Touch (A Denazen Novel)
By: Jus Accardo
Published: October 9, 2011 by Entangled
Source: Personal Kindle Library
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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.
Touch was a fast and entertaining read. It reminded me a lot of the X-Men, kids with special abilities and all of that. I found Touch to be a cross between the X-Men and Heroes actually. It was refreshing reading about a guy who knows very little, because he was basically born at the Denazen Corp, experiencing all things for the first time - things as simple as walking out of a room and not being locked in, to the more meaningful and intense situations such as touching another person for the first time, the feel of a kiss, etc...
"...Kale was...fiercely loyal and courageous."
"...Kale...was so much more. Something innocent."
"...the way Kale's ice-blue eyes devoured every inch of me, full of heat and hope, I felt like Christmas morning."
"...his touch - so gentle, yet somehow so primal - had burned into my heart, mind and soul."
"I wasn't a quitter! I reigned as Queen of the Stubborn."
I wasn't overwhelmed with the story or the characters to the point of needing to read more. For that reason, it was good but not great, so it earns 3.5 stars.