The Touched (The Descendants #1)
by Jennifer Weiser
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
The first sixteen years of Arabella Penthallow’s life have been a lie…
In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader’s daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.
Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground…
Midnight City’s cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he’s been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched—just like him—he isn’t sure who he hates more…the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he’s sworn to kill.
They are told they’re fated to be soul mates…and they each wish the other never existed.
When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable…even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella’s home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn’t, fated souls be damned.
War is coming…and Ara is the prize.
The first thing which caught my attention was the blurb. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to get my hands on it. So when I got a chance to take part in the blog tour, I jumped onto it. Read on to know more of my thoughts after reading it.
The first scene had the right amount of emotion and air of mystery to catch my attention and make me eager to continue reading the book. The writing was very beautifully done by the author and I totally enjoyed reading the tale. The only contention I had was about the different POVs. I generally love reading from various POVs but in this book it was a bit disorienting and as a matter of fact, it was a bit distracting from the continuity of the story. So this was a major negative for me. Otherwise it was an intriguing read.
The plot was intricate and kept me turning the pages with its steady pace. The characters were well portrayed. The main characters, especially Ara and Carter are accessible with their actions and feelings. Her fear and his rage make the perfect pair to get this story going. The minor characters supported the story well but none stood out for me among them all.
So overall, I wasn't disappointed and I hope to read more by the author soon!
My one line review : A great start to a new intriguing series.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3/5
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Jennifer Weiser is a young adult author who has always been a book nerd and a bit chocolate obsessed. Writing has always been a favorite escape, but quickly became a passion not long after the birth of her daughter. When she isn't combing the shelves of her local book stores or blogging about newest book obsessions, you can find her nestled in her nook creating worlds she hopes that one day will inspire her daughter, who not only has given her the courage to follow her dreams--but offers the inspirations that help color their worlds together.
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