Saturday, 5 May 2012
Intangible - J. Meyers
Intangible - J. Meyers
Rating: 4/5 stars
Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.
Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it. (Description from Goodreads)
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The moment I became aware of ‘Intangible’ I did some researching and was instantly intrigued. Twins with special powers to heal and see the future? Sounded fantastic to me. I’ll admit I was pulled in because of the twins. I have a soft spot for twin things because I’m a twin too. But the fact that main characters Luke and Sera were twins became a minor part of why I liked ‘Intangible’.
Luke and Sera have a secret they have been trying to keep for their entire lives. Sera has the ability to heal living things – whether physical pain or emotional, her only limit is to herself; while Luke can see the future – though he cannot change it. Trouble brews for the twins when Luke has a vision that haunts him from the moment it is place within his mind: Sera is going to die. I’m always a little curious about characters that can see the future; I wonder if the ability would drive them mental, and in Luke’s case it does a little – only because he’s so desperate to save his sister, and his determination made me love him; because who wouldn’t love a guy who’d do anything he can to keep his sister safe? Written from the point of view of many main characters, not just Sera and Luke; ‘Intangible’ tells the tale of secrets, powers and prophecy; and the multiple POVs just help to give readers a complete understanding of what is happening within the story – it’s the characters who are left in the dark. I think this is half the fun. We are aware of so much more by not just focusing on the twins, but Marc, the mysterious new boy who tries to make his way into their tight circle of friends; Jonas, the vampire who is keeping an eye on Sera; and brief glimpses of Fey, best friend of the twins.
The twins aren’t the only special people in the book. They come across a mixed group of people throughout the course of the book; gifted teens like themselves and supernatural beings – mainly vampires – that change the way they think completely. I love Sera and Luke’s reactions to these supernatural beings. Unlike some characters in books, despite obviously knowing that magical things occur in the world, the twins are not quick to believe in the extraordinary. I really enjoyed seeing them laugh at the absurdity of the paranormal world and being nervous at the thought of people following them. It was a refreshing change to the more common instant acceptance that often features in YA books.
My only issue with this book was in terms of romance. There wasn’t enough for me. I’m a bit of a romance junkie; when the flirtation starts, I always want more. I feel I may have been attached to the wrong guy for a while, hoping to draw out a stronger romantic connection than we’re given; but there are no illusions for the reader, with the many POVs we can guess a lot more of the romantic direction because we know who to trust and who not to trust. I think I was just in denial.
A really enjoyable read. Looking forward to seeing what Luke and Sera face next.
(Originally posted on Goodreads)