by Gina Linko
Hardback: 304 Pages
Publication: October 22, 2013 by Random House Children's Books
A moment that changes everything. . . .
Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine's first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch--charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color--surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.
When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine's withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?
◆ A copy was provided by Random House for review ◆
After her younger sister Sophie’s death, Corrine and her family move to their summer vacation home in New Orleans to rebuild their lives. Although Sophie's death is ruled to be cardiac arrest, Corrine truly believes that she killed her sister with her mysterious, high-voltage touch. Suffering from unbearable guilt, Corrine refuses to touch anyone and withdraws herself from her family and friends.
Through Corrine, Gina Linko explores an unusual power, raising moral questions of how it should be used and even if it should be used. There are many possibilities that could have been explored in more depth. Becuase of this, I really wish it could have played a bigger part in the story. As it is, the romance has more appeal.
Rennick, a local teen artist, knows about Corrine’s powers and their lethal nature. He starts to help Corrine to experiment with her touch and move past the grief of Sophie’s death. Soon, Corrine finds out her touch has a magical healing element. Undoubtedly, there is a romance going on between Rennick and Corrine, and I love the growth of her relationship with Rennick. Though it is a long road for Rennick drawing Corrine out of her terrible guilt and misery, he never gives up on her.
Through the book, it mainly focuses on the pain of Corrine losing her little sister, and how she overcomes it and moves on with her life. In the process, many human emotions are developed and explored from. Indigo has a lot of spark that will appeal to those who love a good romance. Overall, it is a good read.