Monday, March 4, 2013

On Tour: At First Touch by Mattie Dunman plus a GIVEAWAY!

Liz Hannigan has been on the run since she was twelve years old.
Her mother is dead. Her father has lost his job. And thanks to an experimental procedure, Liz is now able to ‘download’ the contents of every brain around her with a simple touch. Forced to hide from both the federal government and a darkling group of morally deficient scientists known as the Coalition determined to exploit her abilities, she moves with her father to the bucolic coal town of Pound, West Virginia.  But the hunt for Liz and her abilities hasn’t ended, and her hopes for peace are shattered when she inadvertently downloads the enigmatic Carey Drake, whose unusual good looks and charm conceal a secret as shocking as her own. Stunned by the knowledge that she has found someone else who has extraordinary abilities, Liz finds herself drawn to Carey, discovering a deep attraction, and dares to hope for the first time she might find love.
But when an agent of the Coalition begins stalking her, Liz must find a way to work with the government agency she most mistrusts as she strives to build a longed-for normal life and take down the agent who has tracked her down. Caught up in a struggle to save herself and those she loves, the girl who sees all is blind to true danger until it is too late.

Ooh, ooh, ooh.  I really liked this book.  :)

That's always a good start to a review, right?

The plot in this book was forward moving at all times.  I never felt stagnant or bored.  It had an excellent build up and I felt just like I was watching a movie.  You know the movie where the characters are walking right into trouble and you are yelling at them, "NO!  Don't do it!"?  That was this book for me.  Well, at least the ending of this book was that sentence.  I just love reading a book where somewhere along the lines I become invested in the story and I care about what is happening.

I loved the characters.  I love Liz and I love her dad.  Liz has moved around a lot and it's hard to fit in when you are different.  The gloves she has to wear so she doesn't "download" people causes her to stand out as different.  Her struggles and abilities make her both vulnerable and strong.  It was both of those things that really made me love Liz.

When Liz meets Carey, the slow sizzle begins.  Carey is everything hero-ish.  Honest to goodness hero.  Think knight in shining armor, Captain America hero. You just can't go wrong with Carey.  Liz accidentally downloads Carey but I love how she doesn't access all his thoughts and memories because she wants to learn about him from him.

This was an easy to read book.  It had all the elements that make me love reading.  A great plot that moves forward, characters that I love to love (and hate) a paranormal aspect and romance too.  I'm glad I was able to read and review this book as part of this blog tour.

Content:  There was some swearing, teenage drinking and some violence.

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

Mattie Dunman is a lifelong resident of "Wild & Wonderful" West Virginia, and has dreamed of being a writer since she first held a pen in hand.

Mattie has pursued several useless degrees to support this dream, and presently enjoys teaching (or tormenting, as the case may be) college students the dying art of public speaking. She spends most of her free time writing, but also indulges in reading and traveling.

She is the proud owner of an adorably insane American Eskimo named Finn, and a tyrant cat named Bella, who take up more of her attention than they probably should.

Mattie is currently working on the second book in the First Touch series, and is ecstatic about her new release, At First Touch.

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