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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This book is AMAZING. <3 it!

Eden is snarky and spunky, able to handle herself in an array of situations, and both relatable and likable from the start. When Az first comes walking up, right on page one, her reaction to him is amusing and starts pulling the reader in right away. Clifford doesn't bo...
Eden is snarky and spunky, able to handle herself in an array of situations, and both relatable and likable from the start. When Az first comes walking up, right on page one, her reaction to him is amusing and starts pulling the reader in right away. Clifford doesn't bother with unnecessary build up in their forming relationship, shifting quickly to the root of their relationship and the launching point of the story itself. Eden's quips provide plenty of humor and build her character, and the reader sees several different sides of her as the story progresses, not all of them flattering.

Despite the large number of important characters, the personalities are all distinct enough to keep the characters straight and introduced in a staggered manner to keep there from being an information overload. There is strong character development throughout, many coming full circle and showing several sides, all handled amazingly well.

There are some gritty undercurrents to this book, with an overall darker and sad air, but several huge points of deeper meaning. Some are given in a subtle manner and others more straightforward, but the thought and reason Clifford put into things is very clear and worthy of praise. There is a big air of suicide in this book, stemming from what happens to people who commit suicide in the world Clifford has built. Clifford has done something different with suicides in her world, and handled it gracefully without glorifying the act. The different angles and views even within the world and characters are presented throughout the book, from reasons that seemed important when someone committed the act to later realizing maybe it wasn't so great. I truly appreciated the way all this was handled and explained, without sugarcoating. The aftermath is handled in a different but well done way, and even the way one person can be the only reason someone doesn't fall into the temptation is presented in such an unflinching manner.

The ties to real life, particularly the innumerable views, beliefs and mindsets about suicides, are perhaps one of the reasons I felt so much for and with this book. Clifford has blended the fantasy with the real in a very smooth fashion, and there are huge connections and implications into every day experiences and life, coming from different sides, that will give something for most every kind of reader. Even with the gritty notes and the honest and unadulterated look into the deeper parts of everyone, Clifford handles it gracefully and inoffensively.

The overall plot is brilliant, and steadily builds with subtle hints to the future and deep intricacies, leading to an explosive, lengthy climax that keeps things moving at a deliciously rapid pace for the last hundred pages or so of the book. The final build up is well worth it, with many completely unexpected twists and turns and shocking truths throw out of nowhere. Even with the strong plot, there is also a constant focus on the characters and their development and reactions, and these two aspects are handled and blended strongly and nearly flawlessly.

posted by A_Good_Addiction on February 11, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Gets better dont worry keep reading

Trust me i put this book down after abot 20 pages i couldnt follow along and was confused as to what was happening but then a few days later i picked it back up and got to the better part and it was way better and easier to undersatnd so trusr me keep reading it will g...
Trust me i put this book down after abot 20 pages i couldnt follow along and was confused as to what was happening but then a few days later i picked it back up and got to the better part and it was way better and easier to undersatnd so trusr me keep reading it will get better ..... hopefully

posted by 8671801 on October 30, 2011

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Great Read!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was very intresting; unlike any other angel type book I've ever read. Definitly worth your time! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Hmmm...

    I may have to read this, just because the main character and I have the same first name. Will review when I finish.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Dark and Sexy Read

    I was thoroughly entertained by A Touch Mortal. This book was a dark, sexy and intriguing read. I really loved the world that Leah Clifford created. I loved the Siders. They were a very interesting and new type of paranormal creature. The whole idea of the power of the Touch was awesome. I really felt like Leah Clifford created her own new type of supernatural creatures.

    While I did really like the Siders and the power they had, I will admit for the first hundred pages or so I was bit confused by what was going. Like the main character Eden, I was confused by what was going on, but as Eden learn who she was and more about the powers she had, I too was no longer confused. Once I really understand about the Siders and the Touch I started to really get into this book and engrossed in the story and could not put it down. The story just captured my attention and I wanted to see where Leah would take us.

    A Touch Mortal is definitely a darker YA read, but I love it! Eden was a very conflicted main character. She has this power stronger then most people, is basically immortal because she herself died and must deal with the boy issues. I loved that all the Siders became Siders if they committed suicide. Imagine wanting to end it all only to wake up after you killed yourself and find that your immortal. God that would suck. But I really liked that darker, more morbid element to the Siders and the book itself.

    My one wish in with this book was that the pacing in the beginning was slower. I think part of my confusion in the first hundred pages was that everything happened bam, bam, bam in a row. After those first hundred pages I felt the book slowed down and really found it's pace. I really wish that in the relationship between Eden and Az was more developed in the beginning. I felt like as a reader we never saw their relationship grow. One minute they meet and then the next minute they were in love. I just wish I saw more of their relationship so I could understand why Eden loved him so much.

    I loved the ending of this book. I loved how the everything in the book slowly built up to the moment in the end. And I feel I should talk a bit about Gabe now. I love Gabe and so much more than I thought rested on him and his actions. Gabe really is one of the best characters in the book. I don't know why I liked him as much as I did, but I think a lot of it has to do with his actions at the end of the book. The ending really took me by surprise. I really want to read A Touch Morbid to see where Leah Clifford takes these characters next, especially with how she left them at the end of this book.

    A Touch Mortal is a dark, stunning, and sexy debut. And while it wasn't perfect I was just drawn into it and loved it. I highly recommend it, even if you feel like your not really into the darker paranormal or darker YA. It definitely is unique and will leaving you wanting more.

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