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Touched - The Caress of Fate (Volume 1) Paperback – January 31, 2016
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"Elisa S. Amore is one of the few phenomena in Italian self-publishing." Vanity Fair<br><br>
"Girls who dream of love, a new novel just for you has come out in bookshops." Marie Claire<br><br>
"The Caress of Fate is the literary success of the year." Tu Style<br><br>
"For those who think emotions shouldn't die out as you grow up, this novel has a lot to offer you." Vero<br><br>
"A memorable love story told in a sublime way. There is definitely something unique about Elisa Amore's style: it grabs you like a magnet, showcasing the author's skill." Luna Effy Blog<br><br>
"As fascinating as Meet Joe Black, but for young adults. And not only." The Bookworm<br><br>
"Following the Italian success of Alberto Casella, another fascinating story about death and love." R. Fantasy blog<br><br>
"I am certain that this wonderful story could be made into a film. I really hope a producer somewhere out there gets his hands on this novel because it would definitely be a big hit in theaters." Glenda Lissandrello, Goodreads<br><br>
"It's a drug--it creates a dependency on Evan and Gemma. I can say with absolute certainty that this has become one of my all-time favorite books. One of those that enters your heart and touches your soul, never to leave you again." Bliss, Goodreads<br><br>
"A modern version of the Italian masterpiece Death Takes a Holiday." Elena, Goodreads<br><br>
"I couldn't put this book down. I read it three times, and each time I was just as moved as I was the first time! I hope it's translated into every language in the world, that it's made into a movie, a television series, a comic book. I want to see Touched Halloween costumes and rearview-mirror ornaments! This book should even have fanfiction spinoffs--it deserves all this and more." Valentina Canella, Goodreads<br><br>
"I just started reading this book and I'm already madly in love. In addition to the exciting story, the writing is really excellent. Gemma's feelings are described so well I feel like I'm inside her head." Vanny Styles, Amazon--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Elisa S. Amore is the author of the paranormal romance saga Touched. She wrote the first book while working at her parents’ diner, dreaming up the story between one order and the next. She lives in Italy with her husband, her son, and a pug that sleeps all day. She’s wild about pizza and traveling, which is a source of constant inspiration for her. She dreamed up some of the novels’ love scenes while strolling along the canals in Venice and visiting the home of Romeo’s Juliet in romantic Verona. Her all-time favorite writer is Shakespeare, but she also loves Nicholas Sparks. She prefers to do her writing at night, when the rest of the world is asleep and she knows the stars above are keeping her company. She’s now a full-time writer of romance and young adult fiction. In her free time she likes to read, swim, walk in the woods, and daydream. She collects books and animated movies, all jealously guarded under lock and key. Her family has nicknamed her “the bookworm.” After its release, the first book of her saga quickly made its way up the charts, winning over thousands of readers. Touched: The Caress of Fate is her debut novel and the first in the four-book series originally published in Italy by one of the country’s leading publishing houses. The book trailer was shown in Italian movie theaters during the premiere of the film Twilight: Breaking Dawn—Part 2. Leah Janeczko (translator): Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Leah D. Janeczko has lived in Milan for half her life plus a few months. Her translations have been published by Random House, Scholastic, Hyperion, Elle, Volo, Harper Collins AudioBooks, Fazi Editore and Disney. Annie Crawford (editor): Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Annie likes to think editing is in her blood. From the age of five, she knew she wanted to be just like her grandmother, a highly-regarded literary editor. Annie has copy/line edited everything from memoirs to academic projects to novels. Fluent in Spanish and competent in Italian and French, she’s created a niche for herself as a translation editor as well, and also does literary translations from Spanish to English. Annie has written two young adult books of her own plus a travel memoir.
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This translated novel revolves around a normal teenager named Gemma who suddenly encountered a mysterious presence wherein apparently, she's the only who experienced this. Ever since this happened, she's been delusional and lost in her own thoughts. After this Angel of Death, Evan, interfered a lot of times with Gemma, she felt connected with him, and is slowly falling in love with him.
I definitely enjoyed reading this book. I'm even surprised that even the book being translated, it was still as amazing as it should be. This book is divided into a dual point-of-view, being Gemma's and Evan's, which gave a huge advantage to the book. It was fun reading from a human and an angel's perspective.
The thing is, the attachment between the character and myself as a reader was intact. I love how the characters were written; it felt like they were the fictional characters who I really want to be with and hang out with. Actually, all the characters felt like my fictional group of friends, and it was fun hanging out with them while reading this.
Not to mention how beautifully this book was written. The translator did a great job here, definitely commendable. The characters, the story and the dialogue were greatly crafted with an interesting concept that is enough to pull me into their world where angels of death exist to take away lives, and it felt like they took my life for me to live there.
