Friday, October 16, 2015

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ The Touched by Jennifer Weiser

THE TOUCHED by Jennifer Weiser
Series: The Descendants # 1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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’m not lying.”

Carter’s lips pull into a small smile. My heart flutters wildly in my chest with the sight of it. I want to loath myself for the feelings he’s causing. The confusion that has begun to occur. This isn’t Carter or me. We can’t stand one another, yet I can’t help the way my mind has sometimes wandered in the last few days, playing curious images of him pulling me close, his lips becoming lost on mine.

You are,” Carter says, closing the gap I opened between us. The tips of his black boots touch my own. You can’t lie to me. Or to anyone in this room for that matter. I know what you’re feeling.”

You don’t know a thing about me or what I may be feeling.”

Carter snorts and shakes his head, his hair falling lazily over his forehead. He drops his head, moving within inches of my lips. I inhale sharply, the corset constricting. Damn him. I keep my eyes locked with his, refusing to look away. Too many emotions course through my body and I can’t decide which ones overrule the rest.

Carter licks his lips, jumpstarting my pulse. I do, princess,” Carter whispers, everyone does.”

No…no they don’t.”

Carter purses his lips, his eyes smoldering slightly. Oh, little Arabella, they do. Your emotions are staining this entire room. I can feel everything you feel for me. Taste every last one.”

I suck in a deep breath, pushing back from him.

Carter smiles darkly. The one that tastes the most appealing is that white-hot lust you have coursing through you.”

For weeks Rob has been pushing me to block my emotions from the rest. To harness them in, keep them hidden. I have succeeded in some accounts, but when Carter is around, the defense that I’ve built comes crashing down. Which infuriates me.

Carter winks as he takes in my expressions and what I can only gauge as new emotions that rage inside me. Though I have to say, the revulsion is a nice change for me. I’ve never had a taste of that one.

I can intensify it, if you want.”

I want a lot from you, princess, but I think we both can agree that you would much rather have me feel and taste your lust.” Slowly he pushes his body against mine as he leans in close to my ear. Never in my life have I wanted to throttle someone as much as I do Carter. But that’s not all I would do if given the chance. He drives me crazy, in more ways than I want him to know. I promise to be gentle,” he whispers.

The warmth of his breath against my ear has the pit of my stomach coiling tightly. My body tensing. Carter pulls himself from me. The scent of sweet spices I can’t place and lavender fill my nose. It’s distracting and enticing. I desperately want to wrap myself around him, feel his hands touch every inch of my skin, taste his lips. I swallow pitifully as my lips begin to ache with desire. Temptation can be cruel.

Cruel. In an instant, I remember his comments and the smugness that was laced in his tone. Carter doesn’t want me because he is attracted to me, he only wishes to prove his point. My jaw clenches. Instantly, I want to break his own. Carter takes a cocky step back, winking at me once more.

“All in due time,” he promises as he spins on his heels and crosses the training room, slamming the door behind him.

I’m not sure what he means. That in time I will come to him like every other girl has, or in time I will finally wipe that grin right off his face. 

- Excerpt -


I can’t help the way my eyes take inventory of her. I can’t stop staring at her, almost as if I need to memorize every inch of her, as if looking away from her soft, raven-black curls, emerald-green eyes, and dark, blood-red stained lips will physically kill me. My tongue flicks over my own dry lips and I find myself wondering if hers taste like cherries. Or apples. That’s what that red of hers reminds me of.

The sky-blue corset she wears over an ivory lace shirt fits tightly around her slender curves. My hands itch to touch her. To reach out and run my hands through her hair. She’s too beautiful to be real, yet here she is. In front of me. She holds no smile toward me. No outreached hand to shake my own as Father introduces her. Her eyes narrow as she continues to stare intently at me.
Her arms cross tightly across her chest, clearly unimpressed by what she sees.

You hate her. Balling my fists at my side, I try to rein in the way she has begun to unnerve me. The way I want to run my hands down her, to watch her close her eyes and whisper my name. Chills race down my spine. My body is responding to her in ways I’ve never responded to any chick before.

Father stands with pride as he nods toward me, waiting for me to welcome Rob’s new recruit. But I don’t. I stare just as hard at her as she does at me, finally feeling the narrow of my eyes. Why the hell do I want her? Why the hell am I feeling anything for her?

Father frowns when I don’t offer my hand to her. Arabella will be staying with us for the next few months,” Father says. But what he leaves out is, She’ll be staying indefinitely when you realize that she’s your fated, Carter.”

