A Touch Mortal

A Touch Mortal

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by Leah Clifford
     
 

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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.

Yeah.

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

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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.

Yeah.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Clifford's cryptic first novel, Eden, depressed on a Jersey beach and contemplating suicide, is swept off her feet by a captivating stranger, Az, and his friend Gabriel, who are really angels. Gabe soon learns from "Upstairs" that Eden is destined to kill herself; meanwhile, her love for Az makes her a target for the Fallen, so Az and Gabe hasten Eden's suicide, in order to protect her. The plan succeeds, and Eden becomes a "Sider," one of a legion of immortally undead teens on the streets of New York. Eden has the additional "talent" of annihilating Siders who tire of their existence, which makes her a veritable rock star in the community—but loathed by the Fallen. Clifford matches the dark subject matter with a lugubrious tone, peppered with dry wit, as the gothic misfits navigate their purgatory. Though the almost casual treatment of suicide—and its portrayal as an act of true love—is questionable, Clifford's target audience (and readers who take an imaginative interest in representations of the afterlife) are likely to interpret Eden's death as a symbolic act of transformation, rather than of self-destruction. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Dana Benge
Troubled teen Eden falls for Az not knowing he's a fallen angel. Az, to protect her from the evil fallen angel, Luke, who tortures mortals like kids play with puppies, orchestrates Eden's suicide by feigning his own. Caught somewhere between life and death, Heaven and Hell, Eden is thrust into an entirely different world that she learns to navigate until the final confrontation between Luke, Eden, and Az changes Eden's world once again. This debut novel about the eternal struggle between good and evil had potential but the rushed, choppy, and at times nonexistent transitions leave the reader struggling to understand the direction of the plot much less the deeper spiritual implications that the author only hinted at. Events happen with a randomness that leaves the reader confused, and there is a lack of strong cause/effect relationships giving the feeling that the author rushed through the writing. There are flashes of strong if somewhat inconsistent characterization and realistic dialogue, but even these aren't enough to make the reader care about the characters or to pull the dangling plot strands together to form a coherent narrative. Reviewer: Dana Benge
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Riddled with manipulations, betrayals, and secrets, this tale begins at the Jersey shore where high school senior Eden meets and (exasperatingly) immediately connects with Az when moments before she'd been contemplating suicide. Az, a half-fallen angel, and his friend Gabe, an angel currently Bound to Upstairs, discover that Eden is pathless and is apparently destined to commit suicide. She'll become a Sider, a supposedly immortal being kept secret from Upstairs who passes Touch (a sort of chaotic virus that hinders inhibitions and pushes mortals over the emotional edge). When the Fallen take a special interest in Eden, an unthinkable betrayal with far-reaching consequences leaves her with unheard of power. Foreshadowing and dialogue herald impending doom. The uneven pacing that denies the leads (and readers) a chance to get to know one another at the novel's beginning picks up in its final (and better) third, offering interesting twists and a movielike climax with sequel-justifying loose ends. Peripheral characters steal the spotlight, namely Gabe and caustic, loyal, and a little crazy Kristen, who runs a Bronx enclave of Siders and poaches clothing from the deceased. In this genre, Clifford's use of suicide as a plot device feels uncomfortable. While there is some nice descriptive prose, the dark subject matter and language make this an additional purchase for public libraries where mature teens are looking for the next paranormal read to check off their lists.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

An otherwise intriguing twist on the paranormal is let down by forced melodrama and inexplicable secrets. Goth girl Eden—ignored by her mother, forgotten by her friends— is contemplating suicide when she meets the boy of her dreams. Luscious Az makes life worth living, and Eden spends an idyllic summer with Az and his gay best friend, Gabriel. Unbeknownst to Eden, Az is an angel, or at least used to be one. Now he's half-Fallen, caught between heaven and hell, holding onto Upstairs through painful effort and the assistance of the still-holy Gabriel. Az's enemy, Luke (three guesses as to his true identity), wants to drag Az fully into the ranks of the Fallen, and he will surely torture Eden if he finds her. But Eden's no ordinary girl. After an apparent tragedy breaks her spirit, Eden becomes a Sider, an undead suicide non-survivor, wandering the boroughs of New York in Goth finery. She makes both friends and enemies among the Siders (although the motivation of both is thoroughly unclear) and gains notoriety as a sort of afterlife Jack Kevorkian, helping failed teen suicides to a more successful death. Eden struggles to survive with the help of her potty-mouthed celestial posse. Those enamored enough of troubled-but-cute heroes won't mind the chaotic prose, plot holes and unlikable side characters—and will be thrilled by the setup for volume two. (Fantasy. YA)

Kirkus Reviews

An otherwise intriguing twist on the paranormal is let down by forced melodrama and inexplicable secrets. Goth girl Eden—ignored by her mother, forgotten by her friends— is contemplating suicide when she meets the boy of her dreams. Luscious Az makes life worth living, and Eden spends an idyllic summer with Az and his gay best friend, Gabriel. Unbeknownst to Eden, Az is an angel, or at least used to be one. Now he's half-Fallen, caught between heaven and hell, holding onto Upstairs through painful effort and the assistance of the still-holy Gabriel. Az's enemy, Luke (three guesses as to his true identity), wants to drag Az fully into the ranks of the Fallen, and he will surely torture Eden if he finds her. But Eden's no ordinary girl. After an apparent tragedy breaks her spirit, Eden becomes a Sider, an undead suicide non-survivor, wandering the boroughs of New York in Goth finery. She makes both friends and enemies among the Siders (although the motivation of both is thoroughly unclear) and gains notoriety as a sort of afterlife Jack Kevorkian, helping failed teen suicides to a more successful death. Eden struggles to survive with the help of her potty-mouthed celestial posse. Those enamored enough of troubled-but-cute heroes won't mind the chaotic prose, plot holes and unlikable side characters—and will be thrilled by the setup for volume two. (Fantasy. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062069740
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Touch Mortal Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
938,688
File size:
577 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Leah Clifford is the author of A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid. She was also an extreme-cave-tour guide, a pizza delivery girl, a waitress, and a grocery store clerk before becoming a full-time writer. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio.

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