Book Review: Touch

Touch (Denazen, #1)
Published by Entangled Publishing
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Genre: YA paranormal
251 pages 
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Source: purchased by reviewer

My thoughts: 

See that blurb on the front cover? That's why I called dibs on this series- one of my favorite authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, recommended it. She is so smart.

Touch was exactly what I needed to read this week. While my outer self was slogging from meeting to meeting, my inner readergirl was exploring this literary world and getting to know its characters. It was the perfect diversion for a book nerd working away from home. 

Touch is book one of the Denazen series. Denazen is a corporation that is doing some bad things to a segment of the population, while trying to mask its motives as "for the greater good." The heroine, Deznee, is connected to the company because it's her father's employer.

Deznee has, for the past couple of years, made an art form out of doing ridiculous stuff to get her dad's attention. It's a struggle, since her dad works constantly. Of course, his hours leave her free to go out and do whatever she wants.One night when she's returning from a party, she meets a boy out in the woods: Kale. 

Kale is being pursued by a large group, and Dez throws them off the trail. The two become nearly inseparable from that point forward. As Dez gets to know Kale, she also uncovers some truth about her own background.

This was a delightfully light, fun read, for such a fast-paced, high energy plot. Often chase scenes and covert operations leave me feeling like I'm lagging behind; in Touch, I felt like I was up to speed and right next to the characters as they went on their journey.

If you're book browsing for a child or early teen, be aware that this is mature YA material- it may even be classified as New Adult. A somewhat conservative parent might not be comfortable with a young teen reading this book. 

If you're browsing for something for yourself, and you're looking for an engaging, quick read with some interesting paranormal stuff going on with some hottie characters, this is a great choice. And the great news is, book 2 is a new release; you won't have to wait for the next installment. You'll see my review of the next one, Toxic, posted next week.

Summary from GoodReads:
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.