A Touch Mortal
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Rating: 5 stars
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.
A Touch Mortal….how to describe it? Well, I liked it. It was good. I take that back, A Touch Mortal is absolutely mind blowing and freaking fantabulous. I had heard about it months before its release and was simply counting down the days until it was out, and once it was, things kept coming up – keeping me from reading. Let me just tell you, A Touch Mortal was worth the wait and more.
A Touch Mortal is honestly unlike any other book you’ll read. It is unique in about every way possible. It is like nothing I have ever read, and definitely very far from the other angel books out there now. It also is raw and real – the dialogue isn’t the cleanest thing in the world, and I thought it really made it authentic. The characters became even more real through even the littlest details.
The entire idea of A Touch Mortal was brilliant. I loved every aspect, with Siders and the angels and the way they live. It was great. It was something completely new – this was my only issue with the book at times. It would take me a few pages or need to reread several scenes to completely understand things. I mean, that only happened like 2 or 3 times, but once I got it, it would make so many things make more sense.
I loved the twists and turns A Touch Mortal took me on. There was so many moments I was literally gasping out loud – at the amusement (or horror?) of those around me. I would not even come close to guessing major plot details. Clifford allows readers to guess, and be right, about several smaller details, but after that, it’s a complete field day.
None of the characters in A Touch Mortal were at all like one another. They filled every type of person you can think of and then some. They were all so different, yet I found them all linked in other, more subtle ways. I felt most of the characters were easy to relate to and really get in their head, and try to experience life the way it is for them in this alternate world. Leah Clifford is not afraid to make her characters suffer – they are tossed down so many paths and some of them suffer quite a lot.
Much like she’s not afraid to give her characters a hard time and sort of throw them down many paths, she’s not afraid to make readers suffer. Clifford builds the plot throughout the entire book with an absolute explosion at the end, only to leave readers turning the page to find acknowledgements. The wait for book 2 will be painstakingly awful, as the many possibilities of what could come to happen are infinite.
This is a must read. As in stop reading my review and rush to the nearest book store to you. I started this book at the airport, waiting for my flight, read until I boarded the plane, only to pull it out and read straight through my flight, leaving me shocked that the plane was pulling into the terminal. I was absolutely captivated by Eden and Az’s world. I was transported there, sucked in, and didn’t want to leave.