Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review: Touch by Jennifer Snyder

Title: Touch (Novella)
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
e-book, 65 pages
Date Published: August 26, 2011
Source: Author
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Rowan Harper knows her life is forever changed the moment her schizophrenic mother commits suicide. What Rowan doesn’t realize is how much her mother’s choice altered her own fate. It’s not until after meeting Jet, a sapphire-eyed dead boy, Rowan begins to learn of her new destiny as becoming her mother’s replacement for something she never knew existed.
I don’t often read novellas, but Jennifer Snyder’s Touch is one that really piqued my interest. The opening throws the reader right into the story and a car crash, but quickly dives into the plot of death reapers. Snyder’s reaper lore is vastly different from anything I’ve ever read before and it screams of possibilities.

The main character Rowan is likable enough, but I felt like she wasn’t developed as much as I wanted. Then again, this is a novella and only so much can fit into its pages. I did like her though; and feel for her. Snyder gives Rowan some history that plays well into the reaper plotline.

The romantic aspect wasn’t my favorite, as Jet, Rowan’s would-be suitor, is more than a little rough around the edges. He plays the hot and then cold thing too much, but he makes up for it by grounding the world of the reapers in our reality. Without him, the reapers would feel too supernatural, but with him, they are tied to our world and to Rowan’s.

All in all, Touch is a very strong start to a story. So many possibilities could spring from this world of reapers and I hope Snyder chooses to expand upon what she’s begun to build. I wasn’t in love with this book as a novella, but I did enjoy it enough to recommend it to others. Snyder is such a strong writer and she knows how to get to readers on a very emotional level. I’ll definitely continue to read her work in the future.

Opening line: Glimmering black feathers and beady little eyes that never seemed to move from me – that was what flashed through my mind seconds before the blue truck clipped my car – images of the watchful crows from my backyard. ~ pg. 4

Favorite lines/passages: “What are you?” I asked, annoyed.
“Fascinated,” Jet answered simply. ~ pg. 15
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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2 comments:

BookLuvr Mindy said...

For some weird reason I always have high expectations for a novella and expect it to be AMAZING! Thanks for the review.

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Candace said...

I'm not a big fan of novella's because I don't get enough character development. I do think it's a good way to get to know if a new to you writer is any good. I already know that Jennifer is a fabulous writer though, so that's not an issue here ;)

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