Chimera (Weregirl #2)

Chimera (Weregirl #2)[EPUB] ✰ Chimera (Weregirl #2) By C.D. Bell – 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 Pa 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 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. Chimera A Weregirl Novel by CD Bell is a book I reuested from NetGalley and the book publishers and the review is voluntary I have not read the first book but I did not have trouble getting into the story I found this a great story for young teens or young adults The suspense and intrigue of the FBI and the corruptunethical genetic experiments happening in Paravida Corporation and what her dad has to do with it was chilling She finds out so much about her mom's past also A great story with lots of twists and turns and secrets A very exciting story to be sure and the baton has been handed off without missing a step CD Bell really picked up the pace with CHIMERA and things are changing for the small town of Tether The monsters that performed unethical genetic experiments have slithered off and things are looking up for the most part butNessa now well adjusted as a werewolf is now dealing with some shocking news The FBI has come to town and her mother is under arrest as a threat to Homeland Security What secrets has she been hiding? How is Nessa’s long gone father involved? What is happening in the woods with the genetically altered wolves? Is the town of Tether about to become ground zero for a war between species? Nessa will need to gather her wits her guts and her determination to save her new pack hold on to her new boyfriend and uncover who her father is It’s time for truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth but what will it do to Nessa and her family?The plot thickens and simmers and boils over as CD Bell holds nothing back in the shock department and Nessa handles it all with that irrepressible teen attitude The action never stops the tension is ratcheted up and razor taut as a heroine steps up to the plate once again for those she cares aboutFast furious and intense What a fabulous read with a high octane plot A wonderful teenyoung adult readI received a complimentary copy from ChoosecoTrilogy Weregirl Book 2Publisher Chooseco; 1 edition November 1 2017Publication Date November 1 2017Genre YA ParanormalPrint Length 432 pagesAvailable from | Barnes NobleFor Reviews Giveaways Fabulous Book News follow Full review at Blame ChocolateI probably loved this one even than Weregirl Is it even possible?The plot was absolutely insane and intricate the characters as awesome and relatable as ever the relationships incredibly realistic the whole atmosphere just so cool and engaging I could not for the life of me stop reading I only ever did because life was happening at the same time Ugh lifeThere were some tiny things that bothered me from Nessa’s occasional confusing reactions to her inability to piece clues together before I did but overall there were very few negatives to point out about this wonderful book I could see there was a lot of work put into making this as cohesive and plausible as possible despite the paranormal vibeChimera definitely stepped it up and became this epic Weregirl version on steroids If you enjoyed the first one andor would like to give the trilogy a try I can’t recommend it enough For fans of werewolves and kickass heroines ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewReally enjoyed this second installment in the weregirl series although and be ready for a level of serious pedantry here the word weregirl always makes my eyes water and my teeth ache Were is an anglo saxon word for man It has nothing to do with wolves or shapeshifting so 'weregirl' literally means 'man girl' I realise I need to let this go Chimera started off at the same pace as Weregirl A little slow and leaving me feeling that the book was good but not all absorbing Then once again at the halfway mark everything just off The pace sped up and there were some serious moments of anxiety The ending was perfection I also really like Nessa and her relationship with the taciturn Luc There's also a look at family dynamics both of wolves and humans Overall this was a solid YA sci fifantasy read REVIEWAfter reading Weregirl I really wanted to know about Nessa Kurland and her family I also still wanted of the shifter genre too I had uestions I wanted answering upon finishing Weregirl and was looking forward to the answersThe main feature of this cover is the back of a girl's head The girl has two plaits either side of her head The hair is a mixture of browns and grey The girls neck has fur that has a kind of mottled brown look to it The byline on this cover says the forest is full of liesPrior to reading this book I of course had the obvious thought that this girl with animal markings was Nessa in a part wolfgirl form However that is not the case and wow when it is revealed who this is well it's most certainly a wow moment in this second book of the trilogySo as the blurb reveals Paravida have left Tether and everyone is safe or maybe they feel saferbut are they? Nessa is adjusting well under the circumstances to her ability to transform into a wolf In fact that's where this book picks up Nessa is out in her wolf form running through the woods with Luc Luc was born with the ability to transform into a wolf and one day not that far away his human side will walk into the woods transform into a wolf and never return to his human form or life againIt's whilst Luc and Nessa are chasing around kind of playing in their wolf forms that they scent Paravida wolves They follow the trail of the wolves when Nessa scents something familiar however it is not so familiar to her in her wolf form The two wolves then smell blood meaning the wolves they are following are hurt Eventually Nessa's wolf brainmemory clears and she recognises the smell as one she has been around in her work at the vets surgery The smell is anaesthesia meaning the Paravida Wolf has been shot with a tranuilizer gun Luc and Nessa finally find the end of the trail and discover the tyre tracks Whoever tranuilized the