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Dying Thoughts - First Touch

(Dying Thoughts #1)

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Tara has the ability to see the last moments of someone's life when she touches something that used to belong to them. It's a secret she shares with no one, not even her father.

Until Kaolin comes along. Tara has always been a loner, but with the prospect of friendship, she finds herself pulled into Kaolin's own secret.

The question is, will they both survive when their secr
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Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published 2016 by Bug Books (first published February 25th 2011)
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Mad
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5*

Full review/Opinião completa (portuguese & english): http://presa-nas-palavras.blogspot.pt...

(⬇ English & portuguese ⬇)
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(ENG) I quickly fell in love with this book. I do not know if it was the author's writing (that is great) the idea of the book itself/the way it was explored, or both, but the truth is that I completely loved this book and I'm  hoping to continue the series very soon.
What I liked right from the start is that we have a 15-year-old girl as the main character and she really
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Brenda Perlin
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dying Thoughts ~ First Touch takes you by the hand and reels you right in. The author writes in a very conversational way. Just like if you were friends with this teenager. This fifteen year-old is as real as they come and it's easy to build an instant connection. This story grabs hold and in an instant you are in the center of it all. I love characters that seem life-like and this one does.

Tara Leverton is not only a likable character but totally relatable too. My younger self would have gravi
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K.J. Simmill
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tara Leverton didn't ask for this unusual gift but it started just after her mother died. Tara had been six when cancer had claimed her mother, or at least that was what she had been led to believe. The visions, however, told a different story. She was fifteen now and had learnt these episodes were brought on by contact with second-hand objects, and she often awoke from the seizure they induced to hear the reassurance that an ambulance was on its way. But there was  nothing reassuring about an a ...more
Carissa Lynch
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dying Thoughts is the first book in a series, and I'm excited to read more. This is the story of Tara, who after the death of her mother started having "visions". Basically she can see people's deaths. Can you imagine?

Despite her self- deprecating views of herself, Tara is funny and clever, and has a firm grip on her "gift" (if you can call it that).

And then a new girl moves to town - Kaolin. Kaolin also has felt the loss of a parent, and after a startling vision, Tara and Kaolin begin an inve
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Jan Raymond
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Dying Thoughts is a young adult mystery at its heart, but Joey Paul has made it so much more. It is a funny and entertaining story of young Tara’s ‘gift’, though she doesn’t consider it one. The first person narrative is neatly done and takes us on this journey in a sixteen year old’s shoes remarkably well. Tara’s introspective conversations are witty and does not grate (I’ve found that if not done well, it can ruin a book for you. It has ruined quite a few books for me.) But Joey has done a gre ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free for my review*

Okay. The back story of the "gift" was also insanely fascinating. So the plot line of this book is actually pretty engaging. The main character and her development? Frustrating to say the least. It really bothered me how the main character was so against communication with anyone. She wanted to do her own thing regardless of the consequences to those around her. No friends? No issue. She doesn't need them anyway. Not doing homework? No biggie. She wil
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Mary Yarde
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For years Tara thought there was something wrong with her. But she kept that thought to herself because if she told anyone the truth, they would say that she was mad. For Tara has visions. Visions of death.

I discovered Joey Paul, Dying Thoughts series not so long ago and I loved it, so I was really looking forward to reading book one of the series. Just as I have come to expect from Joey Paul, Dying Thoughts — First Touch did not disappoint. The story was intriguing and full of drama. Tara is a
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Jana Petken
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Tara, the young 16 years old girl who goes through the death of her mother and then has visions and a new gift to deal with. She is strong and likable. She held my attention and I read this novel in one sitting because of this. The writing is very personable and intimate. It is also witty in parts and a many great lines. The mystery and suspense were also in the mix and I believe this will be a great book for Y/A and adults alike. I don't think we have heard the last from Tara...I hope n ...more
Fiona
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this YA adventure. This author is able to write from a teenager’s perspective with great authenticity. Tara, the main character is so well portrayed and easy to relate to. Full of doubts and self-depreciating dry humour, although she would hate me saying it, she is very lovable. Socially awkward with her closest relationship being with her duvet she is perfectly drawn to appeal to younger readers.
The story line is intriguing and fresh. The writing is word perfect with a lovely even pace.
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Angela Dawn
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A teen with the ability to see how people died just by touching something of theirs... how intriguing! Such an interesting idea for a plot and I had big hopes however I found myself growing a bit bored halfway through. I liked reading Tara's internal dialogue but sometimes it seemed like too much. The climax of the story was a little lacking. Overall, an interesting read.
Lisa
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this.Thought the storyline was good. Only criticism is the grammar,quite a few mistakes but didn't affect the story (just me being over critical).Will be reading more from this author :-)
Sammy
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Joey Paul for giving me the opportunity to read her book; this is the first in the Dying Thoughts series which follows a girl; Tara, with a very unique ability. One she never asked for, and one which causes a few issues for Tara at school, with friends, and with society in general.
Tara is currently studying in preparation for her GCSEs, she is a quiet girl at school who pretty much keeps to herself – not what you would expect from the daughter of a
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Jenny Balsamo
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dying Thoughts - First Touch is the first book in the Dying Thoughts series written by Joey Paul. This is about a girl with an extraordinary ability to see the last moments of people's lives before they die. However, this only happens when she touches something that belonged to those people.

