The Touched (The Descendants #1)
by Jennifer Weiser
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Rate: 5 Quills Out of 5
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.
I received an ARC for this blog tour.
I am in love with this story. This is an undeniable five star read. Jen, you have done an amazing job. This is another one of those reviews where it is almost impossible to write because I just can't find the words to do the book justice. How many times can "amazing" be used in a review without becoming redundant?
The story itself is amazing. It completely drew me in to it. This book is right up my alley. I loved every page of the book. Even when something was ticking me off, I loved reading it. There are so many details that must have went into the story. All of the information that goes into the story without seeming bogged down by it is so well done. The pacing is perfect, in my opinion. I feel like I can't reveal too much of the story. I think a lot of it needs to be experienced as it is read. The beginning was one that most definitely drew me in. It will have you turning the pages and wanting to know what the hell is going on.
The writing is such that I could picture what was happening as if I were right there with the characters. Now, the characters, they were all so great. Even the more questionable characters were great. I'm more of a character driven reader. And while this story most definitely had the plot, it has the amazing characters that would keep me coming back. I really liked Arabella's character. She felt so real (as did the rest) and very relatable, to me, despite most of her situation not exactly being relatable. Tove, Cast, Trinity, Rob, Leader Penthallow, Leader Decker, Caleb. They were all great characters. While Arabella captured my heart in one way, the character that captured my heart in a completely different way would have to be Carter Decker. Would you believe me if I told you that I blushed just typing his name? Yes, he will be added to my list of favorite fictional men (a.k.a. fictional men I have a bit of a crush on). His character grows a lot through this book and I grew to love him even more. And I must say, that I am Team Carter all the way. (I'm sorry, Tove, I really am).
That ending was definitely a cliff hanger. I didn't see that coming. I can't wait for book two!! Get on it, Jen!! Haha. We will all be ready to read more about these characters. 5 quills to this book, no doubt. Highly recommended.
"There's nothing that turns a person colder than a blackened heart."
"I'm sickened with the longing for a friend. One who truly knows me...darkness and all."
"I have it on good authority that girls find declarations of love on paper romantic."
"Fight not for what your heart believes it should. Fight for what it cannot live without."
"You make me feel things...things I haven't in years. I don't know what that means for either of us - but I want it all. You make me want it all."
"I could no longer be the girl I've always been afraid to be."
"The girl who I've only begin to love is slipping through my fingers."
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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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