Based on a Norwegian legend
A Sealed Fate
An Angel of Death
A Forbidden Love
“As seductive as Meet Joe Black. As mysterious as City of Angels. As powerful as Twilight.”
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.
Touched combines devastating passion and unconfessable secrets, heartrending decisions and deep emotions, giving life to a love story as intense as the feelings that unite Evan and Gemma, as inescapable as the destiny that looms over them . . .
1 ½ ★
Okay this is one of the example why I should not trust a “rating” on Goodreads anymore.
I requested this book as a review cop, because it has such a high rating on Gooodreads and even better on amazon.
I should have known once I read the prologue and read the word Fu$k at least twice that something is up, considering it is labeled YA. Now I don’t mind, even as a mom, (my kids know better), but I know there are some people that mind it.
Anyhow, the rest of the book was just really awful, and I’m really sorry, because I really hate leaving bad reviews but I have to be honest here and wish more people were when it comes to reviews. I have no idea how this book has such a high rating.
To start with, the author spends a lot of time using big long and over used words to describe things, places .events and character’s feelings. The characters themselves seemed blah and very two dimensional. I found it very hard to connect to any of them.
It sure seemed they seemed to stare and “gaze’ at each other a lot throughout the book.
Here are just a couple examples:
“My eyes were lost in his and his in mine, exploring unknown places, and I feared I wouldn’t be able to contain the emotion that flooded through me.”
“From that distance, the intensity of his gaze almost hurt.”
“His gaze was like a lasso around my heart. Powerful and dark. For a second I thought I was lost in forbidden and unknown realms."
It sure seemed like throughout the whole book the word “GAZE” was used a million times.
But I think what bothered me the most about a book was the second Gemma sees him, not even speaks to him she is completely losing herself. She doesn’t even know yet if he is real or not (her words) and yet she is so fixated on him for weeks. Four in fact, it goes so far that she is pulling away from her best friend over a guy she saw for maybe a minute and don’t know if he is real or she was just seeing things. What kind of “role model” is she supposed to be?! A guy defines who you are and what you do in life. Don’t think for yourself. And it is completely okay for him to show up at night while you sleeping and watch you?! Stalker …. Not boyfriend material.
Overall the book was just not my cup of tea, way to much angst, even for a YA …… way to many overused words. The characters are just blah or can’t think for themselves.
They story leaves much to desired for and often didn’t make sense. Why would the Angle of Death and his buddies have to enroll in High school, just so he can be close to her??? There are plenty of other ways to do that.
I might be just all wrong and am the only one who doesn’t like it but this book was definitely not for me. I also would not recommend it to any of “my” friends.
I rate it 1 ½ ★
*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!