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Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency, managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sense Thieves
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington -Teen (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758273339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758273338
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency managing marketing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and is working on an MFA at Spalding University. She is a member of the Apocalypsies, the Bookanistas, and YA Rebels. Visit her at www.corrinejackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.

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The cycle of abuse can be impossible to break, Remy O'Malley knows this all too well. Her mother refuses to leave her boyfriend, a scary man who regularly beats Remy and her mother black and blue. No one realizes how bad it is, however, because Remy is able to heal wounds. Healing the wounds is not easy; Remy must take them on herself before she can repair the injury.
After one particularly bad attack, Remy is in the hospital. Finally, her father, who she has not seen in years, insists that Remy comes and lives with him. Remy faces a new set of challenges, made interesting by a boy with secrets of his own, Asher.
Older teens and young adults seem like a good audience for this novel because of the violence Remy experiences. Younger readers may be disturbed by the attacks from Remy's mother's boyfriend. Jackson's use of detail and description are impressive. She paints a picture in the mind of the reader. The plot of Touched was predictable, however. I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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I have eagerly been awaiting this book ever since I finished If I Lie, which was one of my favorite reads of this year. Unfortunately, I was torn when reading this book. There are moments of greatness, but others are overshadowed by some moves made by Jackson-- I can't decide if it's just my own personal taste, and I'm sure that's some of it, but I think that some of novel may have improved with some tweaks.

Touched by Corrine Jackson stars Remy, a teenager who leads a troubled life. She has an abusive stepfather, and a mother who won't step in to help her. Remy also has a secret-- she can heal people (and herself), which comes in handy when there are a lot of injuries to heal. Circumstances lead her to live with her father, where she meets the enigmatic Asher Blackwell. She realizes very quickly that he knows more than meets the eye, and that there is something different about him and his family. This book begins her journey to uncovering her own powers as well as learning more about him.

Again, I was so torn by this book. There are some really wonderful moments in this book. I absolutely loved all of the sister moments-- Remy and Lucy are so cute together. I really enjoyed the scenes with Remy getting her to know her father and stepmother and learning how to trust again. I feel like those were the strongest aspects of the book. Another wonderful character that becomes more three dimensional to my delight, was Gabe, Asher's older brother. Jackson knows how to write character-centric novels, her prose is beautiful most of the time, and I am easily able to visualize what she is describing.

Then... I have some concerns with this book. First, this book is way too reminiscent of Twilight.
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Corrine Jackson blew me away in this book. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. I thought this was just going to be another book about a girl having a healing power, but boy was I wrong. Ms. Jackson has created an entirely new genre and world that I want to revisit over and over again. One of the things I liked the most about this book, besides its originality (I'll get to the Twilight comparisons later), was how well written this was. This woman obviously knows how to write, and her descriptions made the images jump off the page. I could truly imagine everything that she described, and that's exactly what I like in a book.

I'm going to start off with the few things that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating. Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could, but I couldn't round up because of a couple things:

1)There were some obvious similarities to Twilight. However, I can forgive them because there wasn't THAT many, and they were different enough. I feel like I should point this out to those that think it's a copy of Twilight...everything copies the story now. If you have an immortal guy fall in love with a human, BAM! It's like Twilight, and that's not fair.

2)I didn't like all the nicknames and endearments that Asher used to refer to Remy. I'm not that type of girl, nor will I ever be, which is why I didn't like it. It was funny because for about half the story, Asher called Remy by her name, and didn't call her babe or sweetheart, and then all of a sudden there was this switch. It was, "See you later sweetheart," and "Love you babe!" I was like, what happened?!

3)Lottie, Gabe, and the other side characters (aka Remy's friends). We didn't get much from them.
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I admit, I was hesitant to start this book. The whole "magical powers enacted by touching people" idea has been done before many times in YA lit. I can think of at least two stories I've read already with similar concepts and another one that I know about just off the top of my head. But Jackson manages to tell such a unique intriguing story with one of the strongest heroines I've come across in a while. I can't say I loved this one, but I greatly enjoyed it.

To begin, this book is not for everyone. There are many sequences of physical abuse that are pretty detailed. If violence makes you uncomfortable, this certainly isn't the book for you. Remy's stepfather, Dean, is an alcoholic. He feeds off of not only Remy's pain, but her mother's as well. And instead of allowing him to ruin her life, she allowed him to make her stronger. She wouldn't break under him, despite the fact that he would break her bones because he was so maniacal. She became emotionally fortified and determined to survive--easily one of the toughest characters (both physically and emotionally) that I have found in a long time. I really enjoyed this aspect of Remy's characterization because she wasn't looking for sympathy and pity the way many abused characters do. While the abuse was a huge part of her life that caused her to create a huge shell around herself, when forced to face new situations she slowly opened herself to the possibility of a normal life with friends, family, and most of all, love. It's safe to say I really, really like her.

But I have to say that the most interesting concept of this novel was her "super-power" and the lore that came hand-in-hand with her enemy. Remy has the ability to heal others by touching them.
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