Sunday, August 26, 2012

Touch Review + Giveaway!

Today we have a review plus a giveaway for you so be sure to get to the end of the post!
Touch (Denazen #1)By Jus AccardoPublished November 1st 2011Entangled Publishing

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.

It makes me want to read it...

Tell me about the plot...

Deznee, or Dez as most people call her, is a 17-year-old girl that just loves to get an adrenaline rush and piss of her father at every opportunity she can get. And she gets a good one: She finds a boy on her way home and decides to show him to her father.
But this isn’t any boy she just meet, he’s... well weird. He seems fascinated and confused by normal things, and Dez’s father? They seem to be old friends.

In one night, Dez learns that her father has lots of secrets, his job isn’t what she thought and the weird boy that seemed like harmless fun, is deadly. For real.

Dez finds herself in the middle of a battle between a secret organization: Denazen Corporation, and a secret underground group of people with secret abilities: The Sixes.
Denazen wants his most powerful weapon, Kale, back; but the sixes want to be free.

Who can they trust when everyone has a secret of their own? Can Dez confess her secret? How far Kale is willing to go to protect her?

“Things had gone from really weird to
I-fell-down-the-rabbit-hole surreal.”
Touch - Jus Accardo

Female Main Character

Dez is one of my favorites females characters. She isn’t your typical lonely, smart and bookish girl. Dez likes to party. Everyone knows her and love to watch her do dangerous stunts. She isn’t shy or awkward, she tells things as she sees them and is not afraid to stand up to anyone.
But she also has this vulnerable side that you get to see when she’s with Kale. He brings out the best in her: her strength, her sweet side and the loyal and protective streaks that make her an awesome character.
She’s very easy to like. Her witty comments make Touch a super fun read.

“Current relationship status?” Her voice cut like an arctic chill
blowing through the room.
“If you mean me, then you’re not my type. If you mean my dad,
he’s single, but I don’t think you’re his type either,” I said with a
small smile. Mercy didn’t find it amusing. A small blue vein in her
forehead started throbbing like crazy....“Actually, come to think of it,
I don’t think he has a type. I’ve never seen him with a woman.
Mercy, I hate to break it to you, but there’s a very real possibility my dad is gay.”
Dez, Touch - Jus Accardo

What about the hottie of the book?

Kale is... special and at the beginning a little weird. Kale lived his entire life inside Denazen and only went out when they had a job for him. He doesn’t know anything from the outside world and he can touch anyone but Dez.
What you’ll love the most about Kale is his innocence. He is innocent in so many ways you just want to cuddle him. He finds the smaller things fascinating and sarcasm confusing.
But even when he’s deadly and Denazen has made him do horrible things, he can be one of the sweetest guys on the planet.

“As long as I know this" - he lifted our joined hands -
"is mine to hold, I'll wait for you forever.”
Kale, Touch - Jus Accardo

Is there a second hottie?

Yes! Glad you asked. We meet Alex, Dez’s ex-boyfriend in Touch. And he’s... kind of a jerk but a hot jerk so at almost makes it up. Almost.
He has spiky, white-blond hair, striking hazel eyes, and a piercing named Fred. Is pretty cool right?

What was the best part?

The reversed roles. While Kale can definitively take care of himself and Dez, he’s the more fragile or vulnerable of the two to me. And Dez is the strong one to hold them up while they fight against Denazen.
The sensations of discovering the world for the first time was another amazing thing. Though Kale’s comments and questions you get to see things for the first time no matter how common they are.

What you didn’t like about the book?

There was a part where things felt a bit slow, but the book is fast paced through most of it and it has turns that will definitively will catch you by surprise

Anything else I should know about this?

Yes! There’s a novella, Untouched (Denazen #1.5) that is set between the last two chapters of Touch and is told from Kale’s POV. And you absolutely need to read it!
Here’s a teaser for you :)

“They'll never take me back to Denazen. I would kill a thousand if I needed to."
He nodded to Dez. "And for her?"
For her. To keep Dez from going to that place? "For her, I'd kill a million.”
Kale, Untouched - Jus Accardo

Also the second book in the series, Toxic (Denazen #2) will be out in September!

About the Author

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction.

A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Her first book, Touch, came out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Contact her

Where to get the book

Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will get 3 Magnets and bookmark of the Denazen Series so fill the rafflecopter!

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