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Transparent - Natalie Whipple Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more!Transparent has possibly one of the most interesting premises that I've seen in a while. X-Men meets The Godfather is how the former description described Transparent. Honestly I was sold right after hearing that and I immediately downloaded an ARC. I expected something a bit more action-packed, but Transparent definitely lived up to my expectations.Transparent is a fun, paranormal adventure with an exciting plot line and interesting characters. I read through this one pretty quickly and the pages seemed to fly by. I wasn't a huge fan of the beginning of Transparent because I wasn't 100% sold on the whole invisibility thing. In order for me to enjoy this novel, I really had to cast all credibility aside and just let myself have fun. I kept getting distracted in the beginning because things didn't sound so believable, but after that, I really enjoyed this book.Considering this is supposed to be a paranormal The Godfather, I expected there to be a ton of mobster scenes. There is only a few handful scenes like this and they were extremely well-done. I personally would have liked to see more of the mutations explored. I really wanted to understand the mutations worked and the cause of them in a more thorough way. The author only spent a cursory paragraph on the cause of the mutations, despite how important the mutations were to the central plotline. In addition to developing the mutations further, I would also have liked to see more intricate world-building. What Whipple showed us of the world was extremely interesting, but I was disappointed to see that she never full used the potentiality for something greater.The characters that were created by Whipple for Transparent are one diverse bunch. Whipple doesn't give the reader the bland, cookie-cutter generic YA stereotypical characters. Instead Whipple brings to the table, a bunch of characters who are original each in their own way. Our protagonist Fiona isn't the type of heroine that I usually root for because Fiona was a bit petulant at times.I was a bit disturbed about how poorly Fiona treated her mother because her mother was a victim. I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why Fiona was so harsh towards her mother. Fiona's mother was victimized by Fiona's dad and yet Fiona continued to treat her like dirt. Despite Fiona's harsh treatment of her mother, she was always so loyal to her friends and her brother. I really couldn't understand why there was so much beef between Fiona and her mother; I possibly wanted to see maybe a fragment from the past that explained their tense relationship.Transparent was a quick, fun read with a well-done romance and cast of characters. This was an excellent debut and I look forward to reading Whipple's future works. I would have liked Transparent to be more X-Men-esque, but it was still extremely entertaining and fun. Transparent definitely exceeded all expectations I had and it was one satisfying read.