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Chimera – ARC Review (Spoiler-Free)

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I received an advanced reader copy courtesy of the publisher for an honest review. Thank you to ChoosecoΒ for the opportunity.

Hey guys πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve had a terrific weekend!

As you might remember (or not, it’s been about a year since), I simply adored Weregirl, the first book in a trilogy by D.C. Bell. It had a kickass heroine, an awesome story and wolves. I mean, what’s there not to like? Here’s my review of it.

It’s a shame I can’t fangirl about this book as much as I’d like for fear of spoilers… But I made sure to include a lot of punctuation.


This review is completely spoiler-free.

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  • Title: Chimera (Weregirl #2)
  • Author: C.D. Bell
  • Publisher: Chooseco
  • Publication Date: November 1st, 2017
  • Page Count: 400

synopsis

Nessa Kurland’s adventures continue as she tries to live a normal teenage life in a not so normal town. As strange things start to happen in Tether again, Nessa’s mother is apparently involved and her daughter needs to find a way to uncover the truth…


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When it was announced that Weregirl would get TWO MORE BOOKS, I was over the moon ❀ Weregirl had been such a special book. And after receiving the ARC for Chimera, I couldn’t read it fast enough. It was brilliant! So yeah, to everyone who was a bit concerned about my unlucky streak with bad books, you may rest assured: this one definitely made up for that!


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I couldn’t put this book down. It pulled me in from the very start and didn’t let go for one second. I just wanted to know more and more! Plus, the pacing was insane!

Nessa is as badass as ever. Any other seventeen year old would have cowered in fear or become paralyzed when faced with her circumstances. But not Nessa – she took matters into her own hands and vowed to make things right, no matter the danger. She’s the epitome of a role model and I love her to bits!

The romance was adorable. It was kind of “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it”, which is incredibly uncommon in paranormal YA, but worked super well! It made me appreciate all the little moments they had together without taking my attention away from the plot – which was just perfection. Also, my heart!!!

My adoration for Nessa’s sweet family continues, as well. They are just so wonderful and have to go through such a rough patch in this one, which only brings them closer together. Bell is so incredibly skilled at portraying human relations – so much, sometimes, it’s scary.

The plot kept thickening and thickening until I felt literally strangled by the tension. There was so much Nessa had to uncover! It was maddening! And the more we found out, the more there was to find out, which was awesome!

I felt that, despite adoring book one, Chimera definitely invested a lot more in the story and added all these cool details and science facts. It was definitely creepier and more messed up than the first book. I kept shouting “WHAT!!” in my head way too times, just because of how unexpected some things were.

Whenever I felt like something needed to be explained further, the author made sure to do just that. No loose threads, no lazy plot holes. Everything that could be explained, was. And even though Nessa (and the reader) was kept in the dark for a very long time, the big reveals certainly made up for the wait.


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Sometimes, Nessa’s decisions would puzzle me a little bit. Her reactions, too. There were some major things happening and she wasn’t freaking out about them like a normal person. Which was a bit confusing, seeing how she was so incredibly realistic in some other situations.

It felt like I was figuring out a lot of stuff before Nessa did, which wasn’t exactly bad but made me wonder. Was the author not being elusive enough? Was I just picking up on clues way too fast?

The ending was… I don’t know, a bit unsatisfactory?Β I’m still unsure how I felt about it, to be honest. I’m glad there’s a sequel, though, because I would die if that was how things ended!


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I probably loved this one even more than Weregirl! Is it even possible?

The plot was absolutely insane and intricate, the characters as awesome and relatable as ever, the relationships incredibly realistic, the whole atmosphere just so cool and engaging… I could not, for the life of me, stop reading. I only ever did because life was happening at the same time! (Ugh, life)

There were some tiny things that bothered me,Β from Nessa’s occasional confusing reactions to her inability to piece clues together before I did, but overall there were very few negatives to point out about this wonderful book. I could see there was a lot of work put into making this as cohesive and plausible as possible, despite the paranormal vibe.

Chimera definitely stepped it up and became this epic Weregirl version on steroids. If you enjoyed the first one and/or would like to give the trilogy a try, I can’t recommend it enough! For fans of werewolves and kickass heroines.

Story & Plot:Β 5choco

Writing & Style:Β 4choco

Characters:Β 4choco

Pacing:Β 5choco

Enjoyment:Β 5choco

Final Rating:

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Chimera comes out November 1st! Be sure to pre-order a copy from the official websiteΒ or Amazon.

