Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review & Giveaway: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Happy Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day. Seriously, it is. Which begs the question, why does a chocolate-covered raisin need its own day? Since I have no books about chocolate-covered raisins, instead I'll talk about a YA book that I recently finished, A Touch Mortal from debut author Leah Clifford.

ABOUT A TOUCH MORTAL: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: I love the idea of this book, which examines some of the issues facing today's young adults--self-mutilation and food issues and peer pressure and suicide. Clifford's portrayal  of what lies between heaven and hell (or, in this case, "Upstairs" and "Downstairs") is fascinating, and the emotions are intense. So yes, I liked this book even as it disturbed me and made me think (which ultimately is a good thing). It's really dark, so I have to warn you about that. Most books, even dystopian fiction, have some shred of positivity that shines through--a nobility of character or an unselfishness of spirit. A Touch Mortal didn't quite give that to me. It is, however, thought-provoking and intriguing and it did something not many books achieve--it honestly surprised me at the end. Clifford also did a great job of creating flawed and engaging, if not entirely sympathetic, characters.

If you've read A Touch Mortal, what did you think of it? I'm giving away an ARC of A Touch Mortal to one commenter. As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or Retweet. Put away your razor blades!

31 comments:

  1. I loved the book. it was different wasn't the same old same old YA Paranormal story.

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  2. I'm all into the angels these days. Wings are in =) I don't read a lot of YA but this sounds really good. I'd love a chance to win this ARC...count me in please.
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  3. I've been reading a lot of YA lately and I'd like to give this one a try.

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  4. Wow; I am also not normally a YA reader, but I think I'll be making an exception for this one. The issues you mention are really relevant to some of the people in my life. And I love a good fallen angel.

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  5. This sounds like something I'll enjoy. My favorite books are ones that don't end with your typical "and they lived happily ever after". Is this a stand alone book or will it be a series?

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  6. Havent read the book yet but I really want to. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. Thanks for always givin us great chances to win books! I have been reading nice reviews of the book and it is on my wishlist. Would be nice to win.

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  8. haven't read this book yet but would love to. thanks for the chance!

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  9. I haven't read this one yet.It sounds different than anything I've been reading lately.Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  10. This sounds like a great book.

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  11. +1 I havent had time to pick up A Touch Mortal yet, but I'm very excited for it. I've heard great things! Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

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  12. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. I've been so interested in the premise.

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  13. I have been hearing about this book for awhile now, I would really love to win and read this book!

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  14. I haven't read A Touch Mortal yet. It sounds very interesting.
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  15. Havent read the book yet but I really want to. Thanks for the chance!
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  16. Haven't Read it yet but I have read very positive reviews on it that make me want to read it, its definitely my type of book! :)

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  17. I haven't read it, but now I think I'll get it for my daughter. Thanks!

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  18. What a great giveaway thank you been hearing alot about this book and can't wait to read it!Great review on the book :)
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  19. This has been on my TBR list for a while. It sounds good.

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  20. Would love chance to read A Touch Mortal! Been hearing great things!

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  21. I haven't read this but I would LOVE to.

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  22. Haven't read any books from this author. would love to try :)

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  23. So looking forward to this book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  24. I haven't read this, but am dying to get my hands on it. It sounds amazing. Thanks so much for the chance to win

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  25. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

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  26. I've been enjoying many YA reads, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  27. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. A Touch of Mortal sounds very interesting. Seems like it will be an intense read that will stay with a reader long after the book ends.

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  29. I can't wait to read this book. I love books like this. Wintergirls and Willow are two of my favorite books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I follow on Twitter (@bibliophileprds) and GFC (Heather Leah McClung).

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  31. Thought provoking and dark - sounds like my cup of tea!

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