Friday, 17 January 2014

Review: Blindsided by Natalie Whipple

Blindsided (Transparent #2) by Natalie Whipple
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: January 2nd 2014
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Three months after Fiona escapes from her father's syndicate, all seems well in her tiny town of Madison, Arizona. She and Seth are happy together - apart from the teensy fact of Fiona being jealous that Seth can see through her invisibility - and her family and friends are safe. But when the local syndicate and even the Army show up, it's clear there's more going on in town than she could ever imagine. It seems like these huge powers are interested in the old Radiasure factory - could they be reproducing the infamous drug that caused mutations? - and everyone suspects Fiona of knowing more than she should. As Fiona and her friends try to cover their tracks, they discover that they do have some dangerous knowledge. Though at first determined to stop anyone from remaking Radiasure, Fiona learns a secret that could change everything, including her invisibility. Torn between her own desires and the greater good, Fiona might be too blindsided to see the real villain coming. (from Goodreads)

Blindsided was a great sequel to Transparent and I'm really hoping there's a third book, because I'd love to see more from this series.

Things started off about six months after the end of the last book, and Fiona's was enjoying a (semi)normal life that didn't involve running away from her crazy father. Unfortunately for her, however, there were new problems to consider - Juan's men were hanging around too often, and now the Army was sticking its nose into things. I felt so bad for Fiona - she just couldn't get to enjoy some peace and quiet! And on top of all that, she was having problems with her relationship with Seth. She constantly felt awkward about her invisibility and was jealous that Seth could see her when she couldn't even see herself. But he just didn't seem to understand what the problem was and was upset that she kept pushing him away. They were arguing a lot, but despite that were still determined to protect each other. I really liked seeing this side of them, and it was nice to have a balance of cool actiony stuff and normal teen worries - it made me really feel for the characters. I loved Fiona's realisation at the end and how she finally had begun to start accepting herself.

There was also the problem of trying to hide Seth's secret from The Pack. His ability was acting up and causing him a lot of pain. He had used it too much and now it seemed to be affecting him at random moments. Fiona and Brody was really worried but there was nothing they could do without exposing his true ability. I have to say, I did think the final reveal moment would be a bit more dramatic, but it was kind of anticlimactic. I did, however, love the addition of Spud the hacker, Miles's girlfriend. She was really different from the other characters - she was a bit boastful and very confident in her abilities, but she really loved Miles and treated Fiona like family from the start. At first it was a bit strange for Fiona to see her big brother with a girl he actually seemed to care about, but I liked that she and Spud became friends in the end.

Even Graham had started to turn a new leaf. Now he was away from his evil dad, he seemed to be trying to be nicer and wanted to earn everyone's trust. I didn't really forgive him for everything he'd done and still suspected him, to be honest, but I liked that he was trying to heal his relationship with Fiona. He had a new girlfriend as well, who seemed to be having a positive influence on him.

Plot-wise, I was intrigued by the Army's true intentions  and it all sounded a bit fishy to me. They were apparently looking for the "missing element" in Radiasure. The Phantom, one of Juan's men, was trying to interfere as well and was threatening Fiona and her family. He needed the element so he could replicate Radiasure, and his ability made him a man very difficult to stand against. Fiona also suspected her father may be involved too but couldn't work out how. There were quite a few twists and I was definitely surprised by something we found out about Seth's family.

Overall, I really enjoyed Blindsided and while I may have liked the first book slightly more, I would definitely be up for a third book! Recommended, and if you haven't started this series yet, pick up the first book now!

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