Sunday, 23 December 2012

A Review for Touching Smoke (Touch Series #1) by Airicka Phoenix

Touching Smoke (Touch, #1)
Posted by Guest Reviewer Melanie
Release Date: October 25th, 2012
Finished Date: July 31st, 2012
Publishers: Self-Published
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle 
Pages: 320
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US 


Secrets... 

Fallon has one. She doesn’t know it, but it will kill her... if she’s caught. 

Love... 

Isaiah. Her soul mate. Made especially for her. Created especially for her. Designed to be everything she would ever need. But loving him will destroy her. 

Betrayal... 

Willing to die for her, kill for her, Isaiah must first save her from the monster chasing them — the man that had created them to annihilate the world. 

What would you risk for love?

The Review: I just loved this, totally loved it… it gripped me from the very beginning and I could not put it down.

Fallon is 16 years old and doesn’t really belong anywhere having always been made to move on with her Mother every few months, so she has no friends, no home and only her mother as family but it’s her life and she knows no different….. but she knows she is different, because she is crippled by an intense hunger, that needs to be kept in check and experiences weird dreams, giving her a window to another girls tragic life. Whilst travelling to a new destination Fallon realises they are being followed by a biker, feeling a mysterious pull to him he waves, she waves back……..and all hell breaks loose! Suddenly her mother turns homicidal, trying to ram him off the road and get away, why? Why does she want to kill him? But most of all why does Fallon’s heart break at the thought of hurting him? But following that strange meeting and escaping, Fallon finds that there are more people hunting her, people who should not exist, people who do unbelievable things and then there’s her rescuer, her biker – Isaiah – whose blood calls to her, who would die to protect her, her soul mate…..will love be enough to save them when they discover that they have been lied to and manipulated all of their lives? Because that’s just the beginning of what evil has in store for them….
So yeah, I loved this book….

I loved the whole set up, it started very much like any other book… teenager moving to a new town, that quickly became a run and chase scenario and I was really liking that. It caught my interest because out of the blue you have this guy following them and making contact with Fallon, she was feeling a pull and then her Mother just went off on one – it was quite alarming how quickly things changed but it really intrigued me – who was this guy? Why is Fallon feeling connected to him? Her mother knows something she doesn’t. Then as she moves onto a school more things start to happen, new enemies emerge and I’m all – what is going on? I thought biker guy is the enemy? Who are these other people? What do they want? Is biker guy now the hero? So in a short space of time my mind set went from dangerous, potential enemy, biker guy to wow! Hero biker guy…… but what is he? Who is he? I felt the pull along with Fallon, I connected with the relationship straight away and I really liked the way it was done, with the not knowing what side he was on –friend/foe – or even what he is and even when we find out we still don’t know much, that comes later…..

The storyline was intriguing and kept me on my toes. It was different and although I have read of this type of thing before it was refreshing because it’s not a common theme in books and I feel in this, that we have only gotten the tip of the iceberg and it has so much more waiting to be discovered. We also only met one side of the conflict, and experience has shown me that the good & bad guys are never totally as defined as they seem to be… so I’ll be curious to meet the ‘good guys’. I totally loved the soul mate angle, as I mentioned above, I really connected with the MC's and their relationship, I loved their characters and feel like they have a ton more to give so I’ll be looking for some good progression from them in future books. I’m also really excited to see where the story goes next. Another thing I loved about this is that I honestly had no clue what was going on for best part of, it was unpredictable and to be honest I think there are still a lot of things up in the air even after reading the book but I know that will make me want to read a sequel even more, plus the pacing was great! As far as first books go, this was a really awesome start, packed full of potential that has me excited for more.

1 comment:

Airicka Phoenix Author said...

Hello Melanie!

Thank you so much for this incredibly beautiful review! I'm elated you enjoyed the first in the Touch Series. Thank you for your honest review and all the pretty flowers. It's a wonderful present to get before Christmas.

Wishing you all the best,

Airicka