But she won’t. I’ll see to that. I may like her appearance, and her body might cause me to think and feel things, but it doesn’t change the fact that I vowed to make and keep her and Union City as my enemy. I will end her. Make no mistake about that. She will burn for the crimes her father committed against my mother.

Title: The Touched
Author: Jennifer Weiser
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Series (The Descendants #1)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away (okay maybe not so far away lol), I had the pleasure of coming across this author as she attempted to find her way in the publishing world. Actually, it was about two years ago (right after I published my first two books) and her, along with another author friend of hers took a chance on some really unknown chick (I’m still an unknown chick) and promoted me on their website.

Fast forward two years and she’s finally (and I say finally because I’ve been waiting for this freaking book for two years lol), releasing her debut novel. As it appears, the first in a series, which means more for me to dive into later.

That being said, it’s usually pretty easy for me to spot a brand new author. I can tell when it’s a debut book (mainly because I’ve been there), but in this case with the Touched and its author, it’s extremely hard to tell based on how well written it truly is. The level of detail that goes into telling a story like this, it’s not for just anyone. You have to have a unique story telling ability to bring a whole new world, along with paranormal abilities and the characters that inhabit the world to life and Jennifer Weiser has it.

This is not normally my genre. I don’t spend a whole lot of time in the dystopian atmosphere, so quite frankly going into this, I was afraid. I’m pretty easy to please reading wise, but the unknown still scares me lol. As it appears though, I had nothing to fear here. I was swept up almost immediate with this world and these characters that it didn’t feel as though I was reading a different genre at all.

The writing was fluid, the pacing was very well done considering all of the information that has to be a part of it (especially in a first book in a series) and the characters were so well crafted, they often times felt real. Add that to the romance that took place within these pages, and it had everything I think a good story needs.

Arabella found herself in quite the predicament here. She lives in a place where she is unlike any other. She’s been aware for some time that she’s different, but everything comes to a head very early on and her entire world is flipped on its axis, taking her along for the ride as it does.

She also finds herself torn between two men. I suppose it’s four really if you count what she had with Caleb (Tove’s brother) before the story really began, but for me personally, I didn’t. Nor did I count Everett (who you meet later in the story), but I suppose given his connection to her, and what is going take place in the story to come after this, maybe I’ll have to later. But for now, we’re sticking with your standard love triangle.

We’ve got the boy she’s loved from childhood in Tove (though it is a love that neither of them ever got up the nerve to act on) and we’ve got resident Midnight City bad boy, Carter.

I am going on record now saying I am Team Carter. Hands down, never gonna change my mind. I don’t care how sweet (or rather how much sweeter) Tove becomes, I am #TeamCarter all the freaking way. Normally I’m not a fan of the bad boys. I like me some beta sweetheart boy, but there’s just something about Carter that screams that he’s not a bad boy and it was pretty much like that from the second we meet him as a young boy.

No going back for this reader.

You hear me author lady? You keep Carter around or I’m gonna hunt you down and have words. Lol

This was more than just a love story to me though. I took away deep bonds of family, friendship and loyalty here, and the varying degrees of love that come with them. I was taken on a pretty suspenseful ride at times here too, where you wondered who was going to make it out safely. Betrayal, lies, secrets, this book has them all and when woven with everything else I’ve already mentioned, it just all came together so well I couldn’t wait for my buddy reading blog partner to finish. I had to read ahead to find out how it was all going to play out.

If you think you’ll see the ending coming, think again. I gotta admit, I can usually figure books/movies etc. out pretty quick when it comes to surprises, but I didn’t here. I saw aspects of the way the end might play out, but it exceeded my expectations.

For those of you not fans of waiting for the next book in a series, you might wanna tread with caution here since this one has one hell of an epic cliff-hanger (maybe I need to rethink my earlier idea of hunting the author down lol), but for me, despite the fact that I can’t just pick up and dive into the next book here, I was happy with the way it ended.

But I am eager to see where the author and these characters are going to take us next. So author lady, get on with it. I want more Carter, Ara, Cast and Trinity soon! (Tove…you too, but you less because I’m still team Carter lol).

Screw it. Just give me more of all of them. Even the wicked fathers who I want to smack around a bit!

If you want to be taken on one hell of an adventure, this book is most definitely for you.

My thanks to the author, publisher and all others involved in letting me read this book before its official release. I enjoyed every second of it.

— About The Author — 
Jennifer Weiser
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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