09 November 2011

Rippler (The Ripple Series #1) by Cidney Swanson

Rippler (The Ripple Series, #1)Rippler by Cidney Swanson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, I'd like to thank the author, Cidney Swanson, for giving me the opportunity to read her utterly captivating book!

"The screaming was the first clue that I'd turned invisible again."

That had my attention and it was just the first line!
Samantha Ruiz is a carrier of a weird gene that makes her turn invisible. At first, she doesn't control it and most of the time it takes her a minute to realize she's even turned invisible but with the help of her friend Will and his sister Mickie.

I'm a huge fan of paranormal books and 'Rippler' has managed to stand out in a genre where the popular trend is vampires,werewolves,faeries and witches. From the first chapter, Cidney Swanson has managed to jump right into the action without having a slow beginning. Once you get started, it's hard to put the book down. I would know, considering I had to go a few days without reading what happens next. Reading this book was like trying to solve a puzzle, there's various pieces/dots scattered all over the book and you start to connect them one by one till the end where the book leaves you screaming because you just want to know what happens!

The writing is good and is written in a language that relates to teens/young adults. The chapters have a continuous flow to them. I loved the parts of the book with the riddles and journal entries! It takes pretty good creativity to come up with little things like that!

The author has captured the essence of a shy and confused teenage girl growing up perfectly! Throughout the novel, Sam tries to figure out and embrace her identity. When I read Sam's thoughts I understood what she was going through and connected with her. It was also lovely to see Will & Sam's friendship slowly turn into something more.

Will's sister did annoy me a bit at first but once I got to know more about her, I grew fond of her and the relationship she has with her brother! The characters have been developed really well, with close similarities to reality and each character is someone you'd be able to relate to in your life.

My only problem with this story was that, Sam's freak gene was cool but a little too much! I found it far-fetched that she could turn invisible, walk through things AND read minds (if she tried!)

That's the reason I can't give 'Ripper' 5 stars. But other than that, this book goes back into an interesting period of history - Nazi Rule & Scientific Experiments - and I LOVED it!

I will definitely read the sequel Chameleon: Book Two in the Ripple Series ! I recommend 'Rippler' to young teenagers, especially girls, who're fans of X-Men! Sam reminded me of Rogue (although she should've reminded me of Kitty) - one of my favorite characters!

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  1. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the review!

  2. thank you for a detailed review! This sounds like something my teenage daughter would love; she is a picky, avid reader and this sounds right up her alley!

  3. Thank you for a thorough review! This sounds like a great book for my teenage daughter. She is a picky, avid reader and this book sounds right up her alley!