[Review Fest #1] Touched (Touched, #1) by Elisa S. Amore

Note: Before I start my review of this one. You may have noticed a slight change of the kind of reviewing I do. I inserted “fest” because I will be consecutively posting reviews of books for a while until I’ve published them all. I just want to do something different from time to time. I hope you bear with me on this one. This is just something I will do for now.


Title: Touched
Author: Elisa S. Amore
Publication: February 3rd 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 311
Format: Paperback

What are you willing to sacrifice when the only person who can save you is the same one who has to kill you?

After vampires and werewolves, after wizards and fallen angels, a new breed of Angels is here to usher you into their dark world. An ancient, deadly, inescapable race.
No one can see them. They’re shadows of destiny. They’re knights of death. They’re the Subterraneans and they’re here to claim our lives.
Commanded by a mysterious congregation called the Màsala, the Angels of Death ensure that each man’s destiny takes its due course on Earth.
But what happens when love intervenes?
Can an Angel of Death deny his own nature and challenge destiny?
Can love rebel against fate?

When Gemma’s eyes first meet the dark, piercing gaze of Evan James, an ominous shadow creeps into her life, ultimately leading her to face her destiny. She doesn’t realize Evan is one of Death’s soldiers and that Death is summoning her.
Her time is up: Gemma must die . . . and Evan has been sent to kill her.
But what if she’s the only one who can truly see him?

Against every rule. Against fate itself. Against everything and everyone. A story of forbidden love and star-crossed destinies.

Dark. Romantic. Dangerous.

Shelf it on Goodreads!

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My thoughts:

I received a review copy from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

To start off my review, I just want to say that I enjoyed reading this book sent to me by the author. I do not usually read paranormal/romance books, but this one blew me away in a sweep. I’ve been fascinated with books that centralize on angels, or in this situation–angels of Death.

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.

“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.”

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.

4 swords4 swords for a great paranormal book!

About the author:

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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.

Do you read paranormal/romance books? Comment below and let’s talk about it.




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