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Thank you so much for reading and until next time!

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What did you think of my review? Do you plan to read Chimera or Weregirl? q^β€Ώ^ q

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69 thoughts on “Chimera – ARC Review (Spoiler-Free)

  1. Okay, so I am just sitting there sipping my 1000000th cup of coffee and a notification pops up on my phone – “new post by Sophie – Chimera Review” (not the exact words but you get the driftπŸ˜…) and my first thought is – YAYYY, ANOTHER REVIEW FROM SOPHIE. THIS’LL BE FUNN” and second – BUT WAIT, CHIMERAA??? WTF?? πŸ˜…πŸ˜… And so, I put my book aside (I am reading The Welsh Girl btw) and rushed to read the review.

    And SOPHIE.. YOU CANNOT DOOO THIS TO MEEEE. ALL THAT CHOCOLATE!! 😍😍😍😍 AND A GREAT, GREAT REVIEW. YET ANOTHER BOOK TO ADD TO MY TBR. (and you know I’m already in a reading slump. Ughhh. ’tis bad to tempt people so. πŸ˜‘πŸ˜’)

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    1. Hahaha I’M SO SORRY!!! I didn’t mean to make you feel hungry or cause you to add another book to your TBR (trust me, I know what that’s like… BAD ME D:)
      Aaawww I’m so glad you enjoyed the review ❀ ❀ That makes me super happy!! Yeah, the title is a bit weird but it makes sense once you read the story πŸ˜‰
      How are you liking The Welsh Girl? I've never actually heard of that one but it sounds like something I would enjoy! (Love historicals, and that looks like an historical hahaha)
      Again, my most sincere apologies for tempting you! πŸ˜› πŸ˜… And thank you for reading, you absolutely rock my socks ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. Oh, don’t be sorry. I LOVE ADDING NEW BOOKS TO MY TBR. It’s just that I was in a reading slump last week and god, it was awful not to want to pick up something and read. You know the feeling, right? 😞

        Oh, you’ve GOT to read THE WELSH GIRL! It is absolutely adorable. I am trying that reading more than one book at a time so I am not done with it yet but so far, it’s going pretty great. A world war fiction. 😊

        “You rock my socks” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ LOOOVE IT. πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ You rock too, Sophie. πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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        1. Argh, yes, I totally know what you mean! And it’s indeed awful 😞 I hope things are back to normal now πŸ™‚
          Oh my, it definitely sounds like I do! I love WW fiction ❀️ And reading more than one book at a time sounds super great at first but it can get confusing/frustrating because it takes way longer to finish any of them sometimes. Plus, you might mix up characters and plots if you’re not careful hahaha
          Hahaha, thank you! πŸ˜‚πŸ’•πŸ’•

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          1. Oh, yes!! I am OUT OF MY GODDAMN SLUMP! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ahhh, the breath of fresh air. 😁

            Yeah, it can get confusing but I read this post somewhere how reading more than one book can help you develop a sense of connection between the two and you can compare books better! Idk I thought to try it but it seems a bit….confusing, yes. πŸ˜…

            Oh, and Sophie I nominated you for the BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD. Don’t be surprised – You HAD to know you will always be in my FAVOURITE BLOGGERS’ LIST. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰β€

            The rules state I have to provide a link to the post where I mentioned you (as if people can’t figure that out from the title. πŸ˜‚ BUT, I AM GOING TO FOLLOW THE RULES. ‘CAUSE THAT’S WHAT I DO. I. FOLLOW. RULES. πŸ˜‚)

            https://thewitheringblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/i-was-nominated-for-an-award-yayyy-blogger-recognition-award/

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            1. YES!!! Thank the bookish Lords! πŸ˜€
              Oh that actually makes quite a lot of sense… I’d never thought about it like that. I guess that’s why I can never give any recs? I need to start reading more books at the same time πŸ˜‚
              Thank you so much! I’ve already checked your awesome post πŸ™‚ Hahahaha it’s a good thing you did though because I didn’t get a notification saying I’d been tagged… I think it’s because you linked my homepage instead of a specific post. Always, always link to a specific post so the blogger knows πŸ™‚ Trust me, I learned this the hard way too ^^’

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              1. OH YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GIVE IT A TRY. Maybe you will like it? I will love to know your thoughts on READING MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT THE SAME TIME! Because it is getting a bit annoying for ME! ;P ;p I mean I ACTUALLY dreamt that The Welsh Girl was trying to eat me last night because I haven’t finished reading it yet!! xD xD xD xD

                SERIOUSLY!!! I am going to link to specific posts from now on. It’s just too much work, letting everyone know and sometimes, I forget to comment on some people’s blogs and it gets super awkward. LMAO. ;p

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  2. Ooh I think I will have to have a look at this series. If I am being completely honest, ever since Twilight I have had this thing against werewolves. So I tend to look away from books where someone turns into an animal, which means I am missing out on some pretty awesome books out there. I will definitely add these ones on my TBR. Awesome, awesome, awesome review!!

