Touching Smoke

Touching Smoke

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by Airicka Phoenix
     
 

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I assumed I was human.
I assumed wrong.

I dream of death and warm blood on my hands. I dream of the day I burn the world to the ground. I dream of the day
I will finally die.

Running is something my mother taught me to do very well. I never knew why until the night I cause an earthquake and meet Isaiah. My shadow. My protector. My other half. I need him. I

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I assumed I was human.
I assumed wrong.

I dream of death and warm blood on my hands. I dream of the day I burn the world to the ground. I dream of the day
I will finally die.

Running is something my mother taught me to do very well. I never knew why until the night I cause an earthquake and meet Isaiah. My shadow. My protector. My other half. I need him. I need his blood. He is the only one who can keep me hidden from the man who created me. The man who created the monster.

The world is depending on me not to fall in love. But what happens when the temptation becomes too great and falling is my only option? Can I live knowing I will destroy the world because his touch is the only thing keeping me alive?
And how can I trust someone as lost as I am?

Touch Passion. Touch Power. Touch Smoke!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484991381
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Touching Smoke (Touch Series Book #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ShellyCrane More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I am total Isaiah fan! I loved this book. It was sweet, sexy, swoony and extremely entertaining! The whole story kept me up all night and on my toes. It flowed wonderfully and the wording was believable. Need book two now! Wondering how Amalie and all that will play out in the story. Very good job, Miss Phoenix ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Second is even better! Well written and fast paced! You'll be glad when its over though so you can quit ignoring stuff and get back to work!
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was originally published under Kurt's Frontier under Invincible Love of Reading. Synopsis:  Fallon Braeden has been on the run with her mother for most of her life. Since she was four she has been packed up, moved from province to province at the split second decision of her mother. She has no friends and has been lonely. Hovering in the distance is Isaiah. She doesn’t know him, but he stands guard wherever she and her mother go, protecting Fallon. When the evil her mother is killed by the evil she had been hiding Fallon from, she has no choice but to trust Isaiah’s word that he will do anything to protect her. On the run from strange mutants, Fallon finds the truth she has longed for is unbearable. She and Isaiah are two parts of a weapon of mass destruction. Review: Airicka Phoenix has created a teen heroine in Fallon that takes the reader on a non stop adventure where danger lurks at every corner. The reader quickly comes to care about characters of Fallon and Isaiah. Who doesn’t like the story of two kids on the run? But these aren’t ordinary teenagers. They are the product of genetic engineering. Isaiah is fast and lethal. Fallon is just coming into her powers and is still unsure of herself. She can see into the future, and she has a connection to Isaiah. This has the elements of a classic coming of age story that the reader will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Airicka thank you so much for asking me to review this book. I gave it 5 stars because it was a fantastic continuation to what I am sure is going to be an amazing series. The book is full of twists and turns and the is-it-isnt it love triangle that seems to be developing both of which keep the reader hooked. In this book we saw Fallon meet her Father Ashton for the first time after escaping from Garrison, the man who was responsible for creating her. We also find out that she is a  Wrath Sin Fledgling Princess because she is Non-human and Human and what her destiny is, to kill Garrison & when dies for her blood to kill everything that it touches. We are introduced to the world that her father comes from  and the particular region in that country he lives in Luxuria. To get into this world, which is in the Folds of the Mortal world, you have to travel through a magical portal called a nexus and to do this you need a tool that looked like a pen. Isaiah was his usual self loving, caring and supportive of Falllon. Fallon doesn't understand whats happening to her or what to do so she takes advice from other people which gets her into a lot of trouble. Due to this Isaiah generally is the one who takes the brunt of any attacks that they receive. Archer is a new character that we are introduced to in this book & he's Ashton's right hand man. He is devastatingly good looking but it seems that he may have a dark side. It is clear all the way through the book that Ashton really loves Fallon although he not be all he seems especially when he cones to Fallon. what are his true intentions towards/plans for Fallon. Then there's Ashton's wife Celia who seems to be very nice on the surface but, what is she really up to? I love Isaiah as he's such a  gentle, kind & loving person who clearly absolutely adores Fallon although it is wired into him.
Faye_MM More than 1 year ago
