Review: Touched by A.J. Aalto

Posted July 9, 2014 by Lucy in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Touched by A.J. Aalto
Series: The Marnie Baranuik Files #1
By: A.J. Aalto
Published on September 10th 2012
Published by Booktrope Editions
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 424
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense--which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects--Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.
Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.
Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.


5 Stars

I have to say this book is pretty serious, the situations that Marnie has to deal with are no jokes.-> you know with scary monsters, nasty dark magic and all.  However I found myself laughing out loud at the most inappropriate times, because it’s funny, even though it shouldn’t be…->how twisted was that

Wow, I got into this book thinking what I thought this book is about->wordy, I know, then whoa, wrong.  Then you know, I continue reading, thinking, ‘so this is what the book is really about’, then whoa, wrong again!!  Yeah, I am not joking when I say this book definitely take you on a head spin.  Have you seen the book cover?  That’s pretty much how I feel about this book, instead the creepy skeleton, I am in the palm of that wicked looking hand.  Toying with my feelings and emotions.->it’s a good thing, I promise.

Marine Baranuik is a relatively famous, and a rare dual-talented forensic psychic.  She can feel the emotion of others (Feeler), and read impressions left from objects (Groper).  However, after her first high-profile FBI case which left her seriously injured and almost dead, she washed her hands and retired.  Thought she would live in peace with her beloved revenant, Harry.  Then the FBI Preternatural crimes unit tracks her down one day, and once again seeking her talents to solve a heinous crime.  Once again, Marine finds herself deep in trouble, and wondering how the heck did she get there…

I was quite enthralled by author’s storytelling ability.  I started reading this book as a book sample on my kindle, then I thought to myself “why on earth haven’t I buy the full version yet?”, then of course I click to buy the book, then proceed to stay up late and lose some sleep that night, because that’s how wonderful this book was.  This book sucks me in right from the beginning, from the way this book was written I know right away I will become a fan of Ms Aalto.

I was fascinated by the unique world building, and eager to learn about each of the colorful characters.->witty+sarcasm dialogs are my favorite combinations.  The none-stop intense actions, and how the author reveals the world and information little bit by little bit, which not only keep a reader interested but certainly makes each page worthy to read.

->I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but I have been searching for a good witch theme book for a while now.  I think this book is going to be it.

I just love Marine!  Marine is sarcasm, collects things with frogs and addicted to cookies.  She swears like a sailor, has a dark sometime dry humor.  She is quite talented and knowledgeable in the paranormal area, though she often like to play dumb.  She can be immature sometime and reckless which drives her revenant crazy. ->her inner dialogues are hilarious.

I have to point out Marine is a bit scatterbrain, there were times in the book that she should be dwelling on the detail, but her mind tends to be everywhere at the same time.  She also kind of lack in the common sense compartment->no one is perfect right~~

Marine’s beloved revenant, Harry or known as Lord Dreppenstedt.->what an interesting character. Whom she inherited from her decence grandmother.->say what?!  Harry is a British 400 something year old vampire, he speaks in a very old-fashion and intricate manner.->which drives everyone around him crazy.  He bakes sweets for Marine, and is quite possessive of her.

How can I describe Marine and Harry’s relationship?  The Daysitter concept in this book is quite new to me, and truth to be told it’ll take reading the entire book to really grasp their connection.  What Marine and Harry shared are much more than a simple Daysitter and a protective relationship.

Oh, Marine and Harry, what a pair…they pretty much rock my literal world.  And don’t let me start with the nicknames Harry have for Marine (there are many)…hehe

Special Agent Mark Battan is definitely a force to be reckoned with, not only he is a vampire hunter, he is also an ex-partner and an ex-lover of Marine.->oh my.  He is a manly man and can be kind of an a** sometime to be honest.  I wouldn’t say there is a love-triangle situation, though Marine and Mark definitely lust after each other, and they have a history together that didn’t exactly ended well.  However Marine’s feeling and relationship with Harry makes everything quite complicated.

I can’t believe I didn’t find this book sooner, this book has everything I love about the Urban Fantasy genre and more.

Searching for new Urban Fantasy series to read?  Look no further!  Enjoying snarky characters, action-packing story and kick-ass heroine?  I highly recommend you to start reading Touched of The Marnie Baranuik Files series.


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