Title: Touch (Book 1 in Denazen)
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 1, 2011
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.
Title: Untouched (Book 1.5 in Denazen)
Release Date: March 27, 2012
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?
Title: Toxic (Book 2 in Denazen)
Release Date: October 16, 2012
When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.
After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice–surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged–or losing someone she loves–Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.
Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…
Title: Faceless (Book 2.5 in Denazen)
Release Date: March 18, 2013
My name is Brandt Cross, and I died. Again…
I’m living in the body of a Six named Douglass Cain, a certifiable scumbag whose ability is on Zendean Industries—AKA Denazen’s—most wanted list. There’s some serious bad going down, and Ginger, the leader of the Underground, sent me undercover to obtain information because people are dying.
My cousin, Dez, is dying…
Denazen thought they’d found a cure for the Supremacy decline, but they were wrong. That’s the bad news. The good news? Franklin Wentz.
Wentz, the owner of a genetic research company, is brilliant and just a little bit crazy. He’s unwittingly created a formula that may cure the sick Supremacy kids, and everyone wants it—including Devin, the super hot Resident.
Get the formula. Save the day. Don’t fall for the hot spy. Piece of cake.
Title: Tremble (Book 3 in Denazen)
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Dez Cross has problems. She’s almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her mind thanks to the drug Denazen used to enhance her abilities. People close to her have turned their back on the underground and are now fighting for the wrong side. And then there’s Kale… Things couldn’t get any worse.
Until of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial—this one called Domination—and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial—including Dez. The good news is that there’s a survivor from the original trial. A woman who’s blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy kid’s defect. But the underground Sixes aren’t the only ones who know about her….
Cross is willing to throw everything he has to keep Dez from getting the cure—including the one thing that might tear her apart from the inside out.
This series is amazing! I read a snippet of someone’s review while researching this book on Google, and unfortunately I can’t remember the exact quote, or which blogger said it (and it definitely was a blog, though I don’t know why that’s what I remember), but (s)he said something about if you haven’t read this series, then you must be living under a rock or something, and I whole-heartedly agree! This is one series that you don’t want to miss; enrapturing characters, adrenaline rushes, action-packed plot, and a most definitely steamy romance all come together in a wild, crazy adventure that you won’t want to miss. I remember when these books first started coming out, and I remember the hype and adding them to my TBR list. I’m now presently kicking myself for not getting around to them sooner and not having them on my bookshelf! The cover series is amazing; they are relevant, with the same color tones, and intriguing. Combined with the titles, that alone was enough to make me want to read the books, but there is so much more that will make you love them after you read the series. (And, by the way, I read all of these in a matter of three short days! Yeah, they’re that good!)
Each character is unique and enthralling, with a specific personality that not only makes them real, but distinguishes them from every other character. I especially like Kale’s narration in extra scenes at the end of books and in his novella, Untouched. He is child-like, because of all the years spent removed from the world (DBD) but he is strong, intelligent, and in touch (no pun intended) with his feelings (even though he may not always understand the emotions running through him). Dez is the perfect counterpart for him, too, and the thing that really stands out about their relationship (yeah, other than the fact that they’re being hunted by crazy scientists and murderers) is that they love each other because of things that other people can ignore, not in spite of them. That’s actually in the books, too – although I can’t recall at which point it was said.
The rest of the characters are awesome, too, especially Brandt, who even gets his own novella. I thought that was really cool, too, since he is a very important and loveable character. The relationship between him and Dez is perfectly written, conveying all the love and emotional childhood memories in all the books. I also like how the novellas take place between all the books, so that there’s stuff revealed in them that aren’t necessarily included in the novels but may be hinted at, or at least shed a whole new light on them.
The action and suspense in these adventures is both extremely exciting and terrifying, which definitely plays with my emotions as a reader. I’m constantly surprised, which leads to emotional turmoil – betrayal, confusion, heartache and heartbreak are all commonplace feelings while reading this series, and don’t expect to be able to just sit back and enjoy flipping the pages. No; you’ll be on the edge of your seat, eager for every word, unable to sit still for fear of what may come next, and even if you manage to predict what happens on occasion, there will definitely be surprises in store for you!
I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the next book, and I hope you all feel the same when you go out and read this for yourselves!
*Note: I do not recommend this book for readers under the age of 15 due to extreme violence, sexual references, and profanity.