A Touch Morbid Hardcover – Feb 28 2012
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“An intricately crafted plot, a dark edgy world, and dynamic, believeable charactesr are the strengths of this story.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
About the Author
Leah Clifford is the author of A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid. She was also an extreme-cave-tour guide, a pizza delivery girl, a waitress, and a grocery store clerk before becoming a full-time writer. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio.
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I love the characters. The characters of this trilogy are so unique, and they all are very different from one another. Eden was one character that really grew on me in this book. She was a good character in A Touch Mortal, but I definitely felt she grew a lot and was a character I genuinely liked with this book. I super loved Gabe in this one, he was already a great character, but oh my gosh, his character was just marvelous in this one. Despite the fact I think I'm supposed to hate Luke, I found myself falling hard for him in this one. Kristen is one of the best written characters I've read in a long time.
Leah Clifford doesn't leave a single dull moment. The entire book is fast paced and action packed. Everything that goes down is simply fascinating, and I loved every moment of it. While there is never a slow moment, Leah Clifford still manages to have this perfect pacing; nothing is ever too much or too little. Michael was an interesting guy. I felt like he was a complete creeper, but every scene with him in it were some of the most intense in the books. They were the ones where I was flipped pages at a crazy speed. In addition to everything else going down, there were also lots of sexy times in A Touch Morbid, which I wholeheartedly approved of.
A lot of questions are answered, yet Leah Clifford raises about a dozen more in the process. The plot just kept layering deeper and deeper, and I am so intrigued to see where it goes in the last installment. The whole idea of the Siders is so intriguing by itself, but when you add in all the other details of the story line, it is just brilliant.
Your emotions will be in shambles by the end of this book. You also never know who to trust, Leah Clifford plays with your emotions to make you think so and so is behind something, then flips the switch and then you suspect someone else. It is absolute torture. In addition to that, just everything that happens is completely emotionally draining. I was happy, then clueless, then worried about this character or that character, all paired with these absolutely heart-wrenching moments.
My one complaint? That is was not longer, as I know I have to wait out the long months before book 3 is out. The ending was an absolute killer! Everything builds and builds to this crazy peak and Leah Clifford just leaves readers hanging.
This series is one of those must reads. I loved book 1 and book gets bigger and better. Basically I think all of this could be summed up with the statement of I hate Leah Clifford for being a genius. She's a genius this series is just SO good and that makes the wait between books so agonizing. There is no other way to put it, but that A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford was simply brilliant.
I had a hard time writing the review for A Touch Morbid. I loved it a lot, and I didn't want to ramble like I did with my review of the first book. So after I finished ATM2, I didn't write a review for a few weeks. I was scared to say anything because I hadn't read any reviews of ATM2 before I read it. I only knew what it was about because Leah revealed the summary and flap copy before I got my review copy. The ARC has no summary on it.
But, see, Leah's twists are so twisty and there's so many of them somebody could spoil the book for me and I'd still really enjoy reading it. And trust me, the twists for A Touch Morbid are insane.
I reread Mortal before I read Morbid, and I actually recommend people do that because of the way Leah writes. She doesn't explain anything, and I like that type of writing style. It makes me feel more in touch with Eden, who also doesn't really understand the world. These are the books where you have to pay a lot of attention to them. You can't be doing two things at once.
I don't know what to say about this book without giving it all away. I want to talk about Sullivan, a new character who is... strange and interesting. I liked her a lot and the weird thing is I guessed her ending for ATM2. There's no clues for Sullivan, so the fact that I knew was very strange. It's like I'm psychic or something.
And it's steamier. Eden and Az can't lip-lock kiss because Eden's breath will make Az fall and that's the last thing we want, right? RIGHT? But there's still romantic gestures between them--and they even go on a date which I really liked. That scene... <3
Except if any of you know Leah, you know it can only be happy-times for a few pages then BAM! Something huge happens. Mood killer.
I will say something about the cliffhanger: it will make you scream. *I* screamed at the ending and then immediately flipped to the front of the book to start reading it again. I didn't, though by the time this review actually posts I might have reread Morbid. I don't know. It's just SO GOOD.
And now that I look back on this review, it seems more like a ramble. Well... maybe I'll write a coherent review for ATM3 when I can read it?
Kristen and Luke are magnetic. The electricity between them pops off the page, hot, charged, and dangerous. Kristen is so tragically broken it's heartbreaking. As her mind slowly unravels she calls out for Gabe and is left lonely and distraught.
Luke finally has some redeeming qualities. For a character that is the incarnation of Lucifer that he has any compassion at all is startling. Luke is caring, playful, and mind numbingly sexy. Luke is so wonderful that Az looks like a complete sloppy, mess. He lies, he goes behind Eden's back, he is a complete jerk. This was a total reversal of character perception. Evil suddenly doesn't look so bad.
