Sunday, August 19

Review: Touch (Denazen #1) and Untouched (Denazen #2)

Touch (Denazen #1)
Jus Accardo

Publication Date: 1 November, 2011
Finish Date: 6 August, 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: bought it

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.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The first chapter was a bit confusing, but after that it was fast paced and interesting. Many things happen and I really liked the plot and the characters.

The first chapter was a bit confusing, because the begin setting is a bit strange. Also I had to get a feel for who the lead character was, but all that confusion melted away in the second chapter. Chapter 2 already contained some action and instead of a long winding introduction it immediately starts with the story and we find out more about the lead character later on.
The only minpoint concerning the story is the fact that some events are a bit unbelieveable. Some things are too easy, while other things are not. And sometimes it just doens't make sense how some people react. But the story was really good and I enjoyed reading this book. I just wanted to keep reading and see what was going to happen next.

I really liked Deznee, the lead character, she is an adrenaline junkieand this explains much of her behavior. She loves to do crazy things. She is a believeable character and I really liked reading about her. It was just a bit different from other characters I've read about. And then kale I really liekd him, he has been through so much, but still is so innocent and naive most of the times. Also somewtimes he was a bit socially awkard because he didn't knew much about social customs. This makes him even more adorable and cute! The side characters are many and we actually don't get a lot of information about them. The author did give them enough characteristics so that it was easy to remember who was who.

The world building actually lacked a bit in my opinion. While the story is written very good and much attention is paid to what actually is happening, there is little time for explanation about why things are the way they are and how the gifts of some people work. Often we only get a little explantion what someone can do, but not enough information about how it really works and what are the limits. It wasn't like I really missed the world building, but more like that after I finished the book I was wondering about things and realized how less explantion was given about some things. While reading the book, you don't really miss the world building. Enough is explaned to make the story flow good.

To conclude: I really liked this book. The story is enjoyabel and fast paced and the two main characters are really likeable. I would've prefered a bit more world building, mainly because I am interested in it, but it wasn't really missing.

Untouched (Denazen #1.5)
Jus Accardo

Publication Date: 28 March, 2012
Finish Date: 6 August, 2012
Format: e-book
Source: copy from author

From Goodreads: Until he met Dez, Kale’s days were filled with violence and death. He was used as a weapon of destruction by the power hungry men of Denazen. He’s a Six. A person with an abnormal ability. Some people call them gifts, but not Kale. Kale’s touch means instant death.

But now there’s Dez, the girl he can touch, and they’re hunting down Sixes and warning them about Denazen. Kale is learning about the world outside captivity and trying to put his dark past behind him. But they underestimated how badly Denazen wanted him back.

When Dez sacrifices herself to save the new Six they’d rescued from falling into the corp’s hands, Kale is lost. Denazen has brought out its best to get the job done. Samsen, a nightmare from Kale’s past—the only person he’s ever truly feared—has come for them, and it soon becomes obvious he has his own twisted agenda.

Kale will need all his training to get Dez back and ensure they make it out, free—and alive. But will it be enough?

 I really liked touch and immediatelt started this short story afterwards. This was a short story, but it was interesting and definitely adds something to the story. This short story is told from Kale's perspective and I loved seeing things from his perspective. He is so naive and knows so less about the world that surrounds him and the author did a wonderful job of writing his perspective and make it believeable.

I escpecially liekd the first half of this short story, we can a view inside Kale's head. And I really got a sense we got to knew him better. I also liked seeing a bit of their quest to help other sixes. The second half was much darker and even a bit disturbing. I didn't really like it, but I guess it nessecary for the story.

To conclude: a nice an enjoyabel short story. It really adds something to the story and I liked getting to see things from Kale's perspective. I didn't like the last half of the short story.

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