Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Touching Smoke (Touch Series #1) by Airicka Phoenix




Title:  Touching Smoke (Touch Series #1)
Author:  Airicka Phoenix
Publisher:  TreasureLine Publishing
Published:  July 31, 2012
 
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For sixteen-year-old FALLON BRAEDEN, being on the run had always been a mystery, until the day she starts an earthquake and everything falls apart. Suddenly, she finds herself hunted by creatures with unusual abilities, haunted by a ghost baring a frighteningly familiar resemblance and falls in love with the last person she should ever give her heart to. So as her foundation crumbles beneath her, Fallon finds herself teetering on the brink of two devastating revelations: follow her heart or save the world.
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After being on the run most of her life, but never knowing the reasons why, one might think finally getting those answers would bring Fallon peace, understanding, or, at the most, closure. But when pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, all those years of being kept in the dark may have been a blessed state of oblivion. Will being hunted and haunted and nursing a painful loss keep Fallon from trusting a complete stranger? Or will trusting him be the key to everything she’s been searching for?

Touching Smoke was a wonderful and unique story. Fallon is a great female lead and her inner monologue was so much fun to read: 

“I wasn’t Buffy, but Mom had taught me enough self-defense routines
 to make a grown man cry if I had to.”

There were many humorous moments in this book, but there were a lot of heartfelt and heartbreaking events as well. Fallon and her mother have a truly unique relationship. They’re very close in spite of having so many secrets between them. When Fallon’s mother makes the incredulous decision to enroll her at an upper crust academy in their new town so she can begin a new job… things start unraveling fast.

“Like any other town in the world, Rettop County had an elementary school, a high school and a community college, but it was also home to Lady Clare’s Academy, an exclusive boarding school for the very gifted and very rich — I was neither.”

Fortunately for Fallon, Isaiah shows up just as her world begins to crumble. But how can she be sure whose side Isaiah is really on? And why does she have such strong feelings for someone she’s not even supposed to know… yet she feels so sure that she does?

Isaiah is one of the reasons I would never do well in a run-for-your-life type of situation like this. I’m pretty sure any coherent thought I possessed would go out the window, never to be recovered, if my rescuer was anything like him:

“He was a walking symphony of predatory magnetism.
Every motion rippled with the prowess of a very large jungle cat,
all feral and mesmerizing.”
 
One of my favorite things about Fallon was the things that went through her mind at the most inopportune times (something I am guilty of on a daily basis).

“The night was actually kind of beautiful when we weren’t running for our lives.”
 
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“Man, he had a nice voice. It was probably a bad time to notice, but it was true all the same. It was all low and husky, the kind that should have been reading poetry —
something deep and meaningful — in a smoky café.”
 
Touching smoke was filled with secrets, twists, and enough action to make one’s heart beat at accelerated levels! And speaking of making the heart beat faster:

“‘What am I?’ I whispered, my eyelids already drooping in the promises of sleep.
If at any point I doubted that he felt half of what I felt, he pressed his lips to my ear, and whispered,
‘Mine.
Always.’”

Airicka Phoenix has a vivacious style of writing that flows easily and captures the reader’s attention, making it hard to put her book down.

“And when I strained to hear the roar of traffic in the distance, the faint buzz of the florescent light just outside the door, twilight was all I really heard. It roared in my ears like the call of the ocean. It was such a normal sound, a haunting sound. I hated and loved it. I hated it because it always felt like something sinister was lurking just beyond the door. I hated it because I felt like I belonged on that side of the door with whatever was calling to me, but I loved it for that reason as well.”
 
I’m very excited that Touching Eternity, a novella in the Touch series, has an expected release date of December 20, 2012. There is an exciting Scavenger Hunt for the novella that you can find out about here:

 

Book two, Touching Fire, is expected July 31, 2013, and I can hardly wait to find out what happens next for Fallon and Isaiah.


Author Bio:
Airicka Phoenix is the author of TOUCHING SMOKE (Touch Series Book #1) and TORRID, a short story as part of the Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology.
Whispered Beginnings ~ A Clever Fiction Anthology
When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books.

