The Touched (The Descendants #1)
by Jennifer Weiser
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Rate: 4 stars
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.
This is not your average paranormal fantasy. And the romance leaves little left to be desired. At turns breath-taking and utterly captivating, all laced with humor and lyrical prose, The Touched is a debut novel to capture your imagination and your soul. Pick up your copy for nail-biting action and swoon-worthy heroes if you dare.
Arabella steps back from me and locks her gaze with mine. “Then there’s something I have to tell you,” she whispers. “But whatever I tell you, despite what you might choose to do afterward, you have to promise you remember what you just said.”
I laugh nervously before I realize she’s serious. I clear my throat and nod. Arabella returns my nod, her features becoming somber before she closes her eyes. I watch her Her features relax and a soft smile pulls at her lips. With her eyes closed she tugs my hand to hers. Warmth spreads through me with her touch. Something solid forms between our hands. Ara’s eyes spring open, peering up at me, she removes her hand and takes a step back from me.
My eyes run down my arm to my outstretched hand, where the weighted object sits. My stomach
flips as my eyes adjust to the object sitting in my hand. A small, round, silver tin sits in my hand. I recognize it as the same small tin that Ara and I had used when we were kids.
A sun baked mud pie sits in on my palm. My gaze darts from it to her. She forces a weak smile.
My stomach plummets, the tin falls to the ground. Sand bursts from it and all over our shoes.
The whispers are true. Our little Arabella isn’t who she once claimed to be.
Arabella Penthallow is more than human.
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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