A Great Hero Saves the Day
By Cyn Balog
Delacorte Press, $17.99, 307 pages
Nick Cross has never been normal. Cursed with the ability to see his future, his life is an overwhelming vision of possible futures and he must act carefully to prevent the wrong one from unraveling. He is thrown off when he meets Taryn, a new girl in town. He is instantly drawn to her and startled to find that when he touches her, his visions disappear. When a new and dark future opens up, Nick must try to find a way to change it or else neither he nor Taryn will survive.
Touched is the new novel by author Cyn Balog. The book overall is enjoyable and she is skilled at creating characters that feel real and complex. Nick, in particular, is endearing and likable, making him the perfect hero. The story is told from his point of view and the reader experiences Nick’s constant disorientation throughout the book. The storyline does become a bit perplexing where Nick’s family is concerned. Their inability to take action or try to help makes no sense, especially when people start dying and their attitudes are hard to buy into. Despite this, younger fans of fantasy will enjoy this novel.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern