Saturday, February 7, 2009

Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra

****Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 18/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 85/100
Grade- B
Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be—compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer. Because Kara has a gift—one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she's been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she's been warned about—until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it's her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it's too late...or lead her even further into danger?

Lots of the time if a book has a mystery I figure it out far before the main character. This time I was just as confused as Kara. I didn't put it together until she did. This kept me turning the pages frequently wanting more. I've learned that if the main character has some kind of "gift" they don't want it. They see this great thing as a burden. And I guess for some it really is. Like Kara's gift will cause her head to throb if she ignores the clues to the puzzle. But at least this makes her act on her gift instead of ignoring it. I liked how Kara was able to pursue a relationship even when her brother doesn't like it. The ending left my mouth hanging open in surprise. Once I thought I had it figured out everything changed. I was at the edge of my seat whenever Kara was in danger, which was often. Overall I think that Invisible Touch was an amazing read that was able to keep me bewildered.

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