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Dark Touch

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Tully isn’t alone in her skin. Whenever she touches someone, they feel everything she feels. All her ugliness. All her darkness. All her pain.

The only thing she wants is to be left alone—and to finally get out of her small Oregon town.

But then she meets Chris. He’s everything she’s not. Light. Trusting. Innocent. And he wants Tully.

Tully knows she should spare him the hear
Kindle Edition, First, 310 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Alloy Entertainment
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Alloy Entertainment and NetGalley.)

“The truth is I’m afraid for me, too.”

This was a YA romance story, with a touch of the paranormal.

Tully was quite a hard character who had grown to only rely on herself because of the situation she lived with on a daily basis, not only having to worry about touching hands with anyone, but also having to deal with an abusive, alcoholic father.

The storyline i

Abuse, dark secrets, emotional.

This is portrayed as a Young Adult book, but I think, no, let me rephrase this, it can be read at any age, there are so many things you can take away from this read.

Tully wants to be alone, she needs to be alone. She must be alone, but this is not going to happen because she meets Chris and he is the total opposite to her.

Chris seems much older than his teenage years, he has insight and he has a huge understanding that goes with a fantastic enormous heart, all he
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Not sure how to rate this one. There were some things I really liked and some things I had problems with. Not a bad read at all but at times it almost felt like instead of slut shaming, it shaming? Is that even a thing? Apparently it kind of is. No one should be shamed for their choices, regardless of what they are. Maybe I read too much into it, I don't know. Either way, it was a good story with some good messages about moving forward and becoming better and stronger and not waiting ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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A deep raw and emotional tale of young love, abuse, and dark secrets. Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter completely blew me away as Ms. Salter touches on a sensitive subject matter in such a powerful way in a genre that I rarely read.

“My feelings. Whenever anyone touches my hands they feel what I feel.”


Dark Touch may have been classified in the young adult genre but this book was so much more than your typical high school romance. This b
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
I received a copy in exchange of an honest review, so here i am.

As much as i would love to give a detailed review, i must sleep.

I expected more from this book, the cover was gorgeous, and the blurb was enticing. Ok. I got carried away with my expectations. So what? A girl's gotta dream.

All in all, it was a meh book.

If you expected more from me... I need sleep.
J. Kahele
This story messed with my head so much. Why? Because the truth in the words hit so hard and so deep, it left me breathless and my head spinning. When a child is brought into this world, they look to their parents to nurture and care for them. Tully wasn't that lucky.

Being raised solely by an alcoholic father, after her mother passes, Tully is thrown into a world of her father's anger and rage. The abuse is horrific, but the pain that will forever scar her soul is much deeper.

When she meets Chri
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebies
(I would like to thank NetGalley, the author and publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

This is a story of a young girl who suffered physical and emotional abuse for years. It is dark, and as I explore Tully's world sometimes I could not help but wish I could pull her out of that horrible thoughts and situation. Chris is an excellent love interest addition in this book, he makes everything in Tully's life worth living, and with purpose. I admire the author
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5
(I received a free copy from the publisher, Alloy Entertainment, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Tulip "Tully" Harden has always been different from everyone else, and nobody knows why. Everyone else is perfectly normal, but whenever Tully makes contact with anyone with her hand, they feel whatever she's feeling. Most people avoid her because of this - they don't want whatever darkness she carries with her. Her home life isn't that great either. Her
Flavia (OddCloud)
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5 (but I liked it enough to round it up to 4)

I read this a couple of month ago and (due to college work and other real-life things) I postponed writing a review. The thing is, I actually enjoyed it. Really enjoyed it.

I won't go into great detail about the book. But I will say that the writing is solid, it balances everything that you get just enough glimpses to piece Tulip's characters together yourself. She is quite a dark girl, with habits that go hand in hand with said harbored da


I really enjoyed Salter's first book, Every Ugly Word. Because of that, I was SUPER excited to dive into Dark Touch. I must have just royally pissed off the Book Gods because this one didn't blow my skirt up. And I wanted it to. I just enjoyed her other book so much. I was a little disappointed this time.

This book seemed a little all over the place. I don't know if it was because there were quite a few things going on or what. You've got this girl, Tully, who has been abused in multiple differen
Cheyanne Young
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was a massive fan of this author's first book, Every Ugly Word, and was thrilled to get an ARC of Dark Touch. Luckily, it didn't disappoint. Once again I was transported deep into the heart of the main character, Tully, as she navigates her life. She's tough because she has to be, putting on a brave face for the world that treats her like crap. Why? Because her hand has a mysterious power to show people her thoughts if she touches them. (I LO
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't love Tully, but she was an okay character. I felt sorry for her quite a few times throughout this.

I found this dragging slightly in areas, so there were times where I felt a bit bored. It wasn an okay read overall though.
Teresa Kander
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a tough book for me to read in places, because the life that Tully is living is so contrary to what I believe childhood and adolescence SHOULD be like. It just broke my heart to read about some of her experiences--more specifically, to read about how she accepted them as her "normal."

I don't want to give away plot details, as this is a book you need to absorb fully for yourself. It is fairly dark, but there is always a ray of hope throughout. The characters are amazingly realistic. Eve
Danni Powell
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley and Aimee L. Salter for this ARC! Honest review to follow.

This book was such an amazing ride! The prologue immediately pulled me in: “I think it’s because the first time Chris saw me, I wasn’t me. He saw someone who didn’t exist. And by the time he figured that out, he didn’t care anymore. He should have cared. He cares now.”

