I am delighted to kick off my first blog tour with YA Bound Book Tours and introduce The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy.
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 28, 2017
Meet Sadie MacPhearson. She’s seventeen and lives in a ritzy, artsy beach town called Mariposa Beach, California. Blond, bootylicious and beautiful—she’s a main chick of the Pop Crowd: the most flawless looking, smartest, trendiest, richest, fabulous group of party animals at Mariposa Beach High School. She wants one thing, to keep her secret but it’s always lingering above her head. When the administrators want to assess her for a learning disability, she coats inhibitions and fears with alcohol, which, in turn, causes serious damage in her life, mostly her chameleon soul.
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“It (Alcohol) brings out the devil in some men and takes their soul away,” Emery answered staunchly. “I’ve seen many a good man ravaged by the drink.”
Winston is a disgraceful alcoholic (or drinkwater) and presumed murderer of his father, Lord Tabor. Cyrus Everett is Lord Tabor’s bailiff who falsely accuses Winston of murdering his father and almost murders Winston as well. However, Winston is taken in by an old man, Emery, who nurses him back to health and teaches him how to defend himself with a sword.
The story is predictable showing how Winston learns to stay away from the drink, becomes a knight and plans his revenge against Cyrus who is wreaking havoc on Winston’s family and village.
I normally enjoy medieval tales, but I just did not like the main character and it spoiled the whole story for me. I found Winston to be a fool, even when he became a knight and I didn’t think he deserved the lordship or the girl he professed to love because I felt that the men who helped him did most of the work for him.
All in all I found the story and the characters to be quite boring.
This book made me laugh and cry. Chris Farley was an extraordinarily talented and unselfish human being who tragically had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
One of my favorite Farley movies is Tommy Boy and all of his friends and family said that Chris was playing himself. He cared so much about making people laugh that many did not know he was crying for help.
He died way too young and the world has lost a remarkable comedian and a truly spiritual man.