ARC Review: The Coldest Touch



SERIES: Standalone


GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Contemporary YA Fantasy


I can admit, I was a little unsure about THE COLDEST TOUCH. Vampire-in-high-school stories really aren’t my thing, but THE COLDEST TOUCH is fast-paced with lots going on and plays well with the classic YA Paranormal tropes. It’s dark and intriguing, with an interesting supernatural world, a shadowy all-powerful organisation, and lots of long-buried secrets.

The high-school portions weren’t as prevalent as I expected them to be, which actually worked a lot better for me. Elise felt like a very real teenager, and the school parts that were there felt believable. Still traumatised by the recent death of her brother, Elise really struggles to rebuild her relationships and her life, and I thought the lingering effects of grief were very well done.

The Veil—a secret society policing the paranormal world—has a lot of potential, but didn’t feel as fully explored as I’d have liked. The various departments, the out-for-themselves leadership and their far-reaching powers—the way vampires in particular function within the human world—is sketched in enough detail for Clare and Elise’s storyline, but I felt like there were a lot of untapped routes and questions that could be delved into in either a longer book, a spin-off or a sequel.

The characters are really what make this book special though. The POV is split between Elise (the newly created Death Oracle) and Claire (the vampire that’s been sent to train her into her new powers). Elsie has two wonderful best friends who, of course, get roped into helping the girls out, creating a supportive, snarky Scooby-Gang. Jordon, Elise’s ex-boyfriend and friend, was my favourite character. Clare brings some other supernaturals on board, in particular her boss-slash-peudosibling Wyn. I loved the bickering between Wyn and Clare, because you really get the feeling they’ve known each other for years.

I really enjoyed THE COLDEST TOUCH, and thought it was a lot of fun. Although I would have liked to dig a little deeper in some places, it’s a really strong comeback for teen vampires. Perfect for fans of paranormal YA.

Elise Beaumont is cursed. With every touch, she experiences exactly how her loved ones will die. And after her brother’s death—a death she predicted but was unable to prevent—Elise is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, no matter the cost.

Claire Montgomery also has a unique relationship with death, mostly because she’s already dead. Technically, anyway. Claire is a vampire, and she’s been assigned by the Veil to help Elise master her rare Death Oracle powers.

At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts a teacher’s imminent murder, she’s determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her own future to secure Claire’s help.

The trouble is, Claire and Elise aren’t the only paranormals in town—a killer is stalking the streets, and Claire can’t seem to shake the pull she feels toward Elise, a romance that could upend the Veil’s mission. But as Elise and Claire grow closer, Elise begins to wonder—can she really trust someone tasked with securing her loyalty? Someone who could so easily kill her? Someone who might hold the key to unraveling her brother’s mysterious death?

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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