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A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

April 14th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: February 22, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 2.75 out of 5 stars

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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.

I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did and cannot figure out if I am just in a YA reading funk so I can’t get into it and am possibly missing parts.  It’s yet another angel/fallen angel book but with the added twist of having “siders”, people who committed suicide and I guess this prevents them from going to heaven or to hell and they continue to live their life on earth.   That made for an interesting concept as Eden has the special ability to kill siders when everyone else thought they were immortal.

What turned me off is the first half of the book drags and drags and drags as you are introduced into the bound, fallen angels, siders, upstairs, the basement, etc.  There are so many people to meet and a lot of new terminology and not all of it is well explained.  For example, unless I missed this because I kept getting distracted the siders have this thing called “touch” that they need to pass on to humans otherwise they end up in intense pain but I didn’t get what it really was or what the purpose was.  Apparently touch can drive people who aren’t already on a happy high to commit suicide as well.  Where this comes from or why siders have this wasn’t clear to me.

The other thing that bothered me in this book were the romances.  I thought it was cute seeing Eden and Az meet and go on their first date but then we miss seeing their relationship develop and the next thing we see is that they are madly in love and Eden is on the brink of suicide if she loses Az and he is considering that if she commits suicide they came be together forever.  Ummm, strange and kind of out of the blue.  Then there is the sider Adam who is suddenly willing to face the wrath of a sider that scares just about everyone she meets to go off with Eden and I’m not sure why.  Was it love at first sight?

The ending finally picks up steam and gets really exciting but some of the actions seem to come out of nowhere too.  There is one revelation at the very end that I can’t talk about because it would be a spoiler but it made me confused about Eden’s role as a sider.  Hoping it is explained more in the next book. So while I think this book has some interesting ideas I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Sara

    I didn’t like it either. I found the glorification of suicide disturbing and the whole thing wasn’t well explained.

  2. Michelle

    Yikes! I’m intersted to see where I fall in the like/dislike when I get the chance to read this one.

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