Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Engtangled Publishing
Format: Paperback, 251 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.

December 24, 2011, 4:42 pm – Somewhere over the Pacific: In Which I Decided Not to Finish Reading Touch.

Technically speaking, this book was written flawlessly that it deserved a five star rating. But because I’m an emotional reader, the character’s actions and how he or she made me feel are usually directly proportionate to how I rate a book.  I’m seething and I haven’t even finished reading. It’s very unfortunate because this book had me entranced right up until the dreaded love triangle was introduced. After that, I was just pissed. I don’t know if I should continue.

I can understand the emotional state she was in. She was going through grief of different kinds and to be able to have something to anchor her down was a plausible, acceptable course of action. What she did, however, just infuriated me. I don’t expect a perfect character but I do expect some consistencies in his or her traits. Why, oh why does love make us weak? Gah. Her sporadic childishness irked me. 

Nowadays, I wish books would come with a disclaimer: WARNING: LOVE TRIANGLE AHEAD. PROCEED WITH CAUTION…OR RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN.

This review was frustrating to write. I loved Kale. I felt for him. I love his innocence and his intensity. I love reading about his wonders of the world he knew nothing about. And at the beginning of the novel, I have admired Dez. But things took a turn for the worse. Suddenly, Dez’s actions and reasons started to grate on my nerves. Again, unfortunate because, seriously? This was a fantastic take on Marvel Comics’ mutants. Nay, I say this book’s genetically enhanced mutants has much better abilities than the X-Men. Yes, I went there.  I love reading each one of the Sixes’ powers. This novel is resonant of Shatter Me, only with more details and a lot more twists and ultimately – BETTER. I’m so mad that I’m letting that one element of the story get to me. It threw a monkey wrench on what had began as a great story.


December 24, 2011, 5:53 pm – Somewhere over the Pacific: Wherein I Ate Crow. 

I always sound like an a$$ when I write something at the heat of the moment. But I’m a big enough person to admit when I’m wrong. This is one of those momentous occasions. I previously gave this book a ONE STAR rating and decided to flounced on it. But as I sat in my Economy Plus seat, going over this book in my head, there’s this gnat of guilt that was quickly eating away at me. So I picked it up again and plowed on.

I’m an idiot. I’m glad I kept going. If I were you, I’d completely ignore the first part of this review and go read this book. Love triangle schmiangle. I’m sorry this review is full of spoilers but I need to say what I needed to say. Touch is full of awesome – even with the love triangle, and hey, you know what? It wasn’t even a LOVE TRIANGLE. So yes, don’t let this deter you from reading this book. This book is action-packed, infused with romance that was sweet and sizzling for the most part. It’s HEROES, X-MEN, SHATTER ME all rolled into one. This is definitely one of those can’t-afford-to-miss reads.

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