Saturday, April 7, 2012

[Review] Touch by Jus Accardo

Title: Touch (Denazen #1)
Author: Jus Accardo
Published: November 1st 2011 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Humor.
Goodreads summary:
  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.
Emma's thoughts:
Definitely not how I imagined Kale to look like... Somehow, I thought he'd look a tad more innocent. And that's the bummer about literal faces on front covers, because they're never how I imagine them to be! 
First Impression: 
HIS NAME IS KALE! HIS NAME IS KALE!!!!!!!!!!! Only Racquel will fathom my love for the name Kale. I can't even explain it, but that name! Is just.. AHH. I LOVE IT! If I don't find and marry a guy named Kale, I will name my child Kale so someone will have the pleasure of marrying a fine male specimen named Kale.
Touch, meet Shatter Me, your long lost sister! Oh and, also, here's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer too, because I'm pretty sure you're related somehow. All three revolve around this idea of this power of killing people. Touch and Shatter Me involve touching the victim in order to kill. And as much as I love the idea of these so-called powers and the vast range of possibilities that 'powers' hold, it's just being overdone! And I also hate that I feel like I would've liked Touch better if I hadn't read Shatter Me recently.

There's also that recurring theme of the 'evil people' recruiting (or kidnapping) those with powers to use it for the lesser good. In this case, it's the Denazen. A prison in a law-firm disguise, which Dez's father owns.

I liked the explanation of the name 'Sixes'. It's the genetic abnormality in the sixth chromosome. But then... *googles sixth chromosome* Contains the Major Histocompatibility Complex and plays a vital role in organ transplantation? Um... okay then... And, and, and, it's never really explained how Kale can touch Dez, but no one else! Well, it's not explained, period! There better be some answers in the sequel! Because I hate not knowing why weird things like that happen.
Technicalities aside... I cannot get over Kale. When you first meet him, he's this clueless child who has no idea whatsoever what the word 'complicated' implies. And then, his mind blossoms and blooms. It's beautiful. He holds Dez's hand because he sees another couple doing it. He's in awe of the little things we take for granted. Television, cheese and chocolate... But he's not stupid, he's far from stupid. He's a little bit protective and possessive of Dez, and it's freaking adorable! And whenever he's confused, I imagine him wide-eyed and innocent looking... but it breaks my heart how honest he is. He's got so much to learn and to see, I just cannot wait for the next book. But read this: Untouched. It's a novella from his perspective following Touch

Dez makes an awesome heroine. She's strong, ruthless, and smart. Oh, and she knows some moves too. I was a bit iffy with her at the start. Because one, who runs off with the guy that potentially and intentionally tried to kill you?! And two, her life's purpose is to piss off her dad? I don't know, but it's just a weird concept to me. If he was playing the concerned dad role, then what more does she want to get yelled at for? But nevertheless, Dez grew on me. She's smart, and even if I didn't agree with some of her decisions, she managed to make it work! And well, she's perfect with Kale. The way they turn all googly eyed around each other makes me want to believe in love(: 

Thinking about all the other characters makes my head spin! Ginger, Dez's dad, Alex, Mercy, Brandt... Look there's a Six. There's another Six! Oh, look, he's a Six too! This place is crawling with Sixes... But who to trust? Who's not going to come stab them in the back!? Who, who, who??
I read this for Kale. I read this in hope of finding reliable people. It was an intense, action-packed journey. Overused words, I know, but I couldn't put this book down! Definitely one to be read in a single sitting.

Overall Rating: 4 stars~ KALE KALE KALE! NUFF SAID!
 I couldn't see them, but I knew they were there, waiting at the bottom.
Cute Things That Kale Said:
"Why does my heart pump faster when we're close? How is it you do that to me?"
 ...I heard Kale tell Fin to stop staring at my ass or he was going to punish him. 
"...If I had the ability to touch anyone else in this world, I still don't believe I'd want it to be anyone but you." 

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