Transparent (Transparent Series #1)

Transparent (Transparent Series #1)

by Natalie Whipple


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Transparent 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
For a while now, I wanted a different read. And this folks is it! Jackpot! 1. Uniquely Different. Look folks, when you’ve read over 1500 books in your lifetime, plot lines and twist began to become repetitive. I enjoyed this book immensely because it caught me off guard. I love that. I love that it was different. A different world, new powers and of course a plot that is nicely written. 2. Plot. This plot is built up nicely that I couldn’t help but let myself fall into the story. I was so drawn to the world that the author created that it literally pulled me in. Hook. Line. Sinker. 3. Love interest. After reading this book, I had countless thoughts on what it would be like to be invisible my entire life and then one day, a guy could see me. WOW! The emotions and thoughts running through my head were almost similar to Fiona. I’m excited to where this love interest would go. Oh, and for the love of God, please no love triangles. It is fine as is! 4. Minor characters. The best  part about this book are the minor characters. They each carry a unique role in Fiona’s life. Some good and others bad. Still each characters fulfills role for the destine of Fiona. My fave character is the “worthless son.” Once you read the story, you’ll understand why. 5. Comedic relief. The author does a great job in creating hints of laughter and enjoyable moments through the story. One moment, you’d be so wound up and the next, a joke or a stupid pick up line that lets then reader relax. I really loved how well this element is used. This is a fantastic story. Brilliantly written and superb in the plot, Transparent is the start of an excellent series.  Spicing up the YA-world, Transparent shines like no other.  A well anchored story that leaves me craving for more, Transparent rocks!
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Transparent is a gem. Rarely does a book have me submerged into its world as deeply as this one did. From start to finish, I lived and breathed with the characters. Fiona was born into syndicate life. As soon as her father decided she was ready, he began weaning her into the criminal business, from pickpocketing to erasing evidence of his crimes and stealing big things. After finding out his latest plans for her, Fiona knows that she has to get out and runs away with her mom. In light of what she's lived through, it isn't surprising that it takes time for Fiona to open up to people. Any moment, someone might turn her in to her dad or a rival syndicate leader in spite of her pretense that everything is all right with dear old dad. When she does make friends, she can't choose better. Bea and Brady are two cool, believable people, as are their family members. Fiona couldn't have found a more loyal crowd than she does with them. I especially love Seth. He gets to a bad start with Fiona, which results in a lot of entertaining exchanges. Nevertheless, he means well; he just doesn't know how to express himself. I always supported a relationship between him and Fiona, though she crushes hard on Brady from the start. (Totally understandable. I'd also look more at the sweet guy over who I think is a sarcastic jerk.) The romance is slow to start and comes upon Fiona before she knows it. It's real and cute. I also love how the story doesn't make a big deal out of superpowers. For that, the minimal world building that we receive suited me just fine. Sure, Fiona is the first invisible baby, but the doctors hand her right over to her parents when they realize they can't cure her. This is because much of the general population has mutations that give them abilities from something as small as a strange hair or eye color to stronger powers like superstrength and telekinesis, stronger powers that syndicate leaders would love to control. The story does a wonderful job of portrying Fiona's insecurities over her invisibility, what it means to be visible, and how Fiona's invisibility influences her life. I recommend Transparent to those looking for a story that deals with superpowers in a realistic, matter-of-fact way, allowing the characters to take the stage and carry the story.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I love the premise of this and it drew me in quickly. I liked the simplistic but fun set-up. There were of course complexities to the plot, and I was on the edge of my seat wondering how things would play out.    Fiona is a character that is easy to root for. I totally cannot imagine being invisible! In some ways, it would be awesome, but it others it would suck. And we get to see both of these drawbacks through her eyes. I felt so sorry for her how her dad treated her like a tool, a means to his end. It is so brave of her and her mom to try to get a fresh start.     Liked her relationship with her older brothers. Seemed realistic, and cool that they were close. The way they grew up and what they went through together made that bond even stronger. The protective side that Miles has, and their covert communication added another whole element to the story.     Bea is a lot of fun. She is a girl at the new school who befriends Fiona. She also is gifted and her and Brady are the strongest and the ones ostracized in a community of mostly normal mutations. She is able to throw her voice, and Brady has strength. I liked Fiona and Bea's friendship, and how Fiona (and myself as a reader) had to work through the trust issues, and see her for what she was. I liked how she was bold, and told it like it was. She didn't pretend like Fiona wasn't unique, and didn't sidestep around her abilities. She also was so funny. I loved her lines and she made me laugh a lot.     