Book Review: Chameleon by Zoe Kalo
Author: Zoe Kalo
Published: February 2017
Number of Pages: 250
Source: I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review.
Rating: 2 Stars
Tags: YA, Xpresso Book Tours, Mental Health, Received for Review, Historical Fiction
Synopsis: 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?
Okay, I'm going to talk about the book, but can we talk about that cover first?! It doesn't really have much to do with the book, but wow. This book has a spectacular cover. That being said, the cover may have lead me astray....
In this book we follow Paloma, who was just sent to a Catholic boarding school by her parents because of troubles at her past school. There, she meets Maria, Silvy, Adelita, and Rubia. But little does she know that there are dark secrets spread throughout the school, slowly poisoning everything she thought was true.
I don't know why, but I thought that this was a fantasy, but it could be? I don't think so, maybe? That's the thing, this book was extremely confusing. It wasn't in the beginning though. With the setting being in Puerto Rico in 1973, this book started off creepily intriguing. I was interested in all of the characters, and I wanted to learn more about all of them. But then things started to get a bit wacky. It was like the characters, plot, and writing changed within a paragraph, and it was very weird.
All of a sudden I couldn't tell that I was reading the same book. I had no clue what was real, and what wasn't. Which was okay, but that is all that there was. I already knew how the book was going to end, the characters annoyed me, and I was mainly just reading because I had to. I was very confused.
As you might be able to tell, I don't know how to write a review for this book because everything that I write makes no sense whatsoever. So, this book is like my review, completely wacky, and not very cohesive. Sorry about that.
So over all this was an extremely confusing book. While it started of good with the setting, characters, and atmosphere, things got really weird, and then got a lot less enjoyable. I was easily able to figure everything out, and felt depressed reading about the characters, and how they were treated. So, you might try this book if you're really into physiological thrillers. Maybe you'll like it more than I did.