Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Touch Blog Tour Stop

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Today, Xpresso Reads is happy to have the Touch Blog Tour stop buy to pay a visit. It consists of my review of Touch with a few extra tidbits, and also maybe… a giveaway?

You have not heard of Touch yet? Here’s what it’s all about:

Jus Accardo
Released November 1st,
by Entangled Publishing

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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 Review
*A copy was provided by Entangled Publishing for review purposes*

I love it when you don’t know what to expect from a book and it ends up being awesome. Touch was the perfect example. I picked this up thinking it would be just another passable YA paranormal, but it was fantastic. It reminded me a lot of the TV show Heroes – people with supernatural abilities get locked up by this agency who want to use them for testing or for their own purposes. The energy vibrating from the book, though, was very much like The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong – and had a similar plot line as well, but with it’s own personality.

From the beginning, this book is exciting and very intriguing with tons of mystery and questions that keep you on your toes. I really enjoyed all of the characters. The protagonist, Dez, is determined and stubborn. I loved how the guy didn’t take over for the heroine. The attention was always on Dez’s story. There were guys in the novel, of course – just look at the cover! *winks* – but they never down right took over.

The romance was very sweet. I found there was actually a lot of chemistry between Dez and Alex, as well as between Dez and Kale. Most of the book I was rooting for Alex, I found him much hotter. I think it’s mostly due to Kale being a bit clueless. It made him seem juvenile compared to Alex. Kale was good for a laugh though. His innocence was hilarious. I loved that he had no sense of censorship; He just blurted out everything.

The best part of the book and what made it a 5-star for me, was the addictive quality of it. They’re always on the run or making very risky plans. It was exciting through and through, and it was very hard to stop reading. The climax was also very satisfying. It wasn’t abrupt and it wasn’t overwhelming. It ended in a way that makes it obvious the story is not over but there is no cliffhanger. So now I can sleep better until the next book comes out. 🙂

5 Hot Espressos

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

   Jus Accardo’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

How about some cover love?
ARC cover   vs    Final cover
I love both covers, although I’m partial to the final cover because, well, look at him it!

My favorite quote:
“He pulled away, looking down at me, those ice blue eyes intense. ‘I think I understand that now. I think I love you.'”

Don’t forget to keep hopping along for some more Touch love.

Next stop on the tour:

Giveaway details

At the end of the tour there will be a grand prize which consists of an ebook of TOUCH, along with a secret gift from Jus Accardo herself. Please make sure you comment on all the stops with your name and email to be entered! Good luck!

You can find the complete tour schedule by clicking here.

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42 Responses to “Touch Blog Tour Stop”

  1. Ron C. Nieto

    Yay! I had so been looking forward to this tour! Touch is a book I want to read so, so badly! And I agree with you on the cover thing: final all the way!

    Thanks for the great review, too. I do tend to do a lot of cover shopping, but, if I needed one extra push to want to read it? This was it!

    Ron C. Nieto AT gmail DOT com

  2. KTJ

    I knew I wouldn’t be the only one in love with the final cover, it is just so… yummy! I need to write my review because I’m stop #4 hehe so excited!

    Great Review, I loved the no censorship with Kale as well. I’m kinda shocked that you liked Alex more, but I can see how that can happen! I can’t wait till book two to see how he’ll redeem himself and well definitely looking forward to Kale transforming from innocent into something even more yummy!!


  3. Kathy Ann Coleman

    Oh, I really want to read this book. 🙂 It sounds very interesting and like it would definitely be my kind of thing. 🙂

    Name: Kathy Ann

    E-mail: isis_willowsong (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. Na

    I like the detail of the first cover but the final cover does pack a punch. His eyes are so brooding.


  5. The Story Queen

    This sounds great! I should be getting it soooon so hopefully I like it just as much 🙂

    I really liked The Summoning too, so just the fact that you said they were similar makes me more eager to read this one.

    Great review!

  6. Kristina

    Great review! I just finished this book yesterday and LOVED it. One of my favorite books of the year. While I really like the ARC cover, how can you not love the new cover! So nice to look at 🙂

  7. Maji Bookshelf

    I’ve heard so much about this book and all are amazing reviews! I personally like the final cover SO much more than the Arc so im happy they changed it =D

    – juhina

  8. Darkfallen

    OMG your review is so awesome that I think I might die is I don’t read this!!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)