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A Touch Mortal (A Touch Trilogy #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 419 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Leah Clifford
Mar 16, 2010 Leah Clifford rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I wrote it so I *may* be biased ;)
Anne
Jul 15, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I don't even know what to say about this.
The story was sort of confusing, mainly because Siders aren't a mythological creature anyone is familiar with...like say, a vampire, werewolf, angel, or fairy. You know, something most people have heard of?
So, with that in mind, I would think you'd get a bit more in-depth explanation of this Sider thing.
But you don't.
Also, it didn't help that I didn't care for any of the characters. Eden just wasn't the kind of girl that I'd like to hang out an
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Courtney Allison Moulton
Apr 05, 2010 Courtney Allison Moulton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A TOUCH MORTAL is about a smart, normal girl named Eden with a mind of her own. When she dies under mysterious circumstances, she's thrown into a dark, sexy world ruled by twisted and fascinating characters with an amazing ability called Touch. Eden, with her unforeseen talent to kill those like her, turns this world upside down and Az - her uber-hot former lover - falls back into her life and turns her world upside down. Don't miss this one!
Alexa
Jan 31, 2011 Alexa rated it it was ok

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

2.5 stars

Close to evening on a summer day, Eden sits on the sand at the beach, wondering why her family and friends have been ignoring her for weeks. No one seems to care about her anymore, and it's as if she doesn't even exist to them. So, lately, she's been thinking about suicide. But as she's sitting there, contemplating what to do, she is approached by two strangers. Eden is immediately drawn to one of them, the one who calls himself Az. And
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Nafiza
Sep 23, 2011 Nafiza rated it it was ok
Yeah. Wow. (And not really in a good way.) Let's do this objectively.

This book is meant for people who do not question logic (or the lack of it) or require any sort of definite character depth in a book. There is just so much "wtf-ery" that I had to stop reading, put the book down and just breathe for a moment. I wouldn't have completed this but I won the book and felt compelled to finish it as a celebration of my win. Yeah. Anyway. The book. Right.

The doozy (and not really a spoiler since you
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~Tina~
If you have nothing nice to say...don't say anything at all.
Yup. That's pretty much how I felt about this book.
Amy Jacobs
Oct 12, 2010 Amy Jacobs rated it really liked it
First of all, let me say this book is not a light or quick read. It is 418 pages in ARC format. It is also has a romance with a darkness to it that is not what you would normally see in a normal young adult romance.

The first half of this book was very difficult for me to get through. It was confusing with talk of Touch, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Bound, The Fallen and everything in between. Afterlife is not what Eden thought it would be. She thought heaven with angels, or hell with demons. What
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Kelly
Sep 08, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Full disclosure: I didn't finish this book. I didn't even get that far in. But I'm a firm believer that life's too short to read bad books. A Touch Mortal hit one of my biggest peeves about YA paranormal romance, and it hit it really quickly.

It starts out with what could be an interesting premise: teenage Eden is somehow slipping from the minds of everyone around her, and doesn't know why her friends and family are ignoring her. She's depressed about this and contemplating suicide when she meets
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Victoria Schwab
Oct 15, 2010 Victoria Schwab rated it it was amazing
By far the best angel book I've read. Awesome pacing, fabulous details, believable characters and witty dialogue are just a few of the strengths of Leah Clifford's debut. I couldn't put it down, and when I had to, I found myself looking for excuses to pick it up again as soon as possible.
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I.... am not sure how I managed to finish this one. I think I felt a bit guilty because I won it in a contest and I sort of did want to see what happened, so I forced myself to finish. But wow, this one was rough. It jumps ALL over the place in no linear fashion, and it includes all these details, randomly dumped in the middle of other scenes. I still don't understand what Siders are and what exactly Touch is. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. Then there's also the fact that we're supposed ...more
Kiki
Jan 29, 2012 Kiki marked it as to-read
I almost peed my pants laughing at 0:19 of this trailer.

