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Chimera [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Meding
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A mysterious and dangerous conspiracy deepens, threatening the superpowered Rangers and pushing Flex to join forces with one of her team's mortal enemies: a Bane called Chimera.

Growing up with blue skin never made Rene "Flex" Duvall feel like at outcast. She learned early on to put people at ease with her wit and exuberant personality. So she's certainly not going to let her façade crack when she and her teammates suddenly face a new breed of genetically manipulated and brainwashed Metas: the well-trained teenage criminals known as the Recombinants.

When a desperate battle leaves one of their friends wounded, Renee and Ethan follow a clue to Manhattan Island, where the Banes have been imprisoned. There they find a Bane named Chimera, who refuses to cooperate despite possessing information that could help them stop the Recombinants. Chimera's emotional scars are as devastating as Renee's physical scars, and soon the two find common ground in shared pain. Against her better judgment, Renee forms an alliance with this Bane. They both can gain much from working together, so the only question is who has more to lose by cooperating…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3785 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW5SJ0K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third in a sci-fi/fantasy series a la X-men and hybrid superheroes Metas: The Complete Series: Trance, Changeling, Tempest, Chimera.
I realise the author has tried to introduce enough info to warrant this being a stand-alone novel and does so successfully. However I felt that it was to the detriment of the actual plot. There was so much back-story, relationships, siblings and half siblings, names and places that it was hard to discern the actual plot in there sometimes.
It is very difficult for Renee to not only interact but work together with someone she considers an enemy, the Bane Chimera. Their relationship takes a surprising turn and one that quite frankly I found hard to swallow. The relationship also put this book on a secure NA level for me instead of YA.
I didn't like the way the author portrayed Renee when it came to her own image and the way others reacted to it, especially other females. Other females don't like her because she has a good figure and a big bust. Come again?
She is not only reducing herself to her breasts, which she does on quite a few occasions, without any help from a male I might add. She is also suggesting that women are incapable of liking other females who are good looking or have certain qualities which men might find appealing. We get enough misogynistic characters in NA/YA I think readers can do without the strong female lead characters dissing other women. That aspect of Renee's character bugged me enough that I felt a lack of empathy for her.
The series could be a stronger one if the previous content isn't allowed to take over the next episode in the story.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Edelweiss.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third volume in an urban fantasy/superheroes (think X-men) series. This is not really the place to start reading as much of the worldbuilding and plot complexities have obviously been a major part of the two prior books. I did find, however, that the author fed enough information at the right times for me to understand what was going on and although I wished that I had read the first two books I didn't absolutely need to have done in order to grasp what was happening here.

This book is narrated by Renee (also known as Flex). Renee has superpowers which mean that she can stretch her body and contort it. She has been badly burned in the past which has resulted in her losing some of her powers although her status as a "meta" is always obvious as she has blue skin. Renee's character is at the centre of the book and it is because the book is actually about her as a person rather than her powers that it is easier to pick up as a new reader. Renee is complex and very human. She has been traumatised by her childhood and other past events and is suffering a crisis of identity because of her loss of powers and her disfiguring scars.

It is Renee's wry narration and the excellently portrayed character which she shows that makes this book compelling reading. As she starts to fall for Chimera (aka Derek - intending no disrespect, I did find it difficult to believe in a romantic hero called Derek) she begins to find a new role for herself and to find her value as a person rather than a set of powers. I was very impressed that the author concentrated on Renee's readjustment rather than miraculously solving her problems.

The plot is fast paced. I didn't grasp all the complexities of it but I was involved enough to enjoy the book.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superheroes, a good mystery and a heroine with a chip on her shoulder make for a sparkling and entertaining action read 28 Nov. 2013
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Chimera by Kelly Meding
Urban Fantasy- Nov. 11th, 2013
4 stars
In Kelly Meding’s latest Urban Fantasy, Chimera. She again explores the Metas. Humans with supernatural powers who fight to save humanity and their sanity. Chimera is the forth in her Meta Wars Superhero series and concerns Flex AKA Renee. Renee is a blue-skinned woman who has the ability to stretch her body unnaturally.

