Series: Supernaturals #1
Publisher: Self Published on June 20. 2014
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For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction.
As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help.
Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.
In this novel, we are introduced to a world full of various supernatural creatures: warlocks, witches, seers, vampires, werewolves–everything under the sun. Danielle grew up in a small tow in Pennsylvania with the company of her parents, her best friend Russ, and Russ’ father Alex. On Dani’s sixteenth birthday, Russ tells her that he’s a warlock. Soon, Dani is thrust into the world of the supernatural and is told that she is to fulfill the great prophecy. This novel definitely was not boring. There was such a great and busy story line that it never got dull. There were also some unexpected twists and turns and misleadings that you never exactly knew what was going to happen.
Dani was the leading lady. She was definitely a strong character. She was a bit of a trouble maker, tough, and didn’t take crap from anyone. She was brave and strong when faced with kidnappers, torture, and everything else evil in the world. She was an inspiration, and she wanted to go what was right. In that way, she was also a very selfless character, and I immensely enjoyed reading about her adventures.
This novel definitely has a love triangle in it.
Russ: Russ was Dani’s best friend, the guy that she had spent her whole life with. So of course, there is some confusion about feelings when the day she gets thrusts into the supernatural world he admits that he loves her. Russ was a very…unique character. He had a very strong personality. He was cocky, vain, and actually kind of a jerk to everyone but his father and Dani. He was a great and well-written character, but I have to say that I liked Gabriel much more.
Gabriel: Gabriel was the other guy. He is the current Seer in the paranormal world. He was sensitive, innocent, and naive, and they was just really attractive in him. He was faithful and good, and refused to see the bad in anyone. He was that ray of sunshine and hope in bad situations. And he had a few little cute quirks. It was adorable seeing him acclimate to Dani’s overbearing personality which so starkly contrasted with his. And he talked all formal-like. It was super cute.
Duncan: Duncan took on the role of Dani’s big brother, when in fact he was a vampire-protector assigned to Dani. He took her under his wing and wanted the best for her, even if that’s not what the Council’s orders were. They had a very light and teasing relationship that I loved reading and seeing glimpses of. You could tell that they quickly formed a brother-sisterly type of bond soon after they met.
There were two very distinct types of romance in this novel. There was Dani and Russ, which really, was just as confusing for me as it was for Dani. There were some unnatural bonds going on between them and I really couldn’t discern what was lust and what was love and what was best-friends-love. It was a tricky thing. On the other hand, there was Dani and Gabriel, which just felt more realistic. Gabriel wasn’t as forceful and actually gave Dani the chance to chose, whereas Russ was trying to basically force Dani to pick him. Gabriel and Dani together were just as sweet as honey.
Although the paranormal creatures that we witness in this novel are common, Oram concocted a tale that was unique to her novel. Adding in Cravings and things like prophecies and Councils made what could have been a very boring book interesting. Other than that, Oram definitely put some thought into the world that she created. It was meticulously thought out with explanations for anything and everything. I can’t wait to see more of the world that Oram built in the next novel, Ungifted.
Chameleon was a outstanding novel about a girl fulfilling a prophecy and choosing who she wants to love. I can’t wait to see what else this series brings us.