The Touched (The Descendants #1)
by Jennifer Weiser
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
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.
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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This story is a fascinating look at magic and the fear some have about those who have magic. It is a combination of Game of Thrones, the Salem witch trials, and a love story. Arabella was raised to be the perfect daughter. She is the child of a Leader and is raised with the knowledge that her life is not her own. When she is sent to a neighboring kingdom she finds her soulmate in Carter. But of course things can’t be that easy. Friendship that could easily be love, a bad guy trying to wipe her out, misunderstandings, and deception work together to try and undermine Arabella and Carter’s burgeoning relationship. Lies come to light that affect them all.
This is a fabulous story. I have read other books by this author and always find them to be excellently written and captivating. I was drawn into the story immediately and remained entranced while reading. The other thing that was a problem was the cliffhanger ending. I hate waiting for the next book to find out what happens. All cliff hangers should come with an immediate release of the next book in my perfect world.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.
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