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    1. Oh I understand, but this one is so insanely cool! Have you ever watched Teen Wolf? It’s kind of like the show, but with a girl as the MC instead. Her mom is even a vet assistant too! It might actually feel a bit too similar at first but it goes in a completely different direction and I absolutely loved it πŸ™‚
      I would definitely give it (and werewolves) a try again. Twilight offers such a bad representation of supernatural creatures (and pretty much anything else)… So yeah, I think you might enjoy this series ^^ There are some other great shifter stories out there, although none comes to mind right now. Ugh. I’ll try to come up with some titles soon ^^’
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! ❀ ❀ I hope you enjoy Weregirl and Chimera πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh I have never seen Teen Wolf! I should give it a go. You are right, Twilight is a bad representation of pretty much everything and I really shouldn’t let that dictate what supernatural creatures I like. I will take on board your advice and will delve back into the world of werewolves πŸ™‚

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        1. Yay!! So glad to hear it ^^ I don’t want to badmouth Twilight and it’s fine if you liked it, I’m perfectly okay with that.
          It’s a shame, though, to be kept from these awesome shifter stories based on one bad experience.
          I really hope you enjoy this one! I think it might restore some of your faith in werewolves πŸ˜‰

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  3. Glad to read that you broke through your bad streak of books. I’m still not finding times to read, it’s crazy. Hopefully that will change soon. This sounds like a great read though, and as always your review was very enjoyable to read. Hopefully you will continue to have luck now and have some more great reads like these 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Michel! I’m sorry to hear about your lack of time… Let’s hope that changes soon indeed! Would love to read some book reviews from you πŸ™‚ (not that your usual reviews are not already epic, because they are! πŸ˜‰ )
      So far it’s been going well and I’ve been fortunate enough to get some really cool reads. I’ll try to upload some reviews soon but I’ve actually been reading a lot faster than my ability to write a review so yeah… ^^’
      Thank you once again! It’s always lovely to hear from you πŸ™‚

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      1. Well, if things don’t become to hectic again, there should be two book reviews coming up in the weekend/next week 😊
        Cool, looking forward to those reviews as they are always awesome to read! Goodluck with reading, and writing! πŸ˜€

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  4. This sounds like such an interesting and different kind of book! I have never heard of this series before, but I am really intrigued by the concept and the fact that it is so fast paced. It is always refreshing when the romance aspect of the story plays a small role in the book. This is one I will definitely be checking out. πŸ™‚

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    1. It is, all of that! ^^ I really liked the romance in this, as it’s so subtle but yet so intense and cute I kept hugging my pillow and squealing like a fangirl xD The plot is so interesting and filled with all these really cool twists, not to mention the characters – so, so good!
      I definitely hope you feel the same way once you read it πŸ™‚ It’s one of my favorite paranormal series, and not many people know about it.
      Thank you very much for reading! ❀

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    1. Hahaha thank you so much, Evelina! ❀ Both covers are really cool, but I prefer the first one (Weregirl) just because it's a wolf and I'm a sucker for them πŸ˜›
      Thank you, it was definitely a much anticipated book for me and I'm glad it didn't disappoint πŸ™‚ I hope you get to read these sometime!

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  5. Hey Sophie, great review… your enthusiasm killed it! β™₯️ I’m always intrigued with books where character reactions weren’t expected… probably the writer in me… it’s sounds a little predictable though… well you totally intrigued me 😁You called Weregirl the prequel so is this the book I should start with?

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    1. Hahaha thank you so much, Dani! ❀ I tried 😁
      That's interesting… I guess it is part of being a writer! Although I know different people react in different ways, Nessa's reactions just didn't feel realistic at times. It felt as though she brushed everything off without a second thought, no matter how shocking. So that felt a bit off.
      But otherwise, I totally loved this book! I don't think it's predictable at all, but you be the judge πŸ˜‰ I absolutely recommend it if you're into werewolves and supernatural stuff.
      Ah, see, I do that sometimes. Sorry! It's not a prequel, it's book one in the series hahaha I just call it prequel in my head sometimes because it's easier to place it in a timeline, though it doesn't make any sense xD I've fixed it on the post, now, thanks! Just to clarify, you should start with Weregirl πŸ™‚ Sorry for the confusion ^^’
      By the way, I replied to your comment on my previous review Dream Me, not sure if you saw it?

