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Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Prote...more
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Published November 27th 2012 by Kensington Teen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Giselle
Edit: Ugh, and now he can read her mind. That's it. I'm done. DNF.

I'm not quite done yet, but let's see...

This girl moves with her dad to this new tiny town. She meets a boy who seems to be intrigued by her immediately. He lives with his siblings, is insanely rich, and is a little mysterious with a reputation to never stick with one girl.

Then when we learn more about him and his powers, we learn that Remy lets him feel again, which is something that he craves--dangerously so--and that him and hi...more
Booknut
Hats off to a book where the guys in the neighbourhood seem to all magically pass puberty with flying colours!



So Remy is a Healer. Asher is a Protector. And every time they're near each other it's kinda like this:


But being a Healer is dangerous...for both of them. Gabe, Asher's brother, tries to warn them - acting like a total jerk in the process. You can just imagine his face every time Asher disregards his advice:


Remy swears that she sees her evil (twisted, sadistic, creepy and downright s...more
Sanette
"I don't want to die"

Color me awesome!!! Touched completely blew me away and totally exceeded my expectations!!

Remy comes from an abused home, taken away from her father by her mother when she was born she has lived with her mother and step-father and endured his abuse alongside her mother for many years. But Remy is no normal girl, for she has the ability to heal others and herself, the catch, any injury she heals she absorbs herself and then must use her own energy to heal it. If thats not en...more
Liz
Many many many people compare this series with Twilight.
I did it too at the beginning.
Just so you know, except a love-story it has nothing in common with Twilight.

Remy is a Healer. She heals the wounds of the people, or rather absorbs them until the wounds appear on her own body.
Her mother is afraid of Remy's skill and she ignores it while Remy just tries to hide it as good as she can.
It is not that easy because the lover of Remy's mother, Dean, is a violent douchebag. He is beating Remy and...more
A.C. Gaughen
You might think this book is about paranormalcy--and you'd be forgiven. That's certainly in there, and done well, and originally, and with a unique spin that grazes against Janice Hardy but takes it in a cool, different direction. Remy steals pain from people, and heals them by taking the pain upon herself--sometimes with disastrous results.

You might think this book is about romance--again, yes, technically, that's in there. And it's a gorgeous romance between Remy and Asher, two lonely young p...more
Miniwriter12
Can you say Twilight rip-off?

Yeah. That's what this is. No doubt about it.



This was.. An interesting, pathetic attempt at copying Twilight. First, the characters:
Remy:First thing I thought of when I heard this name: Renesme. Don't you think so? Remy. Renesme. MMm-hmm. That's what I thought. Next, Jackson tries to make her such a "strong" character. She's always like I'm SO brave. No. You're not. Trust me, she is weak. Heck, she's weaker than Bella. Ugh. She makes me sick. I mean, she's getting A

...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
You know those types of books that give such a rush that you want to do nothing but dive into the book over and over again? Yeah, that's this book. Touched is such a great and amazing story!

The best part about this book is the plot. I loved that it started off hard and raw, leading the reader down a painful road. Then it let up, allowing the reader to stand up, brush off our shoulder, and step into a whole new world. The author did an amazing job in creating a great back round history. I love a...more
Chelsie
Wow. This was really kinda disappointing. I was really expecting a book with a new kinda story...... But it wasn't. Honestly, it was like Jackson took a bunch of YA paranormal romance novels, like Twilight and Die for Me and a few others, and tried to cram them into one book.
Remy goes to live with her dad after her abusive stepfather goes too far, and hospitalizes her, which usually, wouldn't be a big deal for her, because she has this uncanny ability to heal people and herself, with just a tou...more
inga
Jul 21, 2013 inga rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Twilight & Firelight & Starcrossed
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lynn ಠ_ಠ
3 stars

When I saw the early summary for this book, the first thing that came to mind was that the girl had the same ability as the protagonist in Touch of Power, a book I had just finished recently back then. Plus the titles are rather similar too. But then I came across this interview and thought it why not? It sounds interesting.

