Series: Transparent #1
Release Date: May 21, 2013
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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.
X-Men. That is what Transparent promised. It lied.
Honestly, I was expecting more on the powers front. There was an excellent explanation behind why people had powers, and there was a decent range of powers, but I wish there had been more action involving the powers. People could have been going around being awesome assassin ninjas, but instead the majority of characters did absolutely nothing with them because this book was set in high school.
I don’t understand why the author came up with this awesome world full of crime, special abilities, and evil people, just to make the main character enrol in high school. I wanted more mafia stuff, more stuff with Fiona on the run, and just… more stuff. The high school aspect was really boring.
Once Fiona ran away from her interestingly evil father, she started school and from then on all the book was was high school drama, mother/daughter drama that was dull as fork, and emails exchanged between Fiona and her brother. Yay?
Fiona got new friends and a love interest. Of course. I didn’t really pay much attention towards the end, because I was falling asleep, but the friendship business was dull. Fiona was horrible to Bea, and Bea was a complete idiot, if I’m honest. She was so clingy, and at one point she asks Fiona to spit on her so she can see if Fiona’s saliva is invisible-yet-wet. Really? Unnecessary spitting is gross. Don’t do it.
Overall this book lacked action. It also lacked powers and mafia business, which is silly since the book is pitched as X-Men meets The Godfather. If you’re going to market a book like that, then you should make sure it lives up to it. Don’t send the main character to high school and then ditch all the potential action in favour of teenage crap. I ended up skimming the last third of the book, and