3 stars The story is pretty interesting.I actually thought it was a paranormal/supernatural/fantasy because it might involved the popular sups (vampires, shifters, etc) but there's more to it because everything started with genetic experimentation which resulted to having extra powers/senses. Fallon is always on the road with her mother. She never stays in the same place and transfers schools in how many times a year. Always wondering but never knowing the truth until the secrets which is kept by her mother is revealed one day. The secrets of the mother was really mysterious and I wanted to know it with Fallon. I actually disliked the mother till the end because her stubbornness in keeping the secrets from Fallon caused them both. I understand she loved Fallon and she only did it to protect but I think that is putting it over the top. I felt that she wasted her life for those past years because she thought that Fallon wasn't ready to know the truth. Fallon on the other hand... she was too whiny for my taste. I also cannot understand why she hadn't asked her mother about running over a motorcycle driver. All she thought of was her mother would have a good reason for it. She is also stubborn like her mother and her choices also led (view spoiler). Then she blamed herself and regretted her actions after that happened. I get that she's always whiny because she is kept in the dark but I agree with Isaiah that any information should be given to her in parts because her reactions tend to be too much. Isaiah is quite the mystery man. But he is perfect for Fallon. I loved the way they try to protect each other especially Fallon. I think that is the trait I like most about Fallon. I get Isaiah's character because Touching Eternity explained it better. I hate Garrison especially when I've learned about his past. The only think that he did for good was to help man kind but his work ethics is down the drain. When they were talking about Amalie in Touching Smoke, I felt for her. I wanted to know more about her and Isaiah's story. Luckily, Touching Eternity is out. I just want to mention I learned a great deal about them. I definitely want to continue reading this series. It was really different and I liked the concept of the story although I think the characters need to improve. But I was starting to like them in the ending. Truth be told I didn't even want to finish reading it when I read the first parts but I'm glad I talked myself into it. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
TheBooksTheThing More than 1 year ago
Last week I received an ARC copy of Airicka Phoenix's book Touching Smoke, book 1 in the Touch series, through Read 4 Review #116 of the Never Too Old for Y.A. and N.A. Books group on Goodreads. This book was fantastic. There's no better way to say it. Here's why:       “Have you asked yourself why you want Isaiah as badly as you do?”       “I hadn’t, but then again, I was a seventeen year old girl and Isaiah was gorgeous.” (192) Oh, and of course:       "What would Buffy do?" (150) Why these quotes? Because they demonstrate how much of an idiot that Fallon Braeden isn't. Especially the Buffy one because, well, anyone who's ever met me should know how much I love Buffy  the Vampire Slayer (the series, definitely not the movie). It really confirmed the awesomeness of this book for me. But I'm sure that doesn't matter to anyone else, so, on to the more important stuff. The other day, my high school students got into a discussion about the difference between love and  lust. The general consensus was that the intense I'll-die-without-you "love" teenagers often feel is more  likely a product of lust rather than love. It develops quickly, and often is very brief. But when they're in it,  the world stops and they'll be with each other forever. I remember how it was; I (unfortunately??)  haven't entirely blocked out high school. But oh, how I knew my 10th grade boyfriend and I would be  together forever! We met, fell in love (big, OMG love), and broke up within the span of 4 weeks. It was super. Why do I bring this up? Because Fallon said exactly what I should've been thinking at 16 or 17. "I was a seventeen year old girl and [insert hottest boyfriend ever's name] was gorgeous." Oh, and "I didn't even  know what the guy looked like. He could be some weird psychopath (20)." That about says it all. Could it be love? Sure. After two days? Probably not. It's more likely because he's hot and there's an intense  physical attraction (it turns out that wasn't the case, but kudos to her for acknowledging the possibilities). This is one of my biggest gripes with YA series because it happens so often, and almost  killed Twilight for me. It's still my guilty pleasure, though. I can't help it. Touching Smoke was about a 16 (almost 17) year old girl named Fallon and the mysterious biker who has been tracking her, Isaiah. Fallon has been on the run with her mother her entire life, bouncing from  one private school to the next and living in dirty hotel rooms. It all comes to a halt after Isaiah finally catches up to her and her mother (after her mother runs him off the road to escape him). Isaiah has been following Fallon around for a good deal of time when the book begins, and she feels an odd pull  toward him, although she’s never even seen his face or spoken to him (I had to do an eyeroll at this one, but I took it back later). After he rescues her from evil flame throwing mutants and a guy who can multiply himself to create his own army, the two make a break for it. It turns out Fallon has some pretty bizarre personality traits that she hasn’t quite figured out yet, like  having to eat every few hours or else she turns into an evil monster who wants to rip her mother's throat out. After being nearly killed several times for reasons still unknown to her, Isaiah, who has some  interesting powers of his own, lets her in on a good chunk of her life story. The basic gist was, she was  created by a God-playing scientist named Garrison as the perfect weapon, but her mother has kept her  hidden from him her whole life. Now, he wants her back and Isaiah is helping prevent that from happening. They end up being taken captive by Garrison and his cronies and they both discover that their uniqueness goes far beyond special powers. What I Liked: 1. Pretty much everything. 