A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (Book Review) 

 January 28, 2023

By  Raindropreflections

Book Summary (book jacket):
     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.

     Not 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 one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

     She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else’s game. Her heart is her own.

     And that’s only the beginning of the end

Before Reading: I thought the cover was pretty cool, and the summary above is one of the most engaging I’ve seen, so I was looking forward to reading this book.

My Thoughts

Okay. So maybe urban fantasy is NOT my thing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find wings and bad angels and stuff particularly compelling. Except maybe the Shadowhunters and Philip Pullman’s version of angels. This book consisted of neither, but I still liked it, which both pleased and surprised me, honestly.

The writing was what made the story engaging. At first I was thrown by the amount of swearing- not shocked, because people talk like that at school all the time- I was just surprised at how natural these characters sounded, because dude, teenagers swear. A lot.

So the swearing wasn’t the issue for me. In fact, it made everything more realistic. It was just that there was so much I didn’t know about this type of fallen angel story, like what exactly the Siders were, or why people Upstairs (in heaven, of course) weren’t actually all-knowing. I had to read back a few times to fully understand what things like the Touch were.

Other than that, there was action, angst, and a type of teenager I don’t encounter at school often: goth. Oh, and the protagonist had pink highlights in her hair. Cool or what?

The MC, Eden, was kickass for sure, I suppose, but it was characters like Gabriel and Libby and Kristen and Luke that made the story more exciting. I guess it’s cool when the side characters are more interesting than the main ones, like Az (he wasn’t my cup of tea) but I did like Eden for her bravery and resolve.

 Parting Thoughts: overall, I ended up liking the book, even though I’m more into dystopian and contemporary and some historical fiction than anything. I’m glad I gave the genre another try, because angel stories really are pretty cool, as long as they’re told in an engaging and fast-paced way like in A Touch Mortal.

Rating: 4/5. If you like urban fantasy, this is SO for you. Even if you are a staunch non-supporter of paranormal and urban fantasy like me, you have a good chance of liking it, because I liked this book.