I really recommend this book, and you should try to start reading this book. It may not be as famous as you think, but it's a book definitely worth checking out. If you're interested with a world filled with angels and witches, this one's surely for you.
"You need to learn to seize the day. Shyness is a lasso that binds the wings each of us has. Only if you untie it can you fly. Don't give up on something if you might regret it later. Sometimes all you need to do is reach out and take what's in front of you. Someone else might beat you to it and you'll miss your chance."
I've had the opportunity to read an excerpt from the upcoming release of 'Brokenhearted' and oh God! Tears trickled down my face as I began to read it. By the time I'd finished, I had completely fallen apart. I can't imagine how horrific it would be to come face to face with the sudden loss Gemma is enduring, here in the real world. It's hard enough experiencing it with her in my alternate reality. They say some books you just read, some you enjoy, but then there are special ones that swallow you heart and soul. This saga has devoured mine.
I would LOVE to begin reading Brokenhearted and find the scenario 'Unfaithful' ended with was just another of Gemma's premonition dreams. That she, along with Ginevera, Simon AND Evan used her dream-state vision as how to take Drake down. OR...at the very least, Gemma used what was revealed to her in said (my wishful) premonition dream; to ensure she'd be thinking clearly and recognize Evan by his touch, emotion, & tender loving words, so to NOT mistakenly use the poison on him.
Now, knowing my "alternate beginning" isn't meant to be...I believe us die-hard fans & readers, along with Gemma, Ginevra, & Simon will come to learn that Gemma is a witch; HOPEFULLY, this will occur early in the soon to be released book! I'm pretty sure I've correctly figured out the witch part, and I believe Gemma's grandmother was also a witch. In "A Caress of Fate", I remember Gemma saying her grandmother always told her "The Mind is capable of great magic, but only if you look at things with the heart and not the eyes; it's impossible to see the magic in the world if you don't feel it first within". I'd say remembering that statement has served her very well thus far and I believe if Gemma concentrates and remains focused, she'll be able to bring Evan back because love can transcend space and time. Both she and Evan confessed even death will not keep them apart. If Gemma's powers aren't quite strong enough yet to do it alone, Ginevera, I have no doubt, will be there to help her see it through. At what cost for each of them though? I'm afraid to even consider. All I do know is that Evan MUST be brought back. Life without him is nothing but darkness. We need our Sun, Moon, and Stars. Oh, and lets not forget, redemption. 😂
Everyone is going to think I've gone completely mad, but I have read all installments of the "Touched Saga" thus far (English Version) SIX times. Cover to Cover, back to back....NOT kidding. When you re-read, you pick up on things you may have overlooked the first go-round. Even after 6 times I'm sure I've still missed something. I have soooo many questions I hope will be revealed at some point before this saga concludes. Such as, what happened to the real Drake? Whose side of the family (mom or dad) did the Witches bloodline come from - OR is it random like the bloodline of the Angels of Death? Is the fate of the world (according to the Masala) really dependent on Gemma's death, or did they foresee the baby she's now carrying, and it is this that spawned the Masala's insistence that her death be carried out? A baby, conceived in love, by a Witch and an Angel of Death - will it be a Hybrid so to speak? What could the destiny of this child be? To make right all the bad in the world, and grant redemption to the Angels of Death so to they too can assume their place in Heaven OR will this child bring about mass destruction?
If I didn't know better, I'd swear these books have cast a spell on me 😘. I can't seem to get past them... I keep reading and re-reading; never tiring of them. I think about the books when I'm not reading and even dream about different scenarios (future) and alternates to the ones that have already occurred.....talk about embarrassing. As much as I love books though, and I do have my favorites, I have never re-read a single one of them more than twice. Maybe its just that I see so much of myself in Gemma when I was a teen. I was a bookworm, and I too liked to escape into the woods, propped against a tree, nothing but me, a gentle breeze, and the birds....reading, I'd travel to another place in time.
I am anxiously awaiting Brokenhearted, and hoping the 4th book in this series will be released in early 2017. More than anything though, I'd absolutely love to see Mrs. Amore write more books for this series, such as back-stories on Gemma's parents & the grandmother, Ginevera, & Simon, and, of course, more on our main characters (Gemma, Evan, & their baby, Ginevera, & Simon). What happens after Expiation? Where do their adventures & struggles take them? These characters now hold a special place in my heart, and I'm no where near ready to say goodbye to them.
What an amazing writer, and a beautiful story...I absolutely fell in love with the Touched series and its characters. They, along with Mrs. Amore's wording, pulls readers into the book; bearing witness to every scene, every emotion, every struggle, every triumph.