Book Review: Rippler

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Rippler by Cindey Swanson
What if you could become invisible?  Samantha can - and someone wants her dead.

Just when Samantha Ruiz finally starts making friends and feeling happy again, an alarming problem arises: she becomes invisible at random intervals.  After such an occurrence during a kayaking adventure, a teammate reveals that this is caused by a very rare gene.  She and her teammate, Will, begin an adventure of research and secrets in an attempt to help Sam take control of her Rippler's Syndrome while Will and his older sister try to find answers to the scientific mysteries and strange murders surrounding research of this gene.
For a self-published book, this was amazing.  Actually, for any publication method, this book was amazing.  The cover and description themselves drew me in, and everything kept going up from there.  The characters were easy to relate to and realistic; the back stories were believable and true to the character's present situations.  The plot was original and very well-backed-up, although the ending was somewhat a cliffhanger.  The scientific aspect was amazingly created.  This is one teen book with the perfect blend of romance and adventure - the perfect mix of originality and truth.

From what I understand, this is the author's debut novel.  I must say that if she knows how to market her work, the stunning quality of her work will do the rest of the work.  I expect to see her climb the ladder of teen fiction popularity soon.  My only complaint was the use of curse words.  In several areas, the author hinted at cursing without actually writing the words - this shows taste and reality at the same time.  However, as the book progressed, the hinting shifted to use of the actual words, and this just turns me away.  Why ruin a great story with bad language?  Simply because it's in the real world doesn't mean it has to be on the page.

I give this book four stars, and am absolutely dying to read book two.

I received this book for free through LibraryThing in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. I know the author and am currently reading Rippler. It's good to be prepared for the cliff-hangar ending -- thanks! (I agree that Ms. Swanson's books will go far -- she's got the knack. You're doing well with your blog, too.)

  2. Thanks for dropping by, deanna! Since writing this post a few days ago (I love the scheduling feature!) I've finished book two, Chameleon, and am now eagerly awaiting the release of book three. :)

  3. Well it's free on Amazon today only! :)

  4. Emily, again, thank you for reviewing this book! I'm glad I read it and I'm posting a review of it on my blog on Tuesday (I'll be linking to your review, too, since I read it based on your recommendation). I, too, thought the language unnecessary. Somehow I think I missed that when I read your review the first time and probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd realized, but now I'm glad I did. It's a neat story. :) Thanks again!

  5. Hey Rachelle! Glad you liked it :) Like I said in the review, the story was amazing but the curse words seemed unnecessary. There are several people I know of who would love this book but would never buy it based on language alone. It's rather sad; the story is truly amazing.


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