Touch: Queen of the Dead, Book Two

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NATHAN
Four months ago, Nathan had everything he wanted in life: he had Emma.

Three months ago, he died.

Death hasn't been easy. The only people who can see the dead are Necromancers and their Queen. And you don't want to piss off the Queen of the Dead. She's brilliant light and fire, and if there's no actual hell, she can make a personal one, just for you.

But all she seems ...

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Overview

NATHAN
Four months ago, Nathan had everything he wanted in life: he had Emma.

Three months ago, he died.

Death hasn't been easy. The only people who can see the dead are Necromancers and their Queen. And you don't want to piss off the Queen of the Dead. She's brilliant light and fire, and if there's no actual hell, she can make a personal one, just for you.

But all she seems to want for Nathan is to send him home — where he can see the people he loved, even if they can't see him. He doesn't know why. He doesn't care. If he goes home, he can finally see...

EMMA
Four months ago, Emma was in love with Nathan.

Three months ago, he died.

One month ago, Emma began to see the dead. They look exactly the way they appeared before they died; she knows. She's seen her father. She's even argued with him.

Seeing the dead has made her life vastly more complicated. People want to kill her. People want to kidnap her and force her to truly become a Necromancer. People want to kill her friends, just because they know her.

But even if she could get rid of this strange power, she wouldn't, because if it's gone, she'll never see Nathan again...

But the Queen of the Dead has plans of her own, for both Nathan and Emma.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!" —RT Book Reviews (top pick!)

"It's rare to find a book as smart and sweet as this one." —Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon

"The strength of Silence lies not only in the way Sagara seamlessly integrates the paranormal into the lives of her characters, but in how very real those lives are. Sagara captures the way teenagers feel everything more intensely—love, hate, fear, wonder—and uses that to capture the hearts of her readers." —Tanya Huff, author of The Silvered

"I've been a fan of Michelle Sagara West's writing for years, so I was thrilled when I heard she was writing YA. An evocative and thoroughly compelling story." —Janni Lee Simner, author of Bones of Faerie

"A spooky and emotionally moving urban fantasy.... Silence distinguishes itself in a glutted field of YA paranormal fiction. Sagara starts with some of the popular plot tropes, but doesn’t take them in the directions you might expect, and the lovable characters and authentic emotion help set the book apart too. It’s a story of loss, grief, and the way life goes on after tragedy, sad at times, but hopeful rather than depressing." —Fantasy Literature Review

"An interesting and original premise.... Promising." —Kirkus

“In Touch, Sagara paints an eerie and original picture of the afterlife as she continues the struggle of Emma and friends to free the dead from eternal imprisonment, while battling the necromancers of the Queen of the Dead. Beautifully written, with characters so real – even the dead ones – they could be any of us, Touch is an exceptional addition to a powerful series. Don’t miss this.” —Julie E. Czerneda, author of A Turn of Light

 

From the Publisher
Praise for Michelle Sagara’s the Queen of the Dead series:

“It's rare to find a book as smart and sweet as this one.”
—Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon's Lexicon

“In Touch, Sagara paints an eerie and original picture of the afterlife as she continues the struggle of Emma and friends to free the dead from eternal imprisonment, while battling the necromancers of the Queen of the Dead. Beautifully written, with characters so real—even the dead ones—they could be any of us, Touch is an exceptional addition to a powerful series. Don’t miss this.”
—Julie Czerneda, author of A Turn of Light

"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss, and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!"
RT Reviews (top pick!)

“For all that this is a novel deeply concerned with loyalty, with healthy friendships, and with human decency, it doesn’t hesitate to wrap cold fingers around your spine and yank when the moment calls for it. Sagara’s characters are believable, flawed, and very human, and make for compelling reading.” —Tor.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756408008
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 371,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Sagara has published numerous short stories and fantasy novels, including the successful Cast (The Chronicles of Elantra) novels and her Queen of the Dead series. Michelle Sagara lives in Toronto with her husband and her two sons, the oldest of whom has finished high school. She started working in bookstores at the age of sixteen, and never stopped, although she also held full-time summer jobs at IBM. She reads, reviews the occasional book for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and works at a bookstore, part-time. She can contacted via her website, michellesagara.com.
 

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Touch by Mic

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Touch by Michelle Sagara
    Book Two of the Queen of the Dead series
    Publisher: DAW Hardcover
    Publication Date: January 7, 2014
    Rating: 1 star
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    Nathan died the summer before his final year in high school. But he wakes in his room—or in the shrine of his room his mother’s made—confused, cold, and unable to interact with anyone or anything he sees. The only clear memory he has is a dream of a shining city and its glorious queen, but the dream fades, until he once again meets his girlfriend Emma by the side of his own grave.




    Nathan wants life. He wants Emma. But, even if Emma can deliver what he desires, the cost may be too high to pay...




    What I Liked:




    I'm really trying to think of redeeming qualities of this book, I really am. But I seriously don't know what stood out, that I can remember, that I really liked. Honestly, I can't even summarize this book properly - I have no idea what was going on.




    What I Did Not Like:




    One: Sagara did not do a really good job of refreshing readers with events that happened in book one. You know when you first start reading a sequel, and the author slips in a really abridged recap of the first book in the beginning of the sequel? For people who are really familiar with book one, it might be annoying, but for people who don't really remember book one, it's extremely helpful. Also, the author will mention events that occurred in book one periodically throughout the sequel, and remind readers of who certain characters are.




    I'm going to be honest with you: I didn't remember most of book one. I didn't even remember who Nathan was - without reading the summary of this book. I remembered Emma, Eric, and a fire. That's it. And what did not help was that Sagara didn't summarize what happened in book one for us (in the beginning of book, as most authors subtly do), and she didn't really hint at what happened throughout the book.




