A Touch Mortal

A Touch Mortal

by Leah Clifford

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ISBN-13: 9780062005014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born and raised outside of Cleveland Ohio, Leah has an affinity the creepy (see: Petite Grotesque). Her novel Vial Things is out now!

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Touch Mortal 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
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.
Edyaline More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was very intresting; unlike any other angel type book I've ever read. Definitly worth your time! :)
Devyn__Burton More than 1 year ago
I have deep interests in ghosts, the afterlife and angels. It's not easy to pick up a YA book that can easily feel that need of mine. I really wasn't expecting much when picking up A Touch Mortal. I was terribly excited about the concept but wasn't sure anyone could pull off something original, something to make my gears turn again. I had never finished a book based on the afterlife, I was looking for something to change that. The book had a bumpy start; I'm not going to lie. I remember thinking "Oh God, not another love story." But I kept pushing myself through the book, by the third chapter I was completely sucked into this new world. A world full of Touch, Siders, The Fallen-a world that is so much more than 'just an angel book.' The book kept me thinking "What next?" which in turn kept me turning pages. Clifford gives the reader several pieces of the massive plot puzzle and slowly puts the pieces together around the middle marking point of the book I was very pleased with this book. It was nice to pick up a book with twists and turns that actually took you by surprise. It was a beautiful debut novel. I can't wait for the sequel. A Touch Mortal isn't a small book, it's a book you want to dedicate a book to because I assure you won't want to put it down!
ReadingAngel002 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I'm trying to think of how to write this review, and that is all that comes to my head, just wow! This book was so intense, so crazy, so exciting. I flew through this book in record time and it left me dying for more! This is not just another angel book. This is a whole new paranormal type that is in a league of it's own. I don't want to spoil anything, so I can't tell you what our new paranormal is, but I absolutely loved it. Eden is a great lead female. She was so strong, and so smart. There was a great tete a tete that went on between her and another character throughout where one would say a qoute from a poem, and the other would guess who wrote it. I loved trying to see if I could figure it out as well. (They are so much smarter than me....lol). Eden was deterinded and independent, but also knew when to lean on others to make herself stronger. Our male leads in this book were great as well, although my favorite guy wasn't even the love interest! They were so smart and sexy. They were also completely mysterious and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what had actually happened and what might happen next. This book had a really dark feel to it, but it wasn't heavy or hard to read. I loved the dark and crazy feel. The ending was amazing! I loved that a lot of the threads were wrapped up, but I was left hanging on the edge of the cliff, dying for more. The ending was so shocking that I'm still reeling from it! This book releases tomorrow and I'm telling you all that you NEED to go and get a copy now!!! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I just have the sample but it's confusing can't really keep the characters sperate. It sounds cool but it's too confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Sumiiruka More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down once I started. Makes me think of all the things that are really out there, and we might never find out. Grab hold of your seats, and make yourselves comfortable my friends because this is one ride that will keep you coming back for more. I can't wait for the sequel.
YABReviews on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Eden was sitting on the beach thinking about how she was going to get out of New Jersey after graduation when she met Az and Gabriel. After that, things were never the same. Her and Az hit it off and she fell for him. What Eden didn¿t know was that she is what is termed a ¿Sider.¿ Meaning she will commit suicide. And that Az and Gabriel are both angels. Gabriel is bound and Az is not. Gabriel is trying to prevent Az from becoming one of the fallen. Luke wants to push Az over the edge, so that he will join him in the ranks of the fallen. He has tortured everyone that Az has cared about in order to persuade him to his side without fail. But that was before Eden. Eden dies and Gabriel and Az arrange for her to stay with Kristen in the city. Kristen is also a Sider and is supposed to show her the ropes of giving touch and what exactly everything means. When Eden wakes up in Kristen¿s house after supposedly dying in the ocean, she is sure what to expect. Kristen teaches her and Eden finds out by mistake that she has a gift that not all Siders have. Kristen locks her away to become one of the ¿Screamers,¿ those who are locked in room and scream.Eden sees Az again and is angry with him when she realizes that he know what she is, he is alive and he knew what would happen. Az is on the verge of falling completely and so must be removed by Gabriel. Kristen promises Az that she won¿t hurt Eden, but that doesn¿t mean she won¿t lock her up again. When Kristen is gone, Adam, a fellow Sider helps her escape. They leave Kristen¿s house and start off on their own. What will happen when other siders realize that Eden can help them? Will Luke ever stop trying to hurt Az? Will Az fall?I first heard of this book while at another book signing. I immediately put it on my TBR list and just never got around to reading it. I really liked that this book gives you a different angle on the angel story. I really like the way that Clifford writes. She draws you in with the emotions that are felt from Eden and Az. Cover:On the cover is a girl with dark hair with burgundy highlights. I¿m presuming this to be Eve. I like the contrast in colors on the cover. I like the quote on the front of the book: ¿She¿s been betrayed by life by love and by death.¿I Like:¿Eden. She is a Sider, which meant she would¿ve committed suicide and has to spend eternity spreading touch to survive. Eden doesn¿t like spreading touch because that makes the people she touches have bad thoughts or do bad things.¿Az. He loves Eden. Plain and simple. You can easily see how much he cares for her when he talks to Gabriel and what Luke has done to girls he liked in the past.¿Gabriel. He is Az¿s friend and is also Bound. He is trying to prevent Az from falling completely, which isn¿t always an easy task. He is there for Kristen and Eden, just as he is for Az.I did not like:¿Luke. Why must there always be someone who has to mettle in things and make it hard for people. I guess it wouldn¿t be a good story if there wasn¿t though. He is trying to ¿help¿ Az fall, so he can join his ranks.¿The swearing in the book. I knew to expect it though. I had first heard about this book from Leah Clifford¿s mom, who sat next to me during a Maggie Stiefvater book signing. She told me that it was a good book, but there was a lot of swearing and f-bombs. ¿I don¿t know where she gets that from,¿ she told me.¿Libby. She is the Sider that Eden, Adam, Jarrod and James took in. There is just something about her that rubs me the wrong way. She seemed too eager in the beginning. Kind of like your much younger sibling wanting to hang out with you and thinking everything is cool.
