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Blindsided

Natalie Whipple
"An action-packed and hilarious sequel that will have you gasping, laughing, and wondering about the choices which make us grown-ups - 'normal' or not."
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An action-packed and hilarious sequel that will have you gasping, laughing, and wondering about the choices which make us grown-ups – ‘normal’ or not.

Three months after Fiona has escaped from her father’s crime syndicate, all seems well in her tiny town of Madison, Arizona. She and Seth are happy together – apart from the teensy fact that Fiona is 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 the town than she could have ever imagined. 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.

Publication Date: Thu 2 Jan 2014
ISBN Paperback: 9781471402159
ISBN Ebook: 9781471402166

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Natalie Whipple

Natalie Whipple is the author of TRANSPARENT, BLINDSIDED (sequel to Transparent), HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW, and RELAX, I'M A NINJA. In addition to that, she is on the writing team for the cRPG 'TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENERA' that will be out sometime in 2015.

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, with a minor in editing. 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 bulgogi. Follow Natalie at betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.co.uk or on Twitter @nataliewhipple

Extract

As The Pack and I take our usual courtyard table at lunch, the warm air feels heavy with fear. The sun might be shining, but it may as well be gray and cloudy with how everyone acts. People don't chat and laugh, but instead look over their shoulders while they whisper conversations. "This is weird," I say as I sit by Seth. "It really is." Brady claims the seat opposite me, eyeing the crowd of students. "Have you noticed that with every day Juan's people stick around, everyone seems to sit closer and closer to us? Or is that just me?" "Not just you, bro," Carlos says. "Pretty sure they think it'll be safer to be next to the gifted kids if a fight starts." "Talk about tables turning." Bea slides in next to Brady, glancing at the other tables with annoyance. "Hate on us for years, label us as The Pack because our abilities are stronger, but when things go bad we're suddenly the coolest people around?" "It's kind of suffocating," Seth admits. He's always been a loner, and even needs his space from me sometimes. "At least my ears aren't killing me," Hector says through a mouthful of hamburger. "I might even be able to take out my plugs if people keep being so quiet." "Well, as long as you're happy," Bea says. "So what if the town is crawling with thugs and no one knows why? Hector's ears don't hurt!" Hector blinks a few times. "Sorry for finding a silver lining." "That's one thin silver lining, dude," Carlos adds. "Especially when my Fiona could be in serious danger." I groan. "If you keep talking like that I hope I do get kidnapped." Carlos pouts. "Why are you so mean to me?" "Because..." Seth grabs me by the waist. "She's taken." "And it's fun," I add. Seth laughs and kisses my cheek, to which Carlos makes a gagging sound as usual. I wish he'd stop, because I can't help being invisible. It probably wouldn't look half as weird if Seth wasn't "kissing air." What I'd give to be visible in moments like this.