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Jul 14, 2011

Book Review: A Touch Mortal

A Touch Mortal (Touch Mortal, #1)Title: A Touch Mortal
Author: Leah Clifford
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 22nd 2011)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Young Adult
Series: Touch Mortal #1
Pages: 432
Source: My sister's Kindle, e-book

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Eden didn't expect Az.

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick-up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.


So long, happily-ever-after.

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own.

And that's only the beginning of the end.

My $0.02

By now it would have been old news (maybe), but on Monday Leah Clifford hosted her Spoiled Rotten Blogtv Chat where fans of the book came together and discussed everything and anything about A Touch Mortal with the mastermind, Leah herself.  The only thing about the chat was that you needed to have read ATM, you know, so you didn’t get spoiled with all the spoilers and what not.  Because of this chat, I got around to reading ATM, but at first I was very hesitant—actually, I already made up my mind and decided not to read ATM because there were so many mixed reviews on it that I just didn’t feel like it would be something I would be blown away by.  I read ATM in about a day and a half…because I lagged and I had a time frame to beat and all that, lol, so let me say that I will most definitely be re-reading it again when A Touch Morbid, book two, releases.

Within the first few chapters, I was so lost and confused with what was going on—I just didn’t get it.  In the third or fourth chapter, the characters were confessing their love for each other and I had to double check the pages a few times to see how far along I was in the book…not very long.  I felt like the beginning of the book belonged in the middle of the book; it was just all too soon for me.  But—yes, but—as you read and dive deeper into this world that Clifford built, everything that happened at the beginning made perfect sense!  The best thing for me to describe and relate it to is a movie.  You know how when you watch a movie and the beginning is incredibly confusing and you have to rewind (re-read) multiple times to catch what that person did or what this person said and no matter how many times you do it, you still don’t understand what’s happening but as you finish the movie, you go, “OOOOH! *understanding sets in* I get it now, the beginning fits right in place with this part and blah blah blah…”? *breathes out a humongous breath* Yeah.  That’s how ATM was for me, hence me re-reading it!

I thoroughly enjoyed A Touch Mortal; it was so thrilling to ride this roller coaster!  Everything that you find within the pages of ATM will just knock you off your feet!  I was so amazed at the storyline of ATM.  It was another one of those where you find yourself thinking, “Wow, that’s a genius idea right there!”  I have to say, I pictured everything like a movie. (Does that make me totally lame and lacking of an imagination?)  Maybe because it takes place in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, etc.  Or maybe because the characters were so bad-ass!  Speaking of, all the characters in A Touch Mortal played a part and I found a liking to each and every one of them.  Most of the time I totally forgot that they were just teens; the situations they came across, the people they met, the stuff they did—I had to pause a few times and look up out of my sister’s Kindle and say to myself, “They’re teens right?! Check!” And then continue reading, lol!  All the characters relied on one another and they didn’t just fade away into the back after they were introduced to the plot; they made reappearances once you delved deeper into the story.

My personal favorites of the characters would hands down be Kristen and Luke!  I just felt like they had so much…spunk and attitude and I don’t know; I guess the lines Clifford gave them worked for me.  Not to say that Eden, Az, Gabe, and the whole crew didn’t—it’s just that Kristen and Luke stood out to me.  I also have to say, I didn’t feel like there was one specific guy that I found myself falling heels over head for.  I totally get that Eden is supposed to be with Az but because of the circumstances, I didn’t get to see much of him.  Hopefully that will change in A Touch Morbid!  I did find myself gravitate a teeny tiny bit towards Gabe and even Adam…if anything Adam more so than anyone else!

At the end, so much is revealed and so much comes together that I was gasping and oooh-ing and aaah-ing all at once!  And then the confusion hit a few times as well; I was like, “Wait, pull the brakes! What just happened? Or what did happen? He…who, they, she did what?! Ah, come again!”  I really, really, really love how Leah Clifford came up with this idea of the Touch.  That amazed me.  I……yeah, still amazed.  Overall, I have to say that A Touch Mortal’s storyline and the plot is very complex and there’s so much involved in the story that your neurons will definitely be in more than two places at once!  I can’t wait to see where Clifford will take us in the sequel, but wherever it is, I wanna go!

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  1. I'm a little hesitant about this one but it sounds it's worth the read.

  2. Thanks for pointing me toward this read. Am contemplating....:)

  3. Hey Momo, I just bought this book so I thought I'd go hunt a review and I really liked yours. Glad i found it too so the beginning of the book won't throw me of so much lol
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

  4. This book sounds really good! I've been thinking about reading this, but I wasn't so sure. Thanks for the review.


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