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Product Details

  • Series: Denazen
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620610132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620610138
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accardo's writing is fresh, crisp, and tugs at every emotion there is. Chapter one drew me in with a vengeance, and the characters are so alive and captivating, they have a gravitational pull all their own. I will be recommending TOUCH to everyone I know! EVERYONE! - Darynda Jones US Today and NYT Bestselling author of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

4 ½ stars, RT Top Pick. “Accardo’s debut, first in the Denazen series, is infused with pulse-pounding action, attitude, charm, romance, suspense and enough witty dialogue to crown it one of the best YA novels of the year.” — Diane Morasco, RT Book Reviews

“Memorable characters, heart pounding action, sizzling hot romance — Touch has it all! Definitely fresh and new. You need to read this book like yesterday.” — Jennifer L. Armentrout, author of Half-Blood and Obsidian
“Raw and emotional; just like its heroine, Touch packs a mean right hook. Jus Accardo’s action-packed debut is sure to win her a legion of fans.” — Inara Scott, award-winning author of The Candidates and The Marked

From the Back Cover

VOYA - Dotsy Harland

Seventeen-year-old Deznee Cross has a past shrouded in mystery. She does not remember her mother, who apparently died when Deznee was very young. As a feisty teenager, she spends lots of time trying to figure out ways to infuriate her emotionally distant father, an attorney. When a strange, but very good looking, boy named Kale literally falls into her path on the way home from a party one night, Dez decides to take him home with her. As luck would have it, her dad catches the boy in the house and pulls a gun. The real shock comes when Deznee realizes that the two know each other and that her father has been keeping Kale prisoner at his “law firm.” She and Kale manage to escape from Mr. Cross and take off on a whirlwind adventure in which they discover that they are both “Sixes,” children with special gifts, and that Deznee’s mother is still alive and being held at Cross’s law firm, which is not a law firm at all.

Though the premise is familiar and the book could benefit from some streamlining, Accardo’s writing style is forceful, descriptive, and filled with humor. This first novel in the Denazen series tastefully introduces sexual activity, in addition to including the always popular love triangle, making it more appropriate for older readers. Dez is a gratifyingly strong female character, and Touch is an excellent read-alike for those who enjoyed I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins, 2010/Voya December 2010) and False Memory by Dan Krokos (Hyperion, 2012/Voya August 2012). Ages 12 to 18.

More About the Author

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Customer Reviews

I loved the strong character of Dez.
Valerie StuckInBooks
This book is a very action packed, fast moving story.
Dark Faerie Tales
I cant wait to read more in the next book!
Amanda @Stuck In YA Books

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jacinda on October 25, 2011
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Touch is one of my favorite books of 2011. There I said it. So don't be surprised in December when Touch shows up on those lists! I have pre-ordered a paperback copy and I bought it for my Kindle. CRAZY!

I'm writing this review with my heart beating out of my chest and my hands shaking. I have plans to re-read all of this awesomeness again as soon as I'm finished writing this gushing review!

After the above paragraph, you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. From the first chapter, we are sent on a roller coaster into what I could only describe as a young adult novel with characters who have superhero type powers, but at the same time...entirely different. This seems to be the most fitting way for me to put into words the general theme of this book. Anything I say after the first chapter or so could contain TONS of spoilers, so I'm leaving anything related to this aspect of the story hush, hush.

Our main character Dez is totally bad a*#!!! I'm in love with every single thing about her! She is what a young adult female character should be! She's rebellious and stands up for what she knows is right.

This book has more layers than a seven-layer dip! Seriously! Once I thought my brain had finally wrapped itself around what was happening, something new was in my face! I had no time to guess any major or even minor plot points! So many twists! The plot was face paced! I can't believe the author shoved that much action and plot into only 2xx pages! Tons of action! I was wanting to devour every single word. Some action scenes can put me to sleep, not these!

ROMANCE! Dez & Kale! I won't be able to say enough about these two, but it is one of the best romances in a book I've personally read about and enjoyed. Kale is sweet, cute, but more!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Roonil Wazlib on February 5, 2012
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I enjoyed the start of this book, but it slowly turned into an irritating story that just got more and more annoying.

