Sunday, January 13, 2019
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
In 2018, one of my main reading goals was to read a lot of my backlist books that I had just taking up space on my Kindle for a long time. One of the ways I did that was to listen to audiobooks. Not only was it a big time saver, but I found that could read more that way. One of the last audioboks of 2018 that I listened to was Transparent. I really enjoyed the book.
It makes me sad that I had waited so long to read Transparent. I've owned it for years, but it never really caught my eye. It didn't jump out at me on my Kindle when I would browse through books to read. However, now I wish I would have read it sooner. I loved it so much. I thought the plot was action packed, and suspenseful. It kept on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to Fiona due to the circumstances she was going through. The author was great creating dramatic tension. I also liked the premise of the different "powers" that certain people had. I almost wish that there was another series by this author about the time closer to the origins of the "powers" and people finding out how they worked, and first discovering them. I think that would be interesting to read.
In fact, the only thing I disliked about the book was Fiona's pessimistic nature at times. I understand why she was the way she was. It made complete sense for the plot, and everything she had been through in her life. However, sometimes I just wanted to reach through the book and smack her. So many problems could have been solved if she just gave the new people around her a chance instead of automatically thinking they were out to get her. It was incredibly in your face obvious that they were trying to help her, and it got slightly annoying when she would do the opposite of what they were helping her to do, or ran away from them.
I really loved Transparent. I thought it was a dramatic, entertaining book. I recently found out that the book has a sequel. I'm torn on whether I will read it. The book ended in a way where mostly everything was resolved, other than a few tiny details that weren't important to the plot, in my opinion. I also have a lot of other backlist books to read. However, I would love to see more of the different "powers" in this world, and watch Fiona's relationship with a certain someone evolve after what was discovered at the end of the first book. I might read the sequel once I get a few more books crossed off my TBR. We shall see.
I give Transparent: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.