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Rippler 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
KelliN More than 1 year ago
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!
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"RIPPLER" BY CIDNEY SWANSON What would you do if you had the ability to turn invisible? Not only could you turn invisible but you could become almost ghost-like, walk through walls, through people, take things without anyone knowing, practically cease to exist for long periods of time and not even feel the need for food? Sam can, and she doesn't know why. Her only hope lies in a boy named Will, two years her senior and his sister Micheky that's obsessed with what they've decided to call "Rippler's Syndrome". The thing is, Sam isn't the only one, Will is a Rippler two and there have been others before them, others that have died. Now it is up to them to find out why and find out who is behind this seemingly genetic disease that so many are being killed over. I have to say this book was a refreshing difference from your normal YA paranormal fantasy and I loved it. The characters were new and exciting and the story itself was remarkably written. Cidney Swanson should definitely continue writing and bring us more in this series. A wonderful book! Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Valerie: Teens not sure of what's going on? Check. Genetic mutations? Check. Historical mystery to thicken the plot? Check. This book started slow but once it picked up I was hooked! Samantha has "rippled" a couple of times but has no clue what it means or if she's losing her mind. Who can just turn invisible? No one she knows so she must be going crazy. Then, she ripples while out on the water and a boy name Will sees and knows what's happening to her... As Will and his sister try to explain to Sam what they know about her condition, they continue receiving mystery letters offering safety but what really floored me was Sam reading journal entries by a doctor from the World War II era. The journal entries are morbid and sinister and involve experiments with children being forced to choose between kindness and survival. Not only that, Sam finds out that the "accident" that killed her mother and best friend wasn't one after all and that SHE was the intended target. It also seems that everyone with the rippler gene is disappearing, but why? An enjoyable first read for a series. I'd like to know a little more about how Will and Sam were drawn together in the first place so I'll be waiting for book two! Advice: Enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the sequel. Quote: "The screaming was the first clue that I'd turned invisible again. Above the steady roar of the river, my teammates shouted: some with paddles flailing, others frozen mid-stroke. I'd never disappeared in front of anyone. Before this, I hadn't even known if it was real or if I was losing my grip on sanity." Page 1
-Megan- More than 1 year ago
'Rippler' was such an incredible story! I was able to read this book very quickly. This is the first fantasy novel that I have ever read and I didn't realize until I read this book, how entertaining fantasy novels can be. I will definitely be reading more of them in the future. Sam Ruiz just learned that she is a Rippler, a person who can become invisible, and she learns that someone wants her, and all others like her, dead. This made the story very suspenseful, but the story also had it's light-hearted moments. At first, I found the excerpts from Girard L'Inferne's journal a bit confusing, but towards the end of the book, they began to make sense. 'Rippler' was a wonderful book, I completely enjoyed it. The ending didn't cover all the things that were brought up in the story. So I can't wait to read the next book, because I just have to know what happens next. Even though this book is written for a young adult audience, I think that adults would find it enjoyable as well - I know I did. I especially recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy novels. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot idea. Def written for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! Would definitely reccomend! :D
JennMika More than 1 year ago
Not your typical paranormal story. I really liked the story and it was a good teen book.
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bella55075 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the interaction between Will and Sam. I think that this is a great story line and the depth of the characters is very apparent. I like this book and am liking Chameleon also.What would you do if you turned invisible in the middle of a class canoe trip. Not only that but one of your friends, Will, sees it happen. Not only does he come up with an excuse on where you are but helps you turn back. There are so many questions but Will is the only one with answers. Who or what is Sam?
sdrobert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story! As with first installments, there is a bit of a build up to educate the reader by introducing us to the people, environment and special factors. The special factor here is a mutation that allows a person to vanish (ripple). the author does a good job of emerging us into the world and situations to make this seem realisitic. I felt there was some really good buildup, then it did become a bit flat toward the end. I do believe this might be a buildup to a quick start in the next novel.
RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by ValerieEbook won on LibraryThingTeens not sure of what¿s going on? Check. Genetic mutations? Check. Historical mystery to thicken the plot? Check. This book started slow but once it picked up I was hooked!Samantha has ¿rippled¿ a couple of times but has no clue what it means or if she¿s losing her mind. Who can just turn invisible? No one she knows so she must be going crazy. Then, she ripples while out on the water and a boy name Will sees and knows what¿s happening to her...As Will and his sister try to explain to Sam what they know about her condition, they continue receiving mystery letters offering safety but what really floored me was Sam reading journal entries by a doctor from the World War II era. The journal entries are morbid and sinister and involve experiments with children being forced to choose between kindness and survival. Not only that, Sam finds out that the ¿accident¿ that killed her mother and best friend wasn¿t one after all and that SHE was the intended target. It also seems that everyone with the rippler gene is disappearing, but why?An enjoyable first read for a series. I¿d like to know a little more about how Will and Sam were drawn together in the first place so I¿ll be waiting for book two!
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay. Not really my kind of read.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Right from the first line this book grabs you and draws you in. It has something for everyone. It has a little bit of history, a mystery, some paranormal elements, realism. What is there not to like about it so far?Samantha Ruiz, (Sam) is a typical teenager. She is on a rafting trip with her cross-country team when something strange happens to her. She disappears. Everyone believes she has fallen into the water. That is everyone except teammate Will. He helps her. This rippling, has happened to her twice before, but she was alone and thought she had imagined it. This time there was no denying it was not her imagination. Will and his sister try to explain things to her about the ¿rippler gene¿. She begins reading an old Nazi journal that describes horrible tortures conducted on children. She also learns that the accident that killed her mother might have actually been an attempt on her life. Throw in a budding romance and you definitely have a teen winner.There were enough different elements to keep the reader going non-stop. I didn¿t want to stop for anything. I can¿t wait to read the second book in this series. I¿m just sorry I had to take this long to get around to it.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifteen year old Sam has always been soothed and comforted by water since her earliest memories. That turns out not to be such a good thing when she turns invisible on her cross-country team's canoe trip - while she's in the canoe with the other kids. This starts off an odyssey of learning why she is able to turn invisible and what it means for her future happiness and safety. The person to take the journey with her is her neighbor Will Baker who happened to see her vanish from the canoe and covered for her with the coach. Because he knew what her genetic mutation is called and he knew more about it than she ever dreamed possible. It turns out Will's sister Mickie was studying under a man named Professor Pfeffer, who was an expert on Rippler Syndrome, which is an offshoot of a numbness disease (Helmann's) that Will and Mickie's Dad has. Then the Professor disappeared without a trace and the people studying Rippler's and even just Helmann's began getting killed off in what looked like accidents, but weren't. And the only clues they really have are in a journal full of sick experiments in a indecipherable language from World War II. Will and Sam will need all the help they can get to save one another from the danger their abilities present to their very existences while trying to figure out what really happened in the accident that killed Sam's Mom, life, friendship, and their feelings for one another. I was truly invested in this book! Other reviews that I've read have complained that there isn't enough action and the pacing isn't that great. I had NONE of these problems. I LOVED the characters, the plot and the cliffhanger at the end! I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book, Chameleon. The journal entries add a sadistic twist to everything you've ever heard about Nazi medical experiments and worked it into the plot in a chilling way. Cidney's writing style read like the characters were everyday people just telling the readers about themselves. I honestly can say that I really liked it from beginning to end. This book is highly recommended to fans of X-Men, YA paranormal fiction and fantasy. VERDICT: 5/5 Stars*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the author herself, via LibraryThing. No money was exchanged for this review. The publication date of this book was May 26th, 2011.*
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how you'd categorize Rippler: speculative fiction? science fiction? urban fantasy? But regardless of the label, this is a compelling story of a teenager who finds out she has an extraordinary ability... and that others want to gain control of it. A mystery and teen coming of age story that pushes into the paranormal but doesn't rely on the usual vampires, werewolves, and fairies to do it.
