Camryn Painter is a 16-year-old freak of nature. Or possibly the savior of a civilization that isn't supposed to exist. She's a human chameleon...one who transforms into the image of whoever she sees.
Escaping from a medical research facility, Camryn discovers a magical forest world. Not that she's welcome. Her new home is filled with faeries and beasts set on destroying her.
Striking a tribal alliance between what she once believed were mythical beings is her only chance of survival...if she can just control her power and figure out who to trust.
I really enjoyed this story....so much so that I finished it in one sitting! It’s a beautiful, wild and fresh coming of age story. I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series. Rachel Jacobs did a great job with the narration, too.
An unique world created for this coming to age story. I'm always looking for new settings in the fantasy genre and this one was new to me. It focuses around a teenage girl learning about who she is and where she comes from. It's a mixture of urban fantasy and fantasy. The characters are likable and distinct if a little disjointed (just like real teenagers). The author or the editing rushes through sections that could have been more developed.
"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."
Any additional comments?
Camryn Painter is different, she can change her looks just by looking at another person. At 16 she finds herself an orphan, having recently lost her adoptive family and in an institution. She finally gets the courage to run away from the institute and finds that she isn’t actually alone. There are others that have been looking for her and expecting her to return to her place as one of the Forest People. Her return was prophesied, but will she choose to accept her place among these strangers as their Chameleon?
This is a wonderfully told YA Fantasy story about the coming of age and finding one’s true self. I really enjoyed the story. I really felt for Camryn as she struggled to control her involuntary changes and her desire for her own identity. I was happy when she found others to help her but completely understood why she might not fully trust them. The setting was beautifully described; these descriptions help explain some of what Camryn has been missing in her life and the journey she still needs to take.
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator has a lovely tone of voice which added to the experience of this book. She was able to portray the different emotions that Camryn and the other characters were experiencing, such as pain, fear, compassion.
I would recommend this book to not only young adults but anyone one who enjoys a clean unique coming of age story or anyone that enjoys YA fantasy. I was provided with a copy of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by anyone.
I thought this was a great first in series, it laid the groundwork, gave background and introduced the characters in a decent paced captivating manner. I love the different species in this story and learning about their cultures. The lichen and all of the dimensions is a fresh and new idea that i really enjoyed. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters and story to life. I am looking forward to book 2
Raised in a world that considers you a freak, and loosing the parents who were your only safety net, then forced to live a drugged existence in a psycho facility, all before you turn 16. Truly, it is a wonder that Camryn hadn't gone insane. Then when she does escape, she has people wanting to help, but for their own nefarious reasons. Who would you trust, see if you agreed with Camryn's decision.
I loved the narrator's rendition of the various characters, it really enhances the enjoyment of the story.
This book was very good. The narrator does a very good job. I don’t usually read coming of age books but this one caught my attention and I really enjoyed listening to it.