YA Review & Contest: TOUCH by Jus Accardo

YA books probably do a better job than any other genre of digging into the whole issue of alienation and belonging. How do we find our place in a world where our beliefs or abilities don’t quite fit? And what if we fall prey to someone who wants to use our abilities against people we care about? Those are some of the themes in a terrific new YA from author Jus Accardo. It’s all about choosing a side and taking a stand. Read on for a chance to win a copy!
ABOUT TOUCH: 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

MY THOUGHTS: Well, one thing the official blurb doesn’t do is talk about the author’s voice—or, to be more specific, the voice she’s given Deznee Cross. It’s fresh, it’s young, and it’s killer fun. Yeah, okay, sometimes it’s so young and fresh I feel like a dinosaur, but still. It helps bring Deznee to life. The official blurb also doesn’t convey how utterly, despicably creepy Dez’s father is. Yikes. Talk about daddy issues; if she had less attitude and lived in a more normal world, Dez would need therapy for years. Oh, and the subplot that develops with her cousin? I can’t give specifics without giving something away but boy did that take things in a new direction! This is a smart, fun read, with a truly memorable character, that doesn’t fall into the YA pit-of-angst-and-teeth-gnashing a single time. It’s the first in a series, and it’s one you’ll want to follow.
Want to win a copy of Touch? This is an international contest. You know the routine: just comment to enter. Earn a second entry for blog follow, another for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and another for Tweet or Retweet or a share on Facebook—total of four entries possible!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

42 thoughts on “YA Review & Contest: TOUCH by Jus Accardo

  1. Great review, Suzanne!

    YA does tend toward the angsty all the time. It’s refreshing to hear Touch doesn’t fall into that pit trap.

    aubriedionne at yahoo dot com

  2. Yes I want a copy lol I’ve read it’s really good.

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  3. This sounds a bit different from what I usually read and I like trying new things.

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  4. I was a little intrigued by this one reading through the new releases yesterday…your review has sold me. I’d love to win & read this one!

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  5. This is one of my FAVOURITE books this year!! I loved Touch x a million and one! Dez’s voice is one of things that really stuck with me after finishing it- I’m a HUGE fan of Dez 🙂 and I found Kale to be a nice change of character too!

    I’ve been trying to decide if I’ll read this one, and to be honest I just haven’t made up my mind yet! I’ve been hearing such mixed reviews, and I know a lot of people who were excited for it ended up disappointed 🙁 and with so many other books (and since this one’s only GG) I’m leaning towards not bothering with it right now… but the IDEA! Oh, the plot sounds so cool. But I don’t know yet. Your review makes me kind of want to read it just to find out more about it…

    Brenna from Esther’s Ever After

  6. Wanna win this one. Can’t order it from bookstores here.
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    @rmoex on twitter. Please contact me on twitter if i win. And i’ll check here as well 🙂

  7. Yeap, never hurt to try a new book 🙂

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    uniquas at ymail dot com

  8. I haven’t heard much about this novel, but it definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.

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    Sara M
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  9. I’m kinda creeped out by the look the guy has, but the book sounds great! would love to win.

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  10. I’m not sure if the contest is still going on but for this book, I’ll take the chance! I want to win a copy of this book SO bad! Thanks for the chance:)

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