A Touch Morbid
By Leah Clifford
Touch Mortal – Book 2
Available February 2012
Eden won the battle-she saved her true love from the darkest evil. But the war has only just begun. With secrets swirling around her, powerful allies unraveling, and life-and death-as she knows it eroding, Eden and those she loves tread dangerous ground. Can she trust anyone? Will her unearthly powers be her salvation or her downfall? A sweeping, dark, and sexy paranormal romance that will haunt readers with an inventive mythology and a cinematic New York City filled with shadows and longing.
This Blonde’s Review:
In the first book in this series we meet Eden. We learn about how there is something called Touch that is passed between the Siders and mortals. Siders build something called Touch that the must pass to people. Passing it can mess mortals up, so they are supposed to be careful how they do it. Eden is different and takes it. If Eden touches other Siders they die and go to heaven or hell. This is the only way for them to move on and she was constantly approached and paid to do this. When she finds out that all of her Siders are going to heaven when they aren’t meant to be there and that it disturbs the balance, she refuses to take any more touch.
This leads to Eden slowly getting sick. Throughout this she is fighting to stay with Az and save Gabe. Gabe is the key to more than she knows but she believes she’s willing to do anything to get him back. When she finds out what it would take she has to make a decision and so does Az. But are they willing to pay the price and would the other characters be willing to accept it?
I felt less of a connection with Eden and Az in book two than I did in book one. In the first book I really liked Eden and felt involved in her story. In book two, even though they still held the same roles and same importance, I connected more with Gabe and Kristen.
Gabe has fallen, yet he fights the urge to hurt people. He knows he has things he is trying to accomplish, but he has a hard time remembering anything. It’s confusing at first, but becomes clear later and makes me hate his struggles even more. Kristen is another Sider leader who is attempting to maintain control of her schizophrenia. Without Gabe to help her, she has to decide if she’s willing to accept help from the devil himself or fall into the depths of her own mind. She has to figure out if she’s there because he cares about her or because she’s a pawn.
A Touch Morbid opened up so many more questions for us about what is going to happen and whether Eden and Az can ever be together, but it also gives us more information about what is happening in Heaven and Hell.
If you’ve read the first book you should not pass up reading the second. You’ll find yourself impatient for book three to find out what happens to Eden, Az, and Gabe, but you’ll also find yourself wanting to know more about Kristen this time too.