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Young Adult Fiction 1104
Good paranormal book
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Bookluver-Carol

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?

Invisible Touch was a pleasant, paranormal read.

The Latino culture described in this book was so vivid and real, and I related to it (I'm a Latina). The little Spanish words thrown here and there were accurate. The way the barrio was described made me feel as if I was back in California, right in that town.

Kara was a great character, but I did have a problem with her. She says that she finds it hard to trust people, yet she goes with the mysterious guy without knowing a lot about him. Other than that, Kara is a believable character with a strong voice who is still dealing with her father's death.

The way Kara's father died reminded me of the way Kelsey's father died in The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick.

The dialogue between the characters was realistic and natural. The whole story was well-written. The author, Kelly Parra, gave little clues to what was happening but made sure not to give away the whole thing in the first few chapters.

The plot did remind me of Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling. Both girls get this small vision or sign, and then they try to figure out what's going to happen in a short amount of time. The plot of Invisible Touch was fast and fun. You don't even notice time passing as you're reading the book.
It had mystery, questionable romance (they just met, then they're dating), paranormal, and suspense.

Overall this was a truly enjoyable book with a few flaws, but I would still recommend it to fans of Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling, readers who like the paranormal and/or to other Latinas out there.
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