Trolololol. Now I have to read this.
Kari
Nov 06, 2010 Kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-teen
Rapt with deeper meaning and moments, filled with strong characters, and an overall fantastic story, A Touch Mortal is a stunning debut. Though focused mainly on Eden, the third person perspective is beautifully written and gives strong insight into several other characters and forging strong connections to the reader with each. There is an overall large cast of characters, but they are all given bold personalities and serve strong purposes in the story. While a few transitions are shaky and con ...more
Heather
Mar 17, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: books_2011
A messy, disjointed, disaster of a book. Gives a bad name to YA fic.In the first two pages of A TOUCH MORTAL, Eden - our troubled, suicidal protagonist - meets Gabriel and Az on the beach; Az and Eden have dinner together, then say goodnight without a kiss. A few pages later, we've skipped forward two weeks and find that Eden, Gabe and Az are now BFFs. Not only that, but Eden and Az are in love...soul-crushing, eternal, die-for-each-other love.

Um, OK.

Clifford suffers from the fatal author flaw o
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Scott Tracey
Jun 18, 2011 Scott Tracey rated it it was amazing
A TOUCH MORTAL is quite unlike any other angel book I've read. In fact, just calling it an angel book is selling it short. It's definitely geared towards an older audience - themes of life and death take a dark twist; it almost reminds me of The Crow or a junior-league Queen of the Damned. Or really, any of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles.

ATM starts off with the heroine, Eden, contemplating the bleakness of her existence on the Jersey shore. A life that had started spiraling wildly has suddenl
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Karsten Knight
Jun 05, 2011 Karsten Knight rated it it was amazing
5 Things I Loved About…

A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford

1. MOMENTUM. In YA paranormal, it’s really easy for a story to lose momentum when the author takes a long time to build the world and its internal mythology. Leah Clifford takes a different approach—rather than slowly turning up the heat, she throws the reader (along with Eden) right into a full boil. Leah keeps the heat on high throughout the book by continually ratcheting up the tension, especially by introducing characters like

2. LUKE. Wha
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Andrea Eliza
Maybe 1.5 stars

Well, hmmm. Where to begin?
I hated this book. It infuriated me so much.

I honestly thought I was going to DNF this...but, I finished it! Go me.

This book contains a lot of WTF moments...and not the good kind.

Alright, so basically I am now going to tell you the entire story in a much shorter fashion than the book. I am doing this so that you don’t have to waste your time and read this book. Okay? Okay.

**Warning: Lots of Spoilers (and Sarcasm) Ahead**

Let’s do this.

Synopsis:

The boo
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Sara
Jan 28, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford follows Eden a girl with a lot of power. Eden is sitting on the beach when she meets Az, they fall in love in about three pages. AZ is an Angel that is half fallen and he is friends with Gabiel an angel who works upstairs. Az finds out from his friend Gabriel that Eden has no path and is destined to kill herself, that she will be a sider. So Az and Gabriel work together to make Eden upset so she will kill herself. When Eden wakes she finds herself in a strange hou ...more
Heather
Mar 24, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Krystle
May 24, 2011 Krystle rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Damn, I am so sick of this insta-love crap. I'm serious. One day and they're in the whole ima ready to die for you shit? No freaking thanks. My tolerance for this is way below zero. Why would a fallen angel even care about a mortal person anyway? And don't give me that love at first sight shizz because there is no justification for his feelings whatsoever in this book.

I don't have the heart to continue and from what I've seen, it doesn't get any better so I'm going to stick by my original though
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Seanean
Mar 04, 2011 Seanean rated it it was ok
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Eden has made the choice. She's decided that since life hasn't been very good to her, she's going to leave it. But the moment she decides, Az walks into her life and everything changes.

Az is more special than Eden could ever have thought. He's an angel caught between worlds. He left "Upstairs", but still hasn't completely fallen "Downstairs". He has more free will than most angels, but is always in danger of coming one of the Fallen.

