It's so nice to be back in the Bookanista swing of things!
This week I'm excited to talk about Corrine Jackson's TOUCHED.
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.
At the beginning, I admit I was a little thrown off by how quickly things happened. By the end of the first chapter, Remy's life has been established one way, has drastically changed, AND she meets Asher. Phew! But I actually LIKED this approach, after I got my bearings, because it really got the story moving.
I *love* the premise of this book, that Remy can heal people but takes their injuries on herself...it gives her such an interesting perspective...a superhero who feels a tremendous amount of pain. She is both tough and vulnerable, and I think Corrine did a fantastic job developing her character. By the end of the book I was fully invested in Remy and sad that I have to wait months until I can visit with her again.
I liked that the paranormal element is simple and straight-forward...Protectors, Healers, got it. The story didn't get bogged down with a ton of mythology...there was just enough explanation to give the rules and the stakes, and then the story ran with it. And it did indeed run! The pacing of this book was fantastic...as I mentioned in my last post, I have a teething baby at home, and I *still* found time to read and enjoy this story because I just had to know what happened. In particular, the last third had me absolutely on the edge of my seat...I was so scared for Remy and desperate to find out what was going on...and if things would be okay for these characters I'd come to love!
Not Your Average Twilight
The romance, at first blush, is a little Twilight-y. But only on the most basic level. In fact, the relationship between Remy and Asher is what I wish Edward and Bella could have had. Remy is a strong, take charge kind of chick, and she doesn't put up with Asher's overprotectiveness. Because she can ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF HERSELF. That simple fact was such a breath of fresh air for me. I *loved* their interactions and how Remy deals with this new person in her life and the realization that she has feelings for him.
I also loved how Remy interacted with her sister and father...there was such poignancy there. Remy's family situation and the grittiness of her life really added to the emotional punch of the story for me. Confession: I'm not actually a huge fan of paranormal romance, but this book had me completely hooked. I can't WAIT for the second book in the series!!
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