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Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency, managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.


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"Touched - Der Preis der Unsterblichkeit" handelt von Remy, einem Mädchen, das unter widrigsten Umständen großgeworden ist. Ihr Leben ist geprägt von Gewalt - denn ihr Stiefvater Dean misshandelt nicht nur ihre Mutter, sondern auch sie. Allerdings hat Remy eine Gabe: sie ist nämlich eine Heilerin.

Dadurch ist sie in dem Glauben großgeworden, dass sie die Menschen in ihrem Umfeld beschützen muss und dass Tränen nicht angemessen sind. Dies ändert sich als ihr Vater sie zu sich nach Blackwell Falls holt, wo sie Asher Blackwell kennenlernt, der ebenso anders ist wie sie..

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Ich muss ja gestehen, ich war zunächst sehr skeptisch. Es gab ja diese Aktion zum Buch und da hab ich natürlich auch mal einen Blick ins Buch geworfen, aber mich hat das Cover und die Gestaltung der Homepage etwas abgeschreckt. Auch wenn es sehr stilvoll und echt hübsch ist, erschien es auf mich doch eher wie ein wirklicher Jugendroman.

Jetzt muss ich aber zugeben, dass ich nicht bereue, es gelesen zu haben. Es gibt zwar durchaus einige Parallelen zu Twilight (danke, dass Du mich darauf aufmerksam gemacht hast, liebe Julia!), aber dennoch ist es eine wunderschöne Liebesgeschichte. Bis zum Schluß werden dem Leser einige Details vorenthalten, wodurch die Spannung aufrechterhalten wird.

Man leidet mit der Protagonistin, die wirklich ein hartes Schicksal erleiden muss, auch wenn man dennoch nicht alle Handlungen und Aussagen versteht. Dieses ewige hin- und her zwischen Asher und Remy war auch total nervig, vor allem da es oftmals so sinnlos war und urplötzlich heiter Sonnenschein herrschte.
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This was one of the greatest novels I've read in a long time. And although the story reminds a bit of the Twilight-Saga, it was new and refreshing, a classic love-story with non-so-classical elements. Simply love it! Only Problem: the Sequel's covers are... not that beautiful.
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Tolles Buch mit interessanter Geschichte um eine junge Frau, die trotz vieler Rückschläge stark bleibt. Habe danach die ganze Trilogie gelesen und trauere jetzt noch, dass die Geschichten schon zu enden sind.
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Auf gut Glück gebraucht gekauft, interessante Beilagen, Kinokarte und Gutschein für die Waschstraße, das Buch lebt, kann gut nach vier Jahren Englischunterricht gelesen werden, wenn der Inhalt bekannt ist.
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HASH(0x95cf3294) von 5 Sternen Live To Read ~Krystal 10. Januar 2013
Von Chels - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The cycle of abuse can be impossible to break, Remy O'Malley knows this all too well. Her mother refuses to leave her boyfriend, a scary man who regularly beats Remy and her mother black and blue. No one realizes how bad it is, however, because Remy is able to heal wounds. Healing the wounds is not easy; Remy must take them on herself before she can repair the injury.
After one particularly bad attack, Remy is in the hospital. Finally, her father, who she has not seen in years, insists that Remy comes and lives with him. Remy faces a new set of challenges, made interesting by a boy with secrets of his own, Asher.
Older teens and young adults seem like a good audience for this novel because of the violence Remy experiences. Younger readers may be disturbed by the attacks from Remy's mother's boyfriend. Jackson's use of detail and description are impressive. She paints a picture in the mind of the reader. The plot of Touched was predictable, however. I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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HASH(0x954961a4) von 5 Sternen Great characters and beautiful writing, but doesn't quite pull it off 5. Dezember 2012
Von Christina (Ensconced in Lit) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have eagerly been awaiting this book ever since I finished If I Lie, which was one of my favorite reads of this year. Unfortunately, I was torn when reading this book. There are moments of greatness, but others are overshadowed by some moves made by Jackson-- I can't decide if it's just my own personal taste, and I'm sure that's some of it, but I think that some of novel may have improved with some tweaks.

Touched by Corrine Jackson stars Remy, a teenager who leads a troubled life. She has an abusive stepfather, and a mother who won't step in to help her. Remy also has a secret-- she can heal people (and herself), which comes in handy when there are a lot of injuries to heal. Circumstances lead her to live with her father, where she meets the enigmatic Asher Blackwell. She realizes very quickly that he knows more than meets the eye, and that there is something different about him and his family. This book begins her journey to uncovering her own powers as well as learning more about him.

Again, I was so torn by this book. There are some really wonderful moments in this book. I absolutely loved all of the sister moments-- Remy and Lucy are so cute together. I really enjoyed the scenes with Remy getting her to know her father and stepmother and learning how to trust again. I feel like those were the strongest aspects of the book. Another wonderful character that becomes more three dimensional to my delight, was Gabe, Asher's older brother. Jackson knows how to write character-centric novels, her prose is beautiful most of the time, and I am easily able to visualize what she is describing.

