Book 1 of The Denazen Series

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.


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


“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.”

—RT Book Reviews

“Dez is a gratifyingly strong female character, and Touch is an excellent read-alike for those who enjoyed I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins, 2010/VOYA December 2010) and False Memory by Dan Krokos (Hyperion, 2012/VOYA August 2012).”

—Dotsy Harland, VOYA.

“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 of their own. I will be recommending TOUCH to everyone I know! EVERYONE!”

—NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Darynda Jones

“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, #1 New York Times & International Bestselling & RITA Award winning author