Author: Leah Clifford
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Hardcover, 419 pages
Date Published: February 22, 2011
Description (Taken 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.
In the beginning, we are introduced to a depressed Eden, then a flirty Az and his friend Gabe. After a quick date and a flash forward in time, Eden and Az are in love and we discover that both Gabe and Az are angels. Well, Gabe is a Bound angel and Az is sort of in between that and Falling. The beginning is a bit rough because things happen quickly and with little explanation, but it made me want to know more. And fast.
Once Eden becomes a Sider – an immortal someone born of her own suicide, who must infect people with Touch in order to survive – things begin falling into place. Touch and Siders and then the angels and the Fallen can be a bit confusing, especially since the terms are discussed, but not really elaborated on. Everything is eventually explained though and I was kind of in awe of how well Leah Clifford pulled it all together.
On top of a fantastically complicated story, is an even better cast of characters. I loved Eden. Main characters hold so much weight in a story, but Eden is perfectly flawed and strong, but fragile at the same time. Gabe is also one of those perfectly flawed characters, being inherently good, but not exactly forthcoming to his Upstairs people. Now Az is the big love interest and I liked him enough, but I never really felt much towards him. For me, Adam was a much stronger character. And Kristen. Words cannot describe Kristen – okay, they can because I’m going to try. She’s insane (schizophrenic), but beautiful in her craziness. Her vintage style and grave-robbing and poetry-quoting ways made her my favorite character. My fingers and toes are crossed that she comes back in a big way in the next one. So yeah, the characters are boss!
A Touch Mortal is everything I hoped it would be and a billion things more. Leah Clifford has created this world that is our own, but has molded a dark layer beneath it filled with angels and Siders, good and bad, life and death. I could see some things coming, but the way the twists were handled astounded me. I will say that I didn’t exactly like how a certain character’s arc played out. The conflict felt too easily wrapped up and the character’s actions didn’t ring true to me, but that could just be because I’m a little biased and love the character. In the end, A Touch Mortal leaves the reader begging for more and I for one, will be sure to devour A Touch Morbid the moment I get my hands on it.
Opening lines: Eden dug her hands into the damp sand, black polish chipping off the tips of her fingernails.
“Is there a code or something?” Az asked. Eden almost laughed.
“Yeah. If an angel flies me home and is hovering outside a window that also happens to be sans balcony, I rap four times.” ~ pg. 297
And a not so funny one:Memories rose, rippling like pebbles tossed into the lies she’d told herself to try to forget about him. ~ pg. 315
A big 4.5 for sure!*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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