    I usually remember books really well - even if I didn't absolutely love them. But let's be honest: I hadn't read book one (Silence) in over a year, and while I LOVED that book, I didn't re-read it like, ten times, or anything. I borrowed it from the library, read it, and returned it. That was in June 2012. So... I didn't really remember much. Just that I LOVED book one.




    Two: this book is boring. Like, I legitimately had to stop around 30% of the book, and take a twenty-minute power nap. I am not joking. I could not keep my eyes open while reading the ENTIRE BOOK. That is a problem. And no, I was not reading it at early hours of the morning. I DID get a good night's sleep for the previous days. This book was just THAT BORING.




    Three: the plot made very little sense to me. Or rather, there really wasn't a plot? Events seemed scattered and unrelated. Beware the Necromancers, wonder about Nathan's appearance, help a dead boy, beware the Queen... that almost sounds straightforward. But the plot is anything but that. It's so disjointed and all over the place - I couldn't figure out where the author was going with anything.




    Four: this book is in third person, but it's in third person limited, with multiple points of view. That is SO ANNOYING, in this book. I could never tell where the switches where exactly, so I would get annoyed when I realized that I was reading the events in someone else's view. I mean, it's all third person, but Nathan Allison, Chase, and Emma think very differently. And the switches were very random. They weren't clearly marked by a symbol, or a large space, or anything. I suppose this might be fixed in the printed copies of this book, but it was so irritating to deal with, while reading.




    Five: ALL of the characters, with the exception of Eric (and maybe Michael), are kind of sickeningly stupid. I remember really liking Emma, in book one. In this book, I really don't like her. She's sort of dense, or maybe just naive, or brainless, or something. I didn't like Allison either, because she decided that she needed to be in EVERYTHING, right in the middle. I didn't like Chase, because he seems too angry all the time. Chill, bro. I didn't like Amy, because I feel like she was forced upon readers, and the author tried too hard to make her a dynamic and spunky character. Just... no.




    Six: the romance is so weird. One couple sort of deserves each other. But Emma and her dead boyfriend. Weird. Like, leave the dead alone. If they're supposed to be dead, let it be. Move on. This is when I dislike romance in books - when the romance suddenly make ALL the difference in the plot. Like, Emma's feelings for Nathan is what drives this book, and the next book. No. Bad. Bad, meaning, not something that I like.




    Seven: the ending was CONFUSING. I mean, the entire book was confusing, and very boring, but the ending in particular was confusing. I honestly have no idea what happened, and I just spent the last three hours reading the book. The ending was kind of like a slap in the face, because the entire book is sort of la dee dah, until the climax, and that's where the author decides to throw all of the action into one scene. But I'm confused. I don't understand why, all of a sudden, everyone realizes that there is danger. Like, it's hard to explain, but basically, WHAT? Break it down, please.




    Overall, I couldn't figure out what was going on, and I didn't like the characters, and this book was not for me. Cue the disappointment, because I was really excited to read this book. I gave the first book FIVE stars last year! How often does that happen?! Ugh. This was a not-so-great sequel.




    Would I Recommend It:




    No, not really. It's unfortunate, because I was looking forward to reading this book (and potentially enjoying it). I hate it when sequels disappoint me! Honestly, if you liked the first book, it's worth a shot. But if you have not read the first book, then don't bother with either book. It's not worth it (in my opinion).




    Rating:




    1 stars. I'm super disappointed with this book, and this series, for that matter. I doubt I'll be reading subsequent novels in this series. That's too bad!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Emma is a necromancer. Her untrained power rivals only the Queen

    Emma is a necromancer. Her untrained power rivals only the Queen of the Dead, making her a threat. Now everyone she holds dear, dead and alive are at risk. 




    Touch was nothing like I imagined but wow, what a great read. This dark fantasy captivated me from the beginning and kept me till the end. The situations Emma faced more than once moved me to tears. The young boy she discovers might be the most emotional, heart rending, thought provoking bit of writing I've ever experienced. I was a little concerned with how much Emma focuses on Nathan, but felt that she was making positive progression toward a healthier outlook in the last few chapters in the book. That being said, with the ending, I am hoping that she still keeps in that direction and doesn't laps back. 




    Touch was a wonderfully dark, intriguing, original, thought provoking plot. Another must follow series! 




    I received this ARC copy of Touch from Penguin Group - DAW Hardcover in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 7, 2014.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!  This book will

    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!  This book will WOW you :)  It is awesome!!
    ***Received an ARC ecopy from Penguin Group via Edelweiss for an honest review

    Okay, the cover is fantastic because it is mysterious and magical all the while being beautiful.

    Okay this book is definitely an emotional rollercoaster. I cried a lot and for several reasons, but I’m not going to ruin it for you. The only hint I will give you is Mark.

    This book is action packed, and there is never a dull moment. I was not happy when and where it ended, but *sigh when are we ever happy a book is finished especially if it is part of a series.

    Michelle amazed me with the topics covered in this book, and all I can say is WOW!! I don’t want to ruin it for you, but if you read Silence you understand the life altering topics she tends to cover in this series.

    I really do love this rag tag group of friends, and I have to say I’m very vested into the whole group. I want to see them triumph or win because they deserve it. I can’t believe now I’m in a holding pattern because I want to know what happens next and this book hasn’t even been published yet. I fear I may have a long wait :( Hurry Michelle, I need more :)

    I highly recommend this book to the paranormal book lovers out there who want adventure and excitement mixed with friendship, necromancy, and ghosts.

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