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When Samantha Ruiz turns invisible in front of team mates on a rafting trip, she knows something's wrong with her. According to her knowledgeable friend Will, she's got a rare genetic disorder. Fearing a lifetime sentence as a lab-rat, Sam wants to keep her ability secret. But she also wants to know if there's a connection between dark Nazi experiments on others like her and her own mother's death eight years earlier. At the same time that Sam is sleuthing, she's falling hard for Will. And soon, she'll have to choose between keeping her secrets hidden and keeping Will safe.

Rippler: Book One in the Ripple Series

by Cidney Swanson

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If you could be a superhero, what would your super power be?  Sam didn't choose to be a Rippler but when she discovered what she could do, the possibilities were endless.  Thankfully, she's a teen with integrity and desire to do right.  Sam, who is 16, narrates the book.  She's a little quirky, a little pessimistic, and definitely learning to love life.  Having been through some rough years of loss and depression, friends are important, yet few and far between.  That's what makes the two she has so important.  Will is one of her two best friends and they find themselves fighting for their lives against evil people who seek world dominition. 

The author, Cidney Swanson, has done a fantastic job writing to her audience.  Engaging and fresh, the story moves quickly with intrigue and suspense.  Cidney has written a book that can bring out the laughter and the tears in a reader.  Don't expect all your questions to be answered in this first book but be patient as the author reveals unexpected twists and turns throughout the series.  Thankfully, all seven books are published so you can read from book one through book seven and discover the excitement for yourself. 

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Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations; 11 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name; 1 scatological word; 1 anatomical term. 

Violence/Gore:  Mention of a character murdered previously; multiple mentions of a mother and a young girl who were hit by a car; characters hide because people would like to kill or imprison them; mention of a man who tortured children in the name of science during WWII timeframe, withholding food, water, blankets; character caught in rushing river, near death experience; mention of 3 scientists who study a disease died in a gas leak; mention of 263 people who were killed because of a disease; character is scratched by a cat; character is hit on face by debris causing bruising; mention of a previous story where a girl is killed by a boy for laughing at a high ranking official; mention of a previous story of experimentation where a boy is kept in solitary confinement and only given food every 10 days; mention of a previous story of experimentation in 1943 where children are given poisoned water to see if they'll drink it, 4 die, brief details; teen girl is punched in the face, some blood; teen girl held between 2 security guards; teen girl strapped to a chair for torture; man threatens to pull out teen girl's teeth; man grabs teen girl's face, leaving bruises; 2 adults talk of murdering people previously; car accident, injuries; teen friend believes her friend is being physically abused by her boyfriend because of facial bruises.

Sex/Nudity:  Teen girl is falling for a teen boy; story in a book about a man and woman kissing; teen girl offers to get breast enlargements; conversation of where 2 teens were conceived, no sexual details; teen boy & girl kiss, no descriptive details; teen girl dreams at night of being a lover.

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Murder, stepmom, drunk driver, death of a parent, death of a child, death of a friend, Hitler, WWII, experiments on children, torture, scientific ethics, sibling conflict, vehicle accident.

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Reviewed By Beth
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