wolves have taken the bodies with them Obviously somewhat puzzled Luc and Nessa make their way back to their little cabin behind Lucs home but far enough into the woods to be hidden They change back to their human forms and hug and talk about what they have just discovered Luc and Nessa have been dating a while and are comfortable with each other in both their human and wolf forms I personally think Luc is a large part of the reason Nessa has adapted to her wolf so well He has taught her about the transformation process how to supress it and how to make it happen when you need it Nessa still has to transform at both new and full moons Nessa has also gotten to a point where she can move in and out of wolf form at will Nessa merely thinks of her family to enable her to switch back easily into her human form To become a wolf Nessa think about the way she feels running as a wolf to transform into her wolf Luc and Nessa's discovery soon becomes the least of her problems when she returns home to find the FBI and Homeland Security in and all around her home Using her wolf hearing Nessa hears snippets of different conversations going on Upon entering the house she and her family live in she first sees a worried Delphine whose face instantly relaxes when she see's her older sister Nate however is in an even worse state than Delphine Nate is in the corner alone as far away from the bustle as possible hugging his knees and becoming and upset by all the people and police in his home which is usually his sanctuary The officers are using Geiger counters and are searching every room and drawer and cupboard in the house It's then Nessa's eyes finally land on her mother who is continually asking the officers what they are looking for Vivian is sat at the table in an awkward bent forward position as her arms are in handcuffs behind her back The officers pull Vivian upright to a standing position to take her away with them Vivian has just moments to give orders to Nessa for her to call Aunt Jane to come get them Vivian's other instructions are for Nessa to phone Dr Morgan to ask for shifts at the vet surgery and to continue Vivian's work there Both calling Aunt Jane and asking for extra shifts at the vets instantly make total sense to Nessa It's the latter suggestion confuses Nessa somewhat as she is certainly not as ualified as her mum so couldn't possibly perform her duties at the veterinarian surgery I also enjoyed reading the sections that featured the Paravida wolves The Paravida wolves had been scientifically created and raised by human researchers at the secret laboratories on the Paravida Corporate Campus North of Tethers town These wolves had been purposely bred to be highly aggressive and were isolated from each other kept in individual cages instead of being allowed to co exist or form a pack as they would naturally do In this book Chimera these wolves had escaped into the wild fighting each other starving or ransacking garbage for food Sadly this meant they had no idea of how to interact with natural born wolves Luc has taken on the task to attempt to teach them what being part of a pack is and how they should be co existing with each other and other wolves in the area I love the relationship between the Paravida wolf Jack and one of the Tether wolf pack resulting in super cute sounding baby wolf cubs There's some great scenes within the book of Luc and Nessa playing with these wolf pups There seemed to be a lot of things that had happened after the ending of Weregirl yet before Chimera begins such as the whole Nessa Luc relationship and also the incident where Bree Luc and Nessa break into Paravida and take a box full of files and documentation This box is mentioned as maybe being the information that the FBI and Homeland Security were searching for in the Kurland home? The box and it's contents could perhaps be a factor in Vivian's arrest too? The box is mentioned a couple of times and then nothing else about it An envelope is found in the important roll top writing desk made or restored by grandpa yet this piece of treasured furniture hadn't been mentioned before in fact I initially thought that the girls were looking for a numberenvelope in a roll a desk telephone number gadget from the description To say there is a lot going on in this book is an understatement where in book one Weregirl the plot initially felt a little slow in this book Chimera everything happens so very very fast We even get to meet Nessa Delphine's father There are many uestions around and concerning their father The one that immediately came to my mind was well who is Nate's father? Then there is the whole ethics of the scientific experiments her father is doing The shock that her mother once approved and did similar experiments herself Then Nessa comes face to face with an experiment that should no longer exist I could seriously go on and on and on about everything that happens in this bookAnother issue Nessa has to deal with is the increasing support in her previously peaceful loving town of Tether for hunting and killing the wolves all the wolves not just the Paravida one's There are some fantastic scenes where Luc and Nessa are trying to help the wolves to leave the Tether wood and escape from impending deathI really grew to love the character of Nessa even in this book Nessa goes through lots of changes from the person she was in Weregirl to who she is at the end of Chimera Nessa has to deal with losses of things and people close to her Nessa has to become independent and confident she has many choices ahead of her with very few people she can discuss them with What should she believe about her mother Vivian Why has she been arrested? Why is she so set that Nessa should avoid her father along with any help he ever offers? Then there is her father how come he is so rich? and the rest of the Kurland family so poor? What sort of experiments is he really doing? How should she feel when he reveals Nessa is named after his mother Vanessa? Nessa was very young when her parents split but she does have flashbacks to that time which she uses to decipher the