Intangible — J. Meyers

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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.

Intangible is the story of Sarah and Luke, twins with some very unusual powers. They’ve managed to fly under the radar up until now, when an accidental healing by Sarah garners some unwanted attention. Now the twins find themselves fighting for their lives as their enemies seek to stop the prophecy surrounding the two teens from coming true.

Supernatural powers. Prophecies. Adventure with a dash of romance. All elements I look for and love in YA fantasy, and Intangible doesn’t disappoint. The mystery surrounding Sarah and Luke’s supernatural gifts is immediately engaging. Why are these two so special? Are there others like them? And how can two such kind and likable characters be expected to bring about mass destruction?

The sibling dynamic is expertly wrought in Intangible. The love between brother and sister leaps off the pages. Luke’s protectiveness is so endearing that I want him for a brother and Sarah’s almost unbelievable altruism is made believable by the way she interacts with Luke. The way the two act around all others versus the way they act with each other fascinates me, as this is one of the few times I’ve ever seen an author so accurately capture a close sibling relationship on a page. For those with siblings, you’ll recognize the ease with which Luke and Sarah interact. For those unfamiliar with this type of relationship, you’ll envy this closeness. But no matter your perspective, I guarantee the unabashed love shared between brother and sister will draw you in, warm your heart, and leave you rooting for the pair. Plus, individually, each of these characters are both strong, their personalities distinct. Luke’s good humor will make you laugh, while Sarah’s fear of letting people in intrigues.

I was surprised to find that, despite the strong protagonists, we switch viewpoints. I can’t decide if I think the switches are necessary to the story. We do get a lot of interesting information from Jonas, Fey, and Marcus, and seeing from their eyes definitely adds to the story, at times. But, in my opinion, it also detracts from the suspense – we know too much about what’s happening outside the twins’ world. On the flip side, though, it is nice to see so much more of this exciting, mystery-laden world. Supernatural twins are just the beginning; we also have vampires and elves, which is a surprise I wasn’t at all prepared for, but quickly came to appreciate. Elves are seldom explored in contemporary YA nowadays and traditional vampires have taken a backseat to the somewhat more glamorous, sparkling vampires currently gracing YA shelves. Those tired of reading about the harder-to-swallow vampire myths prevalent in the genre will appreciate the more traditional feel of Intangible.

Intangible is a suspense-filled, mysterious, supernatural novel with a plethora of likable and interesting characters. The dialogue and relationships are all extremely realistic, the writing style clean and sophisticated. The ending is, unfortunately, jarringly abrupt and so sad, but I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

Pages: 340
Publication Date: January 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Provided by Author
Rating [rating: 4]

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