Author: Corrine Jackson
Publish Date: November 27, 2012 by Kensington Teen
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.
The entire time I read Touched, I kept thinking that this is how a paranormal story should be written. I’ve read so many paranormal plot lines (as I’m sure you all have, too) and frankly, I’ve been a little burned out on the use of all too familiar tropes and clichés in recent releases. But Corrine is a masterful writer and in her capable hands, the story of Remy becomes unbelievably real.
First there’s Remy’s backstory – the reason she went to live with her estranged father. I clutched the book a little tighter because my heart may have been breaking for Remy. Her journey was incredible, devastating and empowering all at once. The relationship she creates with her father is one that rang true because it allowed for time, trust and most of all, healing.
The real delight in the story, at least for me, was the romance between Remy and Asher. Oh, it’s so perfect, you guys. So very, very perfect and so very, very doomed. As I discovered more about Asher and his family, I desperately wanted a different outcome for Remy and Asher. If you can hear me clapping my hands, it’s because this is the level of perfect storytelling so many paranormal stories strive for and don’t reach. You’ll have to read it for yourself to see, but Remy and Asher are two of my favorite couples in any 2012 book.
I’m thrilled to have discovered Corrine’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading her contemporary story, If I Lie, because of the tightness in plot, the deep level of characters and the fantastic world-building she displayed in Touched. I’m also thrilled that this is a series, because yes, I’m rather desperate for book 2, Pushed, in the Sense Thieves series which should be out this year in December.