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A Touch Mortal

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 March 20, 2011

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    I touch you once, I Touch you twice

    The publisher summary doesn't quite do A Touch Mortal justice, and honestly I don't really they could have done any better job without it getting too lengthy. There is a special nearly-immortal club that has a Touch ability that I'm still not 100% sure that I understand, but Eden is even more special and one-of-a-kind in that she can Touch other Siders to get them out of Limbo and into Afterlife. Obviously A Touch Mortal gets a little complicated, and I can see a possible re-read in my future to try to get a better idea of what's going on. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, and they seemed to flit in and out at whim so I couldn't really grasp their personality. When the ending came crashing together, however, I did put aside my confusion and got sucked into the action. Truly I suspected what was happening with certain characters, but there were a few surprises - and Ms. Clifford leaves us with one doozie of a cliffhanger that definitely makes me want to check out the sequel in hopes to find out what happens to the characters! Long review short, A Touch Mortal left me with lots to digest and I'm not entirely certain that I will unravel all its complications. The ending is definitely worth all the questions and confusion that I still have - and the sequel better have some answers! Oh, and expect darkness. Lots of troubling darkness.

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