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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What To Read

For my birthday this year my husband and parents surprised me with a Kindle Fire. About a year and a half ago, I remember saying something along the lines of, "Ugh, I would never want to read from something digital! I'll ever own one of those things." I should have known then that I'd be proven wrong. Anytime I say something closed minded and absolute, I'm always awarded with an experience that changes my thinking entirely.
I have to admit, there is something comforting and inherently wonderful about curling up with a book in one's hand. The crisp feel of the pages between your fingers, the scent of ink, paper, and bookstore still emanating from its insides, the beauty of a well designed cover, glossy and real in your hands. . .
Yes, I will always prefer a hard copy book to a digital. But like I said, my thinking has been changed recently regarding digital e-readers.
Knowing I was going to first publish my book digitally, I decided I wanted a good device where I could test it out. But once I got that Kindle in my hands, I found myself downloading an assortment of ebooks I had previously thought unattainable.
So many of the books I've downloaded are available in paperback as well but it's been so fun to instantly have a book at my fingertips for an amazing price from authors who have taken the initiative to publish their work. There is so much amazing talent out there and I feel like I'm experiencing an entire side of the writing business that I never knew existed. There are so many wonderful authors who have self published their work and I love that I get to support them by purchasing the incredible stories they've taken the time to share with the world.
Because of how fun this has been, I've decided I want to be able to share some of the latest awesome reads I'm discovering. In this post, I wanted to focus on one particular series (mainly the first book because I haven't finished the last book in the series yet) by an incredibly talented author who also happens to be from the Northwest.
Cidney Swanson is the author of the Ripple Trilogy. I just finished "Rippler" (book one) and "Chameleon" (book two) this week.
"Rippler" is about a girl named Sam who discovers she has the ability to turn invisible, but she doesn't know why and she doesn't understand how to control it. After a running partner on her track team, Will, witnesses her vanishing, he recognizes her condition as a rare genetic disorder he's learned about from his sister who secretly studied it with a professor in college. Sam doesn't want anyone else knowing about her ability for fear she'll end up a lab rat. But as she gains more knowledge about her condition with help from Will, she discovers there is more to her genetic disorder than she originally thought, and her ability could put everyone she loves in danger.
Cidney Swanson's book is paced perfectly, with the right amount of story building and action to keep readers turning pages. The story was extremely well written and thought out and the dialogue and characters were realistic and engaging. I loved the main characters- Sam was interesting, mature, and fun. Will was an all around sweet guy who kept me laughing. There was very little language in the book and I couldn't find anything questionable or inappropriate in the main characters actions that might concern some readers.
I can't wait to find out what happens to these characters in the final book and I am so excited to read more from Cidney Swanson.


  1. I love that you support fellow self published authors. If I get a Kindle (and I really, really should) I'll check this author/series out. Sounds intriguing.

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