Then... I have some concerns with this book. First, this book is way too reminiscent of Twilight. I know that Asher is not a vampire, but in essence, he is a vampire without the fangs. We have Remy, who is a scrawny but scrappy young teenager that has guts-- and she reminds me too much of Bella. The teenage angst in this book is almost too overwhelming as we have pages and pages of them talking about how they can't be together and that they are destined to fail and how Asher tries to prove several times to show how DANGEROUS he is and how she shouldn't fall in love with him. I started to skim once I would get to yet another one of these scenes. Second, the world-building is a little shaky. This will be a trilogy, but there's a lot of hand waving, and I'm not quite sure why the weaker side would find it advantageous to goad the stronger side-- just doesn't seem to make any kind of sense to me. I'm being purposefully vague so that I hopefully don't give away any of the book's secrets. Lastly, there is a lot of focus on the physical abuse that Remy encounters. For lack of a better phrase, I felt this bashed into me. I'm a pediatrician, so unfortunately, I encounter this more than I'd like-- and there's no doubt that it happens. That said, scenes with this abuse was very prolonged, in a way that just had me lose interest.

Overall, this is a more ambitious book than If I Lie and well written, but overall, the execution left more to be desired. However, Corrine Jackson is undoubtedly a talented writer, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if the second book completely surpasses the first. For that reason, I'll be sticking around for the second installment.
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HASH(0x94176c84) von 5 Sternen Great New Series! 28. Dezember 2012
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Corrine Jackson blew me away in this book. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. I thought this was just going to be another book about a girl having a healing power, but boy was I wrong. Ms. Jackson has created an entirely new genre and world that I want to revisit over and over again. One of the things I liked the most about this book, besides its originality (I'll get to the Twilight comparisons later), was how well written this was. This woman obviously knows how to write, and her descriptions made the images jump off the page. I could truly imagine everything that she described, and that's exactly what I like in a book.

I'm going to start off with the few things that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating. Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could, but I couldn't round up because of a couple things:

1)There were some obvious similarities to Twilight. However, I can forgive them because there wasn't THAT many, and they were different enough. I feel like I should point this out to those that think it's a copy of Twilight...everything copies the story now. If you have an immortal guy fall in love with a human, BAM! It's like Twilight, and that's not fair.

2)I didn't like all the nicknames and endearments that Asher used to refer to Remy. I'm not that type of girl, nor will I ever be, which is why I didn't like it. It was funny because for about half the story, Asher called Remy by her name, and didn't call her babe or sweetheart, and then all of a sudden there was this switch. It was, "See you later sweetheart," and "Love you babe!" I was like, what happened?!

3)Lottie, Gabe, and the other side characters (aka Remy's friends). We didn't get much from them. In the beginning, we got a sense of who these characters were, but as the book progressed, we lost them. Gabe was starting to shine toward the end, but I still wanted more. Lottie, I just couldn't get a feel on or connect to in any way, and then she makes a huge mistake that puts everyone in danger. I thought that she would finally be in the story more, but she wasn't.

These things however, were not big enough problems for me to detract from the story. I loved Remy for being a strong, kick-ass girl who was willing to go to any length for her family and Asher. She really stepped up, and she didn't take anything from anyone. Remy learns how to trust and love again, and it was interesting to see her transformation throughout the story. Asher was AMAZING! I love this guy! He was funny, smart, and incredibly sexy (at least in my mind haha).

This book has a lot of action, heartbreak, and love. I found myself never wanting to stop reading it was that good. It's a page turner to say the least. Ms. Jackson has created something new and interesting in this series and I can't wait to see what Ms. Jackson has in store for us next!
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HASH(0x9415fa44) von 5 Sternen Surprisingly Great! 3. Juli 2013
Von Lili's Reflections - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I admit, I was hesitant to start this book. The whole "magical powers enacted by touching people" idea has been done before many times in YA lit. I can think of at least two stories I've read already with similar concepts and another one that I know about just off the top of my head. But Jackson manages to tell such a unique intriguing story with one of the strongest heroines I've come across in a while. I can't say I loved this one, but I greatly enjoyed it.

To begin, this book is not for everyone. There are many sequences of physical abuse that are pretty detailed. If violence makes you uncomfortable, this certainly isn't the book for you. Remy's stepfather, Dean, is an alcoholic. He feeds off of not only Remy's pain, but her mother's as well. And instead of allowing him to ruin her life, she allowed him to make her stronger. She wouldn't break under him, despite the fact that he would break her bones because he was so maniacal. She became emotionally fortified and determined to survive--easily one of the toughest characters (both physically and emotionally) that I have found in a long time. I really enjoyed this aspect of Remy's characterization because she wasn't looking for sympathy and pity the way many abused characters do. While the abuse was a huge part of her life that caused her to create a huge shell around herself, when forced to face new situations she slowly opened herself to the possibility of a normal life with friends, family, and most of all, love. It's safe to say I really, really like her.

