Untouched (Denazen #1.5) by Jus Accardo
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?
Jus Accardo bridges the first and second books of the Denazen series: Touch and Toxic, with novella, Untouched. It boasts the same relaxed, but action packed, pace with the only difference being that it’s written in Kale’s voice. Accardo further enraptures readers with her lovable characters and humor-filled dialogue.
Not only are readers finally privy to Kale’s deepest thoughts, they get to learn about one of the darkest periods of his past. Kale and Dez are recruiting another Six, one who doesn’t seem to believe that Denazen is bad or that Kale and Dez can provide her with a safe place to hide out. Kale, Dez and Kiernan take a trip to Jeeper’s Land of Happy amusement park to solidify their trust in each other. What was meant to be a day of bonding and relaxing fun turns into a day of dredged up nightmares and conflict.
Kale had always had this dark vibe surrounding him, but now readers will see its origin and find a better understanding for his character. The way Kale sees himself is heartbreaking, but the way he sees himself with Dez in his life is astonishing and beautiful. There’s something about Dez and Kale’s relationship that’s so honest and strong that makes coming back to this series something to look forward to. Along with Accardo’s brilliant storytelling and ability to deeply connect to readers, of course!