Amanda_R on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Rippler" is a good young adult novel with suspense, love, and action. I enjoyed falling into the story and getting to know the characters!
brie867 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable read! Sam is a teenager with a unique set of problems, typical in some ways and yet not in many others. With a look at gene mutations, camaraderie, first loves, the loss of a parent, and eugenics, and a fair amount of action - the reader is left on the edge of their seat, waiting for what seems about to happen, in the next book of course!Swanson is giving YA readers an easy way to learn about what eugenics is and why we fought WWII to not have to submit to Hitler's brand of eugenics. Both a historical and current topic of debate in many an ethics class. Reminds me of a Wrinkle in Time!Looking forward to book 2!
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To begin, the cover of this book is just stunning. I am always drawn to a book with a great cover. The book itself does not disappoint. Imagine being able to make yourself invisible. This book is a very quick, easy read written by an extremely talented debut novelist named Cidney Swanson. This is a combination of sci fi, romance and thriller, specifically genetic experimentations, the eugenics movement and Nazi's. Still following me? The Nazi experiments have long term consequences. Rippling, or becoming invisible, is one such consequence. Samantha Ruiz is our main protagonist. She is an intense individual. You can 'feel' the fear she experiences when she ripples. I was able to identify with her quite early in the book, not that I can become invisible (I wish) but because she has experienced deep, life changing sorrow and tragedy. This is not an easily recreated emotion. You feel for Samantha without becoming overwhelmed by her grief. She has a friendship with Will. His sister is studying about the Ripples. This friendship has the potential to become much more. I look forward to seeing the progression in book 2.Make certain you have Chameleon (book 2) available. You won't want to wait too long before starting it after finishing Rippler.Overall, awesome read.
MarcusH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book in combination with the second book in the series through the Member Giveaways and I'm glad I read it. The series is definitely geared towards teenage females, with plenty of personal drama portrayed through Samantha's personal relationships, but as a male I found the main plot line about the Rippler gene and gene based research very interesting.The entirety of the book is smoothly written and is quick to read. The action picks up towards the end, so if you are one who gets bored with teenage drama keep reading. I have not yet read the sequel, but I can only imagine that the sequel will focus more on the central conflict surrounding the main characters and their unique gifts.
Angelscryhavoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Title: Rippler (Book one of the Ripple Series)Author: Cidney SwansonPublished By: Williams PressGenre: Supernatural Young AdultRecommended Age: Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 5 RavensStarting this book was a real treat, I received it over the holidays and had the time to actually sit down and read not only this one but the sequel so that I wasn¿t left to long hungering for more. The author really took her time with the story setting up all the details and fleshing out the characters. So much so that when I got to the end and the story was picking up more than it had been before things in Samantha¿s world was just beginning to get a little turned upside down and she realized that normal was never going to be an equation in her life it ended making me rush right to the next book in this series to find out what was going to happen next. The story unfolds with Samantha Ruiz a teen just trying to enjoy her life and everyday adventures. She¿s on her schools track team rafting trip when she suddenly realizes that everyone is freaking out yelling and trying to call for her thinking she¿s fallen in the water. Looking down is when Sam realizes that what she once thought were bad dreams and jokes isn¿t she really has turned invisible. With the help of Will she is saved from embarrassing herself and having to many people asking questions as she slips back to the realm of the solid and visible. Will now knows what Sam¿s secret is and he has one of his own, but vowing to help Sam and still respect the promise he made to his sister the two embark on a journey to help discover Sam¿s special talent , develop it more so she doesn¿t have it happen to her on accident again and only causes to realize that their two worlds were destined to intertwine anyway. Discovery of something from Sam¿s past and from Will¿s has left the two with a choice to stay in each others life or risk them. On top of all of this Sam¿s having to deal with her best friend Gwen dumping her for thinking that Will is some bad boyfriend from hell. Tensions mount and the adventures build up as each face their own uncertain futures.Definitely a fine read and one I¿m really excited to have gotten a chance to read. More to come on the next novel for sure but till then read this one catch up and join me on a wonderful ride.
madamediotte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Captivating novel, good for both teens and adults. Intrigue, generous dollops of romantic tension, as well as humour make this a complete package. I believe this could turn out to be a fantastic series!
llyramoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Not only a unique storyline but good character build ups, suspense and interesting plot. I am very excited to read book two.Received book one and two via LT member giveaway.
