I tried to make this a normal review…but it ended with some serious research into the infamous American pop-tart. So, no, it’s not normal. I’m not sorry, though. But again! I highly recommend following author, Natalie Whipple’s blog. It’s invaluable for writers.
Thank you so much Hot Key Books for the review-copy! Blindsided by Natalie Whipple came out on January 2nd, 2014.
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.
Natalie Whipple, sadly, does not have any cool mutations like her characters. Unless you count the ability to watch anime and Korean dramas for hours on end. Or her uncanny knack for sushi consumption.
She grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to Utah for high school, which was quite the culture shock for her anime-loving teen self. But the Rocky Mountains eventually won her over, and she stuck around to earn her degree in English linguistics at BYU. Natalie still lives in Utah with her husband and three kids, and keeps the local Asian market in business with all her attempts to cook Thai curry, Pho, and “real” ramen.
That is totally just my personal opinion, of course. But I love the other Transparent cover and I wished Blindsided could have followed it:
Cait likes pie. Her favourite is apple, with ice cream on top, please. She wouldn’t mind a blueberry pie though, if given the option. A pop tart? It looks like a squishy muesli bar. Besides critiquing American food, Cait has been plotting a new book. It probably involves mind alteration and cake. She’s reading THRONE OF GLASS.