Book Review: Rippler (The Ripple Series #1) by Cidney Swanson

Samantha Ruiz has a freak gene that turns her invisible. 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.
Release Date:  May 26, 2011
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Williams Press
Source:  Review copy from author

Do you ever start a book and know, just know, from the very first line that you're going to love it?  That's how I felt about Rippler.  It drew me in from the very beginning and that great first impression extended through the whole book for me. 

Besides the beautiful cover, there's a lot to like about Rippler.  Sam is just a regular girl until she starts turning invisible.  She has no idea what's going on, or the cause of her new invisibility, until her cross county friend Will witnesses one of her "spells".  Will covers for her to keep Sam out of trouble, and the two become fast friends.  The story takes off from there as Sam discovers more about her new talent as well as threats from people looking to exploit her.

Rippler has great characterization.  I loved Swanson's character development, and especially the way she writes emotion.  The world-building was also very intricate, which I loved.  I liked how the communication between the "mysterious man from France" was included in the beginnings of the chapters.  It added some great depth.   

One thing I really liked about Rippler was that it touches on depression.  So often, mental illness is overlooked or made out to be a character flaw in literature, especially YA literature.  Swanson brings depression and its far-reaching effects out into the open.  I like reading about characters with real issues.  When someone goes through a traumatic event, I like when they have a realistic response to it, instead of just bouncing back like nothing happened. 

Rippler was a great start to a promising new series.  I have to note that Cidney Swanson is such a nice person.  She has been so friendly, understanding and gracious in our email communications.  Don't you just love it when you like an author personally as well as enjoy their work?  I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!


  1. I never heard of this book until now, but it sounds interesting! I'm a big fan of books dealing with genetics and stuff (kind of like Wither). Anyway, you make the book sound really good so I'm going to try to find myself a copy to read myself :)

  2. I've seriously never heard of this one, but not only is the cover stunning, but I love the premise! Awesome review :)


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