lies within the truths she is presented withNessa really goes through the ringer in this book she has to accept that what she has with Luc is not permanent Nessa feels pulled in many directions during this book by her mother her father and her pack the Tether wolves Nessa has to deal with the feeling of ostracisation when some of the people of Tether turn against Vivian Nessa also deals with bullies at school who seem to love talking about her mothers arrest It both annoys and upsets Nessa these are the same people whose pets Vivian has saved or treated for free when they were down on their luck and money Poor Nessa seems to solve one problem only to have another one land in her lapAnother much smaller character within Chimera that I really liked a lot was Vivian's court appointed lawyer Zach Chandler Zach is young but knows what is needed to help Vivian and when because of his firm not wanting to go up against a large company like Paravida reveal they would take a plea for a shorter jail sentence instead of going the whole way through the court to free Vivian he meets with Nessa explains the situation and gives her pointers on where to find the right sort of help My immediate thoughts upon reading the last page in Chimera was Wow I really really hope there are books to come in this series I now know after a little research that this book is part of a trilogy This book covered so much but I would truly love Loved it I would love a novella or two perhaps covering Nessa and Lucs relationship and him helping Nessa come to terms with what she transforms into Also a novella on Vivian set before she returned to Tether so we know exactly what she took part in and how she argued with Nessa's father about the ethics of what they were doing and maybe even about Vivian after the ending of this book too Every time I think about Chimera and its ending all I can think is wow when can I read the final book in the trilogy? Chimera was so good I thought Chimera was better than the first one and had a better pace to it There were some good plot twists in it I stayed up all night into morning because I wanted to know what happened next until 300 amWithin the first 20 30 pages something happens that has me asking uestions With her mom I thought that the story of Daniel and her moms back story was well written by the way I thought Daniel's work was super creepy and weird I overall really enjoyed this and would totally recommend this series 55 🌟 I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewHere are my thoughts on itI really liked the writing style of this book it was fast paced and fluid There were certain instances where my heart beat faster in anticipation of what was going to happen nextPeople live inside the stories they tell themselves Others see about you the things that you believe”This is my favorite uote from the book it's so thoughtful Also the whole storyline is engaging and there were times where I couldn't take my eyes off it “A chimera is a mythical beast that combines several different species It’s also a scientific term for any organism that contains genetic material from two individual zygotes— or two speciesPersonally I love to read about genetics and DNA seuencing this book even explained a few of these processes which garnered my attention and also made me attached to itWolves did not keep secrets from one another They didn’t worry about having enough money or finishing school or winning races They didn’t interfere with nature and have to figure out what was too much and what was enough They were nature I enjoyed reading the scenes where Nessa and Luc were running with the other wolves It was so well written and the pups were so adorable I like how the perspective about wolves is so different than the usualOverall I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it As much as I loved Weregirl Chimera blows it out of the water I could not put this book down The plot was suspenseful and moving and the plot twist I won't spoil it was intense I can't wait to see where it goes from hereEual parts exciting and heartbreaking I would highly recommend Chimera I appreciate a strong female protagonist and the story arcs kept me engaged Rating 455Genre YA FantasyRecommended Age 15 werewolves FBI and werewolves Oh MY Also some slightly mature contentI receieved a free copy of this book courtesy of Chooseco Thank you so much All opinions are my ownThe forest is full of secretsAnd who knows them better than Nessa Kurland a sixteen year old cross country star with a secret of her own she can transform at will into a werewolf and her power grows stronger with every moonNessa returns home from a run with her pack to find an FBI raid and the shocking news that her mother Vivian is being arrested 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 to her story than she ever imaginedThe 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 breedingAs the lines between science nature and magic fade into one another nothing is as it appears And the wolves are not the only creatures in the woodsNessa's transformation is only just beginningFilled with romance tragedy perseverance and adventure C D Bell's CHIMERA is a breathtaking continuation of Nessa's story as she confronts the truth of who she is where she comes from and what she has to do to survive comI will say that I loved this book much than the first one The beginning starts off slow and right where we left off in the last book However the story soon picks up and the reader is racing to the end with the main character I liked how much developed the main character became along with all of the other characters I felt that the author made tremendous improvement between the first and second book in terms of writing character development plot development and pacing A in effort for the authorI only had one complaint and it was how the book ended There were so many unanswered uestions and so it almost guarantees that I'll have to reread the series in the future and then read the final book in the triology Verdict I thought this book was so much better than the first book and I