Author: Jenna Ryan
Publisher: TCK Publishing
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Synopsis from goodreads:
“Caleb Swift knows he’s a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren’t bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane. Who needs that kind of trouble?
Not Caleb. He’s doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who’s in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.
Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die… Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl’s future turn his present completely upside-down.”
I was sent this as an ARC e-copy in exchange for a review.
The first page instantly grabbed my attention with Caleb’s over-thoughtfulness and it was great to see the main character in their early twenties, which is often neglected in YA with a lot of protagonists mainly in their teens. I was pretty much sold on Caleb’s character from the off because of how similar some of his thoughts are to mine, and I loved how ordinary he seemed but with this extraordinary power to glimpse the future.
What would you do if you could see the future? Heed it as a warning? Try to prevent it? Well Caleb has tried everything but in the end, he opts for denial that a certain vision will happen, even when he meets the one person involved in the vision as they become a dear friend to him.
When will these clairvoyants ever learn? Being able to see the future has always intrigued me as a superpower because surely it’s not that useful? You’d just know before everyone else what will happen but if you try to avoid it or prevent it from happening, it will find another course. It’s always the way! You can’t stop it from happening once you’ve seen it. I think I’d much prefer mind-reading or invisibility.
Anyway back to Caleb, he’s a guy at college with a brilliantly supportive friend and aunt, having lost his mother a long time ago and never knowing who he father was. He also has another secret along with his clairvoyance and that’s his angel-like friend, Gabe, who appears to Caleb in times of need like when he’s wounded physically or mentally. He acts like his guardian angel who watches over him and I have to admit that would be pretty cool to have – someone who appears when you really need someone completely out of the loop and can look at your problems objectively and offer support.
But what I loved about this book were the amazing friendships that have a foundation of trust and never waver. They developed throughout the story and it felt so genuine which was great to see because so many books it’s either insta-love or you become friends out of great peril, but the friendships in this book just grew with time. They trusted each other and talked things through rather than bottling it up and were there for each other.
I thought the plot was good if not a little predictable at times but I honestly didn’t see one thing coming and I was pleasantly shocked! For me, the writing was a little simple with not enough description (I love description) to really immerse me into the story, but that’s just personal preference.
However I LOVED the portrayal of Caleb’s romantic relationship in this book because it shows what a guy should do – he asks before presuming, takes thing at both their paces and is just plain kind and thoughtful which was beautiful. You read about and see in movies so many guys that just grab the woman’s head and kisses them, leaving them no choice if they want to pull away, but watching this relationship unfold was so sweet and so different from what I read/see in stories these days. So I’m very glad this was included.
It was a tricky book to rate because I was toying between three and four stars, but I decided in the end that I liked it, not really liked it which was the difference for me. Though I am really keen to read what happens next so I’m looking forward to the sequel!
If you’re looking for a book set in the modern present day world with a bit of a supernatural feel to it and are prepared to read some very adorable friendships, then give The Channeler a go!