But I have to say that the most interesting concept of this novel was her "super-power" and the lore that came hand-in-hand with her enemy. Remy has the ability to heal others by touching them. She simply has to picture their wound and the energy from her body will enter theirs to end their pain, but by doing so she will make their maladies her own. If she goes too far she can experience severe hypothermia and extreme pain that makes it seem as if she herself will die. I really loved the selflessness she exhibited at all times when helping others. And what I found even more interested was the concept of Protectors. They're pretty much like superhuman ninjas because they're fast, they're immortal, they're drop-dead gorgeous--but they can't feel anything. The price of immortality? The loss of your senses. Whereas Healers like Remy feel too much, Protectors like Asher and his family feel too little.

While I must admit that Asher was a very great love interest because of his genuine concern, love, and care for Remy, I think that their story was very cliche in the beginning. It's very new girl moves to town and is immediately fascinated by the town bad boy that is known for using girls so everyone she quickly befriends warns her off him immensely and she ignores everything they say. While I really liked the two of them, I was hoping such a unique story could avoid the cliche aspects of the plot line.

Full of one of the best cast of characters I've come across in a while, Jackson tells a story of selflessness and self-discovery with a really great and unique paranormal twist. If you're looking for a unique romance with a perfect dash of paranormal abilities, this is a book that you will enjoy.
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HASH(0x95cf669c) von 5 Sternen This book did not live up to my expectations... 1. Juni 2013
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Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Title: Touched
Author: Corrine Jackson
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Sense Thieves #1
Rating: 2.5

How I would Blurb it: An intriguing story line with a flaw in the development of the romance.

This book was....interesting. The idea of it was so cool! I mean, a girl who can heal people by assuming the injury? So AWESOME! I've heard the idea before and I may have even read something similar, but the whole idea is just so cool to think about this! I don't know how I feel about this book. I still don't know how I'm going to rate this book. And I really hope that writing this review will help me straighten my thought...So here it goes...

THE PROS
1.) The first half of the book was so fast paced and interesting. The first chapter sucks you in and really makes you wonder where this book is going to go.
2.) Remy was a really strong character.....for the first half of the book. She wasn't afraid to try and save her mom and stand up to her dad. She believed in what she was doing for her mom.
3.) As I've already mentioned, I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Assuming someone's wounds in order to heal them is such a neat idea. The one thing that bothers me is that I feel I read this same exact concept in another book. (Not that this affected my view of the book, but I just can't remember what book was like this.)
4.) Lucy. I really liked her. She was the concerned sister and she was very sweet. She was probably my favorite character in the book!
5.) Gah!!! The cover!! It's just so pretty!!!

THE CONS
1.) This to me seemed like insta-love and a cliched scenario all rolled into one bundle of joy with a gorgeous cover. Imagine this scenario (you've seen it millions of times)
-Broken girl sees hot guy.
-They hate each other.
-Or so it seems
-They then decide (after much arguing) that they are actually in deep like.
-Moments later something drives a wedge in their relationship
-They then get back together after they realize that they are better together and declare their undying love.
-They then get their happily ever after. (at least for the moment)
This is so cliched!!! AND on top of this cliched scenario THERE IS INSTA-LOVE!!! I did not see either Asher or Remy fall for each other. It was all of a sudden like----BAM----I LOVE YOU. You are my world...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH! I don't want to hear it!!!
2.) The villain, (Remy's stepfather, Dean) was your average villain. He was full of evilness. Once again it was just so cliched.
3.) And then you have the clueless dad who after realizing he wasn't a good parent tries to win his troubled daughter back.
4.) WHAT WAS WITH THE RANDOM FLASHBACK IN THE END???? All of a sudden they were talking and BAM flashback! Out of no where.....It really annoyed me....
5.) Asher is a total creep. First he takes pictures of Remy (in a creepy way) And then he goes into complete creeper psycho mode. There is more, but I really don't want to spoil anything.
6.) Remy became defenseless. She started of SO STRONG and ended up being so dependent on Asher and her Dad. It really started grating on my nerves...
7.) The second half of the book was a drag...I considered DNF. (Which is so unlike me) but I stuck through it...
8.) Is it just me or is a creepy old guy as a love interest weird. I tend to stay away from books that have immortal beings as love interests (unless the MC is also immortal) but the whole idea felt creepy.....

OVERALL
Okay, when I first started writing this review, (like a week ago) I had no idea about how I was going to rate it. But after writing this review, ny thoughts have settled and I've realized that I really didn't like this book....I wanted to, but it was so cliched (to me anyways.) The idea was great but I did not like the execution...at all. So I'm going to give this book two stars and I have to say I was expecting so much more. This book just fell short for me...
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: NOT LIKELY
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: NO
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: NOPE
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: PROBABLY NOT
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: Maybe, her writing style was enjoyable she just needs better characters.
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