Rating: 3/5 stars

Category: YA, paranormal, contemporary, romance

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 375

Trigger: Drowning

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The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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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?


Elise is a seventeen year old girl who has been dealing with the death of her only brother a few months ago. She feels guilty about his death because since she was sixteen, she has been seeing people’s death when they touch her. She wasn’t able to prevent her brother’s death and even when she knew how her brother will die. This has caused her to distance herself from her friend and break up with her boyfriend. Claire is a vampire, working for the Veil and she has been asked to Sheppard Elise to gain a favour from the leaders. When she meets Elise, she is attracted to her but she doesn’t want to make another mistake.

Claire’s pull to Elise is irresistible. She is caught between doing what is required of her so she can get a favour from the Veil and her growing feelings for Elise which she tries to suppress. Elise is trying to walk a fine line between wanting a normal life and knowing more about her powers s she can make her normal life permanent. When they find out the previous death oracle was murdered, both girls start investigating the Oracle’s death in order to make sure Elise is safe. Son, more people start dying around Elise and she has to decide who to trust to keep her safe. Can she lead the normal life she wants or will she get sucked into the supernatural and all the danger it entails?

I love the end of the story, despite all the impossible scenarios. I felt sorry for Jess and the cards she was dealt, nothing was fair for her but she made other people’s lives miserable because hers was. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because I lost connection with the story, only because it took me so long to finish it. I loved the short chapters and the 2 POVs the story was told from. The language was easy and simple, it was almost middle grade for me but I loved it.

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