Aimee L. Salter has created a character who, even though she possesses the otherworldly skill of transmitting her emotions to others through touch, several
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Very interesting with very dark and depressing content, Dark Touch takes a look at the mind of a victim of abuse through very interesting and slightly magical story telling mediums. Tully has a strange ability, others can feel her emotions when they touch her hands. She believes herself to dark and toxic, so when she meets Chris, she tries to keep his light away from her. Chris is having none of that and their relationship goes through many highs and lows, taking the reader for a ride alongside
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I'm a friend and critique partner of the author. This means that I write this review with both rose-colored glasses and particularly critical lenses. A tricky place to be, so if this review seems a bit disjointed, that's why. (I also got this book for free, but if there's ever a physical copy, you can bet I'll be first in line for a signed one.)

Chris is swoonworthy. Let's start with that. He's passionate and kind--so kind--and hot and perfect. Salter has, once again, aced the YA roma
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews

Such an amazing story. Though it is labeled YA it deals with some very tough topics.

The only thing that kept this great read from being 5 stars for me was that I would have liked some more information. Where did her power come from? Plus I would have loved an epilogue. I need to know what the future held for these two.

Chris is such an amazing young man with a huge heart. He is a one of a kind teenage boy that is wise so far beyond his years. His values are strong and he stands by what
Jennifer H.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Alloy Entertainment and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tully's life took a turn for the worse with the death of her mother. Left to live with her abusive, alcoholic father, Tully's life turns dark. Lost, broken, and "dirty", she believes she doesn't deserve happiness and snuffs out any light that comes into her life while the only "escape" - feeling people's emotions by touch (and vice versa) - comes at a steep cost. Then she meets Chris - respe
Michelle Dare
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tully isn't like everyone else. When her hand touches someone, all of her emotions go into to that person. And her emotions aren't your average highs and lows. They are very dark. Then she meets the new guy in school and he is full of all of the goodness she thinks she lacks.

Once they start things, they both fall quickly. Chris is steadfast in his commitment to Tully, even though she's waiting for the day he'll leave her. Her fears and dark thoughts run rampant in her head and if she doesn't sta
♥Knhebek, hbeebti♥
****ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review****

Warning: This review/rating is based on my feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes. You should read the book to form your own opinion/thoughts. Read on!

Rating: 3.5 Dark Stars
Cover: I love it!
Cliffhanger: No

Let me just star with, THIS NEEDS EDITING, editing, editing, editing, let me say it again, eeedddiiitttiiinnnnggggg!! It was bad to a point that i couldn't enjoy the story fully.

That is out of the way, the story was appealing and it left me
Jessica Zelkovich
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With the vast amount of authors out there creating wonderful escapes of reality for my reading pleasure, Aimee Salter is quickly climbing my one-click author list. Her subtle humor, such as "religiously corseted", makes me laugh out loud and her character development is impeccable. I consistently find highlight worthy lines that I can use with friends as well as teens I work with. One I ABSOLUTELY love is "My point is, trust is something you give. When you put it in the right place, it makes you ...more
Book Wings
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really explores the feelings that a person who has been in the same circumstances as Tully goes thru. In my opinion and experiences, Tully's special ability gives definition to the vulnerability a person feels after being abused. You always feel exposed to the world. Like everyone can see how worthless you feel. There were things that hit home hard and places I needed tissues. This could definitely use a sequel. You can tell it's not an overnight change for her, but the hope that Ms. P ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I simply could NOT put this down. The emotions I felt from this book were similar to that of books that deal with abuse. It really just sits in your heart. The other aspect of the story was so new and refreshing. It was a very unique way of dealing with a unfortunately familiar topic.

Tully made a great herione. At times, you were frustrated with her but she was always doing what she thought was best. It was quite the journey to witness her grow
Aimee Salter
Dec 11, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant, A very emotional story line, I was drawn in by this book from the first chapter.
I couldn't put it down until I had read the very last sentence. A very intense read.

Loved the story line, setting and characters, well worth the read.

I was given this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Rebecca ellis
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing

I've read Aimee L. Salter only once before. I read Every Ugly Word and fell in love with it. Reading that book was a wonderful experience and so I quickly searched for other work by her. I had downloaded Dark Touch before, but never started. I was scared that it wouldn't live up to the previous book of hers that I had read.
After reading too many books with artificial feelings I decided that i needed to give this book a try.
When I read books like this, afterwards, t
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Tully is an interesting character. She is a bit paranormal with her sense of touch and she wants to avoid interaction with others. She just wants to be alone. Chris is just good. This story is an emotional read. Tully is a even more crippled by her ability because of her situation and her inability to want to connect. The book is slowly paced but Tully has to grow and work through her situation for any resolution. The book ends with a brighter outlook for Tully. It is easy to connect to characte ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This story... you know it's going to be a bit ugly based on the blurb. But it doesnt prepare you for the emotional turmoil you experience with Tully. Because this is a contemporary story you can live and breath the emotion much stronger than you would another genre. To read the turmoil and total breakdown someone has breaks you, but to see how she handles it lifts you back up again. Theres no eloquent way to say it. Your emotions get torn down, hard. But you get built back up again.
Gemma  West
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Although this book was very tame compared to what I usually read, I really enjoyed it. I thought Chris and Tully were great characters and the story line was brilliant, I liked I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. Only thing I would have liked is an epilogue as I love to know how their lives turn out.
Highly recommend!
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