Rippler by Cidney Swanson

I wanted to like this book, I really did. It has an interesting idea behind it and I was really hopeful, even after the first few chapters being a little slow. But something held me back and I just didn’t enjoy it as much I had hoped I would.

Sam is a typical teen with an interesting ability. I did like Swanson’s ability to blend these two pieces in a way that was believable and made Sam into a very real person. She has to deal with the typical teen problems with friends, parents and relationships. But she also has to deal with her ability to turn invisible, or ripple. She learns more about her ability and starts to work on controlling it as she goes along. I did enjoy that aspect of the book.

However, I felt like the romance side fell a little flat and usually I wouldn’t have a huge problem with this, but within the book it seemed that Swanson was trying to make something happen that just wouldn’t happen. I didn’t understand Sam’s love for Will and where it came from. I didn’t swoon and I don’t really have an opinion of Will either way.

I was also a little put off by the Nazi tie-in. I’m not sure why, but I do feel like it wasn’t necessary. I was fine with the idea of secret tests being done sometime in the past, but for some reason, the idea that the experiments the Nazis conducted during World War Two were tied to the rippling ability kind of squicked me a little bit.

All in all, I’m not very invested in this series. Maybe if I get bored with my usual books and feel like finding out the rest of this story, I’ll pick up the next books, but I was a little disappointed by this first book and don’t really have the desire to find out what happens next.

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