As a reader there is always a little bit of apprehension about reading the second book in a series that started out with a bang. I can think of a number of sophomore publications that just didn’t live up to the whirlwind romance I had with the first book. As a reader I want to see my favorite characters grow yet experience the same level of excitement that accompanied that initial introduction into the world or plot the author was creating. Chimera by C.D. Bell did not dissappoint me.
Chimera picks up right were Weregirl leaves off; Nessa Kurland, a high school student who because of a wolf bite is able to transform into a wolf herself, is trying to piece together the events that have transpired as the result of uncovering the hidden work of Paravida, the “benevolent” chemical manufacturer that bought out the previous occupant of the local plant and assumed the clean up that had contaminated her small town of Tether, MI. But just like in the first book, C.D. takes us on a thrilling ride of unexpected twists and turns. I am still impressed that this YA book, while appropriate for teens, is not childish, but written in a way that even adults will be intrigued by the compelling story.
I am also pleased by the development of the lead character, Nessa. She is a great example of strong person who is intelligent and compassionate and determined to do the right thing, even if it means putting the needs of others before her own. She is so authentic and real you can’t help but love her. The supporting characters, Bree and Luc, are well-rounded and provide a great compliment to Nessa and the story. Like pieces of a puzzle they make the story complete.
Like I shared in my review of Weregirl, the backstory of the development of this trilogy is really neat. Employees at Chooseco created the story-line and characters as a creative group effort then enlisted C.D. to contribute her personal style to make their concept a written reality. Their personal investment in the promotion is evident by their excitement to do a character interview with Bree, look for it to post soon, and giveaway.
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