Thursday, June 20, 2013

Transparent by Natalie Whipple

TransparentPlenty 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.

I have been anticipating Natalie Whipple’s debut novel for a long time. So when I finally got my hands on a copy, I read it immediately. Transparent is a fast-paced novel that captured my attention from the very beginning.  The world building is impeccable. I’ve never felt so immersed in a book world before. Whipple is a master world crafter. I would love to be a part of the world in Transparent. Everything seems extremely realistic and dramatic and entertaining.

I liked that the people in Transparent didn’t have to keep their powers completely a secret. It was refreshing that there weren’t bunch of secrets relating to character powers. They were able to be open about their powers, and therefore- readers were able to get a better understanding of the character and their involvement in the story. Fiona is fantastic. She is strong willed and totally badass, and she stands out as one of the most memorable characters that I’ve read recently. Her brothers were both individual while also still acting like they were brothers. Though there were many characters in this story, the character development didn’t suffer. Each character was well written, and it was easy to get a full understanding of them.

Transparent is a fantastic novel. Whipple nailed her debut, and I can’t wait to read what she has coming out next. Transparent is a book that I would gladly reread over and over again. Natalie Whipple is an extremely talented writer. Transparent will appear to readers of all genres.

FTC- Received as an eGalley for review.