06 February 2014

{Book Review} Touched by corrine jackson

By: Me My Shelf And I | 06 February 2014 at 12:17 AM | | | | | |

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Touched
Touched #1
Release Date: November 27th 2012
Pages: 343
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Rating: 4 Birds

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

Corrine Jackson has a way with opening scenes. She will pull in from word one, and TOUCHED is no exception to that.  In TOUCHED, we open to a  heated scene that shows us right up front how remarkable Remy, and her power really are.

I loved this! I love that we start out knowing that Remy has a power. Too often we start a book and follow along with the character while they learn that they are special. In TOUCHED we only follow along as Remy learns more about her power and grows it.

After years of her step father’s abuse, one night he goes too far. The outcome of the situation is that Remy goes to live with her very normal, suburban father and his family whom she hasn’t had any real contact with since she was born. In another refreshing twist, we don’t have the evil step-sister here who hates that Remy has come to live with them. We don’t have that typical new-girl syndrome at school that makes it impossible for Remy to fit in. I love how, with out really intending too Corrine Jackson tells you that it’s not always the end of the world when you move, like nearly every other YA book does. 

Set in the real world, with the supernatural living (hiding) among the mortals , you will feel a little like certain parts might have been done before. However, if you think about it, there are some parts of all genres that when left out readers tend to feel ripped off, or make the plot can fall apart. You need certain ingredients to make a supernatural book, and Jackson delivers them while getting funky in the kitchen and adding her own spices to it, claiming this world as her own.

One of my favorite aspects of TOUCHED is how strong and real Remy is. She’s a survivor, living through years of abuse. She stands on her own two feet and won’t take crap from any one and my heart swells every time we have a strong girl protagonist. They can be few and far between. Even with the introduction of the love interest, Ashton, Remy does not become less of herself because he’s now there. In fact he seems to help her build herself even more, to be become stronger in everything including harnessing and understanding her power.

This series will be perfect for die-hard fans of supernatural romance. It’s got everything you are looking for and more! I can’t wait to see what PUSHED (Touched #2) brings me!!!

PARTS/quotes I LOVED:

P. 159
“What language was that?”
His voice had tightened with anger. “Welsh, French and Spanish.”
I whistled. “Not enough curses in one language?”
He looked sheepish. “Sorry.”

P.181
When he lifted his pen a long moment later, I stared at what he’d drawn. I thought it was supposed to be the two of us, holding hands. It could also have been an elephant grazing in the grasslands. I couldn't be sure because he was one the worst artists I ‘d ever seen in my life.

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