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Peek Inside Touch

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old Deznee Cross brings the mysterious hottie home. Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught.

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Double finalist in the Booksellers Best Awards 2012 for BEST FIRST BOOK and YA

First place in YA in FF&P’s On The Far Side contest 2010

First place in YA in HeRa’s Show Me The Spark contest 2010

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.

The Denazen series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1: Touch
Book #1.5: Untouched (novella)
Book #2: Toxic
Book# 2.5: Faceless (novella)
Book #3: Tremble
Book #4: Transcendent


"Accardo's writing is fresh, crisp, and tugs at every emotion there is. Chapter one drew me in with a vengeance, and the characters are so alive and captivating, they have a gravitational pull all their own. I will be recommending TOUCH to everyone I know! EVERYONE!" - Darynda Jones US Today and NYT Bestselling author of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

"4 ½ stars, RT Top Pick. “Accardo’s debut, first in the Denazen series, is infused with pulse-pounding action, attitude, charm, romance, suspense and enough witty dialogue to crown it one of the best YA novels of the year.” —Diane Morasco, RT Book Reviews

“Memorable characters, heart pounding action, sizzling hot romance — Touch has it all! Definitely fresh and new. You need to read this book like yesterday.” — Jennifer L. Armentrout, author of Half-Blood and Obsidian

“Raw and emotional; just like its heroine, Touch packs a mean right hook. Jus Accardo’s action-packed debut is sure to win her a legion of fans.” — Inara Scott, award-winning author of The Candidates and The Marked

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620610145
Series: Denazen, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 7, 2011
Page Count: 326
Imprint: teen
Genre: sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Jennifer September 07, 2011

Memorable characters, heart pounding action, sizzling hot romance--TOUCH has it all! Definitely fresh and new. You need to read this book like yesterday. If not, I'll send Kale after you. ...more

By Nikki April 05, 2012


1000000000000000000000/5 stars!!!!!

My brain has exploded after reading TOUCH!!!
It has the best ROMANCE, best STORY, best COVER, best KICK ASS GIRL and most swoontastically, best SHIRTLESS GUY

First, our rocking girl Dez (I love that bitch!!) she is just


The best thing?? SHE LIVES ...more

By Giselle October 04, 2011

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 l ...more

By Annie January 17, 2012

OH HOT DAMN!!!!!!! *wiping off sweat* That was some crazy intense shit there! Sorry, for the foul mouth. But, HOLY HELL! Okay so seriously, I had no idea what to expect when I bought this. I stumbled upon it on my nook and saw it was like 5 bucks. So I figured, hey what the hell. I will give it a tr ...more

By Ida December 23, 2011









It's Crazy!!! With a capital C.

My fabulous ...more

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Fourteen year old me is doing the happy dance right about now! A series she adores is finally getting a continuation! The re-read almost a decade later just went magnificently well! Things can only go up from here.

As mentioned above, this is a re-read almost ten years in the ...more

By Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘ February 09, 2017

“As long as I know this" - he lifted our joined hands - "is mine to hold, I'll wait for you forever.”

Re-read: 20.12.15

Man I still love this book! It's still bloody fantastic, and Kale is still amazing! <3 i seriously love how fresh kale is. new the real world is to him, he h ...more

My review of Touch on my blog

My Book Boyfriend-Kale!

My 8 reasons why you should read Touch

Touch is one of my favorite books of 2011. There I said it. So don’t be surprised in December when Touch shows up on those lists! I have pre-ordered a paperback copy and I bought it for my Kindle. CRAZY!

I’m wri ...more

By Michelle September 26, 2016

4 Stars!
Loved this one!
Love Kale and how everything was new to him. How he stared at Dez! Swoon! He cracked me up too! Dez is one tough girl! Loved her too!
Full of action and had me on the edge of my seat a few times. Can't wait for more! ...more

By Kayleigh November 30, 2011

Touch Review on K-Books

I didn't really know what I expected when I started this book but if definitely wasn't that. Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I definitely didn't expect it to be so action-packed and I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

Dez has always believed her father was a lawyer, sin ...more

By Mery December 13, 2011

Quiero a este chico U.U ...more

By ~Tina~ October 07, 2011

4.5 stars

This was such a great debut!
Touch is filled with action, intrigue, excitement and such tenderness that I never expected.

