Title: The Touchstone
Author: M.C. Lee
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: April 2nd 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary YA, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
It’s no surprise teens Sam and Harry are inseparable. Harry’s ability to fly manifested at age ten—when he saved Sam’s life. Since then, Sam’s made it his mission to shield Harry from danger. They’re being watched by people with an unknown agenda, and their only chance is to run.
An encounter with Jonah Clayton and the group of gifted teens he’s training means a place for Harry and insight into his powers. But is there a place for an ordinary kid like Sam, or has he reached the end of his quest to help his best friend? Jonah’s group isn’t as benign as it seems, however, and the danger is far from over. Harry still needs Sam—who is far more than anyone can imagine.
Single POV urban superhero fantasy with action, plenty of intrigue, a couple of surprises, and a happy for now ending with an obvious setup as a series.
We meet Sam when he’s 16 and Harry is 17, and they are staying in a tiny apartment over a diner where Sam works part time.
Sam and Harry are 100% devoted to one another. When they are targeted, they will have to rely on others with powers and who may or may not have their best interests at heart.
Sam and Harry are just two kids dealing with the curve ball life threw at them and trying to make it all work. Their behavior is appropriately stupid at just the times you’d think it would be, while being far more mature at times than I’d give two kids on the run from those intent on using Harry for their own gain.
I liked Sam and Harry, but only liked two of Jonah’s “team” (Alejandro and Gabriel) and having only Sam’s POV made it difficult for me to connect to the other characters.
The plot is serviceable, with the threats against Harry creating the most tension and driving the story, and Sam, forward.
Note, there is sex mentioned, as Sam and Harry love each other and express that physically, but no worries for its intended YA audience – sex is all off page and not described in detail.
All in all, for me The Touchstone was okay and nothing remarkable, but then I’m certainly decades older than the target audience. I think a younger crowd will enjoy the twists and turns and seeing how things turn out (for now) for Sam and Harry.