September 18, 2012

Review of Touched by Cyn Balog


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. . . .

Touched by Cyn Balog
Publication Date:  August 14, 2012
Publisher:  Delacorte Press

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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

I definitely found Touched to be a novel that was just fun to read.  It was fun for a number of reasons, but before I even began to read it I of course read the synopsis (or description, whichever you may prefer).  If there’s one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb in my teenage mind, it was the words Jersey and Shore.  Which of course made me think of the MTV show and my absolute worst fear was that the novel would somehow end up having characters like the ones portrayed on the show—but with a main character who can see the future.

Luckily for all of us, Touched by Cyn Balog is not anything like the MTV show and was actually very original in comparison to most of the novels I have read in the YA universe that have psychic main characters.  Touched revolves around main character Nick Cross, who is commonly referred to as “Crazy Cross” in the story, who can see the future.  But not just the future, his future.  Nick lives by this script of voices/images that tell him what he will do to impact the course of his future.  So basically, if he steps on too many butterflies his future changes just like that *snaps fingers*.  One day on his way to the beach, Nick ends up sacrificing the life of a little girl to save a beautiful girl who will change his future in dark ways…

Pretty awesome-sauce, hey?

The one thing that I definitely loved most about the novel was its originality.  Not just because of how Nick can see the future, but because of the reasons why.  I don’t want to give too much away in this review, but after saving that pretty girl whose name is Taryn he ends up learning that she holds a ton of ties to the reasoning behind why Nick can see the future.  That all leads up to the revelation of the Book of Touch and how Nick along with his mother are both touched with the ability to see future events.

The relationship between Nick and Taryn I found, was realistic to some extents.  I loved how the way he met her was by saving her like some modern day Superman.  I loved how he can see himself in the future kissing her, which leads him and Taryn to more unexpected meetings.  Personally I found our main character to be perfect boyfriend material especially since he is constantly willing to be with Taryn even in the face of danger.

Every interaction between the characters would either be amusing or very thrilling and dark, just because of Nick’s thought process.  The way he would view certain characters would have me smiling and chuckling.  My only real complaint about the novel would be its pacing.  I personally felt that it would go from having too much action, to suddenly having too little action instead of an equilibrium.

All in all, a very fun story to read.  I would recommend Touched to fans of the YA supernatural, romance, and readers who want to read a story with tons of originality.

About the Author:


Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), and two other forthcoming novels from Delacorte. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

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  1. Danielle Smiley

    This sounds amazing! Thank you for the great review. I put it on my tbr list :)


  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Awesome Danielle! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  3. Leigh

    Great review! I wanna read this book now!! I’ve never read a ya book with the main character being a psychic so that’s definitely a change for me.
    Leigh | Little Book Star

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    You definitely need to check this one out Leigh!

  5. Great review! I definitely want to read Touched. I mean look at that cover! And I have to agree that I wasn’t thrilled either with the story taking place in Jersey Shore, but the premise is fantastic otherwise. And this Book of Touch? Sounds awesome! :D

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