeling like an info dump and slowed the pace. The latter half does zip along really well and at this point I found myself not wanting to put the book down. When I finished it, I was disappointed and wanted more – I was glad to see that the first three chapters of the next book were there to read and they really romped along. The verdict: 3.5 stars and yes I’d read the next ones in the series.
I'm not a normal Sci-Fi book reader, but this book was excellent!!! The author managed to hold my mind captive from the beginning, couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to see what happens to Cassandra in the next book of this Triology.
If you like sci-fi/fantasy books, this one is excellent. The author is a true storyteller and draws you into the situation immediately and keeps you hooked all the way to the end. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. Susan Nix