Paper_Dreams on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have been wanting to read this for more than a year. It was actually on my list of debuts to read in 2011, but I was not able to actually get a copy of it until recently. After all of the rave reviews for both this and its soon-to-be-released sequel, A Touch Morbid, my expectations were very high. Perhaps that is why I was so letdown with this book. I wanted so badly to like it, but we never really ¿clicked¿. I was sympathetic for Eden at the beginning of the story. Then she meets Az and before you know it they are in love. Unfortunately this is where things began to sour for me. There was very little development of the relationship in action. The reader is told that this happens and that happens, time passes, but it was not ever shown. I could not connect with Az, simply because it seemed like there was not a chance to get to know him. Thus, I could not enjoy the relationship between Az and Eden because I simply did not care. Gabriel was more interesting a character, and I actually got a chance to get to know him, so I kept rooting for a relationship between him and Eden. The overall storyline is a little bit confusing. It takes some time to understand and get a hang of the idea of Touch. I do want to comment, however, to say that I love that the author took angel/demons and spun the mythology to make it her own. I respect that quite a lot. This book, though, seemed to try to do and be too much. Perhaps if the pacing/timing was reworked I would like this more, but the way it stands I do not. I was unable to come to a point where I truly cared about the characters. Overall, this was an incredibly disappointing read for me. There were elements that intrigued me, such as the Touch factor, but for the most part I am not a fan of the series. Others have absolutely loved this book, however, so if you want to read it definitely go for it. It is just not for me. Fans of Fallen by Lauren Kate or Unearthly by Cynthia Hand may enjoy this. It also has a zombielike element, so fans of zombie fiction may enjoy this as well.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A Touch Mortal is a very suspenseful read. I like the main character and I connected well with her. She has a innate kindness, and sense of duty that I appreciate. I also like Kristen- her ally. She is fiery and loyal.I was confused for most of this book. The terminology isn't explained well, especially in the first part of the book, and then once one thing was explained I came up with even more questions. It is also a very dark book, it deals with suicide and temptations....more A Touch Mortal is a very suspenseful read. I like the main character and I connected well with her. She has a innate kindness, and sense of duty that I appreciate. I also like Kristen- her ally. She is fiery and loyal.I was confused for most of this book. The terminology isn't explained well, especially in the first part of the book, and then once one thing was explained I came up with even more questions. It is also a very dark book, it deals with suicide and temptations.I am also not pleased with the choices that one person made near the end of the story, because I felt that it went contrary to everything that I expected from him.The character's personalities and the pacing of the book were great though. The action explodes towards the end, and I was kept interested (if a bit confused) the whole book- I just got it today and could not put it down until I finished.
