Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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!

42 comments:

  1. This definitely sounds like a really interesting read! Great review :-) I'll be adding this one to my TBR list!

    Thanks for the giveaway Suzanne!

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  2. Yes. Yes, I would love to win a copy of this book :D Thank you for the chance. <3

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  3. 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.

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  4. Sound interesting and different!!! I would like to read it.

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  5. I've wanted to read this book since I first saw it on the web. This sounds like a creepy (in a good way) book!

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  6. Ohhh, this book is good!! Would really like my own copy of it! Love that cover so much too, thanks for the giveaway, Suzanne!

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  7. Yes I want a copy lol I've read it's really good.

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  8. I have this on my to buy list.

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

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  10. I would love a copy! There are so many positive reviews on this one :)
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  11. 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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  12. Great review! I'd like to read it.
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  13. I can't wait to read Touch. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  14. 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...

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  15. This osunds like such a good book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. *waves* Would love to win a copy!

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  18. Sounds great! Gotta love YA books;)

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  19. I really want to read Touch! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Ohh yes! I want to read this one.

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  21. This one sounds awesome! I can't wait!!!!!

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    Thanks again :)

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  22. I'd love to play please.

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  23. 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 :)

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  24. Would love this

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  25. Yeap, never hurt to try a new book :)

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  26. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I really want to read this book. It sounds so good.

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds interesting !

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    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  29. Touch looks like a great read!
    Thanks for this giveaway~ ^^

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  30. this books sounds really great, thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like a great book.

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  32. 1+ Thank you so much for the giveaway and for international entries!! YAYY! :)
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  33. Wow, this sounds great!!! Would love to win this, thanks for the chance

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

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  35. This book sounds great!
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  36. Hey I would love to read the book, thank you =)
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  37. i like the brooding guy on the cover ^^ would love to read the book.

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  38. This sounds awesome! I'll have to add it to my wishlist.

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  39. Touch is one book I have been waiting for. I want to add to to my favorite shelf.
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  40. I'm kinda creeped out by the look the guy has, but the book sounds great! would love to win.

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  41. 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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