Saturday, October 29, 2011

ARC Review: Touch

Title: Touch
Author: Jus Accardo
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Nov. 1

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. --Goodreads

Touch was one of those in-your-face pieces from the very first chapter until the last with a lot of action and a unique plot line. I found it to be an enjoyable adventure of a read and the author created an interesting underground world of conspiracy and new ideas.

My problem was that the characters completely missed the mark for me as well as the romance. Loved the overall story, but I couldn’t connect at all with Dez’s “voice” in the material. Yes she was an adrenaline junkie and liked to do anything and everything to make her father mad. I got that… but I just didn’t feel it. I wanted to find her vulnerable side too- and I never did. I think as a character she could have been a bit more developed and likeable. I also would have liked to know by the end why she is the only one immune.

Sometimes I felt information was just tossed in to be fillers or a go-with-the-flow moment that were never thought out fully in the process and admittedly became a bit confused once or twice. Luckily, this didn’t distract too much from the story.

I liked the background. The thought of a corporation controlling the Sixes to do their bidding--government cover ups, etc. because of their special powers, gave this a movie-quality feel. And that’s exactly how I imagined it. I think it would make a great film with the plot and action.

I think I’m one of the few non 5 star ratings for this book. I couldn’t help but notice that it got a lot of those, and maybe I’m a bit out of the loop for that, but this is my completely honest opinion. If I based my rating on the story alone, then yeah, it would get that 5 star-- but unfortunately not this time around. This doesn’t mean bad news though. Touch was still an excellent read and I look forward to the sequel to find out what happens next!

3.5 stars!




  1. Huh. I like the cover. lol. =) Great review, sorry it wasn't a 5er book.

  2. It's alright but thanks. Everyone has their different opinions- what might not be a 5er for me, might be for a lot of others, while completely opposite on another book. I think it's just because I'm so picky. I can really love a story, like I did with this one, but if the characters just don't connect well with me, then the rating drops a bit and that's about how it goes. :) I like the cover too. It's very... nice... to look at. ;) Lol. Thanks for dropping by! :)


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