The other characters are great too.  Brady, as I mentioned earlier is a guy at her new school, who is hot and has abilities. Seth is a hot math tutor, more of the broody kind that keeps to himself a lot. Bea has a ton of brothers, and I love the dynamic there as well. The dialogue feels authentic and it is downright hilarious at times. But there is a lot of emotional connections and depth when you look below the surface.      She eventually lets them in, but she is keeping to herself at first, so there is just the minor flirting with whom I will not say but I def had a clear team and would love to talk to someone about it if they have read. I liked the slow build of the romance though, and the bantering that helped lead up to it. I am glad that Fiona wasn't afraid to speak her mind to this person because it made him respect her more I think.      The town she is in just assumes that she is a spoiled brat and her dad put her there as a statement. Fiona's dad has a conflict going on with the leader of the area that Fiona and her mom are hiding it--hiding in plain sight, because they counted on her dad not thinking they would move into Juan's (his enemy) land.        It wrapped up pretty well, but I have the feeling that there will be a sequel. While it was a good ending, and tied up the book, I just sense that the resolution can't last forever. But I could be wrong.      Bottom Line: Great premise, executed well, with surprising emotional depth and well developed characters that are easy to root for. 
SaraHerbalParenting More than 1 year ago
I loved how relateable the characters are! I loved the world Natalie Whipple built.  Such a fun read.
chelseyoettinger More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. From the very first page, I was hooked on this world of crime lords, crazy super powers, and one invisible girl who just wants to be a normal teen. I wish this book had been published a few years ago when I was a teen because I certainly felt invisible! It's a rare book that not only has awesome writing and a fast paced plot but lovable characters. Seriously, I wanted to jump inside this book and befriend all of them.  Even the antagonists were fascinating, and I tore through the pages to find out what would happen next to these characters. Fiona is brave, smart, and perfectly flawed: everything I could ever want in a main character. As I also mentioned, the writing is fantastic too. Whipple has such a quirky sense of humor that literally had me laughing out loud. Her descriptions are spot on, and I had no trouble picturing everything of this new, exciting world in my head. It truly was a joy to read this book. It's difficult to describe, but it just made me happy to get to know this world and these characters. Natalie Whipple has become an auto-buy for me, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
WhatEmilyWrites More than 1 year ago
Transparent Rocks. Invisible Girl. Power-hungry Father. Girl on the Run. Unexpected Love. Natalie's debut book, Transparent is all about people with unexpected powers. Fiona is a girl who is tired of doing her dad's dirty work, and so she and her mom make a break for it. Turns out being invisible has perks and drawbacks. Fiona is just one of many people with powers that set her apart in the world of Transparent, but she is easily one of the most famous. When her dad comes looking for her, Fiona knows she has a choice: run and hide or stay and fight. With a group of friends and family at her side, she makes a stand, and, in doing so, changes everything. Transparent is just a fun read. It's full of memorable characters and witty dialogue. You feel like you're reading a little bit of an X-Men type world, one where a few people rule and Fiona is one in a million. Add to that all the memories of what it was like to be a high school girl and wanting to be invisible and I thought Natalie did a fantastic job exploring and exploiting a complicated world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you about the awesomeness that is this book. I used to read classical literature. For fun. I used to have an attention span LIKE A BOSS. I used to read till 3am every night and then get up early the next day, ready for more. I used to be young. And then I had four kids, and suddenly, my attention span is almost nil, and staying up till 11pm ranks as a major accomplishment. But when I read Transparent, by Natalie Whipple, it was like traveling back in time. Because I was young again. Because I was staying up till 2am, then waking up super early in hopes I could finish before I had to deal with real life stuff. Ugh. Real life. HOW BORING. The main character in this novel is not only invisible, she truly is transparent, because we are drawn into her world in a way that is beyond compelling. Would I have liked more detail about the fascinating world the story is set in? Oh yes indeedy. But I am hoping beyond hope that there will be a sequel to this that will explore that more. And really, I was soon swept up in Fiona's story and peripheral details became infinitely less important. Because this was an incredibly compelling read. And for a sleep-deprived mom of four little girls to willingly give up sleep is a really big deal. But perhaps my favorite part of this story is the depth of it. The way it explores issues of trust and betrayal and redemption from an authentically teenage viewpoint. I kind of want my kids to grow up faster so I can discuss this with them, and yes, that is all kinds of messed up. But that's what a truly exceptional book does to us. It messes with our heads in the best of ways.
