ARC REVIEW: Chimera by C.D. Bell (Weregirl #2)

ChimeraTitle: Chimera by C. D. Bell
Pages: 400
Published by: Chooseco
Publication date: 1st November 2017
Genre: Fantasy/Supernatural
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

The forest is full of secrets.

Nessa Kurland is adjusting to life as a weregirl—she is transforming with ease and running with a pack she cares for deeply. Her boyfriend Luc is a fellow shifter, and Paravida, the corporation responsible for unethical genetic experiments on the residents of Tether, has pulled out of town, leaving the community safe.

But that’s just how it appears on the surface.

Nessa returns home from a run with the pack to find an FBI raid and the shocking news that her mother Vivian is being held without bail for violations so serious she may be facing life in prison. What did Nessa’s mother, a small-town vet tech, do to threaten Homeland Security? Vivian’s secret past leads Nessa to discover there is more to her own story than she ever imagined.

The wolves that are running through Tether’s woods are not the same pack Nessa knew before. These are not all natural wolves. And they are breeding.

Nessa’s transformation is only just beginning.

In CHIMERA, the second installment in the Weregirl trilogy, Nessa confronts the truth of who she is, where she comes from, and what she has to do to survive.

My review:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest view.

I’m starting to think I read a different book to everyone else because they all really enjoyed Chimera but I just couldn’t get into it. I’m so disappointed because I absolutely loved the first book, it was one of my favourite books of 2016. But this one? Not even close. I struggled through the first half of the book and contemplated not finishing it but I forced myself to push through. I’m glad I did though because the second half completely exploded and my eyes were glued to the pages. Such a shame the first half wasn’t as exciting.

The start where Nessa’s mother was arrested was exciting because I completely forgot to read the synopsis before I started the book so I had no idea this would happen. It caught me off guard and left me reeling because I couldn’t even begin to imagine what kind of crime Vivian would have committed. But then after that it all went downhill because I felt like nothing interesting was happening. Nessa just kept going round in endless circles wondering what crime her mother had committed and it started to irritate me because it felt very repetitious.

I also didn’t enjoy the scenes with the wolves as much as I did in the first book. Nessa has a name for each wolf and I got a bit confused with what was happening because I lost track of which wolf was which. I didn’t enjoy Nessa and Luc’s scenes – wolf or no – they just didn’t interest me at all. I just don’t see any chemistry between them and again their relationship just felt like it was going round and round in endless circles. They just talked about the same things and did the same things, I just felt like I was reading the same thing over and over.

The second half of the book got very interesting because Nessa uncovers shocking secrets about Vivian’s secret past and finds out more about her own life. I think this was my favourite part of the book because all of it was a surprise and every chapter a secret was being uncovered. There was also a new character on the scene and I loved this because it was all done really well. Everything caught me off guard and I started to feel myself gradually being pulled back into this world.

Towards the end there is a scene with the wolves but I’ve read something similar to this in another book so this didn’t really interest me. The plot to me didn’t feel as creative as the first book and especially towards the end because the same thing happens in a similar book about wolves. Maybe this was why I didn’t find the book very compelling because it felt like something I’d read before just with different characters?

Right towards the end there is an absolutely heartbreaking scene and it left me reeling. I just was not expecting this to happen at all and I was left wondering what the hell had just happened. I immediately messaged my friend telling how her shocked I was. When you read something like that you just have to get all your emotions out, honestly it blew me away. What happened??? Definitely the most exciting and shocking part of the book!

Despite my initial disappointment with the start of the book, I can’t deny the excitement that ran through me after reading that explosive ending! I am definitely picking up the third book because I am dying to see what happens next for Nessa and since it’s the last book, how it all ends.

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