December 30, 2011

Rippler by Cidney Swanson

Samantha Ruiz has a freak gene that makes her turn invisible, or ripple. She can’t control it, and it’s getting worse. Afraid of becoming a lab-rat, Sam keeps her ability secret, until fellow runner Will Baker sees her vanish into thin air. Will promises secrecy and help, and Sam begins to fall in love. 

Together, the two discover there are worse things than being a scientific curiosity. Someone’s been killing people who possess Sam's gene. A mysterious man from France sends letters that offer hope for safety, but also reveal a sinister connection with Nazi experiments. The more time Sam spends with Will, the less she can imagine life without him. When Sam uncovers secrets from her past, she must choose between keeping Will in her life or keeping Will safe.

My Thoughts:

I'll just tell you straight up: If this book was in paperback, I would have read it in two days.

I think we can end to review right there, huh, lol?

I really fell in love with this book, the author and the story line. 

I had a few issues with it, as with most people, but they were really minor. Like her repeating guffawed alot and Phhst with certain characters. I think there were certain awkward phrases in there, but for the most part it is flawless.

I really enjoyed this book though, other then that. But let's break it down and describe what exactly I truly loved about it.

Characters: The three main characters are Will, Sam and Mickie.

I loved Mickie who was just so paranoid and so balls to the wall. She was suppose to be a minor character, I guess, but for me, she was a major character. She's blunt but I really love that about her. And the humor that she delivers is hilarious! Had me smiling a few times. Or like, "Wait, a moment, was that a joke!? Ha!" 

Will was kind of a puzzle for me. I think sometimes I understood him perfectly, other times, it was like, "HUH!? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" So I liked his character and what he meant to Sam, the true main character.

Sam was the girl next door that I think everyone can identify with. She just seemed normal until she rippled then it was like, "Woah, she really IS not normal! Cool." It's almost like magical things can happen to the most ordinary people, which I did the same thing to my character too, so yeah.

I really liked Sam. There was a moment in the book where she thought to capture a guy she likes, Will, she thought that maybe if she changed herself, that she could get him . . . 

But then she was like, "Nah, I like Sam. I like myself!"

Even though it sounds corny in the way I described it, I really like the fact that the author has denied the trend of trying to get girls to fit the mold of what guys want. So yeah, I like the positive message she delivered to young girls saying that it's okay to be yourself. 

So yeah.

Dialogue: Realistic and straight to the point. It doesn't carry on and on, but I do like the fact that when awkwardness comes, she delivers it.

You know when you're a teenager, there are funny awkward moments, Cidney Swanson delivers them with impact and with a touch of humor. I really loved how realistic the dialogue was. 

I would crown her new dialogue queen, but I like my title. :)

Ending: Realistic, but I'm a little concern about plot points. 

I know, it's the English Teacher in me, but I have to wonder where the climax was? 

I think it was in the ending, but I'll leave it alone. But I did love the ending. It ended the book with a light touch and made you wonder where the author was going to take the series.

Once again, Hilary Duff, take notes on how to properly end a book in a series! :)

Setting: I had NO idea where we were, but I love the small town setting. I think it just added the touch of ordinary. 

Anyway, the main question: Would I recommend this book?


Have you read the review? Did you read the beginning that I read it so fast to the equilevant of two days in normal time?

Then that means that heck yeah, I loved this book and you should get your buns out there and buy it!

I'm actually thinking of buying it myself for a Christmas treat. :)  

But the paperback version and not the ebook version. Reading this book on the computer has nearly killed me. So yeah. 

So what's the moral of this book review?

Pretty covers CAN equal great books!

The end! Go buy it NOW!


  1. Thanks, Larissa! So glad to hear your thoughts! I think you'll really like the next two, based on what you enjoyed here . . .
    PS I am entirely too dependent upon guffaws. Le sigh.

  2. Hey Cidney! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Actually, I'm enjoying Chameleon. I can't wait to finish the series. Should be interesting how it all ends.

    I can tell, lol. You do love guffaws. We all have our weakness. Mine is smirks and smiles for the dudes in my novels. I have no idea why . . . :D

  3. Oh My! I would love to read this one one day. Sounds good.

    P/S I'm your new follower

  4. Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by, commenting and becoming a new follower!

    You have to read it one day. It's pretty interesting. :)