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I Belong

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Title: Touch

Author: Jus Accardo

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Denazen (Book 1)

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 251 Pages

ISBN-10: 1937044459 (Entangled)

ISBN-13: 978-1937044459 (Entangled)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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

Quick & Dirty: Very action packed YA Paranormal with some fun characters and steamy romance.

Opening Sentence: I couldn’t see them, but I knew they were there, waiting at the bottom.


The Review

Denzee Cross is your all around party girl.  She doesn’t have a care in the world and she would do anything to piss off her father.  So one night when she is walking home from a party she runs into a mysterious boy that is running for his life.  He happens to be gorgeous and what would make her father madder than finding a boy in his house in the middle of the night.  So Dez takes the boy home and her world turns upside down.  Turns out her mystery boy has just escaped from Denazen Corporation and he is special and very dangerous.  His name is Kale and his touch is lethal to anyone he touches except for Dez.  Dez’s father works for Denazen Corporation and all these years she thought he was a lawyer but it turns out he runs a special program for people with special abilities like Kale, these people are known as sixes.  Denazen captures all these people and forces them to do what they want or they will terminate them.  Dez was told that her mother was killed during labor but it turns out she is a six and she has been detained in Denazen all these years.  Dez decides that she wants to save her mother and Kale is the only person to have ever escaped from Denazen, so Dez will need his help.  While on the run with Kale she has to confront her past, her future, and the secrets she has kept from everyone.

Dez is a very spunky, wild girl.  She has a pretty feisty personality which makes her a fun heroine to read about.  She is also very caring even though she has a hard time showing it at times.  She used to have a great relationship with her father but one day he just seemed to stop caring about her and from then on she did everything in her power to defy him.  She turned into a big time partier and fooled around with different boys.  When she was 15 she meets her first love Alex, but he broke her heart and she has never really given another guy the time of day until she meets Kale.

Kale is an interesting character.  He has been in Denazen all his life so he doesn’t really know how to be normal.  He has never been able to touch anyone but Dez without killing them.  Everything he experiences is for the first time, and he finds it all very fascinating.  He agrees to help Dez try to free her mother.  Kale is very protective, sweet and a total hottie.  He and Dez start to develop feelings but Dez is very hesitant to let him in.  She has been hurt in the past and Kale has never really known any other girls before her.  They have great chemistry and some steamy scenes throughout the book.  Then there is Alex, the boy that broke Dez’s heart a year ago when he cheated on her.  She needs his help to try and find someone that might be able to help her mother.  She hasn’t talked to him in a year but she can’t help but still have some feelings for him.

This book is a very action packed, fast moving story.  I was hooked from the first page.  There were times when I got a little lost because so much was going on, but by the end I felt that everything came together nicely.  I really enjoyed the characters and the plot kept me very interested the whole way through.  The book flowed really well and had a great ending.  There are more books to come in this series and I am very excited to see where the next book goes.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes YA Paranormal or YA Sci-Fi.

Notable Scene:

Heavy footsteps stomping and thrashing through the brush.

The yelling came again – this time closer.

I crammed the cell back into my pocket, about to begin what was sure to be a messy climb up the embankment, when movement in the brush behind me caught my attention. I whirled in time to see someone stumble down the hill and land a few feet from the stream.

“Jesus!” I jumped back and tripped over and exposed root, landing on my butt in the mud.  The guy didn’t move as I fumbled upright and took several wobbly steps forward.  He’d landed at an odd angle, feet bare and covered in several nasty looking slices. I squinted in the dark and saw he was bleeding through his thin white T-shirt in several places as well as from a small gas in the side of his head.  They guy looked like he’d gone ten rounds with a weed whacker.

Somewhere between eighteen and nineteen, he didn’t look familiar.  No way he went to my high school.  I knew pretty much everyone.  He couldn’t have been at the party – he was cute.  I would have remembered.  I doubted he was even local.  His hair was too long, and he was missing the signature Parkview T-shirt tan.  Plus, even in the dark it was easy to make out well-defined arms and broad shoulders.  This guy obviously hit the gym – something the local boys could’ve used.

Denazen Series:

1. Touch

1.5 Untouched

2. Toxic

3. Tremble (May 7, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Touch. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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