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  6. Oh my gosh! The cover is really out there! Your post is the first one I have seen of this book. I recall your review of Weregirl. I’m glad you enjoyed this book and the series. The only wolf I read is from Twilight but I might give this series a try since you loved it so much πŸ™‚ Awesome review Sophie!

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    1. Yes it is! At first I was like “whaaa what is this? What does this have to do with werewolves??” but it makes sense as the story progresses 😊
      Thank you so much, Jasmine! ❀️ And you did remember it? Wow, good memory hahaha
      I’ve never read Twilight properly but I know what goes on in there for the most part. And yeah, it didn’t make me enjoy werewolves all that much. This series, though, is awesome! I hope you can read it sometime πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve never heard of this book series but now I’m intrigued. I never see werewolves in YA?? Where’s the love for them huh?? It’s always vampires this vampires that. And that cover is so pretty 😍.
    (Also I love LOVE your graphics ❀! I am now hungry. Give me chocolate kthx!!)

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    1. Hahaha right?? Vampires are pretty cool but werewolves are badass! And just plain awesome! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for YA (or any other genre) that features them. This series does a terrific job and I’m super in love with it. If you have any werewolf fiction recs, please do share! 😊
      Oh thank you so much! ❀️❀️ Hahaha sorry about that, I hope you got to eat some πŸ˜œπŸ’• (I was finishing a pint of B&J’s Brownie Batter Core at the time of this review so yeah, you could say I was inspired πŸ˜‚)

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    1. Hi Susy! Thank you so much ❀️
      I think you will absolutely love it, it’s definitely an awesome adventure with tons of cool moments.
      The characters, especially the MC, are one of the best parts for sure. Plus, wolves! You can’t really go wrong there 😊

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  8. Wow, what a review! Despite the couple of issues you had with this book, it’s apparent that you really enjoyed reading it. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a positive review for a book πŸ˜€ I think it’s awesome when books with paranormal elements to them add little details and sciencey stuff; it adds to the realism and means you can get a little bit more absorbed in the story because it’s all the more believable πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thanks so much, Jazz! ❀
      Yeah, they were very minor and didn't really affect my opinion… Just stuff I would have changed a bit, is all.
      Hahahaha well I sure hope so! There are tons of awesome books out there that deserve this kind of praise ^^ I have a few 4.5 stars reviews but they're definitely not very common for me.
      Totally agree! It was one of the things that really made Chimera/Weregirl stand out πŸ™‚

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  9. “It’s a shame I can’t fangirl about this book as much as I’d like for fear of spoilers… But I made sure to include a lot of punctuation.”- hahahaha! I’ve not read Weregirl yet, but now I’m really intrigued by it cos of how much this blew you away!! This sounds awesome- and I’m glad it didn’t focus too much on the romance like other paranormals. I get what you mean about unsatisfactory endings when there’s a sequel involved (I read a book like that the other day, which I didn’t realise was going to be part of a series, so when I got to the end I was a bit like “?!?” ) Anyway awesome review! Definitely want to check out this series now πŸ˜€

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    1. Hahahah YES, my evil plan has been successful! πŸ˜‚ And you just don’t know how hard it was not to gush over all those awesome details while writing this… It was torture πŸ˜‚
      The romance was totally in the background, but it was still super adorable. I usually love that type the most because it makes me crave for it and builds all this tension, which makes the wait all the more worth it.
      The first book and this one had the WORST kind of endings! They were somehow super fitting and frustrating at the same time, because I just wanted MORE and I wanted to find out what happened next! Damn cliffies -_-
      I really hate when that happens, especially if the whole series (or at least enough books to keep me occupied) hasn’t been released yet. And then you have to wait for them and it just sucks so much πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you! ❀ Oh I hope you love it at least a fraction of how much I loved it. That would still make for a very enjoyable reading experience hahaha

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      1. hahahaha yes!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ haha I can relate- I’ve read books like that πŸ˜‰
        Ah that’s really good. Oh gosh- yes cliffhangers are so hard!! And I totally agree- it’s unbearable waiting between books!! πŸ˜‚
        You’re welcome!! ❀ aww thank you!! heehee yes it would!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‚

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  10. Never heard of this series! I am interested in getting into paranormal fiction though because I don’t think I ever have and I watch paranormal stuff all the time? Like what the heck, why am I 19 and just noticing this about myself?

