I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…


Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.


Until now I had viewed the Null City books from a bit of a distance thinking that I don’t really do fantasy, let along urban fantasy – whatever that may mean – and I’m certainly not YA so these can’t be for me. Right? Wrong…how wrong could I be? I was hooked from the moment I read this:-

‘Hope flares each morning in the tiny flash of a second before Lette touches that first thing. And destroys it.’

Lette (short for Roulette, fabulous name!) is our heroine here and she has a pretty tough time from the moment she hits 13 and inherits the family ‘gift’ where whatever she touches each day changes form. Some days this is great, diamond rings and opals appear alongside cup cakes for example, on other days life becomes precarious when her touch causes things to levitate or explode. Lette learns to cope. She wears vinyl gloves all the time to protect others and isolates herself to live alone. Stefan arrives in her life one day encouraging her to come with him to Null City where they can live a normal life. Stefan, you see, has his own family legacy he is trying to escape from and for a brief time Lette is able to experience the blossoming of a romance. The ‘cure’ of Null City doesn’t go to plan for Lette and she has to move on making another contact with Rag, an ex-angel with boundary issues, along the way.

I can’t begin to tell you how entertaining this book is. I’ve loved Taub’s writing on her blog for a while now, it’s perceptive and witty and this book is no different. A strong, beautiful heroine (who doesn’t see herself as that) with a superpower that is both humorous and heart-breaking, an original story, handsome hero’s with their own tragic pasts, a hopeful but ultimately doomed romance and plenty of action…oh and there’s an evil cat, George, …what more could you want in a book!

You can get it here:-

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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18 Responses to #ThrowbackThursday ~ Don’t Touch by Barb Taub @barbtaub #bookreview #urbanfantasy
  1. This was a great read 🙂 Good choice!

  2. I’m absolutely blown away (and crying a little bit) over this lovely review. A bazillion thanks (again)!

  3. A serious novel from Barb Taub? How did I not know about this?
    I’m off to get me a copy for I already want to read more about Lette…

    • Yes! She’s written a whole series of them and they are fabulous. You’ll already know how well she writes, so imagine a whole book of that!! Plus you’ll spot her irrepressible humour in there too. I do hope you enjoy the read if you get it.

  4. Great review, Georgia. I have quite a few of Barb’s books here but, unfortunately, haven’t read them yet. Yet. I do love her writing and need to get on that!

    You’re on BookBub, too? I keep seeing that around the blogosphere. I need another place to put reviews and am looking into BookBub. How do you like it?

    • Well I hope you enjoy them when you get to them 😀

      Yes, I’ve been on BookBub for a while but not done much on it. I think being able to add reviews to it is reasonably new but it makes sense to add them to as many places as possible. Also, if the book isn’t listed with them you can add your review and then they will go and find the book and add it. They are doing that with ‘On the Edge of a Raindrop’ at the moment as I added that today 😀 You can then go back in and edit the review to show it as a recommendation. Anyway, yes, I like it and dream of one day managing to get a Bookbub promotion!

      • Aww… Thank you!!! 🙂

        Ah, see, that’s what I was thinking of when I saw “BookBub” is that promo that you have to have a certain number of sales or be J.K. Rowling or something. Just wondering if it’s worth it for little unknowns like me. Might write a post to ask people…

        • You are not an unknown!! And how will you ever get better known if you don’t spread your name far and wide on every platform you can find? I would recommend that you go onto BookBub, claim your author profile, and your books, and then see what you feel like doing on there. You can follow your favourite authors, post your reviews etc. You don’t have to apply for a promotion, but if you build up your stuff on their site I’m sure it can only help should you ever want to in the future. And here endth the sermon 😀

  5. Marvelous review, Georgia. You made me *see* the book.
    I like urban fantasy because it makes the fantasy feel more possible, more relatable.
    Hugs on the wing!

    • Thank you, Teagan. I appreciate you stopping by, reading and commenting. That was exactly what I discovered when I ventured down the untrodden path to urban fantasy, it was relatable. Very good word for it 😀

  6. A lovely review of this book, Georgia.


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