I must say Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter is indeed very dark, emotional and full of secrets that it kept me reading until the end. I kept predicting what happened to the character but always ended up wrong.
Tully has a secret that kept her from touching other people, because the moment they touch her hand, they feel what she is feeling. Feelings that she kept well hidden because of her darkest past and all she ever wanted in her life was to graduate and move out of the hellish town she is living in.
Chris is a complete opposite of her, he has a perfect family, perfect school records and popular. The first time he saw her, he knows instantly that he likes Tully.
But when Chris touches her, Tully didn’t expect Chris’s reaction to her powers.
This book has got me wondering what Tully and her father’s secret is. It started out with a visit from her Grandma and was thinking why she and her father is acting weird about it. This book kept me going because of wanting to know more of Tully’s secret and believe me it struck me hard when I finally discover it.
The story revolves around a teenager who wanted to escape from her abusive alcoholic father and was involved with the wrong kind of friends. I understand why she is acting the way she does, Tully is a troubled kid… a totally damaged one inside and out.
“It doesn’t matter that we are oil and water, When he smiles, when he touches me, I feel something I haven’t felt in a long time. Something dangerously close to hope.” -Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salters
I admire Chris’s personality and wonder if someone like him really exists in this world. He shows imperfection quite a little but as a hopeless romantic, I’d let this book get away with his paragon.
The storytelling is very good, the plot is truly devastating… in a good way. I liked how it ends with a very hopeful tone despite all the negativities that happened to Tully.
Celebrated Christian, Aimee L. Salters was born in Oregon and grew up in New Zealand. She is now with her husband and son living happily in Southern Oregon. She started out as a self-published author with her novel Every Ugly Word became her debut novel when it was acquired and re-released by Alloy Entertainment back in 2014.
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“He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was
truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act
pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked
his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons.
Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop
Written in Red by Anne Bishop is a completely unique world that has stunned me with curiosity. I can almost hear Princess Jasmine singing a “Whole New World” with this novel. She created the world where her characters would perfectly fit into and would make the readers want to step into the book and explore more.
The story started with a girl named Meg Corbyn, (or is it?) freezing to death and desperately wanting to escape from people that has been hunting her for her power, people who only saw her as a property. She wanted to escape so bad that she didn’t mind entering a location where humans are considered meat. She has heard about “The Others” and their terrible power which are attuned to nature. No human laws are applied in their sanctuary, a place where Meg thought she would be safe.
Simon Wolfguard is the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, one of the many sanctuaries of The Others. He knows Meg is different from any other humans he had met, and he know’s that she had a secret the moment she entered the Howling Good Reads Bookstore to inquire for the Human Liaison Job. But what it is about her that made him trust this complete stranger, more so a human? Trust her enough to let her inside the courtyard which no humans has ever stepped on? Does knowing the reason behind her secret be enough to protect her?
Okay, deep breath! If you are tired of reading the same concept, same story plot, same boring worlds… then this book is highly recommended for you. At first, I was completely curious on how the author can pull out a story about mythical, elemental creatures who exists in the world living amongst human, looking like humans and living with the aid of technology too. It was such a great idea that I was enticed to read the book in just one sitting.
Meg Corbyn is one heck of a protagonist. I like her strong personality, her kindness and how she can bite back with bitchy remarks if she needs to. She has limited knowledge about living normally as a human which made her so innocent about things. I guess that’s why the Others were confused about her.
“You weren’t afraid of me when I was Wolf,” he said.
“Why are you afraid of Nathan?”
“He’s got big feet!”
― Anne Bishop, Written in Red
She gives her best into everything she does and somehow gives off the feeling that she really wants to belong to a place where she can call home.
Simon Wolfguard is your big bad hunk wolf that you can swoon over any day you like. He is head strong and knows responsibilities and obligations at best. At first, I thought he would instantly fall for Meg since in the early chapters he made it quite clear that Meg is different but surprising as the book is, Simon Wolfguard did not disappoint. He had glaring, snapping, screaming battles with Meg first before he softens and, are they a couple in the end? No. Not yet. (Finger crossed!! )
“The sweatshirt was big on her and she looked ridiculous. He liked it.
And he liked that she was wearing something that carried his scent.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop
But that is what I love most, seeing the development of their relationship. The progress, the sweet little nothings, the thrill of them being together is what makes you want to read more!
The characters of the book are astounding. They are all so unique and you’ll probably fall in love with all of them because they are all lovable and they value friendship to the highest level! Amongst the vampires, wolves, bear, crows, coyote, elemental ( a girl called Winter) and the hell-bent kiss-ass girl who changes hairstyle and color according to her mood which is probably a grim reaper, I adored the ponies!! Ahahah! Yes! the ponies and their love for sweets.
This book is an absolute hidden gem amongst your paranormal, urban fantasy books. World-building, the plot, characters, writing is simply marvelous!