The author did a great job writing this book. She genuinely portrayed a growing fifteen-year-old girl who deals with school and homework, making friends, and her love-hate relationship with her father. Altho
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Debbie McQueen
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dying Thoughts follows Tara, a 15 year old girl, who gets visions of the moment that people die when she touches objects that belonged to someone, or where the death occured. She just wishes to be a normal teenager, but even without her "gift", that is unlikely since her father is a famous musician. Tara keeps to herself, not just because she doesn't want anyone to know about her, but also because people usually use her to try to get to her dad. A new girl, Kaolin, comes to school, and she doesn ...more
Annie Woods
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dying Thoughts – First Touch is such a lovely and intriguing read. This is the first book in the Dying Thoughts series which follows a teenage girl with a very unique ability; she gets vision of how people died just by touching something of theirs. Such an intriguing and fresh story line! But that’s not all. There’s also mystery and suspense in the mix, and a very strong and sassy main character, that makes this book almost impossible to put down.

I love Joey Paul’s writing, it’s very personal, w
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Yvonne Davies
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
The story is about Tara a teenage girl with a famous dad and a psychic power, by touching a person’s belongings it lets her see the person’s death. As she classes this as problems she shies away from people, not making friends at school as she doesn’t want them to think she is weird or be her friend just because her dad was a famous singer. This was until she met Kaolin who had moved to the school after her dad had died. When Tara touches Kaolin’s necklace she see how he dies. From that moment s ...more
Angie Martin
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

“Dying Thoughts - First Touch” is the first book in the Dying Wish Series by Joey Paul. It is the story of young Tara, whose mother has died of cancer. Shortly after her mom’s death, at age 6, Tara begins having visions, and soon she can see the death of those whose belongings she comes in contact with. As a 15-year old who has been having visions for nine years, Tara has a firm grasp on her gift and doe
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Ellie Midwood
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week, I just had to know how everything started. So I picked up the first book in the series, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The author’s voice, sometimes funny, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes self-doubting, is very recognizable and once again I found myself very attached to the main character, Tara, a fifteen year old teenager with psychic abilities.
Tara is an incredibly likeable character, despite calling herself a ‘social retard,’ who ‘understands pe
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Allen M Werner
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first came across author Joey Paul's YA crime sleuth Tara Leverton in book five, Dying Thoughts - Fifth Secret. I was so impressed by that book, I looked forward to reading the first book in the series. It did not disappoint. For a YA book, it is clever and witty, maintaining an engaging pace throughout. It was interesting to watch as Tara's "gift" emerges and she has to confront years of lies her father told her while enduring hospitalizations that delivered no answer. The main character is l ...more
C.N.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the voice in this story. It was of a very realistic and rebellious teenager with a unique problem. She can channel the death of a person just by touching something belonging to them or something they have touched. This gift causes a loss of consciousness when it manifests, leading to her being secretive about it and also contributing to her lack of friends, something exacerbated by girls hero worship over her widowed and retired pop star dad.

All changes when a new girl arrives at the sch
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Ellie
Overall a very satisfying and quick read.
I liked the characters, they are round and well developed. Tara and Kaolin are amiable girls that after getting used to Tara's constant complaining about having to do homework, become very likable.
The plot itself was surprisingly interesting and intriguing. Usually, I am not a big fan of crime, but this is the perfect match for me. Not too bloody, funny, interesting cases that need some wit and insight to be solved.
The ending was very satisfying as wel
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E.J. Bennett
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery with a hint of paranormal!

Right from the beginning the flow and the way the writing is worded shows it is intended for the younger readers and from a young POV.
This story is about Tara a 15 year old girl who as a physic power.
A great read with a good story line. I would definitely recommend.
E.M. McIntyre
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun first book in the Dying Thoughts series. The characters were believable and the internal thought of Tara was realistic. I especially liked her relationship with Kaolin and the reader is able to see some growth in Tara's character by the end of the story. This is definitely a series I'd like to continue. Thumbs up for this quick and engaging read.
Apurba Ganguly
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, I convey my sincere gratitude to the author for giving me the opportunity to review this book, as well as her unmatched patience and cooperation towards the composition of the review.

Dying Thoughts - First Touch is the first in the series, consisting of six books, which explores the trials and tribulations of the protagonist Tara, "gifted" with the ability of seeing the last moments of people's lives. The book is in the first-person narrative, and definitely matches the minds
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Apurba Ganguly
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I convey my sincere gratitude to the author for giving me the opportunity to review this book, as well as her unmatched patience and cooperation towards the composition of the review.

Dying Thoughts - First Touch is the first in the series, consisting of six books, which explores the trials and tribulations of the protagonist Tara, "gifted" with the ability of seeing the last moments of people's lives. The book is in the first-person narrative, and definitely matches the minds
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Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
Joey Paul takes us in a journey with Tara, who can see the last moment's of dead people just by touching something that belong to them in her series "Dying Thoughts".



Book : Dying Thoughts : First Touch.

Author : Joey Paul.

Genre : YA Contemporary.

Pages : 221

Publisher : Bug Books by Createspace.

Blurb : Ever had a secret? Something you can't tell anyone in case they think you're crazy.

Tara does - she sees the last moments of people's lives when she touches something that belongs to them.

Kaolin doe
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Bruce Polkinghorne
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is the language. The story is written from the perspective of a 15 year old girl. The language she uses , and the thoughts going through her head, are all expressed in a way that reminds you what it was like to be that age. She is silly, obsessive, self centered and rebellious, exactly what you would expect of a girl at that age. The story has a paranormal aspect, but its not a rip off of all the paranormal genre that are currently popular. We are not talki ...more
C.A. King
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a later book in the series first - oops! I'm going back and rectifying that now! This is a great young adult series from the point of view of a 15 year old who sees death happen! I'd write more but I'm already starting book 2!
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Joey Paul is a multi-award-winning indie author, exploring young adult. She has released sixteen books so far, with two more due out in 2020. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books, the "Lights Out" trilogy, the "Cramping Chronicles" series, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian bei ...more

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