I received an advanced reader copy courtesy of the publisher for an honest review. Thank you to Chooseco for the opportunity.
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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.
- Title: Chimera (Weregirl #2)
- Author: C.D. Bell
- Publisher: Chooseco
- Publication Date: November 1st, 2017
- Page Count: 400
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…
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!
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.
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? 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!
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, 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.
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Thank you so much for reading and until next time!