A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

I’m seriously confused about this book.  I saw so many 5 star reviews for it and I feel like there’s something wrong with me for wanting to give it a 2 1/2 star…I feel that’s being a little generous too. I couldn’t understand what the heck was going on, but when things would pick up and get dangerous…I wanted to know what was going to happen.  *sigh…I have a case of indecisiveness.

Title: A Touch Mortal (A Touch Trilogy #1)

Author: Leah Clifford

Summary (by Goodreads):

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.

My take:

It fell short….

…like this poor cat.

I kept putting the book down trying to figure out if I had spaced out and just hadn’t paid attention or if it wasn’t communicating things…?  I was so lost.

Ok, we’ll try to start somewhere.  Eden is a 16 yr old girl and she falls in love with a boy named Az, but Az is no ordinary boy…he’s an Angel who’s been kicked out of heaven and in limbo between “Fallen” and “Bound”.  “Fallen” are the ones that are Downstairs and “Bound” are angels who still get to return to Upstairs.  BTW: angels in this book only get wings if they’re in the limbo status…”Bound” angels don’t get wings…they’re jipped.  So Eden commits suicide because Az breaks up with her (by killing himself), but Az only breaks up with her because, over the centuries, the Fallen have always tortured and killed the girls he loves.

Here comes the weird part… So when Eden dies…she wakes back up. *gasp*  But she wakes up “undead” as a Sider.  Now Siders, are immortals who contain an element called “Touch”…and Touch is something that they have to continuously pass to mortals or else it builds and builds in themselves and becomes very painful.  Touch was never really explained in the book, but the best way to put it is it’s like an ecstatic sugar high which leaves you with a depression-like crash.  Many people end up killing themselves if given too much Touch because the crash is horrendous.

Upstairs doesn’t know about Siders and Az’s friend Gabe (aka: Gabriel, who is a Bound angel) is supposed to report back to the Father about them, but hasn’t yet. Az tries to get back in contact with Eden, but once Eden figures out that Az is still alive she gets pissed at him and disappears and befriends some other Siders.

I couldn’t connect with the characters.  We didn’t really get a background story on Eden or her home life.  I feel like we know more about Az than Eden.  *sigh  I didn’t feel sorry for the characters, I didn’t enjoy the love story, there was supposed to be this love triangle,…*shrug  I just didn’t enjoy it.  BUT the story would get adventurous and I would want to know what would happen and try to figure out different mysteries. Again, indecisive.


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