A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford Book Review~

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published Date: February 22nd, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy 

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.
4 out of 5 stars
I picked this book up at the library a year ago and returned it before getting very far in it. It felt a little too dark so I returned it before finishing it. When I noticed it again I felt like I needed to give it a solid chance and I'm glad I did. The story is more than I initially thought. Its a story that plays with a balance between good and evil.

There are people who don't die but should be dead, there are people who should die but so die, there's angels who should be angelic but aren't quite. Its a twisty sort of dark goodness.

There's betrayal, angst, romance, and suspense, all the makings of a great story. I loved the characters in all of their multi layered goodness. Every character is able to stand alone without the support of another. I always like when I can love a character separately without having to think about another.

I love the MC she's all smart mouthed and bad a**. I love strong female lead characters, especially ones that have weak moments but know how to bounce back.

A Touch Mortal is an amalgamation of light and dark, good, and evil. What makes it so good is that neither side really wins. It's kind of tough to get into at first but once you delve into the story you won't want out. Not if you're the kind of reader willing to take chances.

The book kicks off pretty quickly. There's a climatic event at first but then it slows down (slightly) building up with the action developing quickly and purposefully towards the end. You get enough taste of the world its building, just enough to whet your appetite for the sequel. The fact that the author gave so much in the first novel let's me know I'll like the second book even more. Definitely worth reading!