28 May 2013

YA FICTION: Touched : Cyn Balog [Ember (August 6, 2013)] (Paperback)

YA FICTION: Touched : Cyn Balog [Ember (August 6, 2013)] (Paperback) cover
YA FICTION: Touched : Cyn Balog 
[Ember (August 6, 2013)] (Paperback)
Book Description
Release date: August 6, 2013
Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make... 

Review
" . . . unique and impossible to put down." -- YA Books Central 
"Definitely emotional, thought provoking, fabulous." -- The Book Hook-up 
"Touched is a book that will help you understand who and what you really what to become."--Sofia Loves Reading 
"Balog's story is original with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming and the ending completely blew my mind." -- After the Last Page
"I can't recommend this book enough. It mixes all of her best skills in with a wonderful cast of characters, well-crafted themes, and solid writing." -- Dreaming Reviews 
"It's a story that I know will stay with me for a long time. I loved it!" -- Hippies, Beauty, & Books Reviews
"My final grade for this book is an A+. Not only is it a breath of fresh air in a genre that is full of the same, but it pulls off a unique and creative storyline in a way that made me feel overcome with emotion and empathy for the characters and had me turning the pages until about 3 a.m. This is one of those books that pulls you into its pages and when you finish reading it, you have to re-orient yourself to the real world. In other words, the best sort of book." -- Into the Mystic 
"Such a bittersweet ending I did not expect. I will admit quite freely that the tears were racing each other down my cheeks as I reached the end." -- Gothic Angel Book Reviews 
"This author just knows how to get to the reader...in a good way of course." -- The Page Turner 
"Addictive and mysterious." -- The Reader Bee  
 
Product Details
Age Range: 12 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ember (August 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385740336
ISBN-13: 978-0385740333 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cyn Balog
YA FICTION: Touched : Cyn Balog [Ember (August 6, 2013)] (Paperback) author
While the other neighborhood children were out getting fresh air and sunlight playing Zim Zam and freeze tag, Cyn Balog preferred to be locked in her bedroom, writing. When she emerged, with her growth only slightly stunted, she graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Shoelace Tying or something. She'd wanted to major in Writing, but certain "wise elders" in her life told her that career writers must learn to subsist on three Saltines a day, and being part-Italian, Cyn adamantly refused to give up Pasta Sundays.Cyn now lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. She rarely listens to "wise elders" anymore, still eats pasta regularly and is currently looking for a way to get back her figure, possibly by taking up Zim Zam or freeze tag. Her first novel, FAIRY TALE (Delacorte), is a 2009 RITA finalist in the young adult category, and her second novel, SLEEPLESS, which School Library Journal calls "an interesting, quick-paced, and compelling paranormal romance" and Kirkus calls "a lovely read," released this year. Two more young adult paranormal novels, STARSTRUCK and LIVING BACKWARDS, will be released in 2011 and 2012.