Review: A Touch Menacing-Leah Clifford

3.5/5 Stars

A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy, #3)- Leah Clifford

***Last week (ish) I wrote a review on book 2 in A Touch Trilogy. If you’re interested in finding out what happened before the conclusion to the series, click here –>A Touch Morbid

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“What have you been up to?”

She shrugged, the initial nerves Luke always brought on slowly calming. “Oh, the usual. Waiting for the so-called good guys to wipe out me and everyone I know. Bringing about the apocalypse. Shopping.”

“Nice to see we have our priorities straight, at least.”

***

“You want the one thing I’m incapable of giving you.” He tucked a finger under her chin and tilted her head up. “I will never love you.” Those same oily black eyes devoured her, called to her. “But I possess you, inside and out. You feel it, don’t you?” he said, his hand running down her side to her waist. “How I’m written into the pause you take between breaths, pumping through your blood. Etched onto your bones.”

…She knew better than to bait him. It didn’t stop her. “No one possesses me. Least of all you, Lucifer.”

Plot:

If you haven’t read the second book in this series the plot that follows will be spoilery.

Eden is dying, but permanently this time. As the Siders plague both the Upstairs and Downstairs, obliterating souls with their disease, agents of Heaven and Hell have different motivations for capturing Siders like Eden. While Gabe, Az, and the rest of her posse struggle to find a cure for her sickness, Michael, and the angels will stop at nothing to destroy the Siders, and they embark on a massacring mission to rip the souls out of these pathless anomalies. Meanwhile, Luke wants nothing more than Siders infecting Heaven and taking out the good guys, his goal is to make Hell on Earth a reality and feels that he can do so with the Siders by his side. Eden and her crew set out on an impossible journey to find the original Siders in hope of curing Eden’s infection, giving the Siders a second chance, and saving Earth from an all out war between Heaven and Hell.

PROS:

    • Despite the seriousness of the situation A Touch Menacing grants beautifully written bursts of happiness, hope, love, and clever comedy.
    • Like the previous book the sexual tension, witty banter, and sarcasm is perfectly executed. The sparks between Luke and Kristen are enough to tantalize your senses and keep you rooting for a happy ending in a love that seems destined for utter devastation.
    • Madeline. Throughout this series Madeline has been elusive. The noted evil girl of the bunch who can’t be trusted and who will likely betray the Siders if it’s beneficial to her. Finally we get a glimpse into what makes Maddy tick and is she ever complicated! She’s got that je ne sais quoi that’s easy to adore.
    • The plot was brilliant, filled with twists and surprises. ❤

CONS:

    • Az and Eden are annoyingly devoid of sexuality or even chemistry. It seems like every other couple, no matter the circumstance, is better suited.
    • As the finale to this awesome series the ending was…deeply unsatisfying. Normally the conclusion to a series ends in a pretty predictable way. This was in no way predictable and certainly was not a tale of happily ever after. Despite the standard angels and demons paranormal romance, A Touch has never been conventional. This bleak, raw ending is on par with Clifford’s style.

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Happy reading,

-BB

Review: A Touch Morbid- Leah Clifford

4/5 Stars

A Touch Morbid (A Touch Trilogy, #2)- Leah Clifford

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Every minute hurt worse and this voice in my ear, the whole time it kept whispering how easy it would be to Fall, how the pain would go away. Hour after hour,” he said, stroking her shoulder softly with each word. “But I wouldn’t listen. Because I knew no matter how much it hurt, it would hurt you more if I gave in.”

She sniffled.

“Gabe had nothing to do with me making it through that day, Eden. It was you. It’s still you. It’s always going to be you.” Her hand rested against his chest, his heart beating strong under her fingers. “If I made it through that day on the roof, I can make it through anything else. They can pressure me, they can try to sway me, but I’d never choose to leave you. Gabe knew that. He’s counting on it.”

“Is that Lucky Charms?” Kristen didn’t hide her amusement.

He rolled his eyes. “My one weakness, aside from you.”

“Laying it on a bit thick, no?” She grabbed one bowl and poured in milk while shaking her head. “Big, bad Lucifer eating marshmallow cereal. That just makes my morning.”

“So you have a thing for dead boys or what?”

“Are you kidding me? Half the movies out there these days are about girls getting with vampire guys or werewolf guys or some other supernatural hotness. I’m living the dream.” She sighed, a fake dreamy sound. “Lucky me. The envy of thirteen-year-olds coast-to-coast.”

It’s twisted, it’s gritty, it’s raw, and just a little grungy. It’s the perfect combination of light comedy, sizzling passion, and soul searing darkness that eats away at your understanding of the dichotomy between good and evil. A Touch Morbid is even better than A Touch Mortal and achieves exactly the anticipation for the finale that a sequel should.

