A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford
HarperCollins: Greenwillow Books
Released: February 22, 2011
Source: Princess Bookie ARC Tours
Page Count: 419
Rating: Really liked it!
Eden first meets him on the beach. His opening line is unbelievably spectacular, really. But then so are his powers. Only she doesn't know that, in the beginning, and she falls in love. It wil take what seems like a lifetime and a journey into death and back for her to discover that her own powers are considerable and unimaginable. He hasn't fallen yet. Will he? Will she? This is a deeply satisfying, dark, and inventive paranormal romance by debut novelist Leah Clifford.
I just finished this book and all I can say is WOW! A Touch Mortal really blew me away. Great books like this are the hardest to review, though, so please bear with me!
One of my favorite things about A Touch Mortal is that Clifford either completely avoids the clichés associated with angel books or twists them beyond recognition as she works them into the book's mythology. Fantastic.
Considering the dark topics covered in this book, especially suicide, the characters in A Touch Mortal maintain witty banter throughout the story. This is especially true for Eden and Az, who are just hilarious together as they are falling in love. (Note: There is also a fair amount of strong language - it didn't bother me, but it will bother more sensitive readers.)
The details of the world are a little fuzzy at first, as we are learning about Siders, Touch, the Fallen, and the Bound along with Eden. The book was a little frustrating in that sense, and I sort of wanted to yell at the characters who had information to just tell us already! Alas, that never works in books, though one can always hope. Most of the pertinent information is eventually revealed, though, which was a huge relief. Also a relief was finding out that this is the first in a planned trilogy. Woohoo! I can't wait to read more of Eden and company. If you are a fan of YA paranormal, then this is definitely a book that should be read sooner rather than later.