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{Review} Rippler (Ripple #1) and Chameleon (Ripple #2) by Cidney Swanson

 

 

 
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Overview:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Rippler:

 

Loved this one!   Swanson did an amazing job on the beginning of this series. I was drawn in from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to see how the author chose to reveal her stories secrets. She’s placed her “ripplers” into present day and the more I find out about them, the more I want to know.
 
I loved the characters, especially Sam. Sam is smart, and sure of herself. She’s not perfect, but she isn’t whiny or annoying like some other teenage heroines I’ve read.  I like Will as well. He is obviously in love with Sam but he also respects his sister and understands the life they have been forced to lead.
 
The book did end with many loose ends.  While some truths were revealed, most of the time the truths just led to even more questions.  It’s actually set up to go into the next book really well. (Which fortunately for me I have on hand to start reading as soon as I’m done with this review.) I don’t always like cliff hangers that leave more questions than answers, and I have my own theories so I’m eager to see if I’m right or not.  However, with Rippler the story had me so intrigued that I won’t hold it against it.  I really enjoyed this one. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new YA series to start.  This one is a great introduction to Swanson’s Ripple world and I think it’s awesome!

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

 
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Overview:

Sixteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz has a lot on her mind. The crush who kissed her but changed his mind. The BFF who thinks Sam is in an abusive relationship. The geneticist who wanted Sam dead but now wants her ALIVE. And of course, Sam’s still dealing with a tendency to disappear into thin air.

When Sam learns of her nemesis Helmann’s Nazi-like plan to establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she’s determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter—their best hope for stopping Helmann’s brave new world.

But Sam isn’t any safer in France. Someone is following her. Someone invisible. Sam will have to figure out how to hide from an enemy she can’t even see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Chameleon:

 

Chameleon is the second installment in the Ripple series. As I have yet to read the first book in the series I can’t comment on how well the two flowed into each other, but overall this could easily work as a standalone title. This shows strength in the abilities of the author, because as we all know, creating a series can be very difficult.

 

The story shows us two distinct ripplers in the beginning, and as it progresses, we learn that Sam is a very special Chameleon, if not the most sought after. The exact why is found out later in the story, but I honestly don’t want to give it away. Ripplers, or Chameleons have the ability to become invisible. This allows them to slow down the aging process and seemingly live forever. Of course this would be highly sought after, and in one scientists mind could lead to the perfect utopia. Disastrous science experiments, harming and testing on children, killing innocents all mean nothing to these scientists. However, they still appear to be missing the key, the link, they don’t have…Sam.

 

While the story itself begins in California, Sam, Will, and Mickie take us on a journey to France! While you move through the plot of Helga’s attempts to capture Sam, you will receive a quite lovely and subtle history of the country itself. I was even able to learn a few French phrases too. I really loved this unique aspect that you won’t typically find in novels for young adults.

 

While the trio is trying to stay under the radar of Helga and her minions, the group finds themselves learning more about how they came to be, and how the genes of the Chameleon are passed down. But does any of it really matter? Can they defeat, expose or overcome the scientists plot? Will Sam ever be safe from the monsters that seek to use her? Does Sam ever get to let Will know she loves him?

 

There is so much going on with this story, but it all adds up in the very end. The author brings suspense, mystery, history and even science into a wonderful read that has a touch of romance. I look forward to reading not only the first in the series, but hopefully more that follows in the future. I don’t think the story is ready to be finished anytime soon!

 

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

 
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