Transparent - Natalie Whipple
Source: Review copy courtesy of Hot Key Books
Fiona is invisible, and her dad - an infamous crime lord - will stop at nothing to control her power.
High school is hard when you're invisible.
Fiona McClean hates her family, has had to move to a new school and seems to be completely invisible to the boy she likes. So far so normal, right? But Fiona really is invisible. She doesn't even know what colour her own hair is.
Born into a world where Cold War anti-radiation pills have caused genetic mutations, Fiona is forced to work for her mind-controlling mobster father as the world's most effective thief. When her father announces she must become a murdering assassin, Fiona and her telekinetic mother make a break for freedom. Running to a small Arizonian town, Fiona finds that playing at 'normal life' with a mother on the edge, a brother she can't trust, and a boy who drives her crazy is as impossible as escaping her father.
What a fantastic book this is. Nothing at all like what I thought it would be, but seriously better than I could have imagined.
We follow Fiona McClean invisible daughter of the famous and feared Jonas Connell, crime lord of the deadly O'Connell syndicate, of Las Vegas, as she goes on the run with her mother Lauren who she hates to try live a normal life and not one run by evil. Living a normal life is surprisingly harder than Fiona thought though and as she starts to trust, make friends and actually be happy she's hit with two huge obstacles, love and her father.
I really liked Transparent. Its prologue was exciting and drummed up enough curiosity to get you settled and wanting more, it had a great plot which has your mind working overtime with un answered questions, and the easy way in which it is written is perfect for a YA read.
I adored Fiona from the start. A levelheaded down to earth girl who just happened to be born into a bad situation. She made me laugh with her sarcasm and it was lovely to watch her open up and start believing in herself and more so thinking herself as a person and not just see through.
I'm personally not a fan of sci-fi or anything along these lines. I find it hard to get into and half of the time hard to believe. Suprisingly I didn't find that with this though. It was a great read and I am itching to start the second book in the series Blindsided.