Plot: Picking up right where A Touch Mortal left off, Gabe has Fallen, Luke is still evil, Eden is back with Az but still the temptation of giving in to the Fall haunts his every thought. Kristen has hit rock bottom. Her OCD and schizophrenia have teamed up to wreak havoc on nearly every aspect of her life. She needs her best friend Gabe to mend her tattered mind but he’s busy fending off demons sent by Luke to pressure him into turning to the dark side. Meanwhile, a new threat is in town. Word on the street is that some Siders are passing off Touch to humans as a new drug. Now humans are becoming addicted and Eden doesn’t know what to do about it besides teaming up with Madeline. Just when things can’t seem to get any worse, Eden starts getting severe pain and her skin is flecking off dark soot. Turns out there’s more than one way for a Sider to die. The rulers Upstairs and Downstairs both know about the Sider problem and are working to end their existence. With certain death looming from both angels and demons chances for survival are slim.

PROS:

  • 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.
  • CONS:

  • 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.
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    Happy reading all,

    -BB

    Review: A Touch Mortal- Leah Clifford

    3.5/5 Stars

    A Touch Mortal (A Touch Trilogy, #1)- Leah Clifford 

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    When he flexed them out, all fourteen feet of the atrocious things spanned the room. Joints at odd angles, so they folded in like a pterodactyl, feathers layered across the skin. Nothing about them was beautiful. They were a punishment.

    “You’re telling me you rob graves?” “Nine times out of ten, the dead wear designer, and I’m on a budget.” She rolled her eyes at Eden’s hanging jaw. “Oh, honestly. I wash them.”

    Plot: Eden is suicidal. Her parents ignore her, she has no friends, she lives in a tourist town, and figures because she feels dead inside, death itself would be a step up. She is on the beach contemplating suicide when she notices two boys headed her way. An attractive guy with amazing eyes comes on to her with a horrible pickup line and she tells him to f off. He makes a deal that if she laughs she’ll go out to dinner with him. Thus begins the love story of Eden and Az. Here’s the catch, Az is borderline fallen, he committed a crime and was cursed to bear horrible wings like in the above quote and Gabriel is a Messenger for the Upstairs aka Heaven. Gabriel is able to check a person’s life path and when he glimpses Eden’s he is alarmed to find that her path is a dead-end. This is a sign that she will inevitably commit suicide. Az has had some trouble in the past with an enemy named Luke. Luke gets really angry when Az is happy so he abducts Az’s mortal lovers, tortures them, hacks off limbs, and sends the pieces to Az in the mail. In order to protect Eden and because if she hadn’t met Az she would’ve committed suicide by now anyways, Az fakes his own death. Eden dies but comes back as a Sider. A Sider is someone who killed themselves but wakes on Earth in a sort of undead purgatory. Eden still looks the same even though she is dead and her body is rotting because she has a glamour. Siders also have Touch. Touch is a form of energy that the Sider needs to pass on to people. Eden finds out that the Fallen are after her and she must keep a low profile to keep safe. Meanwhile, she has a unique power to kill other Siders.

    PROS:

    • Eden is snarky, sarcastic, and borderline anti-social. Her punk rock goth princess fashion is edgy and a welcome change from the typical jeans/tee combo of many YA books as of late. 
    • Gabriel. Gabriel’s sexual orientation and the religious association could potentially be controversial. A gay angel? However unexpected and strange this seems, the argument for love and acceptance is strong.
    • Luke, Gabriel, Az, Adam, and Jarrod. A variety of attractive, interesting male characters.
    • Suiciders(Siders). It’s puzzling that prior to Kirsten’s death that Siders didn’t return to Earth nor is there any discourse on whether they went Upstairs or Downstairs. Because they committed suicide, Earth is a sort of purgatory where they’re like zombies but have a glamour. They also have to pass the touch to people. Touch is like emotional energy as far as I can tell, that is passed to humans and influences their behavior. If someone is really happy this will result in partying all night, if someone is depressed, this can result in suicide. This placement on Earth is viewed both positively and negatively.
    • Funny, flirty, and so much drama.

    CONS:

    • The female characters. They’re all described in general stereotypes: Madeline-Bitch, Libby-Prom Queen, Eden-Emo, Kirsten-Spoiled Girly Girl who has a temper tantrum when she doesn’t get what she wants . Personally, I would have liked to see more of Madeline, she had spunk. And every single one of these girls is deceitful. 
    • Why were Eden and Libby so special? I think I know why but this should have been clarified.
    • Every other word is “fuck” was that really necessary?

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    -BB