REVIEW: Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My rating: 

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.

His eyes were beautiful - ice blue and intense - and I found it hard to look away.

Oh fuck me... Smiley

Insta-love on the first few pages of this book!

Unbelievable. Smiley

At first, I thought it had potential, because I sort of (and I really mean the sort of) like the female character Dez short for Deznee or something. She was spunky. I liked that, but when I read further... her spunkiness got a little too much that it became really annoying. Smiley

Another thing, when she said those words up there... she lost me... that was about at around 2% of the book.. 2 fucking percent! That was breaking the record. And I thought, Bella had the worse case of insta-love.

Insta-love is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to books. I'm not saying that insta-love is always a bad thing, it's not. There are some authors who could execute that very well and with those instances, it is acceptable for me... But this book... Smiley I think that about explains it.

Here is how the typical insta-love book scenario goes:

Girl meets handsome, hunky boy with blue eyes.
Lovestruck girl gets smitten by hunky boy staring into her eyes.
Lovestruck girls thinks it must be love.
Hunky boy looks at girl and thinks she's the most exquisite thing in the entire planet universe galaxy.
Hunky boy thinks lovestruck girl's so fragile she needs protecting all the time this one hunky boy is totally right about...
Hunky boy vows to protect lovestruck girl until he dies which usually never happens, because authors don't usually kill their lead male character.
Lovestruck girl and hunky boy gets into trouble.
Lovestruck girl does something stupid.
Hunky boy saves the day.
Lovestruck girl and hunky boy lives happily ever after.

Does that sound familiar?

On this book, lovestruck girl saves hunky boy. Think lovestruck girl's impressive? Don't be.

I don't know why I rambled all about insta-love up there. It's just that... it gets so annoying sometimes that most ya books follow the same plot line add the stupid insta-love... it gets tiring to read about... *insert tons of random ramblings about how stupid insta-love is hlfdsahhgkahdglkjhgi*

anyway, on to the story shall we?

Dez, the Queen of Crazy Shit (that's what people call her... oh so she said.), decided to call it a night after doing some crazy stunts at a party.

Hair lashed like a thousand tiny whips along my face. The rough and rumbling texture of the barn roof beneath my board. Then nothing.

Flying. I was like flying. fucking idiot jumped off the top of a barn without anything to land on but cushy hays!

For a few blissful moments, I was weightless. A feather suspended in midair right before it fluttered gracefully to the ground.

Okay. So I sort of like her on these early parts.

Then, when she was walking him, she heard noises. Shouting. Then heavy footsteps. It was getting closer and closer to her. Then out of the blue, someone was tumbling down the hill who landed near the stream.

He'd landed in an odd angle. how odd was the angle? an odd obtuse angle? an odd right triangle?, bare feet and covered in several nasty looking slices. I squinted in the dark and saw he was bleeding through his think white T-shirt in several places as well as from the small gash on the side of his head. The guy looked like he'd gone ten rounds with a weed whacker.

If someone drops in front of you panicking and obviously, wounded... what are you going to do? I think the most human thing to do is help the person right? To ask if he's alright. To ask what happened. I know the guy could be a criminal. He could be a serial killer... and in that case running away, would be the best option... but do you want to know what the Queen of Crazy Shit did? she did the shittiest thing She took note of how good-looking the injured guy was. Thinking of whether he was from the part and if he was there, she would have remembered... Plus his hair was long... And he was missing he signature Parkview T-shirt tan... Give me a fucking break! Oh and he has well-defined arms and broad shoulders...

This guy obviously hit the gym - something the local boys could've used.

Uuuuhhh.. I mean come on. Are those really the things that girls think about when you see a severely injured guy? Really? I didn't like it Dez. Wrong move.

Anyways, so there. After all that, mysterious wounded guy demanded for her shoes. Yep. I'm not kidding. He asked for her shoes. She gave it to him and fallen on the mud during the process. Did hunky guy help her? Nope. He didn't.

