Touched (Amber McKenzie, Book 1)
Paperback, 90 Pages
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Amber McKenzie considers herself a bland, normal student until she feels the touch of something cold and invisible. Scant hours pass before she's attacked by her best friend. She returns home to find her family slaughtered, forcing her to rely on the dubious protection of a D&D "mage" and a woman who may, or may not be a vampire. Is the threat real, or is Amber just "touched in the head"?
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Jun 6, 2011Touched 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
May 29, 2011I 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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- Zoe E. Whitten (Standard Copyright License)
- Fifth Edition
- Aphotic Thought Press
- May 18, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.73 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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