The spelling errors and other editing mistakes were very hard to ignore. I mean, on the first page of the book, she spells adrenaline wrong twice! Then later temperature is spelled 'temperture'. (There are many more errors like this.) There are also sentences that just don't make sense. At the beginning of one chapter, she writes "Kale was fascinated with TV - mostly the commercials. He'd seen a little while at Denazen, but nothing extensive." Um, what?

The way the author tries to throw in brand names and weird slang to make Dez sound cool is just annoying. Like she talks about her Mudd boots at one point, and refers to food as "noms". Ugh!

The whole premise about people having different powers was okay at the beginning because they were just kind of vague but believable, like telepathy or telekinesis. But by the end of the book there were so many ridiculous powers that I felt like I was reading a bad rip-off of X-men. One guy turns himself into a panda bear. One girl liquifies herself, and another guy basically inhales a bunch of fire and then burps out smoke and grins. Really?

The ending of the book left me rolling my eyes; it just wasn't believable.

This book wasn't totally awful, there were some things I enjoyed, like the characters of Kale and especially Alex were interesting. I give it 2 and a half stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Manning on November 15, 2011
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This book Rocks! Ahem, excuse me. Just had to get that out. Okay, TOUCH is the story of Dez, a strong, opinionated, no-holds-barred girl raised by a non-existent single father who happens upon a mysterious, hot guy in the woods. His name is Kale (well, sort of) and Dez is instantly drawn to him. And things only get better from there.

Kale is one of the best leading guys in YA . He's hot, and strong, and hot, and mysterious, and hot. Um, yeah, sorry again. But seriously, Kale is great. He has been basically locked away his entire life, so once he's out, everything is new and foreign to him, and Dez has to help him learn his way. While doing so, they both fall hard for each other, and the moments they share are enough to keep this book going by themselves, without any of the awesome action.

And speaking of action, TOUCH is loaded with it! Dez's father works for a company called Denazen, that has more secrets than the White House staff. Denazen is up to no good, and Kale and Dez get caught in the middle of a supernatural tug-of-war that leads to an intense, edge-of-your seat ending that admittedly had me biting my nails through every page. This story flows very well, leading you along as Dez and Kale try to figure out exactly what's going on while trying to stay alive.

Filled with secrets and surprises, plus some kick-butt supernaturals, TOUCH is an exciting, pulse-pounding read that I didn't want to put down.

I am happy to give TOUCH 5 stars, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, which I know will be as good (or better) than the first. Hurry, run out and get a copy now!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Marie on April 20, 2012
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If you have any intellectual integrity then trust me when I say this book truly sucks. If this book were a house, it would be infested with termites and have no roof. Sadly, this book is ABSOLUTELY not what other reviewers have hyped it up to be, although I wish five dollars and ninety-nine cents it was. Here, I will provide you the TRUTH about Touch, in all it's festering boringness.

Diagnosis #1: The characters in Touch have a terminal case of "one-dimensionality" and "shallowness". In fact, the entire backdrop of Touch is superficially flat. The protagonist, Deznee - Deznee? - yes, her name is "Deznee", majorly loves to stroke her own ego. All dem boyz bee whistlin' @ dat hoe. I suppose Accardo was attempting to make Dez sassy and independent, but, as they say, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Dez surpasses both of those, and comfortably rests in the downright narcissistic range. Actually, I am pretty much 100% positive that each and every male in this entire book - besides her father, uncle, and cousin - is portrayed as wanting to get into Dez's pants. So, I hated her. Also, Kale is SOO underdeveloped as a character that I'm sure we could delete him right out of the story altogether. I wont even go into Dez's father, or Alex. Accardo needed to MAKE DEEPER CHARACTERS THAT READERS CAN AND WANT TO RELATE TO! Give them substance, and give us someone to root for.

Diagnosis #2: Plot movement is flat and uncreative. After running away with a crazy guy she just met - who was being chased by men in suits, no less - and believing every accusation against her father that comes out of his mouth, Dez decides it's a great idea to help Kale start a revolution against Denazen and her dad. Where does she start?
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