thought this book did amazing to build tension and make the plot a thousand times interesting then in the first book Definitely a series you need to check out if you're looking for a werewolf book or a different kind of fantasy book altogether I haven't read the first book in this series but that didn't hinder my reading experience with Chimera Obviously there was some backstory I wasn't familiar with but it was fairly easy to fill in the blanks My rating is 35 but I've rounded up to 4 stars to take into account that I probably would've had greater investment in the characters if I'd read WeregirlPROSI'm very picky about the YA books I choose to read because there are a lot of toxic tropes and unfortunate themes prevalent in the genre but fortunately Chimera ticks all the right boxes to make this an enjoyable read We have a mature level headed female protagonist who has several meaningful platonic relationships instead of revolving around boys which is a massive plus for me I love that Nessa has a close bond with her brother and sister being protective of her younger siblings and doing her best to look out for them Nessa's mother is also an important part of the story even if she's not always an active on page presence Nessa's thoughts freuently return to her since the major elements at play in Chimera involve her mother's health and scientific background And it's great to see a healthy female friendship depicted in this book with Nessa's best friend Bree who is featured throughout the story so she isn't just a token female friend but someone who impacts Nessa's character and storyline It's realistic and refreshing that her character doesn't revolve entirely around Nessa either instead she has her own life and relationships that she's pursuing in the background but when it matters she's there for Nessa 3Now onto the romantic relationshipa lot of times in YA the main couple are ride or die for each other and have no perspective outside of their relationship; being with each other is the only thing that matters and they have no other considerations or priorities I have to praise the author for taking the time to flesh out character arcs and motivations for than just the lead since in this case we see Luc struggling to reconcile his love for Nessa with his long held desire to turn fully wolf and retreat from the human world I'll admit I'm not overly invested in his character but that would be due to having skipped the first book so I don't really know Luc since he spent most of this book off page due to his wolf responsibilities It's just really refreshing to me that we get to have these teenagers facing conflict over where their futures lie and how their paths are likely to diverge but instead of angst and tears it makes them appreciate the time they have together even and they make the most of their brief moments sharing hot chocolate in their secluded cabin This is what makes me root for a couple not OTT dramaMoving onto the plot there is solid intrigue with the evil corporation Paravida plotting to scapegoat Vivian and exterminate the wolves They seemed a little overpowered at times considering the ease with which they manipulate the legal system and turn the town against Vivian but I can see how corrupt corporations have an advantage when it comes to promoting their agenda in court and in the media More successful is the family drama with Nessa meeting her estranged father and negotiating that tricky reunion while trying to find ways to help the wolves and cure her mother CONSI had some issues with occasional scenes where Nessa seemed to be written a little younger than her years and unrealistically naive The court scene was strange in this respect because Nessa clearly identified the people loitering around with cameras as reporters but then she becomes confused at one of them asking her uestions Was this someone she was supposed to know? An old friend of Vivian's? Some distant relative she'd met once and didn't remember?Who was this woman? Why did she seem to know Nessa when Nessa did not know her? A few minutes later she says that she thought the reporters were in court for another case so again she knows what these people are there for yet she still somehow thinks maybe the first reporter trying to interview her on camera is a distant relative or family friend? There was also a climactic scene near the end of the story where this cropped up mildly spoilery characters are in danger and it looks like there's no way outthen a solution is found but Nessa forgets about it a few minutes later and is at her wits' end trying to think of how to save lives whereupon she comes upon the same solution that was just employed in that same scene Again she clearly remembers the details of what just happened as it's referenced at the time so this isn't an editing issue but the fact that she doesn't think to use that escape method until later is baffling A rather nitpicky point I want to make is that it's jarring how the narrative referred to Nessa's mother as 'Vivian' even when it was from her point of view Most people don't think of their mom by their first name so reading paragraphs like this pulled me out of the story But in the hospital bed Vivian looked worse than Nessa had imagined But still she was Vivian She was Mom Nessa saw Vivian make the same half smile she always made as if to smile fully was to tempt fate  Even if we assume that the story is being told from an objective POV instead of Nessa's that bolded line doubles down to suggest that Nessa is thinking of this woman as Vivian and the continual jumping back and forth is very clunkySpeaking of Vivian her character has a few bizarre moments with the flip flopping when it comes to accepting help from the children's father For instance I understand she has ethical disagreements with Daniel over how far to push the boundaries of science but I can't help judging her for being a terrible mother since she never touched the child support payments he made when her family was struggling and badly needed that money Disclaimer I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review