Review: Chameleon by Cidney Swanson

Chameleon by Cidney Swanson
Series: Ripple (#2)
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Williams Press
Pages: 189
Source: ebook provided by author

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. 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.

Cover/title: COVER LOVE! I loved book one’s cover too!!!
Review: These stories have grit. I absolutely love this trilogy so far! In book one, Sam found out that she has the ability to ripple, or turn invisible. She also discovered that her mom and best friend’s death were not accidental and she was the intended target. Now, it seems that Sam, as well as Will, are both wanted by geneticists that have sinister plans. Do they want them dead or alive and why? When a note and video arrives by mail, Sam, Will, and Will’s sister watch it and discover plans to wipe out an entire generation for the sake of a superior race are being put into motion. Woven into the story, similar to book one, are journal entries from World War II experiments, letters between conspirators, and scribbled notes which were chilling to read. I was filled with dread when Sam and Will decided to break into the lab, again, to try and find black journals that might have answers to their questions…

Deciding to use a school trip as cover, they then travel to France to meet the mysterious sender of the notes, Sir Walter. He translates the journals and they read the terrible truth about genetic purging and experiments to control anyone who can ripple or is considered a “chameleon.” When the true nature of rippling is explained to them, the small group realizes that people who can ripple are not aging when they are invisible and that the evil mastermind has been around much longer than they thought. After being abducted on the trip, Sam befriends an unlikely ally and discovers that she is indeed the one being sought after. The only thing to find is why?

Kudos to Ms. Swanson for bringing the trip to France alive for her readers. The authenticity and attention to detail is wonderfully written as the mystery deepens for the characters. Sir Walter is a gentleman and I loved his character. Another bonus in this book is that Will and Sam FINALLY figure out that they do indeed have chemistry between them – only to part at the end. Where’s book three? When will they EVER be safe? A MUST read!!!

Advice: Very enjoyable reading from cover to cover! The action and suspense just kept building!

Quote: “I hungered to hold those books within my hands.” Page 19

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