Pabkin’s One Liner: Enjoyable despite being a teenage instant love story.
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 becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
This is Book One in the Touched trilogy.
Remy has the power to heal with her touch, the downside is that she takes on the injuries that she heals. Her mother is married to an abusive man who constantly uses the two of them for a punching bag. Remy is tough and I loved that about her. The opening scene in Touched seems to be the beating that broke the camels back though, even if she did stand up to the abuser and give him an infected taste of his own medicine. When Remy’s father finds out what’s been happening he finally takes her away to live with him after being absent her whole life. I was glad she left with him because I don’t pity people who stay in abusive situations, it just sickens me. I know Remy feels bad for leaving her mom, but she did the right thing.
Her dad, Ben has a wife and another teenage daughter. I enjoyed how their family works together to make her feel welcome. The family dynamic developed there is a good one and its nice to see how Remy’s relationship with her father progresses. Realistically, coming from a broken home where one parent left, I think there might have been a bit more resentment harbored on her part, but hey everybody is different.
The other elements of Touched: rich attractive bad boy Asher, that she plays the “I’m attracted to but not going to have anything to do with him” game is one I’ve seen before. It didn’t last long obviously before they were in love. He has two siblings, oh and they are all immortal but not vampires, just a kind of super human, but they don’t have a few of the major senses. At least they don’t freaking sparkle, haha. They can’t feel touch sensations like pain and pleasure, taste (obviously they can hear and see). I thought this plot point could have been better, it didn’t entirely work for me but I went with it.
They are Protectors which are enemies of Healers, which used to work together before some war over a hundred years ago. I thought that was a decent back story but I won’t go into it. Basically, right away this book did remind me of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in several ways but it definitely is a completely different story. One thing I must say is where as I didn’t like Twilight, I did enjoy Touched. I thought the writing was better and the main character Remy was a strong character that was more fleshed out and easier to like. Not just some milk sop obsessed with a boy who couldn’t do anything without him. Remy actually had a personality, strength and determination. I do think that Asher’s personality was not as well realized but I think that’s only because the focus was supposed to be Remy.
There was an interesting twist at the end but I do have to say the bulk of the first 200 pages is spent in developing the relationship between Remy and Asher.
Touched was good but it wasn’t quite great enough to make me feel compelled to read the next book.
Tabitha the Pabkins