A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Author: Leah Clifford
Pages: 432
Genre: YA/ Paranormal
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. [via GoodReads]
I found that I had a tough time getting the gist of A Touch Mortal.  There were too many characters, too many struggles, too many paranormal aspects.... I admit I was having a tough time with it.  Then there was all the new lingo:  Siders, Screamers, Fallen, Bound, Upstairs, Downstairs, Touch,  etc.  But slowly it all started coming into place and once I finally got it - this book was great!

The story is told in the third person which was great because with so many characters it was the easiest and simplest way to tell the story.  Eden was a great leading lady.  She was witty and spunky and right from the moment she spots Az on the beach (Page 1), I knew I would really like her. She is far from perfect - makes tough choices, some good, some not so much - but that's exactly what I liked about her.  Other characters like Az, Gabe and Kristen also play crucial roles in the story as well.  They are all strong, likeable and move the story along.  There are still more characters, but I won't go into further details on them since although they also play roles in the story they are not as big.

There were some dark and strong themes underlying the story.  It dealt a lot with suicide and temptation.  And although at times I found it graphic and even gruesome - I also think Ms. Clifford did a good job when discussing suicide without glorifying or sugarcoating the act. 

Overall I thought the premise had definite appeal, the characters are strong and likeable and the world building was phenomenal.  My only complaint would be with the first half of the book - which I felt confused throughout most of it.  Once I started getting a feel for the story and understanding more of what was going on then I was able to relax and enjoy it more.  The second half of this book was really action-packed.  I felt my heart at my throat more than once.  And I will mention that although most of the issues relating to this first book were resolved throughout the story, there were many doors left open for the next book in the series.  I found A Touch Mortal to be strong, dark and definitely different.   One of the best Angel books I've read.

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Danny said...

Awesome Review! I saw the cover from this book already on goodreads and it intrigued me! Glad you found likable and I will definitely put it onto my TBR list!

Amy J said...

I had the same issues with this book. I honestly didn't think I would make it through the whole thing. Then it just hits you during the middle of the book and it takes off and sucks you in! Great review!

Wrighty said...

This cover really grabbed my attention! Glad to hear it got better and was worth the effort to keep reading. I'm going through that with a book right now.

Your blog looks amazing!! I love the whole look - the colors, the shapes and all the little details. I especially love your Christmas decorations! It looks AWESOME!! :)

brandileigh2003 said...

I agree- a lot of new terms and world building, but I enjoyed it too, especially the end! Thanks for the review.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Unknown said...

Great review! I had not heard of this one, but it sounds awesome =D

btw, Im loving the xmas header!! =D

Michelle said...

This one looks interesting, I'm adding it to my wish list. I'll be interested to see how I find the beginning.

Small Review said...

Great review! I really like knowing if readers had any trouble getting into a book and if that improves as they keep reading. This way I know that if I start having trouble, I should just push through and I will be rewarded in the end.

This book is on my TBR, so I'm glad to hear you ultimately enjoyed it. I'm on the fence about most of these angel books since most seem to have very mixed reviews. I'm looking forward to this one though.

If you have the time, I would love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out an event I am hosting. The event is designed to connect new bloggers with established bloggers so we newbies can learn about the blogging world. Your blog is great and really stands out, so I think your responses would be especially valuable.

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