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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo - Book Review

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by Zoe Kalo
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Gothic, Young Adult

An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.
When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

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My Review
Chameleon is one of those stories that will confuse you, intrigue you, and make you question just how crazy some people really are.

Paloma is sent to a convent in the middle of nowhere after trying to summon her dead father via seance. While this doesn't seem horrible, to a teenage girl, it sucks pretty bad. Things seem to start going downhill not long after she arrives.

Paloma has to try and figure out if she's crazy, if her friend, Adelita, is crazy, or if what's happening is actually real. She starts to question everything, and she isn't sure what she should believe. Especially because Rubia, another friend, seems to have some sort of hold over the sisters (nuns) at the convent. 

Will Paloma discover the truth behind the happenings at the convent before it's too late? Read it and find out!

I don't want to spoil things, but I do want to say I quite enjoyed Chameleon. It was a crazy thrill ride filled with mischief, mystery, and mayhem. There's a lot going on in this book, and it starts to make you question your own reality at times. At least it did for me.

Character-wise, you've got a lot of characters you want to like and root for. Especially Adelita. She seems so young and innocent, but also strange and curious. Silvy, while frustrating and kind of snippy sometimes, is also quite likeable. Same goes for Maria and Paloma. Rubia, on the other hand, seems a bit manipulative and wild. She has an out-of-place sort of vibe, but at the same time, she also fits in with the group of girls at the convent. She's an interesting character, and I found myself liking her and hating her at the same time. Even more so than the one nun whose name slips my mind at the moment.

Plot-wise, the story moves along at a nice pace. It starts out interesting enough, and you don't have to get too far into it before you start to realize you're going to be hooked and eager to find out the mystery of the convent. It's exciting and exhilarating to read through Chameleon. 

I also really liked the title and the cover. The cover is gorgeous, and the title actually fits really well. I wasn't too sure why the book had that title, and I had no clue how it was going to fit based on the story. But once I finished the book, everything fell into place and made so much sense. 

There were only a few small things I noticed in the book that kept me from giving it 5 stars. I really liked the book, though. It was a really good read. I give it four stars and recommend it to fans of paranormal fantasy type novels.

Author Bio
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

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