Books, Review

Review: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

June 2, 2011

*To read the synopsis, please click HERE. You will be directed to the GoodReads page*


A Touch Mortal is one of those books I heard a lot about prior to and after its release. And it was all good things, too. Great, even. But then I started hearing things like, “It’s weird” and “It’s dark” and you know what? My excitement grew even more because I love weird and dark stories. Who doesn’t?

The story is told in third person, but Leah Clifford has done such a wonderful job with giving her characters dimensions and life that the third person narrative never seemed distant or detached. Her descriptions are, for lack of a better word, fresh. She takes ordinary objects, but makes them seem extraordinary thanks to the poetic and clever ways she describes them. I don’t know how else to explain it, but gone are the clichés! ☺

Eden is one feisty girl! She’s tough and gritty, yet relatable and likeable—all things that make a great character. So much happens to her in such a short amount of time, but I really liked how Ms. Clifford keeps the reader in the dark and we learn along with Eden.

Az is probably my favorite character in the book. He is a sort of beautiful disaster. His relationship with Eden happens rather quickly, but it’s obvious that he truly cares for her and will do anything for her.

I also really like how the focus isn’t on Eden and Az. There are a handful of characters who readers will instantly like and they are involved in the plot enough that they don’t feel like pointless supporting members.

With A Touch Mortal, Leah Clifford has created a surprising and unique addition to the angel genre. Her take is indeed a bit dark, but it’s also amazing! I’ve read quite a few angel books, but this book definitely stands on its own. With a plot riddled with twists and turns, readers won’t be able to get enough. There is swearing, though, and a little violence that may not be suitable for a young audience. Still, it’s a dramatic, heart-stopping debut that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read the last page.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jamie Manning June 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Excellent review, DJ. I had no idea this book was “weird” and “dark”, so now I’m definitely gonna have to read it!

  • Reply Cynthia June 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    oooh, this one sounds amazing. I need to add it to my list. Thanks for the great review, I looove dark and weird too. =)

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