251 pages | Published November 1st 2011 by Entangled 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.
Review: 4 Stars
Touch starts out as any good book should, with a lot of action that draws you straight in. On her way home from a party Dez runs into a boy, Kale, who’s running from some strange men in leotards. She helps him escape, then takes him home to piss off her father and when her dad comes home to find Kale, it doesn’t go so well. She soon discovers her life, and life in general, isn’t all that it seems. Kale has special abilities, his touch is deadly, but it doesn’t harm her. Kale has also just run away from a secret facility called Denazen full of others, including her mother, like him that Dez’s dad works for. And so Kale and Dez start out on an adventure to save her mum by infiltrating Denazen and going up against her father.
The story is seriously fast paced! Right from the very beginning you’re thrown straight into the thick of it and it really doesn’t let up from there until the very last page. There’s very little fluff or empty space, everything is relevant to the overall storyline. It’s exciting and intense and very difficult to put down!
Jus Accardo did a really great job with this book, I’ve read a few books about an individual with a deadly touch finally connecting with another – this one is my favourite so far. Out of all of them this one best describes the awe and amazement at finally being able to feel someone else. There’s a real rawness in Kale’s character that I just adore. Overall the character’s emotions are just written extraordinarily well!
I really love the main character, Dez; she’s sassy, funny, impulsive, sarcastic and just plain awesome. I really admire her; I wish I could pull off her attitude! Meanwhile I want to jump Kale!! He’s just so innocent and cute!! And their romance 😉 -for once in a book I wasn’t thinking “How the hell can they be in love already!?” because their emotions are written with a truth that is difficult to find in many books. It just made sense.
The ending is awesome, for those who don’t want to continue with the series, it’s a very neat ending with a happily ever after. But for those who do want to continue there’s enough there to keep your interest for the next book.
Overall, I give this one 4 stars! Check it out!