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  • By Becka Sutton
    Jun 6, 2011
    Touched by Zoe E. Whitten was one of the first Novellas the author posted for free on her website back in 2007. I read and enjoyed it at that time. Since then she has edited it, and the revisions have only served to improve it. She no longer offers free fiction on her website unfortunately, but she's gradually getting her stuff up here (and at Smashwords) at reasonable prices, so it's all good. And now the review: The story is tense and exciting as Amber tries to fight a supernatural enemy who, quite part from being evil, is targeting her because she's immune to being possessed. An enemy who has already slaughtered her family. Fortunately she has help from a transvestite D&D mage, and his vampire flatmate - which is a lot less silly than it sounds. It's not a comedy, though it does have some darkly comic moments - especially when Vicky the Vampire is on-screen. This is a good thing since the story could easily be too grim without moments of humour. The story has a great sense of... More > time and place. I love the bit where Amber is researching the danger on the internet and uses Gopher, because I remember doing the same thing at that time (though it was never life or death for me). The web has become soentwined with the net in our minds that it would be easy for an author to make the mistake of having her use the web. But that would have been anachronistic - the paint was barely dry on Mosaic at the time. The fact that Amber uses the net to research at all marks her as slightly nerdy. That's probably why I like her so much. Which brings me to the characters. They are well drawn, three-dimensional and immensely enjoyable. The characters drive the plot as much as they are driven by it. Always good. :-) On the whole I found Touched to be an excellent story back in 2007 and the editing has only served to improve it.< Less
  • By Wendy
    May 29, 2011
    I really enjoyed this story, the characters are great,and the story is gripping. Ms Whitten makes the paranormal believable and fleshes out her characters well, injecting in extra bits of background info at intervals throughout the book without losing any focus from the fast moving plot. I don't want to say anthing that spoils the book for other readers, so all I will say is that Amber is wonderfully strong and resilient, dealing well with situations that would leave most people gibbering wrecks, Marcus is very intriguing, and Vicky, who may or may not be a vampire, is great but don't expect anything usual or run of the mill in this book because this author does not do "humdrum", she even finds a novel way to contact a goddess. In short, this is excellent, and I will be reading other books by this author in the very near future.
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Product Details

Edition
Fifth Edition
Publisher
Aphotic Thought Press
Published
May 18, 2011
Language
English
Pages
90
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.73 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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