Jared. I was so surprised by his character. This book really delves into who Jared is and what a genuinely great person he is. He has an enormous heart, he helps those in need even if it is a struggle against his inner demons. It's easy to fall in love with him.
Gabe's temptation to give in to the fall is well done. His internal struggles with the need for violence and slaughter are brutal. The demons that taunt him and whisper evil suggestions in his ear are horrifyingly vivacious. There's a particular scene at the train station that sent chills down my spine.
Vince is a cliched train wreck. He's one of those greasy Italian looking gangsters that is more brawn than brains. His threats are more laughable than scary because of just how cheesey a character he is. As a big bad threatening drug dealer he really is pathetic.
Az and Eden's relationship is headed for a downhill spiral. Just reading through their interactions was painful. They lie to each other, their chemistry is off, it feels like everything is falling apart. Az also makes Eden look weak in a bad way.
Eden gets even better in this book. She wants to do everything she can to make things right and to live a normal life as she can so to speak. You get to see her thoughts so you can see how much she truly cares for Az and Gabe among others. She does do some stupid things but she has the best of intentions doing them. Az he fights every day to stay with Eden and learn her secrets. He feels guilty and he truly wants to protect Eden anyway he can. Love him. Gabe all I can say is we get to see a whole lot from him that I truly didn't see coming. Luke even knowing I shouldn't I liked him more in this book. Yes he has his own plans he wants to use people to get accomplished but you also see a different side of him. Kristen I know this girl has problems but I can not seem to like her.
I love the first book and this book did not let me down. It had plenty of twist and shocks that I did not see coming. You have angels, sliders, fallen and even Lucifer his self so you know it has tons going on. Everyone seems to have secrets that they are hiding from each other. Some of those secrets are to protect someone some of those are to hurt people. I stayed up very late to read this book and was glad I had the next one to jump right into. This is a series that will pull you right in and keep you addicted to it just like some people are to touch. The author continues to build the characters in this book and expand the world you got to see in the first book. I would recommend to everyone.
Quick & Dirty: About a hundred pages shorter than A Touch Mortal, this sequel is a cliff-hanger with the same drawbacks as book one -- but it does leave you excited for the final installment.
Opening Sentence: When the kitten broke out of the shadows in front of Gabe, he'd though it was a rat until he heard the pathetic mewling.
Clifford takes a standard paranormal theme -- Angels -- and makes sure to run as far away from the stereotype as she can. Which is refreshing, but sometimes she missteps and makes you long to defenestrate this sequel. Eden, our heroine, goes through a lot in this novel and grows as a character. I still didn't like her until the very end. (This happened in A Touch Mortal too, where I couldn't get over her idiocy until the last 50 pages.) A Touch Mortal glamorized suicide and depression. A Touch Morbid didn't do much better, condemning the suicide victims to hell. Even the ones that Eden killed with her Touch. You could say I'm not a happy camper with the way Clifford's world-building holds up.
Gabe has fallen. Az is....almost falling. Kristen's schizophrenia is back, and he's not around to help her. Luke is bent on revenge and Madeline tugs at your heartstrings with her flavor of crazy. Jarrod is loyal to the end (I love him!) and Eden has stopped killing Siders. The cast of characters is way too big. I wish Clifford had made Madeline and Luke the main heroine/hero, because I loved to hate them (and loved to love them) and their relationship. I was much more invested in them than in anything Eden and Az did.
As it is we see a shift in the group dynamics. Jarrod points out all the changes in Eden the reader fails to notice from her point of view. Luke turns out not to be such a bad guy, which makes our gang of heroes seem really self-serving, and I liked him a lot. There are a lot more hot scenes in this novel, and it grows darker as the characters develop and grow.
Free will and choice come into play much more in A Touch Morbid than in the first book, but it felt like Clifford was rooting for Fate. It felt like every time a character had a choice, they either screwed up or made the bad call. The characters keep secrets from each other, just like in A Touch Mortal, and they never learned. Her writing is excellent, with some snarky wit that made me laugh and lighten the mood, but it wasn't enough to make me like the novel. And the cliffhanger at the end? Lord, is that a rough way to leave an audience!
This book felt more balanced than its prequel in a lot of ways -- probably because we got out of Eden and Az's heads more and into characters I actually liked -- but the problems from the first book persist. (And will probably continue throughout the series.) I just can't bring myself to like or recommend a novel where suicide is whatever. On the other hand, this novel doesn't make me go ragey - rage the way the first one does, so that's something. I doubt I'll be picking up A Touch Menacing, even though I think it'll deliver the heartbreak and angst I love in my YAs.
FTC Advisory: Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of A Touch Morbid. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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