Rebel of the Sands
Progress: 145/358 pages
Touched left me a bit confused. I enjoyed it, but I felt like I was reading more a YA contemporary rather than a fantasy/paranormal story. Even though there was plenty of healing going on, there were a lot of family issues and fun high school times. I would have liked a little more on why Remy has this power to heal, and how. You eventually find this out, but not until more than half of the book. I guess I jumped into it expecting this whole world on healers. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the book, but it definitely wasn't what I was expecting. Remy’s life is basically hell. Her step-father abuses her and her mother on a daily basis. Her mother refuses to leave him and when her step-father goes a little too far; Remy is sent to live with father. Not even a day with her father she meets Asher. Asher and Remy have a lot in common and they don’t even know it. They have an instant connection, but the both of them decide to keep their distance. Once Remy is settled in her new life things get even weirder. No secret that the back and forth between Asher and Remy bugged me. It’s one of those things I hate in books. Asher would get close, tell Remy he’s bad for her, but doesn’t explain why? And then he pulls away. This happens at least five times before you reach the middle of the book. Why didn’t I quit reading then? Well there were a lot of other interesting things going on to hold my attention. Plus, it was sort of cute the way they flirted and teased each other. I found myself smiling a lot at the things Asher would do to get Remy’s attention. One thing I did like a lot was Corrine Jackson’s take on healers. I've been reading a lot of books lately on magic and healers, and I found Jackson’s take unique. When things finally came to light I actually thought to myself wow, that’s pretty neat. Obviously I can’t say more or I would be giving away a huge spoiler, but it definitely wasn’t what I predicted. In the end, I was happy with the way things ended and how it all played out. I am curious if there will be a sequel to Touched. It was engaging enough for me to finish it. I recommend Touched and think readers will like it. 3 out of 5 stars.