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Touched by Cyn Balog

Friday, August 3, 2012
Synopsis: Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.

But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?

In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . . .

Review: Touched by Cyn Balog is definitely interesting and unique. This type of book is not my normal read, but I like to give books a fair chance and I am glad I did. The hero of this story is Nick Cross. A boy who lives a very tortured existence. And when I say tortured I mean mentally. Within the first few pages I was feeling so sorry for this boy. I can't imagine knowing what the future holds all the time, then have it suddenly change just by the smallest things you do. But changing one thing can throw your life into a spiral that is almost unrecoverable. This mistake by Nick sends us on a unforgettable ride with him.

Cyn Balog lets us see the chaos going on in Nicks head. And I can tell you its a doozy. At times I was very confused as to what was going on, especially in the beginning. But then I realized the story is supposed to be that way, after all your reading from Nick's point of view, so it makes sense. This only adds to the mystique of the book, like Nick sometimes you don't know if you are coming or going, it keeps you locked into the book, because you want to know what's going to happen, you want to know what's going on.

And what to say about the characters. Well I like Nick, he has strength in him, if only he would stop with the self pity he has going on in his head. People he knows are always making fun of him, calling him neurotic, crazy, insane, and they have all of his life. His mother and grandmother though are his anchors and supporters. Family is important to him, and he would do anything to keep his family from harm. I love this about him, with what he deals with it would be easy for him to be a cold and unloving person. And Taryn, she is a bit of an enigma at first, slowly Nick breaks down her walls and makes startling discoveries with the one person he can be himself with.

This novel is a bit slow, but the revelations made in it more than make up for it. Through heartbreak and confusion I think you will fall for Nick. On a ratings scale of one thru five I would give this book a four. Cyn Balog weaves this tale very well, and just when you think you have things figured out it takes a surprising twist. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in things that have to do with the psychic planes, and all other things that we can not comprehend. This book is a good read, pick it up.

Reviewed by: CHRISTINA

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