Book Review: Transition (Chimera Hunters series, #1)
Blurb: The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras' powers, believing they were a deadly race with physical abilities beyond belief. So they split their race in half, condemning them to wander the earth searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each is destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rests on finding their one true mate for life.
SHELBY O'NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to college, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.
DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman, Washington. His duty is to protect her against the Chimera hunters and guide her to who she was always meant to be, his sodalis, his mate.
Get packing Stephanie Myers, Megan Johnston is here to stay.
Think twilight, But minus vampires and werewolves. In Transition Megan Johnston sets off on a pace that would get you addicted to the series and wait through lip curling and chewing for the subsequent titles
With two good-looking main characters it's possible they were carved out of a fairy-tale. Johnston starts off the tale by describing the physical attributes of her main characters. A rather old technique, I must say, but she gives out such details (like sexy Siberian tiger tattoos) it's hard not to get hooked (I mean really, really hooked). And as though all the libido teasing isn't enough, this description is given out through a sexual fantasy (How is that for incredibly sexy and visually stimulating?).
Shelby, a college student juggling between school work, sexual fantasies and keeping in constant contact with her overprotective parents. Raised up in a farm far from her college life in Washington, she has no or little social life. No drink nights with her pals, no meeting new guys, little or no contact with the opposite sex(... well, except in her fantasies.) With a passion for photography and inspiring lanscape, she's the girl who would grab a camera for a night out instead of a clutch. In other words, she isn't your typical college student and you don't ever feel like you have met this particular character in some other literary piece. Later in the novel we find out she's no ordinary girl with some no ordinary family.
In the opening pages of the novel, you'll find out in these fantasies she's been with the same guy and oddly, it's stopped being just a fantasy. To her (and readers) the guy is very real, alive and no product of her imaginative mind as Jen, her only girl pal, puts it.
The guy is Develon (I agree, the name suggests he is a hunk), he isn't only just flawless, he is Chimera and is in search of his sodalis. It's no surprise the object of his fantasies, Shelby, happen to be that sodalis.
Their first ever physical meeting is urged by the decision of Jen and Shelby to plan a week's vacation of skiing at the mountains of.... For Shelby she is excited for the photography as well as more sleep time(for other* needs). But for Jen it's meeting new boys and starting flings. I wonder what would convince a girl going skiing is a great opportunity to meet up with guys (no offense to women who have 'Must Ski' on their List). They meet Stephen, brother of Develon (not by blood) and neighbor . Stephen is the player and doesn't go by Chimera rules which prevent any form of emotional attachment with humans. It's obvious from the start he wants to get himself entangled in Jen's lace panties.
By the action of Chimera hunters, Gavin and Leandro who have the power to control water and air respectively, the holiday ends before it can start with the roof of their 'cabin in the woods' caving in. Deciding on taking up Stephen's offer, Jen suggests they go seek refuge from their neighbors.
The two meet and more than sparks fly.
If you are thinking the sex in the fantasies are good as the physical, think again. Double the desire, the time spent on foreplay and deduct the annoying interruptions by Shelby's alarm, and there you have it: mind-blowing lovemaking!
But the two have more than great chemistry to protect, with Shelby's discovery of her new-found (not-so) awesome powers, the two have to stay clear of anything that could send any of them (especially Shelby) six-feet under. Or where the hell Chimeras go when they die.
Together the two unravel secrets about Shelby's childhood hidden for years by her parents. And explore more desirable* qualities of one another.
The release of well-hidden secrets shake the plot of the story... or at least what we all think might happen. Too much twilight comparison would leave you gob-smacked even before you get to the middle so don't go over the same mistakes I commited.
The arch-villain, happened to be Leandro (no spoiler here as that is evident from the beginning of the story). Also good-looking in a very aristocratic way, he is also Chimera and desperate to find his sodalis. He is a delusional sniffing freak who is drawn to and thinks Shelby is rather his mate.
But what if two Chimeras are to share one sodalis? I found myself asking most of the time (mostly because the thought was a turn on) But seething as to why Megan never thought of it (another of my twilight comparison let downs). Obviously to Johnston, I was another reader who was inexperienced in Chimera affairs and needed to understand the very tricky course.
Enough about me.
Though there's a huge anticlimax as one draws closer to the end (another one of Megan's techniques that made me give up thinking ahead), the climax (or end) tends out to be more satisfying than what I had wanted. At this stage of the story, the reason behind the title makes it appropriate.
I really enjoyed it, but I wasn't a fan of the mind games Johnston was playing with me. She Really got my head messed up and I learnt a lesson when it comes to reading (her novels): Just flow with the go. You never know what might not happen.
I loved, loved this book (and this is coming from someone who pays least attention to things that are unrealistic). I feel really left out because there is a franchise I haven't been keeping up with. If Megan would allow me, I would read all the books in the series and what little price I would have to pay in writing reviews.
My rating is a whooping 5/5 stars.
Once you pick up this title, besides the thrills, you get to polish up your (inexistent) Latin vocabulary (in ya face those of ya who thought sodalis could be found in the dictionary). And who knows, you might think against the online classes you planned on taking.
I am definitely following this series.
Transition is available at AuthorHouse Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.
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