Dez is my kind of girl, she's a rebel, an adrenaline junkie, tom-boyish through and through and has some great sass. She was very easy to connect with, maybe it was just h ...more

By Tana June 04, 2012

Touch (Denazen # 1) by Jus Accardo

This is the first book I’ve read by Jus Accardo and I have to say that I am so glad that I had the chance to read it. Jus writing is excellent this story started off with a bang, the plot is great, character development excellent and all I can say is Jus Accardo has ...more

By Brenna October 13, 2011

After only hearing good things about Touch, I decided to give it a shot and hope for the best.

It. Blew. Me. Away.

In the heart-stopping-can't-put-this-book-down-what's-sleep? kind of way. And I'm calling it, this will make one of my top 2011 books easily.

Reasons to Read:

1. Stand Out Characters:
Kale a ...more

By Angela February 06, 2013

After a very long wait, my mom FINALLY bought this for me for Christmas (I knew she had it before Christmas, but she refused to give it to me early). I've been dying to read this book, no pun intended (get it?).

Touch starts off in the middle of somewhere. Unlike other books, whose beginnings usuall ...more

By Kitty October 15, 2011


Amazing! This book, start to finish was one of the finest pieces of young adult genre literature that I have had the honor of reading in quite some time. To be quite honest I have been constantly disappointed in some of the more popular writers abilities at conveying the truth ...more

By Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) October 18, 2011

If you are a fan of X-Men or Heroes, then you are going to love Touch by Jus Accardo!

Touch brought out so many emotions in me while reading it. I finished reading it in one sitting and loved everything about it. Putting it down was not an option for me. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to ...more

By Melly October 01, 2011

WOW, my adrenaline is pumping right now. You know how in books the character usually says, “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding”? Well, I couldn’t breathe the last half of this book. My muscles were tense and my heart was pounding. I’m so impressed with TOUCH. I was hooked from chapter on ...more

By Mada August 21, 2013

Loved it. Can't wait for Toxic. ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson December 04, 2011

Touch was one of those books that once you started reading it you ignored everything in order to finish reading it. Jus has this way of weaving a few stories into one that captures you from the beginning.

Dez is not your ordinary girl. She does some outrageous things like dare devil skate boarding, ...more

By Joy (joyous reads) December 25, 2011

December 24, 2011, 4:42 pm - Somewhere over the Pacific: In Which I Decided Not to Finish Reading Touch.

Technically speaking, this book was written flawlessly that it deserved a five star rating. But because I’m an emotional reader, the character’s actions and how he or she made me feel are usually ...more

By Jaime November 16, 2011

I devoured this book in a single night, refusing to put it down. I instantly connected with the story and characters.

When we meet Dez, our main character, she's kind of floating through life, no plans, no goals except one... do whatever she can to piss of her dad. She has it down to a science.

Ente ...more

By Loretta November 17, 2011

Touch was an action packed book. With very strong characters. That you will like from that start. When you are asked for your shoes from a stange boy, wouldn’t you wonder “What the heck”????
After Deznee is introduced to Kale in the most crazy way, she learns that he is on the run. She decides this i ...more

By Stacey October 10, 2011

I loved Touch by Jus Accardo! I read it in one day and then passed it along to one of my reviewers. I like it because it's a fresh YA paranormal. It seems like I'm seeing a lot of the same in paranormal lately and I was very happy to have got my hands on a unique story. And, Kale? Oh, I love him. He ...more

By Jen October 21, 2011

4.5 Stars

Disturbing and lovely, Touch by Jus Accardo will leave your heart pounding as the race to live begins. Jus Accardo's unique voice fights its way through the melee that is young adult fiction, braving the streets of fantasy and holding its own amongst the high rollers and big dreamers.

A nove ...more

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Jus Accardo

About the author

Jus Accardo

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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