So you’re telling me there’s a book that combines vampires and some kind of magic? Is it weird and also a beloved narrator? I’m addicted and the book is The coldest touch. Continue reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Elise Beaumont is cursed. With each touch she experiences exactly how her loved ones will die. And after the death of her brother – a death she foresaw but could not prevent – Alice is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, no matter what the price.
Claire Montgomery also has a unique relationship with death, mostly because she’s already dead. Technically, anyway. Claire is a vampire, and she is assigned by the veil to help Alice control her rare death oracle powers.
At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts the imminent murder of a teacher, she is determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her future to secure Claire’s help.
The problem is that Claire and Elise are not the only para-normals in town – a killer follows the streets, and Claire fails to shake off the attraction she feels towards Elise, an affair that could increase the veil’s mission. But as Elise and Claire get closer, Elise begins to wonder – can she really trust someone who is responsible for ensuring her loyalty? Someone who can kill her so easily? Someone who might hold the key to dismantling her brother’s mysterious death?
(Disclaimer: I got this book from the publisher. It did not affect my review that it is unbiased and honest.)
One of the great strengths of The coldest touch Is a dual POV narration style. Sterling allows us to get to know both Elise and Claire well. See their misunderstandings and their hurt. All to see Elise’s difficult decisions about love, family and friendship. Understand Claire’s dilemma with immortality. While there is so much action that drives you The coldest touch, What kept me reading were the characters. I could see the complexities, doubts and mistakes.
We see the circumstances to which both are thrown and must adapt. During The coldest touch, Sterling examines issues of power, responsibility and trust. On a personal level, it was so fantastic to see Claire and Elise open up to each other, to get to know each other. So there are wider implications for their personal choices. We may be engrossed in our problems, but sterling never lets us forget how our decisions have ripple effects.
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In a supernatural fantasy with gambling at every level, I found myself wondering how I would react to Elise’s power. To live knowing how my loved ones will die and to see their lives fall apart. At the same time, what it would be like to be Claire. Be almost frozen in time. Overall, The coldest touch Is a must-read book for all vampire fans. It is a book that has such a solid balance between action and character development, a questioning representative and characters who must come to terms with the costs of their choices.