Dee_Bibb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cidney Swanson has written a spectacular piece of fiction in Rippler. I knew from the first page of reading this was going to be an awesome book. I love the way Cidney has taken a genre and put a new twist. There is never a dull moment in this story. It is page after page of interesting writing.If you are looking for something different and interesting....this is it!!
danisnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 starsA blend of science fiction, historical novel, thriller and romance, Rippler was an incredibly intriguing story that I just couldn¿t put down. Told from the perspective of Samantha Ruiz, Swanson crafts a compelling mystery surrounding a rare genetic disease, interspersing Sam¿s story of discovery with passages of an old journal written by a Nazi scientist who conducted rather horrendous psychological experiments during WWII. I found this blending of the past and present fascinating and very well paced. For just as I am about to sigh blissfully from the sweetness that is Will & Sam, Swanson reminds us again and again in increasingly disturbing ways that all is not well ¿ that the situation is serious and dangerous. It¿s shocking and unsettling, and it is good storytelling. Sam was a protagonist that I really identified with right from the beginning. Despite her confusing and sometimes inconvenient new-found ability to ripple ¿ or turn herself invisible ¿ she is very much a normal girl who¿s just discovered she¿s a little more abnormal than she thought. Just beginning to heal from her mother¿s death in a tragic car accident years earlier, Sam doesn¿t have a whole lot of people she can call friends. As a result of the trauma of seeing her mother die, Sam spent many years withdrawn inside herself, depressed and lonely. However all that begins to change with the reappearance of an old childhood friend and the arrival of her cute new neighbor, Will. As Sam begins to open up to her new friends, she begins to learn more about herself than she could have ever imagined possible. While I have never experienced personal tragedy to the extent that Sam has, I can definitely relate to her. She¿s someone who has experienced real sorrow, and it has matured her. Although she¿s been socially withdrawn since her mother¿s death, Sam is not a wall flower, painfully shy or socially inept. Instead, she just needs friends who don¿t view her through the tainted lenses of her past, and she finds them in Gwyn and Will. Though she has a lot of the same insecurities most girls share, they¿re not debilitating ¿ she¿s a confident and intelligent young lady. She¿s just a normal girl. I mean, despite the fact that her genes allow her to ripple. Sam is someone I could see myself befriending and I really enjoyed getting to know her character throughout the book. There were so many things I loved about Rippler, but perhaps the item that tops my list is the friendship between Sam & Will. Swanson did a wonderful job establishing them as good friends before the idea of romantic entanglement surfaced. They have a genuine connection, a comfortableness with each other. I¿m of the opinion that relationships tend to be deeper when there¿s a well-established friendship at the foundation of the romance. And perhaps I¿m just an incurable romantic but there¿s something incredibly swoon-worthy about suddenly realizing you¿re falling in love with your best friend. Sam & Will are just so sweet and adorable, as is their budding romance, and I can¿t wait to see where their story takes them. One of my biggest hang-ups with plots that delve into the scientific realm is credibility. Sometimes the science is just laughable, sometimes it¿s just too vague, sometimes it just doesn¿t quite feel plausible. I have no idea how many of the things discussed in Rippler are grounded in actual fact, just theoretical or just plain made up, but Swanson writes with an authority that makes me think it could be. And that¿s really what matters. It doesn¿t matter how true the science is, it¿s a matter of ¿does the author make me believe it could be?¿ And she does. Overall, Swanson has written a thrilling and romantic tale that had me alternately curling my toes in delight and gasping in horror, but that ultimately left me extremely satisfied¿ or unsatisfied, because I can¿t wait to read the next book.