Then the early reviews came in and mentioned the similarities to Twilight but I still read this because I was curious. For the early part of the book it was really goo...more
Shymaa
Dec 04, 2013 Shymaa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: twilight, the hunger games fans
I really loved touched, I was hooked from page 2!! Just throw you in the middle of the storm with no explanations, LOVED IT!
But many compare touched with twilight and I have to agree there's similarities but it's so different at the same time
The biggest difference it that Remy is a warrior, not damsel in distress! she can take care of herself, I loved Remy and I really wish I have half her strength
Don't get me wrong I'm twilight fan and I see nothing wrong in being damsel in distress every once...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Remy has a special gift – she can heal people with just a touch, and absorb their injury into herself. When Remy and her mother both end up in hospital following a beating from Remy’s step-father, Remy goes to live with her father instead, and meets bad-boy Asher, who seems to like her.
Why is Remy able to heal? What secret is Asher hiding? And who else knows Remy’s secret?


This was a really good story, even if it was a bit cliché at times.

I liked Re...more
Kimberly Sabatini
I have to start off by saying I just love the name Remy. I know it's a silly thing, but a name can just set the tone for a book and the more I read, the more I unraveled the multifaceted girl behind the unique moniker. What I loved about Remy was that she was a beautifully balanced mix of strength and weakness. A also adored that she wasn't a block head. By that I mean that I've noticed a trend where the MC is almost too heavily vested in fighting off the good things that happen. Realistically,...more
Lili
I admit, I was hesitant to start this book. The whole “magical powers enacted by touching people” idea has been done before many times in YA lit. I can think of at least two stories I’ve read already with similar concepts and another one that I know about just off the top of my head. But Jackson manages to tell such a unique intriguing story with one of the strongest heroines I’ve come across in a while. I can’t say I loved this one, but I greatly enjoyed it.

To begin, this book is not for everyo...more
Karo adores...
Als Remy mal wieder von ihrem Stiefvater verprügelt wird und im Krankenhaus landet, nimmt ihr richtiger Vater sie zu sich. Remy hat Bedenken, in die neue Familie zu ziehen, denn sie trägt ein Geheimnis mit sich rum, das sie vor jedem verbergen muss: Sie kann sich und andere Menschen allein durch ihre Gedanken heilen. Sie sieht sich selbst als Freak an, da ihre Mutter sich für sie schämte, als sie davon Wind bekam. In der Schule der neuen Stadt trifft sie auf Asher und merkt sofort, dass er auch...more
Corrine Jackson
Oct 25, 2012 Corrine Jackson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi Everyone!

Why has the German edition of TOUCHED been published months in advance of the English edition? I get asked this question often, and I thought I would give you a peek at the happenings. Honestly, it's a simple matter of logistics and publishing schedules. My debut novel (IF I LIE) was slated to release Aug 2012 with TOUCHED out three months later in the US. Then TOUCHED sold to a German publisher who had room in their schedule to release the trilogy much, much sooner. And since they w...more
Kaitlyn
Jul 29, 2011 Kaitlyn marked it as to-read
Isn't this basically just a girl version of Bruiser?
Michelle
This was like a really bad twilight fanfic
K. Bird
This is Romanti-crack. The tropes are well-used. Girl with special powers who doesn't know she's beautiful? Older, more physically powerful guy she's inexplicably drawn to? The two can't touch without older dude feeling pain and controlling his hunger?

Yeah. Like I said, nothing new here in trope-ville.

