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Chameleon Assassin: Book 1 of the Chameleon Assassin series (Volume 1) Paperback – November 29, 2016
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The heroine has a 'secret' mutation, she has chameleon capabilities. And the author still managed to keep her very real, not a superhero. Liz is a woman I would hang with... except for the rock climbing, I like a good manicure over imitating a limpet.
Toronto has a drug problem and she is hired to investigate. The tale took me places I never expected to go. Mission Impossible meets Castle in all the best ways.
Libby's just got everything going for her. Rich and connected parents, wealth and connections of her own, every spy gadget available at her disposal and probably, from the sounds of it, one of the very few mutations that would actually even be desirable to have. She just seems to lead a very charmed life and doesn't have to deal with a whole lot of strife or personal struggle at all. And when things are always going right, well, it's boring. I raised my eyebrows a little when she started sleeping with two guys at the same time, but ultimately decided it was the most real, human thing she's done.
All in all, Libby doesn't do much to endear herself. She has a soft charitable spot for a local orphanage, and donates generously to it, but not with her time and effort really, and so it seemed like just an additional bit that got thrown in to make her seem like a nice person.
Overall, I just found the whole storyline sterile and lacking in all the ways that make you really root for a character. It was difficult to make myself keep reading til the end, it was just that boring to me.
The world-building was interesting and I thought the structure of the corporate hierarchy vs mutants was pretty cool. The book got a little redundant at times with the how frequently Libby spouted off about the evils of the corporate world. However, my main problem with this book was the emotional disconnect of the main character and the writing itself.
Libby doesn't react normally. While I would expect an assassin to have an emotional disconnect in order to kill people (and that's a pretty cool character trait), that's not what happened in this book. I didn't feel any sort of emotional response from her at all. She started crying at one point, but I couldn't feel the emotion behind it... The writing delivery was very robotic and almost clinical -- "Libby went to the market. She killed a man. She came home and cooked dinner." At one time, I put the book down and nearly classified it as "DNF" (Did Not Finish) because I felt like I was reading a recipe card, rather than a story.
I think if the author had focused on showing, rather than telling... the book would have improved dramatically. If the author considered reworking the story to better develop the emotional relationships of the characters (including the supporting cast), it would be MUCH better. The overall plot is pretty good, albeit predictable... but the issues with the characters and the writing made this book very difficult to finish and enjoy.
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