2. Other reviews I read called Fallon self-centered, bratty, etc. No offense to those reviewers; differences  of opinion are what make book reviews so interesting. I honestly found her quite realistic under the circumstances. If I were in her place, learning that my entire life had been an epic lie, I’d probably be a bit obnoxious and uncooperative, too. 3. I liked the different take on paranormal. They weren't supernatural creatures, they were man-made humans, which in my mind is even creepier. Phoenix isn't the first author to use man-made or mutant humans (for example, Partials or Shatter Me); but her take on it was new, which I liked. What I Didn’t Like: 1. Fallon’s bizarre eating thing wasn’t really explained until kind of far into the book. Until it was explained, it just randomly showed up. It was obviously important, but it was annoying not knowing what the point was. It was also a bit inconsistent. After just a few hours without food, she’s ready to tear her mother’s jugular out, but she manages to survive on just a few french fries later on once she’s with Isaiah. And does she wake up every few hours to eat? 2. Fallon’s draw toward Isaiah was really annoying and childish in the beginning ("But she didn't stop  and I was taken away, away from the other half of me (17)"), so I was a little concerned that that was  the way she was going to be toward him the entire book. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, but it got on  my nerves enough that, if I were the type to not finish books after the first few chapters due to annoying  protagonists, I would’ve missed out on a great book. 3. Fallon doesn't seem too concerned as to why she and her mother have been on the run for so long. She accepts it as part of life and isn't super crazy about it, but she doesn't question it as much as you'd expect, even internally. 4. Fallon’s mother was a Brat. Yes, she was trying to protect her daughter, but for crying out loud, just tell the damn girl the truth already; there are guys throwing FIREBALLS at her! And come on, you almost run a guy off the road because he’s trying to keep tabs on your daughter, then when said daughter throws a piss fit because she is inexplicably drawn to him and wants to make sure he’s ok, you let her out of the car on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere and DRIVE OFF?!?! Yeah, no. Just. No. So overall, I give Touching Smoke 4.5/5. The time it took to really get the information I needed to fully enjoy the book took away from it a bit, but the fact that I was disappointed when it ended made up for it. I'd encourage anyone into YA paranormal to give it a try. And to be fair, my annoyance with Fallon's  mother isn't going to affect the rating because honestly, if an author is causing a reader to feel this strongly about a minor character, she's probably doing something right. Now where is book 2 already?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fan-freaking-tastic!! I had such a hard time doing ANYTHING else while reading this book.(Sorry kids, fix your own dinner night!;) The characters are so addictive! Fallon is a young sixteen, soon to be seventeen, year old girl, moving place to place with her not so altogether mother. At least that's how she comes across as the beginning. Little did Fallon know that her mother was a part of something she couldn't even comprehend at the time. One of those, if you don't see it for yourself, kinda things. Fallon's mystery, man Isaiah has come into her life periodically and she cannot explain the draw, the electric pull she has toward a person that she has not even met. He would do anything to protect her, from anyone that may hurt her.(yummy) The entire book I felt as if I were on the edge of my seat, couch, bed, and any other place I drug my nook to. Hence the want-to-rip-my-face-off-frustrating category.(It is also used as a good description) It's like one of those series you cant get enough of, but they NEVER seem to give you a straight answer. I couldn't help but want to throw it across the room and then run over and pick it up, as long as it MAY tell me something about what is going on with Isaiah and Fallon. Overall, great read! Will definitely be reading the second book. Like NOW, hopefully. Would recommend to any category of readers, from young adult to adult. It has a wide spectrum of audience. One thing as a side note... Soooo not fare, when it said that there is 267 pages, when in reality it was 241. The preview for the second book, made up the difference. I was not ready to stop reading yet. :) Great book Airicka! Please keep writing, if only for my sanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching Smoke is extremely good read.  