YALove More than 1 year ago
This book was just insanely cool! When I first heard the book was about a girl who was invisible, I was worried the invisible thing had been too played out. This book has an awesome twist, she's invisible, always has been, can't turn it on and off and the best part... she is invisible to herself! She can't even see herself! Super crazy concept and I love the twist it gives to the whole book. I appreciate that this is a clean book without content that would make me worried about recommending it to my teenage little sister, friends and students. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did!
Booksalamode More than 1 year ago
Stop right there. Have you read any of Natalie Whipple's books? .. No .. Then you should ... Yes ... Then brownie points for you.. Transparent was a fast paced, light hearted , and interesting book. The main character Fiona will draw you in with her humor and style.  She is invisible but that doesn't stop her. The plot and story line of this book is very creative and well developed. I loved this book !!!
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girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
I am extremely torn on this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore it and will be recommending it. However there were enough negatives that it affected my view on the novel. But we’ll get to the negatives. This book is about Fiona, a girl who happens to be invisible. How weird is it to not know what your hair looks like? Or your eyes? The only thing Fiona, or Fi, knows is that she is 5’8’’, 140 pounds and has an amazing wardrobe. One day her father, think head of a major crime family, decides she needs to kill a man, since she fears her father and doesn’t want to disappoint him she agrees. Let me repeat that: because she fears her father she agrees to kill a man. She at one point states “The Worst Part? I miss him. I hate him and miss him at the same time.” Yeah, see why I had a problem with this book? I don’t know why I keep coming back to the father situation besides the fact that it bothered me from the very beginning of the novel. I love father/daughter relationships, probably because my father and I have a really good (mocking) relationship. But the father/daughter relationship in Transparent is weird. From the very beginning it’s weird. I understand she, understandably, fears her father, however, her need to please him while fearing him is worrisome to me. Maybe because I found it hard to relate and connect to the situation. Just when you think you can’t hate her father anymore, oh you do. What holds this story together is Whipple’s writing and world building. To be honest it is what is making me give it a higher rating than I originally thought I would. I hovered between 3-4 stars for quite some time. Because while I enjoyed the stories I did have issues with it. Fiona comes from a famous family, is invisible, joins a new town and her father never found out? The twist involving her brother? BUT Whipple is a good strong writer who explains things that one doesn’t think about when invisible. For example, what it’s like going to a pool. Or being covered in water/a pool. The process of applying suntan lotion or getting out of a pool and how it makes you seen.Or playing a game of sardines (form of hide and seek) in which she takes off half of her clothes and everyone freaks out because although she is invisible they see picture what she looks like. Whipple’s writing, to me, made up for the issues I had which changed this from a 3.5/3 to a 4/3.5 star rating.
JtheBookworm More than 1 year ago
An engaging, humorous, and ultimately feel-good adventure that merges super powers and mafia syndicates... because who doesn't love a combination of mutants and the mafia? It read quickly and kept me entertained and intrigued the whole way through. Yes, there were some suspiciously convenient plot elements, but nothing that significantly interrupted the flow or made it too predictable; in fact, I thought it had some solid twists. And the middle school student I lent my copy to said it was "an immersing story that you will be wishing was longer so that you wouldn't finish it so fastI" I agree and look forward to reading more from Natalie Whipple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. I loved it. I read it non-stop. The invisible girl trying to esacpe her idioctic father that used her. Lovedit. Shes going tfall for a guy who may be able to see the true her despite what others say or think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a great read .
