In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader's daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.
Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground...
Midnight City's cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he's been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched-just like him-he isn't sure who he hates more...the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he's sworn to kill.
They are told they're fated to be soul mates...and they each wish the other never existed.
When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable...even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella's home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn't, fated souls be damned.
War is coming...and Ara is the prize.
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The Touched (The Descendants Book 1) by Jennifer Weiser Carter Decker has hated Union City ever since they burned his mother at the stake for being Touched (gifted by the gods). He meets his fated soul mate, the daughter of the man who killed his mother, Arabella Penthallow. They are both Touched. They need to work together because of the impending war. When I read the synopsis for The Touched, I was immediately intrigued. I am so glad I read this story. It was amazing. Ara is a wonderful character. She has been hiding her true nature in a city that would have her killed for what she can do. She has been lied to her entire life and does not know whom she can trust. She has multiple boys who are interested in her, but she understandably questions their motives and her feelings. Not to mention she really has no clue that she is desirable. I really liked Carter. In the eyes of the press, he is the ultimate party/bad boy. He is tormented by his mother’s murder and father’s health. There is so much more to him than most people know. He has a lot of depth and charm. Jennifer Weiser does an amazing job with the plot. It is very original and in depth. There are lots of twists, great foreshadowing, and it is continually exciting. I could not put this novel down. It has a cliff hanger ending. I am chomping at the bit for the next book to see what happens. I cannot wait. This is a great story, whether you are an adult like myself or a young adult and enjoy dystopian settings. Complimentary copy provided by in exchange for an honest review.