Eden keeps him from Fal
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Stacy
Jun 22, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

I gave it a 2.5/5 stars


I had a hard time getting into A TOUCH MORTAL. I found myself wanting to put it down or skip sections throughout most of the book. It was a bit confusing at times and there are a lot of names to keep track of that are kinda just thrown into it without enough explanation. I enjoyed the main characters personalities and the storyline was unique. There is a lot of action towards the end which was nice, but the first half of
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Louise
Oct 10, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The plot was truly brilliant and the book's very unique. Eden (the main character) really annoyed me in some parts, but I did love the characters, Az, Gabe and Kristin - they were brilliant. I was hooked fro mthe beginning it did get a bit of a drag half way through but picked up again towards to the end, which was AMAZING! Really looking forward to the next. OMG what's going to happen to Gabe?
Chelsea Swiggett
Sep 28, 2010 Chelsea Swiggett rated it it was amazing
I'd read this if you like fun.
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Jun 26, 2011 Kate (Nomalicious Reads) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, own, reviewed
More reviews can be found at my new blog Nomalicious Reads

A Touch Mortal was one of those rare jewels you happen to find amongst a bunch of rocks; for me anyway.

It was simply amazing, Leah Clifford writes a fantastic world that sucks you in and keeps you glued to your seat, eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

This was another book that I was skeptical about when I heard about it, but what grabbed my attention, and then sold the book for me, was when I happened to stumble up
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Anna
May 17, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it

Review originally posted at http://bookstobrightenyourmood.blogsp...

A Touch Mortal was a major disappointment, at least for me...I was so eager to get this book in my hands,what with the interesting premise and the beautiful cover,only to feel majorly let down pretty soon with this book.

You know that feeling when you open a book and from the very first pages you know you'll end up loving it or hating it?Well,with A Touch Mortal I kind of knew that I would have a problem with this book as soon as
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Krys

I met Leah Clifford in Michigan for the release of Angelfire. She introduced herself and handed me a stack of signed bookmarks and stickers for my swag bin... which I promptly dropped all over the floor. Because. I. Am. Awesome. A few weeks later I read her debut novel, A Touch Mortal. I'm currently sitting here trying to tell you about this book, and the only thing I can say is I'm pretty sure I loved it, but you'll have to ask me again in six months, because I think it will take me that long t
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Kristi
Dec 31, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it
Totally insane, but in a good way.

Suicide. This book pretty much starts with a suicide. Which is weird, because normally I would be really appalled in that sort of situation, but the circumstances were on the bizarre side. It’s like it was supposed to happen. And *spoiler alert* Eden doesn’t really “die.” Perhaps that’s why I was so nonchalant about the whole thing. But I just wanted to throw that out there, because I know that may be a deal breaker for some people. This is on the darker side of
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Patricia
Sep 09, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read A Touch Mortal about six weeks ago and I have never had such a difficult time writing a review. Why, you ask? Well, I just want to gush about it to no end. It was so incredibly good that it truly left me speechless.

I absolutely and without a doubt love Leah Clifford’s style of writing. It flows so easily from page to page that it was difficult to put the book down (even to go eat or sleep). The world and atmosphere that she has created is so fascinating and striking. It’s eerie and aweso
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 ♬ ☮ Priya ♀ ♏ {Smoke and Starlight} ☠ ☯
“So, this is what it feels like when Heaven leaves you.”


Eden has no path. She is meant to be forgotten, meant to kill herself. And she might have done that exactly if Az hadn't come along. He makes Eden smile, feel needed and special. But Az isn't as human as he seems, an angel cast out of Heaven. He struggles to Fall everyday and suddenly Eden makes it worth it. But not everyone wants them to be happy. The only way to save Eden is to have her embrace her destiny, to suicide. It doesn't take t
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Angela  M
Aug 10, 2013 Angela M rated it it was amazing
Update - First read this book Feb 19, 2011. I just did a reread on Jan 31, 2013 in anticipation of the final book's (A Touch Menacing) release. It was even better the second time around! It was great looking back at characters I came to love and know more about in book two and see little things I had missed. Totally worth the re-read!


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 throu
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Leah Clifford was born and raised outside of Cleveland Ohio. She has an affinity for all things weird and creepy as made evident by her oddity shop Petite Grotesque and her previous young adult novels, A Touch Mortal, A Touch Morbid and A Touch Menacing.

She can be found on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/leahclifford
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A Touch Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Touch Morbid (A Touch Trilogy, #2)
  • A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy, #3)

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