In the last battle, Renee sustained injuries -massive burn scars, which impaired her stretching ability. Feeling nearly useless she tries to support her best friend, Trace, the new leader of the Metas. But before they can recover, they are pulled into an investigation concerning the mysterious theft of food supplies. Since the police are puzzled they believe that other supernatural humans are stealing the food and they ask help from the Metas. But what the Metas discover are young teenagers who are playing Robin Hood. As they try to get to know the wary teens they discover that they these young Metas were stolen at birth and lied to by a mysterious agent named ‘Uncle.’ Renee is dispatched to find information from one of the hoodlums suspected fathers to discover clues. His name is Derek Thatcher but he was imprisoned for using his powers for evil. The government agrees to released him only if he will aid Renee. But Derek believed that his son and wife were killed in a fire. As they both try to find the young Metas and their mysterious guardian they soon become endangered. Can they find and save the missing children and prevent chaos?

Kelly Meding’s books are always fascinating and unexpected. This book was no exception! Renee is a tough heroine that feels she has to hide her soft heart. Because her skin turned blue color when her powers manifested she was immediately branded an outcast. Her family and community not only rejected her but tried to kill her! Thankfully she found a home with the Metas. As a result, she is protective of them and fearless in trying to help others who are also outcasts. Unfortunately, she isn’t so good at having a friendly persona. When she meets the handsome, Derek. She is conflicted. He used his power to kill and her sense of right and wrong protests against liking him. When she realizes that not everything is black or white she is forced to grow and confront herself and her narrow views. I liked how Renee not only changes but also finds that she is valued not just for her super powers. In addition, the mystery behind the stolen children was fun to read and adds new and younger players with some interesting powers that I would love to learn more about.

Superheroes, a good mystery and a heroine with a chip on her shoulder make for a sparkling and entertaining action read.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Shatter Me will love this dystopian thriller. 14 Dec. 2013
By @Julia_ATUF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Fans of X-men and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series will fall in love with the MetaWars. With scientific enhancements and mutations that are all but magic, this politically messy series contains a world that has remade itself over and over again. And despite that complexity, I jumped in with CHIMERA and found myself up to speed and invested from page one.

The only downside to starting this series at book four was my perception of the character’s ages. Renee was volatile but self-aware, snarky but empathetic, and the perfect point of view to introduce me to this world, but something about her had me thinking she was in her late teens for much of the book. Correcting that misinterpretation didn’t set me back, but it does say something about the tone and style of narrative. Though Renee certainly has baggage and prejudices, CHIMERA is more about her own healing than resolving a contrived misunderstanding. A wounded warrior surrounded by heroes, as Renee comes to accept herself she opens herself up to accepting others. The relationships, both romantic and otherwise, were a beautifully organic part of the story.

Marvel has nothing on the twists and turns and past plots that make up the MetaWars, but the amount of backstory Meding provided was enough to keep me moving forward. I was surprised to find myself as invested in the global, cultural fate of Metas as their individual love stories. Happiness is achieved in the moment, but this messy, violent world makes it clear that “happily-ever-after” isn’t guaranteed to be just around the corner. This team hasn’t given up on the fight, though, and my fingers are crossed that this series culminates in a safer world for them all.

Sexual Content: An explicit sex scene, references to sex.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The line between enemies and friends starts to shift... 26 Nov. 2013
By Cheryl M-M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third in a sci-fi/fantasy series a la X-men and hybrid superheroes Metas: The Complete Series: Trance, Changeling, Tempest, Chimera.
I realise the author has tried to introduce enough info to warrant this being a stand-alone novel and does so successfully. However I felt that it was to the detriment of the actual plot. There was so much back-story, relationships, siblings and half siblings, names and places that it was hard to discern the actual plot in there sometimes.
It is very difficult for Renee to not only interact but work together with someone she considers an enemy, the Bane Chimera. Their relationship takes a surprising turn and one that quite frankly I found hard to swallow. The relationship also put this book on a secure NA level for me instead of YA.
I didn't like the way the author portrayed Renee when it came to her own image and the way others reacted to it, especially other females. Other females don't like her because she has a good figure and a big bust. Come again?
She is not only reducing herself to her breasts, which she does on quite a few occasions, without any help from a male I might add. She is also suggesting that women are incapable of liking other females who are good looking or have certain qualities which men might find appealing. We get enough misogynistic characters in NA/YA I think readers can do without the strong female lead characters dissing other women. That aspect of Renee's character bugged me enough that I felt a lack of empathy for her.
The series could be a stronger one if the previous content isn't allowed to take over the next episode in the story.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Edelweiss.
4.0 out of 5 stars As with all of the previous books in this series, this one starts with a bang and just keeps going, never losing momentum. 30 Mar. 2014
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Never a fan of the idea of rehabilitating the Banes, Renee, aka Flex, must now work with one of them in order to uncover the latest secret project of the Overseer’s. Will she be able to remain civil long enough to get the job done?

