Thursday, May 30, 2013

Audiobook Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review and ARC sent from publisher for review.
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Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

My Thoughts

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.


  1. Happy to see that you had much better luck with this one than I did. I just couldn't like any of the characters and the plot was so silly to me. Too bad the narrator was so bad but happy that you had a physical copy to read as well!

  2. This one sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have been hearing this one is just mediocre. I have a copy of it but I'll hold off reading it for now.

  4. This is the first positive review I have seen for the book. Nice to see a new POV for the book!

  5. I received a copy of this, but with all I have going, I just don't see it happening. I hate when the audio ruins an experience for the listener. I'm glad you liked Transparent well enough.
    Great review, Amy!

  6. Aww, I was hoping you like it a bit more! I totally loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one, Amy! I certainly wasn't a fan, but I think the main factor that came into play for that was the fact that I really just hated Fiona. I felt so awful for her mother! (If I remember correctly. I may be confusing it with The Shadow Girl, because that's a book where I'm pretty sure I felt bad for the mother and how awful the daughter was to her, too.) I definitely liked the concept, like you, and while it was original, I didn't like the lack of world-building. There was like one entire paragraph explaining Radiasure and that was it. And I agree about the two love interests being only in the novel to move the plot along. This one was more like a contemp with paranormal undertones, and I unfortunately went in with expectations of a full blown paranormal dystopian read.

  8. I liked Fiona, Brady, Seth and the pack. The pack of brothers was funny. The invisible girl storyline also was interesting especially when she talked about how it was impossible for her to shave her legs lol Made me want to try shaving with my eyes closed!

  9. Oh man, I hat it when they mess up the male voices. I'm thinking this is a pass on audio for sure. Thanks for sharing.


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