Transitionby Megan S. Johnston
Series: Chimera Hunters #1
Published on May 11, 2012 by Author House
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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 fi nding 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 fi nd 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.
Alright, for starters, I was bored. Don’t get me wrong, I finished the book, but it didn’t captivate me like so many others have in this genre. I was looking for something new, something I’d never read before, and the prospect of this world with Chimeras sounded like it would fit the bill. Instead, I felt like there wasn’t enough about the world and what was given read like a textbook. There also wasn’t a lot of action, which might have kept my attention longer. However, the one saving element, for me, was the idea. I’m leery about “soulmate” stories because they’re usually about the two characters saying how much they want to be with each other. At least with this book, the idea is different in that a Chimera is looking for his mate, forced to search for centuries to find the right person.
I wasn’t a fan of the characters. In my opinion, Shelby and Develon were more robotic than anything, fitting the “too perfect” roles. I wanted Shelby to step up into the heroine role popular in paranormal romances (cliche or not, it’s popular for a reason). She came off as bland and uninteresting to read about. Their relationship also reminded me of something from a really cheesy romance. Boy + girl = instant love! And I get it, Develon is “gorgeous” and “ripped” and all that, but it just made me feel like he had all the characteristics of the perfect dream guy for any girl, not just Shelby. I just didn’t feel the connection between these two which, I think, would have made it more enjoyable.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romances and don’t mind a fresh cup of insta-love, then you may enjoy this book. Personally, I found the plot lacking, the characters flat, but the world filled with potential. I finished this book only because I felt I had an obligation to, as a reader. This review has not been influenced by any outside force, and contains only my honest opinion of the book.