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[Book Review] - A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Title: A Touch Mortal
   Author: Leah Clifford
   Series: #1 - A Touch Trilogy
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     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 Review:

     This was a rather easy book to get through and while I understood this book would be similar to the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, and boy do I have to say I was wrong. This book was by far more well rounded and Eden was by far one of the best characters I have seen in a long time. Az on the other hand, even though he was devoted and did seek out the best for Eden, he just wasn't a favorite character of mine. The book overall was great, but nothing I would say was overly impressive about the book.

     Eden was this arrogant teenager that found Az on the beach, and with some cheesy pickup line their relationship. I loved how Eden and Az played off each other, Eden is this suicidal girl who wants to end it all and Az is this happy go lucky guy who tends to see the good in everything. Through a deception of Az and Gabriel, Eden is made to believe Az killed himself. It breaks Eden completely and she becomes a Sider, a person who beyond death affects the world.

     Siders are a group in this book that posses Touch, some sort of power all people who commit suicide have. While Siders are dead and all, they aren't zombies. Which I found to be rather odd, but it added a depth to the book that made it interesting and different. Every Sider can hold a different amount of Touch, and have to pass it to someone else. I couldn't understand the point of Touch, other than it's euphoric nature, or the possibility it has at pushing someone over that proverbial edge. I still wish to see more of this Touch and why it was important at all to include.

     Gabriel is one of the characters I enjoyed seeing from time to time. As an Angel, Gabriel is bound to speak the truth and cannot hide behind lies. Az on the other had isn't fallen, but is under punishment. While Gabriel is much like Az, there is something haunting behind Gabriel and how he deals with questions that Eden has. It doesn't become clear until the end of the book, just what haunts Gabriel, and that's the point that turns the whole book upside down.

     There is a few other Sides that pick up along the way with Eden when she becomes a Sider and is out on her own. I love the fact that Eden takes her rough times and bounces off of them on her own. The book does a great job capturing her stress and her pain in full force that I marvel at how she made it through it. The other Siders were pretty much a joke, I wasn't at all interested in either of them and they were boring. They were pawns for Eden to throw around and frankly that's what they were, or felt like. There was so much other potential for the characters that I feel it was an untapped portion of the book.

     Then there is Lucifer, or Luke or whatever name you want to use for him in this book. I found him too predictable near the end of the book. His plan and scheme was too obvious. The book set up a great dark and gritty tell, Eden plays very well into that as well, but the antagonist, Lucifer, just drags his feet. It let me down and the best part of the book, is Gabriel's Truth. Eden though, she was a fantastic female character.
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