Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Published: Greenwillow Books (February 22, 2011)
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1 of 3
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: My whirlwind affair with A Touch Mortal had its ups and downs. At first, I was all, "oh, this is dangerous and I feel naughty reading it... but I'm gonna do it anyway." But then I was all "I don't understand what you're talking about so I'm just going to turn the pages and nod." But NOW I'm all "Wow. That WAS dangerous and I think we finally get each other, Mortal. I think I see this going somewhere." You guys, I was Michelle Pfieffer and I eagerly hopped on the back of Sandy's masked cousin's groovy motorcycle for a sunset ride. (Are you singing "Cool Rider" from Grease 2 in your head yet? GOOD.)

A Touch Mortal, for me, was reminiscent of Wicked Lovely (more specifically Ink Exchange, my favorite of the books.) It was DARK. Not dusk dark, I'm talking black hole dark. There's a lot of f-bombs and talk of sadness and suicide, which I can imagine may be difficult for sensitive readers. This is not a light and fluffy read and it's one of those books where I had to read sentences/paragraphs over and again to try and understand what exactly was going on. But it was good.

There was all sorts of instalove in the beginning. But Leah Clifford pulled a fast one. Indeed, there was instalove but then there's a rapid separation and the characters spend the large portion of the book NOT together. Instalove feels a whole lot different when you actually like what's being presented to you, but then it gets ripped away. It was intriguing and different. The plot and the lore? ALSO intriguing and different. The whole idea of Siders and Touch and dosing was fresh and made my head spin trying to understand it. But it was good.

If you're looking for something different with diverse characters and personalities, and you're not afraid of things getting a little dim, I definitely recommend A Touch Mortal. If you find yourself unable to get a solid grasp on what is going on, fear not. It comes together. And it is good.


  1. I love Leah! she's a super sweet person!

    here's my review of the alchemy of forever, releasing in january. stop by?!?!

  2. Oh dear.

    1) Grease 2 should not have ever existed and the world pretends that it doesn't and you are disobeying that rule!

    2) Ink Exchange is my LEAST favourite books in the WL series. I hated it so very, very much.

    3) YOU LIKE TWILIGHT! *sparkle*

    And yet.. I am so drawn to you. Like insta-love, yet in a non-creepy, I am not a pervy stalker sort of way. seriously. I adore you and your blog and yet we are totally not in the same ball park of thoughts on things. Dude.

  3. I have this and I think it is time that I pick it up! Great review!