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A Touch Mortal

(The Sider Series #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  4,888 ratings  ·  475 reviews
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
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Greenwillow Books
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Leah Clifford
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wrote it so I *may* be biased ;)
Jul 22, 2010 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 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
Courtney Allison Moulton
Mar 06, 2010 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!
Jul 12, 2010 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
Jul 18, 2010 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
If you have nothing nice to say...don't say anything at all.
Yup. That's pretty much how I felt about this book.
Sep 06, 2012 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
Amy Jacobs
Oct 09, 2010 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
Victoria Schwab
Mar 10, 2010 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
Nov 06, 2010 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
Scott Tracey
Mar 16, 2010 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
Mar 02, 2011 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
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.


The boo
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a book with fallen angels and demons and just all that jazz in a paranormal romance is perfect and this book was no exception.
Jan 28, 2011 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
Karsten Knight
Jul 18, 2010 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
Jul 02, 2010 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
 ♬ ☮ 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
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok

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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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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
May 09, 2011 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
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'd read this if you like fun.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

I dnfed this book pretty early on. It's sometimes handy for me to understand why a book didn't work so here I go.

1. I read this book for a "Clean you TBR" challenge and I decided to read books I added to Goodreads in 2012. Just to give you a little more info, I was fifteen when I added this book. My reading tastes have changed a lot since then, and that was clear from this book.

2. The book starts with Eden meeting Az right away. A chapter later they are "in love" and the book started to thr

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
Angela  M
Feb 15, 2011 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
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed, favourites
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
(Benji) The Non Reluctant Reader
I am very wary of angel books. I loved the Halo trilogy, but most angel books are just basically the same: some angel comes down to earth, falls in love with a mortal, upstairs throws a hissy fit and says he'll become a fallen angel if he doesn't ditch the human, but he won't. That's basically the setup for EVERY god dang angel book. But A Touch Mortal looked different and I was interested to see the mythology surrounding what happened in the afterlife for someone who did suicide. And boy, am I ...more
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford was a book that has inherited very mixed views from me, I certainly see this book being divisive for reviewers. Overall I found the book to be enjoyable and while some did not like Eden's character, I warmed up to her throughout the book. In the beginning, I won't lie, she frustrated me because I did not fully understand how her character became suicidal and just flip to being happy. I was waiting for the writer to say that Eden was just being an over-angsty teen, ...more
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"Why?" She asked suddenly afraid he would slip out of the room as soon as she did.
"Because I'll be here in the morning.”
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