Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra

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?
My first thoughts when I saw the cover is  that its about paranormal stuff sorrounding her new found power after the traumatic incident that took her father's life. I was wrong.  I guess I completely ignored the signs, clues and puzzle parts indicated in the synopsis, because this book has less paranormal more in mystery and solving the clues. 
Kara has the ability to see the fate of a person only that they are in a form of signs, which are clues in solving the mysteries that surrounds that person's upcoming fate, which usually leads to a tragic accident.  If she tries to ignore the signs that is thrown in at her, she gets a punishment in the form of a "headache", which in return gives me a headache. I was like screaming at her,  "just go find more clues so we can relieve ourselves from this damn headaches!" Seriously she is slow when it comes to solving this clues. But over all as a character I like her.  For starters she is smart and has solved the Rubik's cube for at least 59 times! Which I probably wouldn't be able to solve.  Is she brave? Eh, she was okay...but she is the kind of girl who will throw herself, just to save someone out of danger which is really foolish of her.
Now for the other characters like Anthony, the guy that she falls for. Is a great guy, but not the best guy in my book. Likes she describes him as a hot Latino who has a scar on his mouth. I like his character more than the heroine because he hesitates, he is not the kind, perfect guy, that will do anything for the girl, because he actually thinks through before committing himself in a relationship. Now for the best friend named Daniella, she is my favorite character! She is really mysterious from the start, I though she is one of those characters who was only put in a story just to make the heroine look good, but she is not. Sadly her character shines through only at the half of the book. Jason, Kara's older brother, is a bit plain from the start but he changed at the ending which is a waste, but at least he made it through? 
What I didn't like about the story is the instant love. The author tried to make it slow, but she made Kara looked like a heroine who easily falls for, just because of the instant connection that she felt.  
What I did love about this book is the mystery itself, it was slow yes, but it was fun solving along with Kara. The story also connects to everyday problems like family, secrets, and love. 
I recommended this book for those who love mystery books. Its actually my first mystery book, so its hard for me to compare it with others.
3.5/5 stars.


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