Book Review: Touch by Natalia Jaster

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Book: Touch
Author: Natalia Jaster
Pages: 284 (Paperback)
Publisher: self-published via CreateSpace
Published: January 12th, 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love is an immortal bad girl. With a strike of her arrow and a smirk on her face, she pins human hearts together against their will. It’s for their own good, of course—silly, clueless creatures that they are.
But Love has never loved. Not until the Fates parcel her off to a small, frostbitten town littered with needy souls. Not until she crosses paths with Andrew, a boy whose gaze locks onto hers. Yet how can this be? Mortals don’t have the power to see deities.
The longer they’re friends, the more Love wishes she could touch Andrew. In gentle ways. In other tempting and reckless ways as well.
It’s impossible. She isn’t a true part of his world. She’s an outsider whose fingers will only ever sweep through him. A mischievous, invisible goddess who’s destined to be alone. And he’s destined for someone else. By order of the Fates, it’s Love’s duty to betray his trust. To seal his heart while ignoring the gash in her own.
Or she could become human. For there is one very tricky, very dangerous way to do so.
If only Andrew felt the same about her, it might be worth the risk.

My Review:

First of all, many thanks to the author, Natalia Jaster, for sending me her book in exchange for a review!
And look at this gorgeous cover. I absolutely love the cover art. And by reading the prologue, the title already made sense. The deeper I got into the story, the more and more the title was fitting.
I was especially intrigued by the fact, that Love was a girl instead of a male, like Eros or Amor.
The town of Ever, where the story takes place, is such a magical world and I couldn’t help but imagine it as kind of a Winter Wonderland, or some far-away place completely forgotten from the world like something in a snow globe. The setting was just completely magical and wonderful. The whole winter-y atmosphere really fit the plot and the characters, a lot even happened only because of the snow and/or the temperatures. I loved how the surroundings were interwoven with everything else.
The story concept was really interesting, the idea that every emotion is a god or godess. Not that they just watch from above, but they actually get to do something in this story. They aren’t really universal gods, or some almighty creatures, but they are made and everyone has their place, they can do right and wrong. This shows a whole other perspective to the word ‘deity’.
I also liked that the characters weren’t purely good or evil, everyone had their good and darker side, taking different roles within society.
As soon as Love is supposed to match Andrew with another mortal girl, I was thought “please don’t let it be another Love triangle”. But it turned out so good in the end!
Sometimes I was a bit confused about (re)actions of some characters, especially Love herself. For a century-old deity she behaves like a young girl. I know, that it is part of her character and part of the emotion itself, but she still seemed so young and innocent despite being over a hundred years old.
Apart from that, I enjoyed the book a lot and I can especially recommend it for cold, snowy winter days.

Rating:

★★★★/5

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