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is your "typical" teen story EXCEPT this teen has been invisible from birth! Many people have unusual abilities due to the after-effects of anti-radiation treatments. Fiona's father is happy to take advantage of her ability to go places without being seen to further his "empire." When she tries to escape and live a separate life from his control, things get very complex. You have to read to the end to find out if she can manage this and what she goes through as she tries. Well worth the trip.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, like complete awesome read. Once I started I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to keep going… I wanted all my questions that was stirring in my head to be answered and I couldn’t sleep til I got those answers. With the sleep thing: having a 5-year-old, and an infant the sleep thing means a lot, haha! Fiona’s honesty was so blunt, and her dry humor reminded me a lot of my mother, haha! She was definitely a likely character in this book. I loved watching her character grow as the book went deeper into the storyline. Fiona has never seen herself due to being born with differing ability of invisibility. People could see her clothes, but not her body. I thought that was different from other “invisibility” characters from what I have read before. I loved how Fiona got to meet people her age, and got to see how her transformation started to take place. All the characters in this book were so great, and I can’t imagine how they will develop more into the series, but I will definitely have to keep my eyes open for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like X-Men, you'd probably like this one. I really liked the characters, found the premise intriguing, and I'm excited that there's going to be a sequel. I will definitely read more books by Natalie Whipple.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Fiona McClean, the main protagonist, is invisible. Fiona McClean's power is used as a weapon by her own father, who is part of this major organization who steal and do crimes. Transparent definitely didn't start off how I wanted expected it to start. It was actually shocking but fun to see how Fiona is actually part of a "mafia" that is led by her own father. All of her family have different powers. Her father is able to make any female totally fall in love with him, and bow to all of his orders. Her brother can fly, her other brother produces smell, and her mother is able to mind transport (is that what it's called?). Anyways, each person have their own unique powers, but some may be awesome while other might be totally useless. When Fiona is asked to go on a mission to murder someone, that's when Fiona wants to escape. Fiona and her mother start their escape.It was cool to see that her mother and Fiona were taking a stand against the father. He was really frustrating me with how we was basically controlling all the women around him. Fiona's mother was very supportive, and I really liked that she was doing this for her daughter. Fiona, being home schooled all her life, never set foot in high school. Everything was new to her, and what was even worse, was that she was basically "transparent". It's a bit tricky here, because basically people can see what she's wearing, but the just can't see her skin of her hair. Imagine seeing floating clothes, sneakers, and glasses. I guess that was a reason why I also wasn't able to connect very well to Fiona. I found it a bit hard to be able to put a face to her, when she was never described. Also, in school, everyone knows that there are those who have powers, but they are usually just ignored. When Fiona starts, she meets two students who welcome her with open arms. I really liked how throughout the book, the mission was for the girls to not get found out by Fiona's father, and also for Fiona to adjust to a normal life. Fiona's younger brother was so awesome, and I totally loved him as a character! The romance in this book was very unexpected, which always makes a story much more interesting! It was shocking for Transparent to be a stand-alone, as most paranormals are trilogies. The ending was really great, and I ended the book with a smile. Overall, Transparent was a very good book with good characters and a great storyline. I really liked Natalie's writing style as well! Will be looking out for future books by her!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
The thought of an invisible girl sounded really awesome to me. The thought of her father using her was disturbing to me and I needed to know more. This was an intriguing book to me. There are people with extra powers due to a certain drug that is now illegal. The concept was great, and I thought it was done pretty well. What I had a hard time with was a few of the characters. I thought that it was almost rushed through also, but I do understand that books tend to be that way sometimes so it's not like a million pages long. Okay so Fiona is invisible and her and her mother have run off. Her father wants to take things too far and she's not willing to do what he wants her to do. You don't defy him though whether you are family or not. She is at a new school with people she doesn't know and of course people know who she is and don't know what to think of her. She makes a few really great friends and is now welcome in their "pack". I liked that she was really worried about their well being and she didn't want to get too close, not because of her own walls, but because she didn't want them to become a target for her father. She did struggle with her own issues, but she really had a good heart and wanted to be a good person. There is a love interest, or two actually, but I'm not going to go into that. It is a part of the story, but honestly it was also more of a way to move the plot and the real stuff along. More than anything, she has friends and she likes it where she is. She doesn't want to run away from her problems. She wants to stay and stand up for herself and what is right. There are a few twists and things to keep this interesting too. The audio for me wasn't great and I was glad that I had a physical copy to fall back onto. I listened to most of it on audio and the narrator did a great voice for Fiona, but I cringed at some of the male voices, especially Carlos. That is one of the reasons that I was glad to switch to reading the book instead. I tend to be picky about how female narrators do male voices so that's just how I felt. It might not be as hard for other people to listen to. Overall I did really like the book though. I liked the whole super powers thing and the different people who were in charge of each area. I thought that it was creative, fun, and had quite a bit of action. It was explained well how people got their super powers too, which is very important to me. I don't like when there is no why to things. Most of the characters didn't really do much for me and they all were just kind of there, but I did like Fiona. This was an enjoyable book that I had fun reading and listening to. * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.