ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mortal Touch - Book Review Inanna Arthen

Updated on April 21, 2012

You’ll quickly find that this vampire book isn’t like any you’ve probably ever read.

Vampires do not know how they are turned or who did it; they do not have retractable fangs; vampires can consume human food and beverages; they can walk about during the day.

Reading this book was rather refreshing, considering it doesn’t exactly follow the typical “rules” of fictional vampires.

Arthen’s characters are definitely full of description. She gives each their own individual personalities with great details. We have:

  • Regan, who is a workaholic psychic that deeply cares for her best friend.
  • Veronica, Regan’s best friend, who has had a life of boy-troubles, fights an image of being fat, takes various medications for depression and anxiety.
  • Hiram, who is a professor in search of his big mystery.
  • Jonathon, who prefers to be a little secretive, but has no qualms about sharing with Regan about his vampiric past and present.
  • Sean, who is a teenage boy who just can't find his place in the world.

Every character, whether Regan and Jonathon or Karen and Derek, has his/her own details and quirks that the author has no problems in describing in just enough detail that makes them real.

Arthen used great imagination when writing this book, as it definitely does not follow traditional fictional vampires. Plus, when it comes to a vampire romance, the author did not add as many details to the romance as other authors tend to. Instead, the main focus of the novel is more or less mystery and suspense.

I was as tad disappointed with the lack of romantic details, but Arthen did make up for the romance with suspense.

I was, also, a little disappointed with the lack of a protection from Jonathon. In most vampire tales, the vampire is quite protective over the romantic interest. Jonathon, on the other hand, cares for Regan, but knows that the likelihood of him leaving is probable, so he doesn't seem to get overly protective or involved with her. When Regan's body disappears, he just blows it of as though, "Yes, we should find her, but we need to take care of Veronica first. Plus, the likelihood of her being alive is slim, so what's the point." In most other vampire romance novels I have read, the vampire searches and does all he can do to ensure the safety and protection of the romantic interest.

But, anyway, one cannot expect that one of the main characters truly dies halfway through the novel, so it only makes sense that Regan comes back.

Once Regan comes back after a week having disappeared, she has loads of questions to answer.

Eventually, Hiram becomes overly obsessed over the case he and Regan had been trying to solve, and the case turns personal. Jonathon, Regan, Veronica, and Sean must all try to be a step or two ahead of Hiram so that nothing happens to their "family."


This is definitely a vampire novel that I would suggest. If you're the type who prefers more romance, this book may not be exactly what you're looking for. If you're looking for a vampire tale with fangs and traditional vampires, this may not be the book you want to read, but overall, this is a great book that will hold your interest with plenty of suspense and mystery with a little romance thrown in the mix.


Find out if Jonathon, Regan, Veronica, and Sean, all make it out alive from Hiram's pyscho-nonesense. Will Jonathon, Regan, and Veronica, have to move? Will Regan really leave Sean behind? She grows very fond of the boy.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Good review but no thank you.

    • RetroBrothers profile image

      Martin Allan 

      7 years ago from Sunny Scotland

      This sounds like something a little different in the Vampire Genre.

      After reading your HUB I will definately give this book a go


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)