Author: Zoe Kalo
Published: February 15th 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: YA Bound Book Tours (Blog Tour)
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N
Goodreads’ Rating: 4 /5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥
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?
I received this book as part of a blog tour with YA Bound Book Tours.
I wasn’t too sure about this one when I first started it but as it went on, I liked it.
We follow Paloma, a 17 year old girl who is shipped off to a convent after being kicked out of her previous school. Odd things begin to happen, and she isn’t sure whether or not she is imagining what she is seeing, or if it is happening and there are people trying to make her look (and feel) crazy.
I liked the writing style of this book. It was easy to follow and easy to get into.
There were a number of characters that I wasn’t sure about, I thought that they were up to something. I really enjoyed experiencing their development and trying to figure out what was going on with them
There was a part of the story towards the end in which I got a little bit confused about what was happening. Once I worked out what was happening, it was over. The build up of the who-done-it lasted for the most of the book, then the questions were answered and the book was over in a couple of chapters.
Overall, it was enjoyable, but I would have liked the ending to not have been as fast-paced.
Thank you for reading my review of Chameleon I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading 🙂
About the Author:
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir. (Goodreads)
What was your inspiration for Chameleon?
Like Paloma, I was partly educated in a convent school run by Catholic nuns. The convent was also an orphanage for girls, and actually some of the girls—Ramona and Sylvy—were based on real people. Adelita and Rubia were pure creations of my imagination. I did attempt to do a séance in one of the classrooms once, an act that made me end up in Madre Superiora’s office…but I didn’t get kicked out…nor experience a ghost. J
Some of the scenes in the book depict the nuns in a very negative way. Can you comment on that?
Some of the nuns are nice, others…not so nice. That’s just the way it was. Except for Madre Superiora, all of the nuns in my book are based on real nuns. Madre Estela, Madre Julia, Madre Margarita were all real. Yes, Madre Julia with her giant wooden spoon, real. It may seem hard to believe, and certainly it would be tough to believe nuns can behave like that nowadays. But remember the story takes place in 1970s Puerto Rico. Catholic nuns were very strict back then, their disciplining methods cruel, but this was considered normal.
How long did it take you to complete the book?
On and off, about two years. But the story and characters simmered in my mind for years before then.
Did you have to do a lot of research?
I did a tremendous amount of research on psychopaths and psychopathy, and a fair amount on natural drugs found in tropical forests, though I ended up using only a tiny fraction of the material. I also consulted a police officer for the parts about police procedural and interrogation.
You like to use mimic writing, don’t you?
Yes, I do! I used it in Daughter of the Sun when the protagonist was drugged, and also in this book in the climax with Paloma. The writing becomes erratic and stream of consciousness because it reflects and mimics the altered mind of the character. No commas, no punctuation, one run-on sentence after another. I love using this literary technique but sometimes it can be confusing for the reader, so trying to find a balance can be very challenging.
Did you listen to any particular kind of music while working on the book?
I sure did! I can get quite obsessed about that, listening to the same compositions again and again. This was my music list for Chameleon… all of them haunting, mysterious and dark!
Beethoven’s Figlio Perduto: (Performed by Sarah Brightman)
Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor
Agnes Obel’s Riverside
Revenge Series soundtrack
Interview with the Vampire soundtrack