on January 31, 2012
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.
When I read Rainy Day Rambling’s guest post with Intangible’s author, J. Meyers, I instantly knew I wanted to read Intangible. I’m a sucker for gorgeous book covers and a little bias for the color purple so I have to admit that, that was what first appealed to me. Afterwards of course; I read the synopsis, and liking what I saw, added it to my TBR list. I couldn’t wait to dive in! The overall pacing of the story was very good. Most of time books tend to start out slow and gradually gain pace, however Intangible caught my interest right away. I think that this book appeals to a variety of readers. Between the characters and great dialogue; there’s romance, mystery, humor and so much more.
I want to mention a somewhat unique quirk of this book. Intangible is told through the eyes of multiple characters. Normally I don’t care for multiple points of views when it comes to books, because I tend to find that one character’s view boringly drags on, and by the time something interesting is about to happen we’d get sent somewhere else. However, this is not the case with Intangible. I think J. Meyer’s decision to write the story from multiple views, was fantastic! As a whole, it really brought Intangible’s world together. With different types of “beings” and creatures occupying the book, it was a delight to witness their individual experiences.
We start out with Luke receiving a vision predicting his twin sister, Sera’s death, by the hands of a mysterious and malevolent temptress. I thought this was a great way to introduce the characters and their world. This opening vision set the pace and previewed Luke’s journey to save his sister. A decent amount of the story revolves around Luke’s attempt to change various, smaller visions in order to prep for the ultimate situation that will claim his sister’s life. Although he seems very serious and tough in the beginning, throughout the book Luke becomes quite the jokester. Whether it be to his sister, or single-mom, he’s always lightening the mood and raising the spirits of those around him.
Then of course, there’s Sera. The sister, healer, and to some “guardian angel”. Due to a bad past experience with their grandmother, Sera and Luke have kept the secret of their “gifts” to themselves. However this hasn’t stopped Sera from making late-night trips to the hospital in order to heal the wounded and sick. The power that Sera wields is so true, pure, and powerful, that at times, incapacitates her from not helping those around her. Sera is very strong in the sense that she cares deeply for her friends and family. Although she always has good intentions at times I felt a little annoyed with the decisions Sera makes. She has a tendency to jump into a situation without really thinking about it or the consequences.
I give Intangible a 3.5/5 star rating. I think it was a great first book! I only had one, minor problem with it. I found myself confused due to the introduction of various supernaturals along with the mention of “The Realm”. Basically we were told that “The Realm” was going to be changed for good or bad by the arrival of some prophesied individuals. However there wasn’t a lot of detail describing what exactly “The Realm” was or how it operated, therefore I wasn’t completely sure why it needed to be changed in the first place. Overall I’m really looking forward to the sequel!