Thursday, May 10, 2012

Intangible by J. Meyers

  • Title: Intangible
  • Classification: Young Adult
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (January 29, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1470010151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470010157
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     'In all of his seventeen years he'd never had a vision about himself--he hadn't thought it was possible. And now that it appeared it was, he knew with certainty that this was something he didn't want to See.
     She looked beyond him suddenly and her eyes hardened, her stance tensed. It was almost as if Luke was no longer the target, but in the way. He followed her gaze, turning to look over his shoulder.
     He instinctively smiled at what he saw--his twin sister Sera. But in the next instant the woman's words echoed in his mind. Shall she be the first to die? A rising panic threatened to choke him. He scoured the room for a way out. A way to change what he knew with absolute certainty was about to happen. It wan't his life. It was hers. "The Children of the Prophecy must die!"  The woman's cry filled the room.'

Luke and his twin sister, Sera, had always known they were  different. He could predict the future while she could heal the sick. From an early age they learned to keep their powers to themselves. At the age of  6 Sera had attempted to tell their grandmother about her gift with poor results. Their grandmother had seen Sera's gift as a curse and had decided Sera and Luke were abominations when they tried to explain. While they still used their gifts, they did so in secret, never again revealing what they could do.

Now Luke had seen his sister's death in one of his visions. 'His visions always came true. Always. No matter what he did. He wrote them down, dissected them for clues. Then he tried to get there before the events happened. He did everything he could to thwart them. But nothing had ever worked.'  He was determined that this vision would be different. This visions would never come true. The only question was how could he prevent it?

This was a very enjoyable read. I loved how Luke and Sera seemed to finish each others sentences and were very attuned to one other. You could tell if anything happened to one, the other twin would be devastated. They care deeply for each other and don't trust others very easily. They have acquired only two close friends over the years, Quinn and Fey.

While we don't learn a whole lot about Quinn, Fey is not what she seems. She's not human, but we don't find out exactly what she is till the end of the book. She and Jonah, an acquaintance of hers who also happens to be a vampire, are very intriguing secondary characters. Jonas is torn between his loyalties to his creator and his feelings of doing what's right. In a way he has a very similar mindset to that of Stephenie Meyer's Cullen vampires, but without the vegan notion.

I liked how the author introduces us to the Realm at the same time Sera and Luke are discovering it. Neither Luke nor Sera know anything about vampires, elves, goblins, witches, etc nor do they know anything about the prophecy which the woman in Luke's vision spoke of. Luke has very little to go on to prevent his sister's death. He has no clue who the woman is or the place the vision occurred. He makes the decision not to tell Sera what he saw so she won't worry about it. I guess it's his way of protecting her.

Where does the book get it's name? Well, I believe from this passage:
     'They were obviously related--he could see it in their smiles, their eyes--and looked the same age. There was also an almost palpable connection between the two of them in the way they interacted. They moved and talked in sync. It was different from everyone else on the school grounds. 
     And there was something else about them--something intangible. He didn't know what it was, but he could feel it.'

Overall, I gave this one 3 out of 5 roses. I enjoyed reading the book and have a feeling this is a series that will keep getting better with each book because we're introduced to some new creatures and learn about others at the end. Plus, we have a better knowledge of what Sera and Luke will need to hide from and what they are dealing with. A lot of world building took place and we find out who the 'Children of the Prophecy' are, what the prophecy is about, and how it pertains to Luke and Sera. I have a feeling we don't yet know the extent of Sera's and Luke's powers and have a lot to learn about the Realm. I liked the characters and the story and look forward to reading the sequel.

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