Hi Loves! I have my review for Silken Scales by Alex Hayes from The Chameleon Effect series. So, I’m doing this a little backwards since I already posted my review for Perfect Pitch, which is the second book in the series. BUT, better a little late than completely forgotten right?!?
Published: March 4th 2019
Publisher: Shaking the Trees Press
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Paranormal
Format: Kindle Edition, 330 Pages
Idris Williams’ life may seem perfect…
Sure, Idris has confidence and great looks, a famous father and a beautiful girlfriend. Life would be perfect if he could dodge the bullet his father has aimed at his head — following dear old Dad into motivational-speaking stardom. But there doesn’t seem to be a way out…
— Until Idris morphs into something green and scaly.
Cadi has finally found a safe and loving home. Then a malicious boy turns her whole world upside down. The next thing she knows, she’s wandering the streets on New Year’s Eve, alone.
— Until a crystal leads her to this lizard boy with a smart mouth and massive ego.
To change Idris back into his sexy human self, Cadi must reveal a secret she’s been holding close to her heart for as long as she can remember. A secret that will send them racing to close a wormhole ahead of a deadly army.
A secret that could change their worlds forever…
A fun, unique and gripping paranormal sci-fi tale
Perfect for sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal fans, The Silken Scales by Alex Hayes is a wonderfully unique and gripping tale that kept me engrossed until the end.
Idris has a seemingly perfect life – he’s handsome and popular, he has a gorgeous girlfriend, and his father is famous. However, Idris is quite unhappy because his adopted father has been grooming him to become a motivational speaker and doesn’t understand or care about what he really wants. But that’s the least of his problems cause when his skin begins to turn green and scaly, Idris has no choice but to run away and hide.
Cadi has had a very difficult life — she’s been hiding a secret and has moved from one foster home to another. When she finally finds a safe home with caring foster parents, a good friend who accepts her, and a boy who seems romantically interested in her, Cadi’s world is suddenly turned upside down and she has no choice but to leave and hide.
Both hiding, alone, and confused, Idris and Cadi question who they really are and where they come from. When a crystal leads Cadi to Idris, they slowly discover that they have plenty in common and have a special connection that will change their lives forever. As they search for answers about their pasts and what’s happening to them, Idris and Cadi can’t ignore the intense attraction between them. But with danger lurking in the darkness, will Idris and Cadi find out who they really are and what they mean to each other?
I’m not completely in love with this book, but it’s definitely an amusing and delightfully weird story. I also think it’s incredibly imaginative and I was intrigued by the paranormal aspects and the world-building. The writing is captivating and I really enjoyed the flow of the story. I like Idris and Cadi’s POVs and getting to know them as they both learn new things about themselves. They have amazing chemistry together and their playful bantering is super adorable. The side characters are interesting too and I like them well enough. With some action, a little suspense, and a few twists and turns, I found myself on edge and holding my breath especially during the last few chapters of the book. I honestly wasn’t so sure about this book at first, but the overall storyline had me satisfyingly captivated until the end. I’m really excited to see what happens next and to explore more of this fun sci-fi series.
With fascinating and likable characters, lighthearted humor, an adorable romance, and plenty of thrills, Silken Scales is a fantastically fun read. Even though there are a few things that seemed a bit confusing to me, I think Hayes has created a delightful and riveting story that many readers will enjoy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.
Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.
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