Opening Sentence: Tap. Tap. Tap.

The Review:

I found myself a little confused at the end of this book because I could have sworn I had heard that it was going to be the last book in the series, and the book ends in much the same way as previous books in the series have done: open-endedly, with teasers as to what’s coming next. I certainly hope that more books are written for this series, as I truly enjoy it, and this book was no different. My rating reflects my feelings on the book as if the series were continuing.

Renee/Flex has definitely had it rough since book 1. She is still recovering from burn injuries she sustained back in book 2. While her body has healed, mentally and emotionally, she’s having a very rough time. Because of the severity and extent of her burns, her Flex powers are no longer as strong as they once were, leaving her only able to stretch her arms, legs, and neck, rather than her entire body. This means in field situations, she’s reduced to arming herself with a gun, making her feel like she is a useless member of the team.

There’s no time to throw a pity party though because as usual, times are not peaceful. Sent to investigate a series a robberies, Renee and the rest of the team discover the robberies are being done by a pair of teenagers with Meta powers. Further investigation reveals that the male teenager is actually the son of former Bane Derek “Chimera” Thatcher. There’s only one problem: Derek was told 15 years ago that his son died in a fire. Now, he’s been granted temporary parole so that he can help the Metas locate his son and find out what happened all those years ago. This puts him in direct contact with Renee, a woman who has made no effort to hide her feelings on Banes. Will they be able to work together for the greater good?

Renee has not been my favorite character throughout this series, so I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about her being the heroine of this book. Once I began to learn about her backstory and what brought her to the Rangers as a little girl, I began to warm up to her considerably and see her in a much more sympathetic light. Derek ends up being a perfect match for her, and I had a great time watching their relationship unfold. As much as I love first person narration, I think it would have been great to see some of this book from Derek’s point of view rather than Renee’s. I found myself very interested in what he was thinking when certain scenes were occurring. If there are going to be future books in this series, I would love to have a Bane narrator at some point. I think they would offer an interesting perspective.

As with all of the previous books in this series, this one starts with a bang and just keeps going, never losing momentum. I’m always so anxious to find out what’s going to happen next, and then so disappointed when I realize I’ve made it to the end. I truly hope there are going to be more books in this series, as I’ve enjoyed it from the very first page of book one. This book was no different, and fans of the series should be pleased with the answers we get and intrigued to find out where the series goes from here.

Notable Scene:

“It’s where the council performs punishments.”

“What?”

“In public?” Thatcher asked.

“Of course in public,” Landon said. “How is it a deterrent if it’s done in private?”

Ice water surged in my veins, and my vision tunneled in on the platform. I saw it as clearly as if it were happening all over again: a jeering crowd spewing profanities and urging the leaders on; a girl helpless to defend herself, crying for her parents to save her; the stone-cold faces of her torturers, uncaring of the agony they were inflicting on a child.

I felt the sun on my face. I felt the wood at my back and ropes against my naked skin. Smoke rose up and choked me, leached into my nose and mouth and skin. Flames licked higher, closer, searing heat eager to taste my newly blue flesh. Flesh that ached to bend and twist, to help me escape, only they’d tied me too tight, bound me too well. Fear and despair and hatred held me captive as securely as the priest’s ropes. As securely as the revulsion in my parents’ eyes as they watched from the crowd.

FTC Advisory: Pocket Star/Simon and Schuster provided me with a copy of Chimera. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer 4 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read all of her books and enjoy every one. If you haven't read her other books you should
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