Review: Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo
Expected publication: 11/1/2011 by Entangled Publishing
Review Copy: Purchased (Paperback & E-Book)
Description From Goodreads:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I bought “Touch” after reading great things about it (mainly from “Half Blood” author, Jennifer L. Armentrout), and I’m glad that I took a chance on this book. “Touch” is an absolutely thrilling story full of wonderful characters. This is one of those books where you need to lock yourself away from the world for a few hours because you’re not going to want to put it down.
The story is about Deznee Cross, who uses every opportunity to piss off her father, and Kale, a strange boy she meets one night after leaving a party. From the get go, you can see that there’s something different about Kale. But you don’t really know just what it is until Dez brings Kale home and finds out that her father knows him. Her entire life unravels in that moment. Everything she thought she knew about her father, her mother, and even herself, Dez finds herself questioning. But to find answers, she’ll find that this – Denazen and the Sixes – is much bigger than anything she could’ve possibly thought.
I really love Dez and Kale, they are absolutely wonderfully written characters. It’s nice to see a romance unfold, rather than have one appear magically. Denazen was well thought out – the levels, the treatments of the Sixes. Accardo has crafted a wonderful start to a new series, one which I’ll continue to follow through to the end.
“Touch” is addicting and I’d recommend you buy it. Immediately.