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Touched (Sense Thieves) Paperback – November 27, 2012
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0758273339
- ISBN-13 : 978-0758273338
- Product Dimensions : 5.61 x 1.02 x 8.26 inches
- Publisher : Kensington -Teen; First Trade Paperback Printing. Edition (November 27, 2012)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author: Corrine Jackson
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Sense Thieves #1
How I would Blurb it: An intriguing story line with a flaw in the development of the romance.
This book was....interesting. The idea of it was so cool! I mean, a girl who can heal people by assuming the injury? So AWESOME! I've heard the idea before and I may have even read something similar, but the whole idea is just so cool to think about this! I don't know how I feel about this book. I still don't know how I'm going to rate this book. And I really hope that writing this review will help me straighten my thought...So here it goes...
1.) The first half of the book was so fast paced and interesting. The first chapter sucks you in and really makes you wonder where this book is going to go.
2.) Remy was a really strong character.....for the first half of the book. She wasn't afraid to try and save her mom and stand up to her dad. She believed in what she was doing for her mom.
3.) As I've already mentioned, I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Assuming someone's wounds in order to heal them is such a neat idea. The one thing that bothers me is that I feel I read this same exact concept in another book. (Not that this affected my view of the book, but I just can't remember what book was like this.)
4.) Lucy. I really liked her. She was the concerned sister and she was very sweet. She was probably my favorite character in the book!
5.) Gah!!! The cover!! It's just so pretty!!!
1.) This to me seemed like insta-love and a cliched scenario all rolled into one bundle of joy with a gorgeous cover. Imagine this scenario (you've seen it millions of times)
-Broken girl sees hot guy.
-They hate each other.
-Or so it seems
-They then decide (after much arguing) that they are actually in deep like.
-Moments later something drives a wedge in their relationship
-They then get back together after they realize that they are better together and declare their undying love.
-They then get their happily ever after. (at least for the moment)
This is so cliched!!! AND on top of this cliched scenario THERE IS INSTA-LOVE!!! I did not see either Asher or Remy fall for each other. It was all of a sudden like----BAM----I LOVE YOU. You are my world...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH! I don't want to hear it!!!
2.) The villain, (Remy's stepfather, Dean) was your average villain. He was full of evilness. Once again it was just so cliched.
3.) And then you have the clueless dad who after realizing he wasn't a good parent tries to win his troubled daughter back.
4.) WHAT WAS WITH THE RANDOM FLASHBACK IN THE END???? All of a sudden they were talking and BAM flashback! Out of no where.....It really annoyed me....
5.) Asher is a total creep. First he takes pictures of Remy (in a creepy way) And then he goes into complete creeper psycho mode. There is more, but I really don't want to spoil anything.
6.) Remy became defenseless. She started of SO STRONG and ended up being so dependent on Asher and her Dad. It really started grating on my nerves...
7.) The second half of the book was a drag...I considered DNF. (Which is so unlike me) but I stuck through it...
8.) Is it just me or is a creepy old guy as a love interest weird. I tend to stay away from books that have immortal beings as love interests (unless the MC is also immortal) but the whole idea felt creepy.....
Okay, when I first started writing this review, (like a week ago) I had no idea about how I was going to rate it. But after writing this review, ny thoughts have settled and I've realized that I really didn't like this book....I wanted to, but it was so cliched (to me anyways.) The idea was great but I did not like the execution...at all. So I'm going to give this book two stars and I have to say I was expecting so much more. This book just fell short for me...
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: NOT LIKELY
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: NO
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: NOPE
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: PROBABLY NOT
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: Maybe, her writing style was enjoyable she just needs better characters.
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. In the beginning, we got a sense of who these characters were, but as the book progressed, we lost them. Gabe was starting to shine toward the end, but I still wanted more. Lottie, I just couldn't get a feel on or connect to in any way, and then she makes a huge mistake that puts everyone in danger. I thought that she would finally be in the story more, but she wasn't.
These things however, were not big enough problems for me to detract from the story. I loved Remy for being a strong, kick-ass girl who was willing to go to any length for her family and Asher. She really stepped up, and she didn't take anything from anyone. Remy learns how to trust and love again, and it was interesting to see her transformation throughout the story. Asher was AMAZING! I love this guy! He was funny, smart, and incredibly sexy (at least in my mind haha).
This book has a lot of action, heartbreak, and love. I found myself never wanting to stop reading it was that good. It's a page turner to say the least. Ms. Jackson has created something new and interesting in this series and I can't wait to see what Ms. Jackson has in store for us next!
Top reviews from other countries
17-year-old Remy has a special gift – she can heal people with just a touch, and absorb their injury into herself. When Remy and her mother both end up in hospital following a beating from Remy’s step-father, Remy goes to live with her father instead, and meets bad-boy Asher, who seems to like her.
Why is Remy able to heal? What secret is Asher hiding? And who else knows Remy’s secret?
This was a really good story, even if it was a bit cliché at times.
I liked Remy even if she was a bit too self-sacrificing. She was so selfless that she willingly endured other people’s pain, which at times put her in a really weak position, and left her open to attack.
I have to say that I really liked Asher! He was so sweet, and I loved the way he flirted with Remy.
I liked the storyline, even though I could see how it might have been compared to twilight (immortal boy, fast car, living with father, bad guy out to get her etc.), and I liked the writing too. I also really liked the little twists in this story, and liked the bits that I didn’t expect.
There was some romance, and again, I really liked Asher! They made a really cute couple, and I liked the way their relationship worked.
The ending was good, and I liked the action. I did think that one of the things revealed in the epilogue was maybe a little obvious, but that didn’t spoil the story. We were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger, but to be honest I expected that. I’m looking forward to book two to find out what happens to Remy and Asher next!
Overall; great YA paranormal romance,
8 out of 10.
The love interest's personality also suffers severely when he finally, inevitably falls for the heroine, despite the constant dramatic monologues about how they mustn't be together. After he's fallen for her, he ends up with all the wit, humour, and sparkling personality of a lamp. Meanwhile, the protagonist is hard to sympathize with at the beginning (as a victim of abuse, she's extremely aggressive and unfriendly) and when she does soften up, it seems to happen too fast. This girl's been abused all her life: would she really get over it all within a couple of months? The use of abuse and the heavy angst also make this feel like a fanfiction rather than a published novel: in general, no matter what hardships a character has suffered, it's hard to make their whining about it elegant.
Sadly, I feel like this book could have been so much more interesting if it gave up on the cliched, rip-off forbidden romance that all YA novels seem obsessed with now and paid more attention to its central concept. Without wanting to spoiler, the world the author has developed and the supernatural beings she's created could be really interesting - if she wasn't more interested in writing a very cliched romance.
On the whole, I didn't enjoy this book. But that doesn't matter, because if you enjoy reading supernatural romances, you'll probably like this. It's mediocre at best, very derivative, but that's often the point with this kind of book: it's Mills and Boon for teenagers, with less sex and more magic.