Friday, March 30, 2012

e-ARC Review: Touched by Cyn Balog


Teaser: “This is the part where you run away, screaming,” I prompted after a minute. “Is it?” She seemed reluctant to move. Almost like she liked the idea of dying.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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. . . .


Interpretation: 2/5. Didn't finish the book. Don't bother wasting your time.

The story is about Nick who can see the future. Nick feels that he is a freak because there is a voice in his head telling him every single thing he has to do. He calls the voice as the "script" or the "you wills" and whenever he goes off-script his future changes. The future he is currently set is that he's going to be married in the future, will practically live a normal life despite his crazy ability to see the future and died of old age. But one day he went off script to save a girl but in exchange took another's life. And with that "big event" Nick's future started changing and becoming uncertain and his "script" started going on and off which marked the start of Nick's living hell. That's pretty much the gist of the story.

I feel like Touched had a great start which went downhill as the story goes. After reading the first 3 chapters or so I started to feel tired of reading it but of course I still went on expecting that it will get better. Sadly, it didn't. It was dragging and was a headache to read. If the story was a tone, it was monotonous-- Nick going on and on and on and oooooon on how suck-ish his life is, on how he was a freak and a weird-o and on how people avoided him because of those qualities. It felt like the story took you on a dragging loop with a pointless end. Ugh. Disappointing. Waste of time. I should have picked another book :-| The blurb had me though. And I hate how attractive the blurb was but when it came to the content it just wasn't as good. So before you decide to give this book a chance, you might want to think about that again.

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