For more about Airicka, also on how to win giveaways, read author interviews and reviews, you can click here to visit her website.

You can add Airicka on any/all of her social networks. Making new friends is the highlight of her day! 




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A huge thank you to the author for graciously sending me a copy of Touching Smoke in exchange for my honest review.
 
chelesiggy


 
 
 

28 comments:

  1. From the hand-selected quotes in this amazing review, I can see the beautiful writing style Airicka has! (what a cool name, btw!) Michele, you've gotten my heart racing at an accelerated pace with this review! Adding it to the TBD! And so happy there's a sequel in time for Christmas! Yay!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, my darling! Airicka is phenomenal! The novella is going to make a great Christmas prezzie!! <3

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    2. Thank you, Nyssa! I'm delighted you enjoyed the little teasers Cheles so thoughtfully posted. I hope you enjoy the book when you do get a chance to read it. :D

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  2. I read Touching Smoke and loved it! Excellent review!!

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    1. That's wonderful! Thank you, Nancy - so great to have you stop by :)

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    2. Thank you Nancy! You were such a help with your thoughtful comments. <3

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  3. As always, I love all the quotes that you used to convey your feelings on this one and that line about relating to inapporpriate things running through your head at inoppurtune times made me laugh!

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    1. Awww, thank you, Heidi! You know how I love my quotes!! Oh, if only you could hear these inappropriate thoughts of mine - you would gasp at your 'southern belle' thinking such things! LOL!

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    2. I loved this review for the little quotes. I think Cheles did a wonderful job with the whole thing.

      Thank you, Heidi. :D

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  4. Michele, this has got to be one of my favourite reviews from you! I love the quotes you picked and you have really persuaded me to give this a shot one day. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Oh, Sam! Really? Thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear you will give Touching Smoke a shot - Airicka is so lovely and very talented. :D

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    2. Thank you so much Sam! I sincerely hope you enjoy the book when you do get a chance to read it! :D

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  5. First of all, I love the font on the cover!

    These characters so like so much fun. I'm going to give to one a read.... soon, I hope :)

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    1. Isn't the cover fabulous?? That's awesome, Christy - enjoy! :D

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    2. Thank you so much Christy! I hope to hear your thoughts when you do get a chance to read it and I hope you enjoy it! :D

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  6. Such a lovely review, Michele! Those quotes are teriffic, and the first one about Buffy made me laugh. :) Although I'm not really familiar with this book, your praise for it is just the trick to make me eagerly add it to my TBR pile. :)

    P.S. Your comments on my blog work!! Hip hip, hoorary! ;D

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    1. Thank you, Leanne! Oh, the Buffy mentions in this book made my day!! ;)

      Eeeep! So happy they worked! I think I figured out a way to trick Blogger into letting me comment :D

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    2. Thank you Leanne! I'm delighted you found the comment fun. I hope you enjoy the book when you do get a chance to read it! :D

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  7. Great review. I just added this to my TBR list yesterday and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! Hope you will love it! :D

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    2. Thank you kindly Ellen!! That was very appreciated! I hope you enjoy it when you do read it :D

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  8. Michelle I love your review of this and the characters sound like fun. I really like the cover it kinda of calls you to it. I love the sound of the author's writing style. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Yayyy!! Thank you so much, Kimba!

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    2. Thank you so much Kimacaffeinate!! That truly means the world. I am ecstatic that you like the cover and my style. I hope you enjoy the book when you do get a chance to read it!! :D

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  9. Thank you Cheles for this incredibly wonderful review! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort. I am so blessed to have you as a friend <3

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    1. Thank YOU for sharing your work with me! So blessed to have you in my life! Mwahhh!

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  10. AWW! What a cute looking book! I love it if a book can make you laugh AND cry.
    And the Buffy reference - automatic YES from me :D

    Ana @ BookSpark

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    1. Right?? You can't not love a great Buffy reference! :D

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