Theamwriter on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I first want to talk about the cover of the book. I love it. It shows a girl on the cover with dark hair intertwined with bright pink strands. But it show Eden, the main character, just as I thought she would like in to story. Now onto the story itself, I¿ve been watching Leah Clifford on the YA Rebels, and occasionally when she does a blog TV show. I didn¿t know what the story was going to be about when I picked it up. The Title of this book fits it perfectly. I like how she put a whole different perspective on fallen angels and mortals. I really enjoyed reading about what happens when they die versus being murdered or committing suicide. This book was well-written. I also like that she put a twist on Luke, I didn¿t expect that but I liked it. I was expecting Luke to be big, bad, and Satan-like, but he was a subtle Satan biding his time by being a singer in a band. I liked that change it wasn¿t stand up Jesus vs. Satan, it was Lucifer vs. the angels. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult, and angels.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm not sure how I feel about A Touch Mortal. The book starts off okay - the banter between Az and Eden is pretty adorable when they first start their relationship. When Az finally reveals his angel wings to Eden and she doesn't freak out, everything was still peachy keen. Obviously too good to be true, and so the story unfolds that an angel of the Fallen persuasion is out to kill Eden to get to Az. Before you know it, Az pretends to die in front of Eden so she will get so depressed and kill herself. You know, to save her from getting killed and tap into her potential of not dying.Yeaaaaah.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. Az is not technically Fallen, but he's not good either. He's in Angel Limbo, struggling to not Fall. Eden is human, but able to get stuck in her own Limbo after committing suicide. Which apparently is also 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.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did and cannot figure out if I am just in a YA reading funk so I can't get into it and am possibly missing parts. It's yet another angel/fallen angel book but with the added twist of having "siders", people who committed suicide and I guess this prevents them from going to heaven or to hell and they continue to live their life on earth. That made for an interesting concept as Eden has the special ability to kill siders when everyone else thought they were immortal.What turned me off is the first half of the book drags and drags and drags as you are introduced into the bound, fallen angels, siders, upstairs, the basement, etc. There are so many people to meet and a lot of new terminology and not all of it is well explained. For example, unless I missed this because I kept getting distracted the siders have this thing called "touch" that they need to pass on to humans otherwise they end up in intense pain but I didn't get what it really was or what the purpose was. Apparently touch can drive people who aren't already on a happy high to commit suicide as well. Where this comes from or why siders have this wasn't clear to me.The other thing that bothered me in this book were the romances. I thought it was cute seeing Eden and Az meet and go on their first date but then we miss seeing their relationship develop and the next thing we see is that they are madly in love and Eden is on the brink of suicide if she loses Az and he is considering that if she commits suicide they came be together forever. Ummm, strange and kind of out of the blue. Then there is the sider Adam who is suddenly willing to face the wrath of a sider that scares just about everyone she meets to go off with Eden and I'm not sure why. Was it love at first sight?The ending finally picks up steam and gets really exciting but some of the actions seem to come out of nowhere too. So while I think this book has some interesting ideas I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wow. I'm trying to think of how to write this review, and that is all that comes to my head, just wow! This book was so intense, so crazy, so exciting. I flew through this book in record time and it left me dying for more!This is not just another angel book. This is a whole new paranormal type that is in a league of it's own. I don't want to spoil anything, so I can't tell you what our new paranormal is, but I absolutely loved it. Eden is a great lead female. She was so strong, and so smart. There was a great tete a tete that went on between her and another character throughout where one would say a qoute from a poem, and the other would guess who wrote it. I loved trying to see if I could figure it out as well. (They are so much smarter than me....lol). Eden was deterinded and independent, but also knew when to lean on others to make herself stronger. Our male leads in this book were great as well, although my favorite guy wasn't even the love interest! They were so smart and sexy. They were also completely mysterious and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what had actually happened and what might happen next.This book had a really dark feel to it, but it wasn't heavy or hard to read. I loved the dark and crazy feel. The ending was amazing! I loved that a lot of the threads were wrapped up, but I was left hanging on the edge of the cliff, dying for more. The ending was so shocking that I'm still reeling from it! This book releases tomorrow and I'm telling you all that you NEED to go and get a copy now!!! You won't regret it!
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I found that I had a tough time getting the gist of A Touch Mortal. There were too many characters, too many struggles, too many paranormal aspects.... I admit I was having a tough time with it. Then there was all the new lingo: Siders, Screamers, Fallen, Bound, Upstairs, Downstairs, Touch, etc. But slowly it all started coming into place and once I finally got it - this book was great!The story is told in the third person which was great because with so many characters it was the easiest and simplest way to tell the story. Eden was a great leading lady. She was witty and spunky and right from the moment she spots Az on the beach (Page 1), I knew I would really like her. She is far from perfect - makes tough choices, some good, some not so much - but that's exactly what I liked about her. Other characters like Az, Gabe and Kristen also play crucial roles in the story as well. They are all strong, likeable and move the story along. There are still more characters, but I won't go into further details on them since although they also play roles in the story they are not as big.There were some dark and strong themes underlying the story. It dealt a lot with suicide and temptation. And although at times I found it graphic and even gruesome - I also think Ms. Clifford did a good job when discussing suicide without glorifying or sugarcoating the act. Overall I thought the premise had definite appeal, the characters are strong and likeable and the world building was phenomenal. My only complaint would be with the first half of the book - which I felt confused throughout most of it. Once I started getting a feel for the story and understanding more of what was going on then I was able to relax and enjoy it more. The second half of this book was really action-packed. I felt my heart at my throat more than once. And I will mention that although most of the issues relating to this first book were resolved throughout the story, there were many doors left open for the next book in the series. I found A Touch Mortal to be strong, dark and definitely different. One of the best Angel books I've read.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While I am for fallen angels stories, the fight between heaven and hell, for some reason I just could not get into this story. I felt like it was dragging, but more that the wasn't enough happenings to grab me.One thing that bothered me the most was the cursing. I am all for the characters cursing here and there because I know that it is that characters showing his/her emotions. But this book was just too much. Every other word was a curse word. To me it seems like these angels were not that heavenly at all.My other problem was the plot. While the storyline is good the plot failed to grab me. I had a really hard time getting in to this book. I found myself re-reading parts just to understand the siders, touch part. I have to admit that all of that was interesting but the way it played out was not. I really wish I could say that I enjoyed this book, but I could not. It was okay but not something I read again.