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    1. Hahaha oh I totally get what you mean! I don’t read a lot of paranormal, to be honest, but I do enjoy it whenever I decide to try it. I used to like it more when I was younger, then kind of ventured out of the genre. But this one I absolutely recommend! πŸ™‚

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  11. Awesome review, Sophie! You really let us know you loved this πŸ˜›
    I finished Chimera last night and I just wrote the review. I won’t publish it until we’re closer to the release date, but we have a lot in common in our reviews.
    I adored Nessa, she’s just an excellent character! I also thought she took some decisions I wouldn’t have, and some of her reactions were just uncalled for, but overall, she’s great. We also should keep in mind she’s a teen, after all. I think she was well portrayed as one.
    But I missed Bree! She’s slightly different in this book, she seemed calmer. I didn’t dislike that, it was actually nice to see this new version of her, but I missed the crazy adventures the two of them had together in the first book 😦
    I decided to rate it with 4 stars, though, I was a bit pickier this time! xD But I’m so happy you enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thanks so much, Marta! ❀ ❀ Hahaha πŸ˜›
      I'm glad we agree on so much πŸ™‚ Yeah, I tried to keep in mind that Nessa was younger than me, but that's the thing: sometimes she felt so mature, too much for her age, and then she didn't. It was a bit weird.
      I missed Bree too! But I guess with everything that was going on I didn't have much time to think about her. I did love her in book one, and her relationship with Nessa. I'm hoping she comes back in full force in book three πŸ™‚
      I can't wait to read your review!! I know it'll be great ❀ And I understand your rating. I still think I wouldn't give it anything less than 4.5 stars because I really enjoyed it and there wasn't a whole lot to point out negatively. So 5 stars felt very appropriate ^^ Again, thank you!

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      1. I understand, and I’m glad it was such a good read for you! I’m looking forward to the third book, and let’s hope it will be as good, but with more of Bree πŸ˜›

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  12. This is honestly the first time I’m hearing about this book, but it was definitely a splendid surprise to see you review something you loved!!! πŸ˜€ It is unfortunate that the character was sometimes weird and didn’t succeed in acting/reacting like a normal person here and then, but it definitely didn’t seem like it ruined the experience as this sequel managed to blow your mind compared to Weregirl! Great review, Sophie! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh yeah, I was getting worried because every book seemed to fall completely under my expectations… But this one cured the jinx, it seems πŸ˜›
      Exactly, that’s how I felt. It was weird but I gave her a break since we’re not the same age and also because everyone reacts differently. So I can’t really say something like “oh she didn’t react normally” when there’s no such thing. Personally, her reactions felt a bit jarring but to someone else they might have made sense? I don’t know. Maybe I’m a bit biased hahaha
      Thank you so much, Lashaan! ❀

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  13. Wow, I’d never heard of Weregirl or Chimera, but they both sound amazing! I love well-plotted YA paranormal stories with surprising/unexpected elements, and from your review this sounds like one of those! (sadly several YA paranormal books I’ve read have suffered from predictability and lazy plotting so I really appreciate finding good ones). I suppose I should read Weregirl though before reading Chimera? I’m kind of tempted to jump to Chimera after reading your glowing review, but I don’t want to miss important things.

    Oh I also just have to say – I’m impressed how that book cover manages to be so subtly unsettling and bizarre that is intriguing!

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    1. Oh, definitely read Weregirl first, otherwise you won’t be able to follow the story at all. There’s way too much background and even though the author does mention a couple important things, it will still make any newcomer feel quite lost.
      Right?? I had no idea what to expect from the cover, to be honest, and took a long while before the plot reached the point where it’s explained. So yeah, the entire book is shrouded in mystery, if that’s something that interests you πŸ™‚ Weregirl too.
      I really hope you enjoy both of them, Nicola! They’re one my favorite (super underrated) series and I can’t wait for book three ❀

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      1. Okay I’ll be sure to read Weregirl first then, thanks! Nothing worse than jumping into a series at the wrong book and realising you’re missing a bunch of important info. And I love mystery!! I’m looking forward to reading it (also nice to have a rec for an underrated book for a change – I feel like I am too often only reading popular ones with thousands of ratings)

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