This is a tough review for me to write honestly. I read some of the many reviews for this book when I came across it online, and for a brief window the author was selling it at a reduced price for a kindle edition. I looked into it, received a copy for review and I settled into read this wonderful idea for a novel. It was sold to me as an Reaper-assassin (which still sounds like a fantastic idea tbh).
However, that’s not really the book I was reading I came to find out. I read a whopping 40% of the book, and just couldn’t bring myself to put any more time or second chances into it. Image a female character so completely obsessed, she fantasies a whole relationship and connection with one guy, it’s totally consuming. Worse, it happens to the guy too, only they never speak or meet or spend time together. So it left me wondering, what? The only sane character was Peter, the long time best friend of the main character Gemma, clearly he’s in love with her. Everyone else can see it, except of course Gemma. With the new guy mysteriously in town, in a small ass town, Peter starts to lose his marbles trying to get down to the bottom of who the new guy and his family are, they aren’t vampires that’s for sure.
So I gave it my best, even gave the book a few chances to still grow or chance and nothing so I had to leave it. It was a great idea conceptually for sure, and I still wish to read THAT version of the story but just not this one. I wish I could say more on it but its the writing itself too that’s part of the problem. It’s page after page of her or him dissecting everything thought of each other, while never actually being in the same room together, and repeating quite literally everything (page after page etc) I got nauseous and eventually bored.
Back of the Book
Based on a Norwegian legend
A Sealed Fate
An Angel of Death
A Forbidden Love
“As seductive as Meet Joe Black. As mysterious as City of Angels. As powerful as Twilight.”
What are you willing to sacrifice when the only person who can save you is the same one who has to kill you?
After vampires and werewolves, after wizards and fallen angels, a new breed of Angels is here to usher you into their dark world. An ancient, deadly, inescapable race.
No one can see them. They’re shadows of destiny. They’re knights of death. They’re the Subterraneans and they’re here to claim our lives.
Commanded by a mysterious congregation called the Màsala, the Angels of Death ensure that each man’s destiny takes its due course on Earth.
But what happens when love intervenes?
Can an Angel of Death deny his own nature and challenge destiny?
Can love rebel against fate?
When Gemma’s eyes first meet the dark, piercing gaze of Evan James, an ominous shadow creeps into her life, ultimately leading her to face her destiny. She doesn’t realize Evan is one of Death’s soldiers and that Death is summoning her.
Her time is up: Gemma must die . . . and Evan has been sent to kill her.
But what if she’s the only one who can truly see him?
Against every rule. Against fate itself. Against everything and everyone. A story of forbidden love and star-crossed destinies.
Dark. Romantic. Dangerous.
Touched combines devastating passion and unconfessable secrets, heartrending decisions and deep emotions, giving life to a love story as intense as the feelings that unite Evan and Gemma, as inescapable as the destiny that looms over them . . .