Yet....I read it in one gulp. Remy's been protecting her mother from abuse for a long time. She does this by healing her with a touch. Only, when Remy "heals" another person, she takes that injury...more
Henrietta
Living with an abusive stepfather is awful. With a mother who keeps begging her not to report the abuse to the authority, Remy feels betrayed, hurt and unloved. When her biological father decides to step in and take her away from the abusive household, Remy is unsure of whether she truly deserves to have a fresh start. People from her new school seem nice. Her stepmother and half-sister are kind and supportive but for some reason she can’t explain, Remy feels like she is being watched. Is she ju...more
Soumi
We have read or heard about touch of death kind of story, more or less; as for example Shatter Me or Cursed, where a death is possible with touch of a bare hand. But if you are fooled by the title Touched, then let me tell you it’s definitely not what you think, rather it’s kind of opposite where a life can be saved by a touch.
Touched was unputdownable story of a girl who can mend others wounds, making them of her own. I was immediately intrigued by the plot line which is vivid and detailed, int...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Touched left me a bit confused. I enjoyed it, but I felt like I was reading more a YA contemporary rather than a fantasy/paranormal story. Even though there was plenty of healing going on, there were a lot of family issues and fun high school times. I would have liked a little more on why Remy has this power to heal, and how. You eventually find this out, but not until more than half of the book. I guess I jumped into it expecting this whole world on healers. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the boo...more
Asmaa
Rating: 4.5/5

Favorite quote:
“How can you possibly think I’d want you to sacrifice yourself to save me? As if there wasn’t enough danger, now I have to worry you’ll take a bullet for me.”
My arms crossed as his anger ignited my own.
“As if, you jerk. You can take your own stupid bullet.”

This is my second book of Corrine Jackson and I'm really happy to see that I loved it as much as I loved If I Lie; though the two stories couldn't be more different, my enjoyment and the tears I shed certainly prov...more
Ornella (Nyx)
Turns out it has A LOT of Twilight scenes. Characters may be different but the story progressed the same as Twilight with the exception that Remy has a backbone and is Healer and the threat came more from her past than from the Protectors.

I was willing to put aside how similar it was to Twilight at one point cause I liked Remy but as it went on, Remy just started losing points with me left and right.

I just didn't understand how that whole conflict could be had when Dean is just a human and she...more
Büşra Bal
Remy bir şifacı, çevresindeki insanların hastalıklarını,yaralarını vs iyileştiriyor. Ve bunu bazen elinde olmadan yapıyor. Ancak buna iyileşmeden çok,absorbe etmek demeliyiz sanırım çünkü aynı sıkıntıyı kendi bedenine çekmiş oluyor Remy. Ah kızımız çok fedakar. :D

Remy annesi ve üvey babası denilen pislikle yaşıyor. ( Burda kısa ve anlamlı bir küfür için es veriyoruz sayın okurum) Üvey babası Dean sürekli kızı da annesini de dövüyor. Kızımızın salak annesi de,cidden salak olduğundan,tam bir salak...more
Nara
One thing I can say about Touched is that I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not read Twilight and Touch of Power before. Basically, there are way too many parallels between the books that seriously impaired my enjoyment. Let me explain (contains some minor spoilers for Twilight and Touched):

Twilight vs Touched
Twilight: Protagonist Bella Swan moves to her father's home in Forks when her mother meets a new man.
Touched: Protagonist Remy O'Malley moves to her father's home in Blackwell Falls...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 2/24/2013*

The entire time I read Touched, I kept thinking that this is how a paranormal story should be written. I’ve read so many paranormal plot lines (as I’m sure you all have, too) and frankly, I’ve been a little burned out on the use of all too familiar tropes and clichés in recent releases. But Corrine is a masterful writer and in her capable hands, the story of Remy becomes unbelievably real.

First there’s Remy’s backstory – the reason she went to liv...more
Mav
Jan 21, 2013 Mav marked it as avail-sj
Shelves: overdrive, axis-360
I was digging the premise until I found a longer description on this blog:

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to bec
...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
I feel a bit bad giving this book such a low rating because it is not a bad book nor is it badly written. It is just didn't manage to hold my attention.

I think the problem might be that I have read some really great books lately, with either intense romance, original story lines or just great plots and this book, sadly had neither.

To be totally honest it all felt like I had read it before or like maybe the author had found a step by step formula to writing Young Adult Paranormal and wasn't stra...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Is it just me or does this sound like it has the exact same premise as Bruiser by Neal Shusterman...? Oh well, sounds pretty cool anyway.
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Young adult author Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco and has over ten years experience in marketing. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her novels include If I Lie (Simon Pulse) and the Sense Thieves trilogy (KTeen), comprised of Touched, Pushed, and Ignited (5/27/14). Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_...more
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