Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ARC Review: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Title: A Touch Mortal
Series: Book #1 in the trilogy
Author: Leah Clifford | Author Website
Available: Now
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Reading Level: Young Adult

Description from Goodreads:

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 thoughts:

Eden meets Az. Az and Eden fall in love. Eden doesn’t realize Az is a fallen angel, and Az doesn’t realize Eden is a mortal with no path, destined to commit suicide and become what is known as a Sider.  Siders are stuck on Earth and forgotten by everyone who knew them when they were alive. They must pass energy to humans or risk falling into a state that made me think of an addict desperate for a fix. The only catch is if they pass the energy to a person that isn’t emotionally stable it can cause serious repercussions. Store the energy for too long and they can actually kill a person when passing it. Eden isn’t like other Siders, and that bit of information just might get her into some serious trouble.

Confused yet? A Touch Mortal is a book with such a complex premise it is difficult to really explain. I’ll just say I absolutely loved it, and I was sad to see the book end! I’m actually itching to read this one again. Confusing at times, but also completely addicting. I was just blown away by how intricate a world this author created.  It did take me a bit to get used to the names they used to describe one another, but the complicated premise didn’t detract from my level of reading enjoyment. The characters were perfectly developed. The pacing of the story couldn’t have flowed more smoothly. This is a stellar start to a new YA trilogy!

Be warned it is pretty heavy on language and situations not suitable for younger teens. I suppose that is a given when a plot revolves around suicide. This isn’t like any other angel-centric YA book you may have read. A Touch Mortal is a dark and twisted read that is in a class all of its own. 

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