If you are intrigued by the very well written overview just wait until you'll get the actual book in your hands or on your gadgets, it will be worth every second of your time. I've got mine yesterday and I'm already writing this review, because I couldn't put it down. From the first glance the story seems quite simple - girl and boy plus a lot of mystery - but don't be fooled, it is not your every day love story. It is much much more.  Together with main characters you will get into a journey though Canada, get in a plenty of fights, verbal and not so. Will see the bottom of life and the top of it. You will be disappointed, betrayed, hunted, caught, bitten, and even tortured; but at the same time you'll fall in love, find out what is a real friendship and devotion.  And my advice, don't try to pin this book a cliche status after couple of chapter, trust me, it'll surprise you in the end. I'm giving this book 5 stars and recommend it to every fan of Fantasy/Romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED and impatient for book 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow where do I even begin! Airicka Phoenix, You have created an amazing story and have a new fan! I can not wait until book 2. Fallon is a Great character, As the story begins she is a timid girl who has no idea about who or what she is. As the story progresses she grows into a strong young lady who has to deal with the cards she was dealt. Along the way she meets(finally) Isaiah who brings his own cards to the table. Fallon's story takes a huge turn when someone comes back into her life, In all reality she should trust him however something deep inside her tells her something isn't right. I cant wait to see what choices Fallon makes and what happens with her and Isaiah (yum)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where/when is the sequels going to be out? I want to read them now, and learn more about Fallon & Isaiahs traits and how Ashton will impact the story.
zacktab More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book the main character Fallon goes thru a lot during this book from discovering her father is alive when she believed he was dead, her mother dying, and people with special powers trying to track her down. Throw in the gorgeous guy Isaiah on a motorcycle and the story is complete. Cannot wait to read book 2 to see how Fallow and Isaiah with play out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it !!
As_You_Wish_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I felt connected to the main character, Fallon as she is described very well early on in the story. Taking the journey with Fallon as she learns truths untold. Feelings erupt within her, her mother trying to protect her, while her father's bodyguard, and monsters chasing her. Fallon's character amazes me, with her thoughts, and personality. I love her quirky commentary though out the story. When she meets Isaiah, now that's a character I won't forget, she feels a connection. One so deep that she cannot just leave him... She has to keep moving forward, there are those that are after her and Isaiah must protect her. One cannot live without the other and there is no way they will let anything come between them. Separation is unheard of, not after... Throughout the first half of the story I had questions, many build up to a list that I almost felt I would need to start writing them down to remember what I wanted to know. Then all of a sudden I was given the answers, not all at once mind you but the answers came, one by one and in a way that didn't just dump a ton of information on me. There are some books that will build up and you have so many questions then just dump every answer on you in a few paragraphs or chapter. Touching Smoke (Touch Series Book #1) was nothing like that, the answers came here and there and I felt I was more able to follow and grasp the story with that said. There was always something that I wanted to know, always something that makes me think, "Oh man, really!" "In a totally good way!" I was able to guess one, one thing that I expected and yes it happened and was true! HA HA HA I loved it, loved not being able to predict the story based on the writing and the author's style. So many twists and turns that totally blew me away, never expected and wanted to know more as to why the story turned in the direction it did. Oh my goodness, I'm about to pick up Author Airicka Phoenix's Touch Series Book #2 ~ Touching Eternity and can't wait! So very happy to have read and reviewed, gifted a copy from the author. :D
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tiffany31 More than 1 year ago
So I finally got to read Touching Smoking and Airicka Phoenix I must say I love ever word of it. So we have Fallon and her mom on the road a lot running from someone but of course Fallon don't know who or why. Yes her mother does know but she just won't tell Fallon cause she wants to protect her. She finally wants to tell her but something happens to where she can't and now she is alone with Isaiah the one that always seems to be following them. She seems very drawn to him and she doesn't understand why and same with him. All he wants to do is be there for her and protect her no matter what and so does she with him. They go through a lot of stuff before she starts finding out things about herself and Isaiah. I must say this book was very interesting and different which I love about it. I'm looking forward to reading what happens next with Fallon and Isaiah.