Monday, September 16, 2013

Touch: Review


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've been planning to read this for quite a while. I just thought, "hey, Sixes being held as prisoners and assassins? That sounds cool!" But not only did I not have time before, for some reason I'm hesitant about reading (perhaps my faith on YA novels is slowly fading?). Until now. And oh my god I never remember swooning so hard besides Lux series. This woman... she can totally write. I can't believe I was hesitant about reading it before.

The background and the plot is amazing. I strongly believe that's the origin of the awesomeness of the whole Daedalus thing in Lux series. Denazen, a really screwed and twisted organization imprisoning a bunch of kids having weird abilities and force them to do bad things and they actually think they are doing the right thing? Well, I'm telling you this is where a great action story is born. And the plot... it's clear, but not the predictable kind of clear. In fact it's almost anything but predictable. What I mean by clear is that the intentions of the characters are clear and you won't be confused by the story. 

And if that's still not good enough to have you dwell on it, then the characters will do it for you. Deznee (aka Dez), the narrator of the story, is a strong-willed girl. She's curious, which is always my favorite personality, and she's determined when she wants something. She cares about her friends and family under her snark. Kale... well, he takes swoon-worthy to a whole new level. He's not like Daemon, cocky and confident. He has this kind of innocence that you can't help but find it cute. Just check this one out:

“He sat up straight, eyes wide, and touched the tip of his index finger to his cheek. "What was that?"
I blushed. "A kiss."
"That's what a kiss feels like?"
"Well, technically. There are a lot of different types of—"
"Show me."
"Show you what?"
"Show me some other kinds."
"You're asking me to kiss you?"

Excuse me while I swoon. 

It's rare to have this kind of innocence because he has faced so many violence. And yet he has this pureness in him that he's lovable enough. Unfortunately I know this kind of pureness won't last. Sigh. Brandt is my favorite character besides these two. But there's not much about him. I hope I will read more about that guy in the future.

A world filled with unstoppable violence and endless action. A smoking-hot and sizzling romance and an unforgettable story. My new favorite series.

Rating: 8/10

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