Type: YA Novel
Publisher: Green Willow Books
My Copy: Library
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.
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.
Heaven and Hell. Angels and Demons. Good and Bad. Cut and dry right? Of course not. There is always that gray area. The one no one wants to talk about. Where the good guys try to stay in the light and the bad guys aren’t always completely evil. That’s where A Touch Mortal takes us, to the gray area. The area between good and bad where your soul hangs in the balance.
I must admit that I didn’t catch onto the characters names until nearly all the way through the book. The Biblical references were in front of my face and I never saw them. I blame it on the scattered brain lately. Once the names were actually spelled out for me the only issue I had was the fact that the name Az (Azazel) has been used EVERYWHERE. I mean seriously…every movie with a demon reference seems to have someone named Azazel. Where there no other fallen angels with cool names?
The storyline is a unique one. One that I personally hadn’t read before. Where a mortal with no path (destined to commit suicide) becomes a Sider after death. Explaining the book is difficult for me because I’m not sure I ever fully understood the schematics of the whole thing. What I got was this…a mortal dies, comes back as a breathing person that basically no on other than other Sider/angels/demons really notices. They store energy and then pass it on. However this energy isn’t good and so if they pass it to a mortal that is depressed or not stable, chances are they will kill themselves. These Siders are basically immortal, that is until Eden becomes one.
Eden is a girl with no path, destined to commit suicide and become a Sider. Until she meets Az. Az is an angel that has half fallen. He wants to go back to Heaven but on his own terms, not theirs. But those that are Fallen want him to join them. To try to get him to fall completely they torture and kill those girls that he has loved. In an attempt to keep Eden safe Az pretends to die so she will kill herself and become immortal. Things don’t work quite to plan though and Eden isn’t quite like other Siders in the past.
Gabriel is Az’s best friend. An angel. He’s also gay. Which I found intriguing. Gabriel cannot lie, though he can omit the truth which I also found amusing…skirting around the truth will only get you so far. Gabriel’s character is very protective of both Az and Eden and he is intrical to the plot of this book as well as the next installment (whenever that may be).
Clifford’s secondary characters come in an array of personality and alliances and really help move the story along. I enjoyed Kristen, the Sider with schizophrenia. Her character was equal parts amusing and disturbing.
This book is listed as a YA, though I wonder how hard of a time Clifford had getting it listed as such. There is way more cursing in this back then I have ever read in a YA before (didn’t bother me in the least, but you know…). There is also the story line revolving around suicide, which some may have a hard time with. So while it’s listed as a YA I would have to say that those reading it should be older YA..like 16-18. A Touch Mortal is one of those books that I will be thinking about for some time. I will mull it over and over in my brain trying to think of things I missed. For Leah Clifford’s first book, I am truly impressed. I can not wait for the next one…though I am betting it won’t be out till next year because I haven’t heard any buzz about it thus far.
I give A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 4.5 stars!