Author: Natalie Whipple
Expected publication: May 21st 2013
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction
I received an eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you.
To say I have lower expectations with this book is a sure understatement. Before I begin, I have already formulated on how it will turn out. Often times I always get it right. But not this time. Transparent provided a highly entertaining story of a girl who is invisible from the day she was born and how she’s coping with it. And we thought being invisible saves you from scrutiny of others. But even she gets the same treatment or much worst.
Fiona is the invisible girl. And here I thought that waltzing around with all her invisible glory will be walk in the park. Not for Fiona, some people despise her and her father. But who wouldn’t when her dad forced her to do horrendous things for others. He’s manipulating her to do things against her morals. And she and her family had enough so they escaped. But that didn’t stop her father to come after them. He wants her. Badly.
This is such a surprising book in so many ways. When I started I thought it could action-packed sort of story. I mean, two words, super. powers. So I dive in waiting for those but for the first half of the book, it’s about Fiona’s life fitting in with normal people. Well, the visible people. People looked at her with accusations and fear. And it’s hard for her. Even though they can’t even see her proves that the judgment people thrown at her surpasses the physical aspect. But not all of them are like that some people even tried to be friends with her. She even got a boyfriend in the process.
Of course there’s this romance in the name of Seth. And because I’m spoiler maniac I asked my sister why made him special. It didn’t ruin my reading, mind you, it actually boost the anticipation but little did I know that revelation of what he is and the reason why their relationship could work happened in the few remaining pages of the book. What a complete bummer, haha. So that is why Seth can…well…read it to find out. *winks*
In the later part of the books that’s where what I was waiting came in. Action. Her father found them and oh boy that had me anticipating for more. I was sort of disappointed how she didn’t maximize her awesome powers. Come to think of it, she didn’t completely embrace her powers and used it to her own advantage. While still great, it all happened too fast and too loose.
In hindsight it doesn’t have a distinctive plot. Even the summary admits by comparing it to other popular fictional titles. I, on the other hand don’t mind if it’s some sort of new twist of this and that. When a book is entertaining it can conquers my nit and gritty.