Controversy in a new book: Touched by Corinne Jackson (And a Giveaway!)

By Corinne Jackson
Published on November 27, 2012
Published by Kensington Teen
Source: From Publisher for Review
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.
A teenage girl moves from her mother (who lives in a major city) to live with her father in the Northwest.  It is cold and gloomy there most of the time.  She meets a "tall, dark, and handsome" with coppery brown hair and green eyes.  He also has a rich family (some of the siblings like her and some don't).  After a few encounters with the boy, the boy warns the girl that she needs to stay away from him and that being with him will only lead to her death.

So what book did I read?  Twilight... erm I mean Touched.  

I am not one to compare books and I do like giving books a fair chance.  The Twilight series was not completely original- the idea of an innocent girl and a dangerous vampire falling in love is not original.  I am a little disturbed, though, about HOW similar these two stories are.  Now, let me get something clear, I am not crying plagarism at all.  I am simply saying that someone at the publishing house should have realized how similar this is and then NOT GIVEN THIS BOOK A TWILIGHT RIP OFF COVER.  I get the symbolism in the cover and yes it IS accurate with the story. However, there are tons of other ways to portray the theme of the story WITHOUT making this book look like Twilight.

Admittedly, I am no longer a Twilight fan.  I was a fan when the story first came out, but as the series went on and I learned more about Edward- I stopped enjoying the story.  But regardless of whether I like Twilight or not- it is incredibly polarizing within the blogging community.  To have your book visually represented by that does a book no justice. Touched was a very enjoyable book- but I think a ton of people WON'T pick it up because of the similarities to Twilight.

So what did I like about Touched?  It honestly was a very engaging story.  There were similarities to other books, but I loved the complexity of Remy. She was a kick butt heroine with a martyr complex.  She was loyal to a fault to those around her and had some awesome powers.  I loved that she didn't need others around her to take care of her as much as they tried to.  

Although I thought Remy and Asher's romance was a little insta-love, I was willing to buy into it because they "bonded" through their powers.  With the magical spin to their love, I was willing to allow such a strong and fast bond between the two.  (Plus if you have someone in your head 24/7 you create an intimate bond pretty quickly.)

All in all Touched was an enjoyable book.  I look forward to where this series is going.  However if I were to rate it- I would only give it a 3/5.  There were too many eerie similarities to Twilight and the cover does the book no justice.  I do think, though, this series has great promise and I WILL be continuing it. I love Remy and I look forward to what will happen to her after the revelations at the end of the first book.

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