GirlonaMission on LibraryThing 5 months ago
At first it took me a little while to get into this one. It was a bit confusing. The author created her own world where there's Bound Angels that are good, Fallen Angels that are bad, and Siders that are in between the two. The terms also took some time to get used to such as Touch, Screamers, Siders, Passing. Once you get used to all of those things and understand it all, it can be a very interesting book. It's very hard to step out of the box and write about something different, so I commend the author for pulling it off successfully.Eden is very no-nonsense with her pink streaks and dressed in goth wear. In the beginning she's got a pretty sad life until Az and Gabrielle come into her life. But the question is, did they make it better or ruin it? That's up to the reader to decide. However, they definitely changed it. She falls extremely hard for Az. I love them together because I felt the chemistry from the first time Az told her that horrible pickup line. It was all so natural, but turns out they needed each other. He needs her in order not to Fall and she needs him to stay alive.When tragedy strikes and she begins to put all the pieces together, her heart turns cold. That's when Eden really becomes a force to be reckoned with. She changes her whole look and gains a posse who will do anything to protect her. A love triangle, distrust, angels, demons, it's all here. My only complaint is that the plot seemed to jump around a bit. The past, the present, this person's view verses this other person's view. I loved the minor characters and I hope to learn more about them in the upcoming novels.
angelgirl122193 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Going into A Touch Mortal, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew that it had something to do with angels and death, but I had no idea what else. After finishing the novel, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at where Leah Clifford went with the novel. This isn't just any fallen angel book; in fact, it is far from it. Completely new concepts and supernaturals are introduced, and the story follows Eden and her friends as they deal with the developments. A Touch Mortal is an exciting, yet gut-wrenching story that fascinated and intrigued me.Eden really surprised me. I don't normally enjoy protagonists that are mad at the world and have a negative sense of reality. In Eden's case, I completely understood why she was this way. I want you to discover for yourself what Eden is, but I will say she is a paranormal "being" that has a reason to be a pessimist. While she has her low moments throughout most of the story, she does have a few positive experiences and I was so happy for her. Eden has been dealt with a rough portion of life. She doesn't get any choice in what she is and resents it. If that isn't enough to deal with, she is very special and can do something that none of her kind can. This causes much drama for her as some want to embrace her gift, while others are none too happy with Eden and what she does.And then you have the cast of side characters who are all beautifully developed. Az, the love interest, is a very conflicted yet dreamy angel who is close to becoming a fallen angel but hasn't quite made the full fall yet. We get just a taste of him in the story, and I have to say that I want more! Gabriel is an angel who is friends with Az and helps to ensure that he doesn't fall. He also cares deeply for Eden after spending time with her, and like Az, will do anything he can to protect her. And then there is Kristen, Jarrod, James, Adam, and Libby, who are all connected to Eden's new "life". They all have their own stories, and they rounded out the story well.A Touch Mortal is a brilliantly woven debut that took my breath away. Not knowing what you are going into makes it all the more exciting! Find out for yourself what Eden is, and experience the love between her and Az by getting yourself a copy of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book. It sounds like it may be like others dealing with angels/fallen angels but it's not. Just wasn't what I was really expecting as I read further along. I believe others will find it very interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may have to read this, just because the main character and I have the same first name. Will review when I finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty awesome! Cant wait to finish the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a total sexy read if you have read it it starts out with a girl who honestly feels like crap turn out to have he worst life ever her hole world has been turned upside down she was forced to kill her self so one of the bounded luke did not end up ripping herto sherds to get az another thing is that nobody remembers who she is th only peole that knpw who she is are az gabe and herself . tthe cool thing i the way the siders atay alive is that tey give humans stuff called th touch it comes othe tips of there fingerd she meets new pwople like kirsten and adam lilly jared and many ohers .this is the life of eden
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read it I could't get into it and like the other posters said.......DONT WASTE YOUR TIME IT SUCKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorwriting and unbelievable, confusing terms. Very disapointing to pay for and not like