Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review: Touched by Cyn Balog

Title: Touched
Author: Cyn Balog
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte Press (August 14, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Parnormal
My Rating: 3 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 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. . . .

My Review:

I have come to love Cyn Balog's books. I know not everyone is a fan but I really like how creative and original all her books are. Plus, lets face it, they have some of the most stunning covers out there.
I look forward to her new releases, I really do.

Which is why I was so excited for her new book Touched. I loved that once again it was something completely different and this time told from a male point of view.

Yeah, the male point of view might not have been the best ever but it worked. I have heard others say it was a little girly but I think considering Nick was rather immature when it came to interacting with others do to his curse, well, I think because of that social stunt that he had, that the voice being a little girly worked for the story, I really do. I think it gave him character.

Once again Balog managed to give us a really unique storyline.

Does her work always make sense? Of course not, this is fiction. These things aren't real, they aren't ever going to happen in the real world but then again, that is why I read . For that little escape into a whole other world where anything is possible and to expect the unexpected.

Was this a favorite? No, but then again, I don't pick up every book thinking it will be.

Was this novel perfect? Absolutely not but I think it was still a really fun read and I did enjoy it and I will continue to read Balog's books (if she writes more) because I like them, crazy happenings and all.

I love that craziness and uniqueness about them that only she is capable of doing. I do think she is talented and I do hope she continues to dream up the impossible and to share her dreams with us all.


  1. I've never read any of Cyn Balog's books, but this one sounds interesting. Even if the male POV sounds a little weird :P Thanks for the amazing review!

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  2. It is worth the read, at least I think so. It is very much different but still entertaining!

  3. I enjoy a book with a male POV, but it is a tough thing to pull off for some female authors. I recently read a male POV that was stereotypical male. It was as if the author couldn't relate to her own character and went with what was obviously male. This sounds like the opposite problem, but the end result is quite similar.
    Still, I have been planning to read something by this author, and am still planning to do so when things are slow. It is good to know that my first read should be something else. Thank you for your review.

  4. I agree Steph, that I wouldn't recommend this as a "first" read by this author. I think her earlier work is better. They are all different reads and she has done a male voice before and done it well, just didn't happen in this one.