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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Deidra Reviews Transparent

Author: Natalie Whipple
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
Summary:  Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
Why I Loved It:  When radioactive poisoning was a huge threat during the Cold War, people started taking a little blue pill called Radiasure.  The thing about this whole pill is that it started causing mutations in DNA.  It wasn't seem much at first, but when a generation started to having children with strange features like pink skin or weird hair or special abilities, the effects became more apparent.  After a time, it became even more and more obvious.  Now people liked to use Radiasure to increase their power.  And just like any kind of drug like that, power becomes wrapped up in the pills.

Powerful criminals then start manipulating the people with special abilities and fighting for control of the pills.  Fiona's father is one of the biggest crime lords, and she was born as the first invisible person in the world.  Sadly, that makes her a pawn in her father's hands.  I mean an invisible person is every crime lord's dream come true.  Her father's ability is that he is able to pretty much make women do whatever he wants them to do.  Which makes manipulating Fiona and her mother, a telekinetic, so much easier.

Living as a pawn of her father, she didn't exactly live a normal life.  When her mother decides that she really wants to escape, Fiona has to learn how be normal.  It's not really easy to be normal when you are invisible.  I mean I'm sure it would seem weird seeing a walking set of clothes.  Plus, being the only invisible person in the world and the daughter of a well-known criminal tends to follow her.

The story was quite interesting.  I know that there were a couple of things that bothered me while I read, but the story really was captivating.  The friends that Fiona makes in her learning to be normal, as normal as you can be when you are invisible, are incredibly interesting.  I really enjoyed getting to know them.  Fiona's two brothers were interesting as well.  Graham was a jerk and Miles was wonderful.  And the boy that Fiona ends up falling for has a power that is just what Fiona needs.

I found that the novel was well-thought-out and quite interesting.  I love reading books about people with super powers.  Some people might get all focused on the science, but that's never really been a problem for me.  I found Transparent to be funny, with sweet and sour moments, and a concept that I found incredibly interesting.  Granted, I was just looking for some light reading.  It was what I needed at the time.      

Low Points:  There wasn't a massive amount of world-building, Fiona could be a bit rude and selfish at times, her mother is treated poorly at times considering how much of a victim she really is in the story.  

High Points:  Super powers, mafia-type world, Miles *awesome big brother*, some super friends, and a really sweet romance.  

Who Should Read It:  I think people who love the whole super powers things and the Oceans movies would appreciate the book.
Need a Second Opinion?


  1. I have the e-galley to this, but haven't read it yet. I'm curious how somebody who is invisible would find it hard to get away...because, you know, they can't be seen. I do like superpowers and the Ocean movies, though, so maybe I'll enjoy this. Great review!
    -Natalie @Natflix&Books

  2. It's hard to explain the whole "why can't she disappear if she's invisible" without giving away serious spoilers. In my opinion. I hope you read it and love it.

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  4. Cool review. I have read some not so good reviews on this book. It is too bad because the story line sounds great. I also entered your Love Bloom giveaway. ;)
    -Cali W.

  5. Looks good. I've seen this book on some blogs but didn't really feel interested, never bothered to read the synopsis really. But looks very interesting. Might check it out.
    ( Love in Bloom RC entry comment)


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