So here's where the fun part stars. The people who were looking for mysterious, hunky guy caught up with him. too much time was wasted with Dez oogling Mr. Mysterious and Mr. Mysterious borrowing shoes Dez pointed the goons to the wrong direction and the bad guys were on their merry way of finding Mr. Mysterious, who were right there all along... hiding under their noses.

So... After the entire thing with the goons and the shoe borrowing... Mr. Mysterious finally says something...

"I'm hungry." He was staring again. "Do you have any food?"

So lovestruck girl leads hunky guy home. She felt that by doing this, she's getting even with her dad. Our girl has some daddy issues. Plus... I think she also have some wicked plans of her own...

But while the thought of pushing Dad closed to the edge gave me warm tingles, it wasn't my only motivation. I kind of wanted a little more time with the guy.Ooohh holllyyyhelllll puuuhhhlleeassseee... you don't even know where this dude came from or what he did with his life? Those arms... Those eyes...I'm not even kidding. She really said these..

Oh shit. I don't think I could continue with this anymore. That summary I gave, was just from the first chapter. While I'm a fan of fast paced book... This was just way too fast for my taste.

I had a lot of issues with the book. I didn't stop because this was a buddy read. And I wanted to, for once in my life, finish a buddy read. And I did. Only my friend didn't. We seem to share the same thoughts on this book. She gave up earlier than I did.

Okay so... Dez She was extreme... It seems that the author was trying so hard to make her look badass, but in the end, she just became really annoying for me. I like rebel girls, but there had to be a valid reason. I get that she and her dad stopped spending time together, but what she does to gain attention? I don't agree with. Take for example that stunt she did at the barn, that could kill a person done incorrectly. She does it all the time she says, but I don't buy it. Her dad has reasons, which I wouldn't reveal because... it's part of the story.. so I'm going to shut up now.

So.. yeah it's crazy. Hmmm. What else am I going to say about this... Uhhh.. Kale, that's Mr. Hunky's name. He's weird. He's not book boyfriend material at all. So, Kale has some sort of an ability. If I wasn't too lazy, this part should have been on the summary.. but there it goes... Kale's touch could kill people. Sounds familiar? Sounds exactly like my favorite series of all time! He was kept in a facility ever since he could remember. I remember a certain female who was kept in a facility too because of her deadly touch too so they could experiment on her. But Dez, was immune to his touch. SmileyWAIT WAS I READING SHATTER ME? ONLY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS? A SPINOFF MAYBE?

No, Sandee, you're reading Touched. And although, I initially thought this was similar to Shatter Me, it wasn't. There were plenty of similarities though, which I won't be enumerating, because... I'm fucking lazy. But there are quite a lot. Difference? This wasn't dystopian.

I like the writing - sometimes. This book was entirely on Dez' POV and like I said she was extreme... and it just gets annoying at first... then after a while, I started to hated her and her decisions... she did do some good towards the end though, so I was pretty impressed with that. Everything was wrapped up too perfectly and I didn't like that. It was too coincidental. Like how one person was some sort of psychic and she knew they would be able to accomplish the assigned task for Dez. And how Mr. Mysterious was someone special.

I don't know. This review's all over the place, because this book was too. I made notes, but just too lazy... I don't know why but writing this review... made me really lazy..

Anyways, if you've read this and liked it, good for you. But if you didn't like it and would like to talk about it... Leave me some comments below so we could discuss.

That's it for this review!


  1. DAMN YOU instalove. You ruin so many good books. I really hate when the instant attraction thing doesn't pan out. I mean it's not unrealistic to be instantly attracted to someone but when the love word and all that gets tossed around so soon in a novel I just want to barf. AND I actually wanted to read this one. Oh well, no major loss. Onto another book... Thanks for the great review!

    1. This one was a major disappointment. So upset because jennifer armentrout liked this! She raved about it on goodreads... Oh well. Insta-love sucks. There are better books out there. Tsk tsk.

    2. Totally!

      Really, she did? Interesting. Well we can't all like the same thing, right?! :)


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