Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: At First Touch by Mattie Dunman

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Title: At First Touch
Author: Mattie Dunman
Pages: 267 pages
Format acquired: eBook
Published on: May 28th 2012
Source: Received for blog tour (Thanks, Mattie and AToMR Book Blog Tours!)
Buy the book: Amazon

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.

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Sometimes having gifts comes with a price and in Liz's case, a big price. Ever since Liz's accident many years ago wherein her mother instantly passed away and Liz was put into a coma, her life has never been normal. After recovering, Liz woke up with... powers. She is now able to copy a person's whole life in just a single touch. Even though it may seem pretty awesome, Liz now has to live on the run with her father from the very evil Coalition. And so her adventure begins...

I really enjoyed reading At First Touch. The concept of not being able to touch a person because of knowing too much, a self-imposed isolation is very difficult. I felt for Liz and her problem seemed very, very solid.

Liz is a very interesting character. She's very beautiful but doesn't see it and passes it off as "new girl interest". She's also very headstrong and quite frankly, pretty badass. Her independence is something I admire about her as well as her tenacity. And her relationship with her father is something that will really warm your heart. Her power can be seen as both a gift and a curse. While she may be put into positions where her life is put into danger, she is also able to use her power to bail herself out. And swoon! I absolutely love Liz and Carey together. They work so well together, they aren't just an item but they're also a team and a working force. They depend on each other and when they need help, they turn to each other as well. And their moments together are just so sweet.

I honestly didn't think that a high school student would get into so much trouble. Because of the fact that Liz isn't normal, there are evil people are coming after her and that puts her and her loved ones into so much danger. In the end, you never really know who to trust. I mean, while I was reading the book, I honestly didn't see that coming. Dun, dun, duuuun. And the fact that Liz had to juggle high school life, mean girls, and harassment from high dudes with all she had on her plate made me really admire her.

Action-packed and filled with excitement, any reader looking for an adventure will certainly enjoy At First Touch. You not only have an exciting novel but you'll have characters that you will learn to love and hate. I hope that y'all enjoy this book as much as I did!


About the author:

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.

You can find her here:

Website / Goodreads

Mattie Dunman is thrilled to announce her YA/Paranormal INSTINCT is a quarter-finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Awards! Please check out the excerpt online and share your thoughts!