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All Dean wants is to escape…
But he can’t leave his younger brother, Ty, in the care of their alcoholic mother. And when their abusive father shows up, Dean has to get Ty out. Which means joining Shri — his best and only friend — in taking a job out of state and breaking the law by stealing his brother away.
Cadi’s life is almost back together after Dean blew it into a million pieces. She’s come to terms with her life as a shape-shifter — well, almost. She’s still trying to wrap her head around the fact that a vicious enemy is out to destroy the remnants of her people.
As if Cadi doesn’t have enough to deal with, Dean’s about to land on her front doorstep, forcing her to decide whether to let him into her secret world or slam the door in his face.
The Chameleon Effect series, starring shape-shifter teens with extraordinary superpowers, is sure to appeal to Young Adult and New Adult readers who enjoy romance with a paranormal twist.
I just finished up Book 2 of The Chameleon Effect series which is told in Cadi and Dean’s voices. It is a great continuance of Cadi and Idris’ story as two teen, shapeshifting aliens called Livran from the planet Daïzani and trying to save more of their kind before the Evatenon assimilate them.
The other story is told from Dean’s point of view who was a close friend of Cadi before she left their school because of him. His mother is an alcoholic who is controlling and has invited his abusive father back into his house. After his father shoved his 10-year-old brother, Dean left home with Ty and went to work for Cadi’s foster parents with his best friend Shri.
He shakes his head and strides away. I let him. I feel like a jerk, like I should chase after him. Bare my soul to him. But what I am isn’t my secret alone. So I don’t. I let him go. And when he’s out of sight, I turn around and jog back down the trail.
Cadi finds it hard to trust Dean, but with Shri’s coaching, they start to work out their problems just in time to work together to defend their home and family from the Evatenon.
The author does a great job explaining the struggles of family relationships including alcoholism, abuse, abandonment and suicide. The character-building is well done and though I read Book 1 before this book, I believe it can be read as a standalone.
An enjoyable urban fantasy series with unique alien shapeshifters.
Thank you to Ms. Hayes for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review given
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Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.
Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.