A Touched Girl Series
by Robyn Jones
Expected Publication: December 2012
Publisher: Robgirl Books
“I need to get you to the hospital.” He was taking responsibility for me. Only my parents had that job. I stretched my hand out in protest, but the lack of depth perception had my trembling fingers grazing his overheated neck. I swore his whole body shook.
When five-year-old Anna Pierce is offered a chance to have nightmare-free nights for the small price of her voice, she jumps at it. Silence has to be better than all-consuming dreams about blood and death and fangy monsters. The bargain she strikes comes with a secondary benefit, visions of a person’s future potential. The combination of visions and silence changes her very nature and soon she’s diagnosed with autism. Twelve years of living in her head comes to a screeching halt the moment Peter Davis pulls her out of an icy river.
Her new life has her twirling, tiptoeing, and crashing through unfamiliar territory, one filled with a cranky grandma, a knocked up cousin, an unpleasant cousin, a bunch of mostly good vampires, and the boy who rescued her.
To top it all off, the deal she made at five is no more. Anna is expected to talk, to figure out her resurfacing nightmares, and to control her ever-growing powers. And she’d better get it done soon because if the good vamps want a piece of a living, breathing Touched girl, the evil ones simply want. They’ll take Anna for their very own.
Soul Walker is the first book in the Touched Girl Series. It’s approximately 91,000 words. Be on the look out for Soul Bender, coming March 2013.
(excerpt from Amazon Product Description)
First Line: I wanted to be just like her, I even loved her name, Daniella. She told me she was five years old, same as me, so I decided we were sisters.
Wow I absolutely loved this story! It grabbed me at once mostly because it is the first novel I have read that the heroine has Autism. She is not portrayed as stupid, or incapable of achieving anything, she is portrayed as a strong, loving girl who has “quirks”, which is funny because that is what we call our children’s odd behaviour, we don’t say they are obsessed or crazy just that they are a bit quirky.
I fell in love with Anna, She is a brilliant, caring, young woman with some odd quirks, not only is she dealing with the usual behaviours of having Autism, she also gets visited every night in her dreams by a five-year old ghost called Daniella, they form a strong bond during their nighttime talks until one day Daniella stops visiting and someone very different starts visiting instead.
After the tragic deaths of her parents Anna is sent to live with her grandmother, at her hospital bed she meets Peter, he acts like he has known Anna her whole life, but Anna has never met him before. Peter quickly becomes part of her life on a regular basis as her protector and boyfriend. Because the story is unravelling from Anna’s point of view, It takes awhile for us to find out what Peters connection is to Anna which was frustrating but kept me reading waiting for more. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves paranormal romance stories as well as a refreshing and honest view from what it is like to live with Autism. This is a unique change from the usual vampire story. I am Currently reading the Second Installment Soul Bender As part of the Soul Bender Blog tour I will be adding my review up on the 19th of April. Stay tuned.