The Violet Hour: November 13, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

INTERVIEW with author Jus Accardo

I am THRILLED to have author Jus Accardo at The Violet Hour today! She is so much fun, and wrote an amazing story that literally kept me up at night. I couldn’t put it down! If you missed it, here’s my review of TOUCH.

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy
fiction.

A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, TOUCH, was published in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Tell us a little about TOUCH.

 I got the idea for TOUCH while waiting in line to buy

coffee. It started with a simple scene in my head of a barefoot girl being
chased through the woods. Everything she touched withered and died. I went
home and the next day started to write. POOF. Three weeks later, I had a
first draft!

Did you have any inspiration that helped you develop this story?

While writing, music was a huge inspiration for me. Some of my favorite
scenes were developed entirely from listening to specific songs.

How much are you like Dez? Taken any crazy risks lately?

I’m a creature of habit, where Dez is totally spontaneous. I think the
riskiest thing I’ve done lately was some of the research I did for Dez. I
went bungee jumping (so not a fan of heights…)

I was immediately taken with Kale. I could not get that boy off my mind! He
went through unspeakable horrors at the hands of Denazen. How hard was it to
write his part of the story?

It was pretty awesome, actually. Here you have this guy who just can’t be
kept down. He’s gone through all these horrible things, yet he’s still a
good guy. He’s still human.

 Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what would be on the TOUCH

soundtrack?

I’m a total music whore. I can’t work without it. TOUCH (as well as most
of the characters) each have their own playlist. Black Lab, Powerman 5000,
Secondhand Serenade, and Pink, are just a few on the TOUCH soundtrack.

If you were a Six, what power would you have?

I’d totally be able to talk to animals!

That cliffhanger… What’s going to happen to Dez?! (I know…you won’t
say, but I had to ask.)

*whistles innocently* Dez isn’t going to have it easy. In TOXIC, she’s got
a lot to deal with… I think you’re in for some surprises though. I know
she surprised me 🙂

Has there been a date set for the release of the next Denazen book? How
many will be in the series?

At the moment, there are 3 books and 2 novellas. The first novella will be
in Kale’s POV. The second will be about another character. I’m going to be
evil and not tell you, but it’s someone we’ve met. Anyone wanna guess?

Any other projects you’re working on? I need more! =)

Well, I’m working on book 3 as well as something else–something not
related to Denazen–but that’s all I can say. *evil grin*

One last question…. WHO is that guy on the cover?! He fits Kale so well!
Does he look like the Kale you envisioned when writing the story?

When I started writing, I pictured a young Ben Barnes as my Kale, but
after seeing the cover, that dude IS Kale. I don’t know who he is, but if
he’s reading this by chance, I just wanna tell him he’s got a LOT of fans
😛

HUGE THANKS to Jus for taking the time to answer my questions, and to Entangled Publishing for sending me a review copy of TOUCH, and giving me a new favorite book! Here’s some more information on Jus’s book:

“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. Dez and Kale 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.”


Purchase:

Review – TOUCH by Jus Accardo

Kindle Edition

Published October 9th 2011

by Entangled Publishing

Source: Provided by publisher for an honest review

Goodreads
“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.”











It’s taken me over a week to write this review. That’s how much I loved it! I needed time to process every last sentence, and by the time I did, I was ready to read TOUCH all over again. This was a SMASH HIT from Jus Accardo. I would have read this book in one sitting had I been able to. I devoured it, and the story stayed in my thoughts when I wasn’t reading.
Deznee Cross gets her kicks from two things: taking crazy risks for the adrenaline rush, and pissing off her father. She’s very skilled at both. I loved her! I don’t think I would have had the guts to pull her stunts, but man, I remember wishing I could when I was her age. She was tough and full of sass. A few of her comebacks cracked me up. I was very impressed with her bravery (or stupidity, whatever) to throw caution to the wind and fight for what was right.
The show stealer for me…was Kale. Oh, Kale! I just… I don’t really even have words for how much I loved this guy. His touch was deadly, and he was being pimped out to do Denazen’s dirty work. The torture he endured at their hands was unspeakable. When he meets Dez, it sets in motion a chain of events that literally doesn’t stop until the end. Kale has zero knowledge of the outside world, as he was raised as a guest (read: PRISONER) of Denazen. Watching him discover technology and just his thought process while dealing with everything was quite entertaining. The romance aspect of the story was incredible. Kale had to really discover what it meant to love someone. He had no idea what it was. Did he really and truly love Dez because of who she was, or in spite of it? Bringing that question to light was another point that impressed me. 
This book just kept pulling me in deeper and deeper. There came a point when I just could NOT stop reading and had to shut myself away from the world. I’m not sure I can even talk about this without posting spoilers, so I’m going to try to end this review by saying you MUST read this book. Immediately. NOW! I need more from Jus Accardo…like yesterday.

Review – Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivy Harrison

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by EgmontUSA
ASIN B004JN1CJM 
Source: Publisher via NetGalley for an honest review


“A modern retelling of the German fairy tale “Tristan and Isolde,” Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until — she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

I was drawn to this cover. It is gorgeous! I had very high hopes for this book, and did my best not to read any reviews prior to starting this book. I don’t think reading them would have made a bit of difference…
Izzie and her boyfriend are the top dogs at their high school. They have the “power to exile“ someone because they don’t like them. I found this whole mentality…very childish and annoying. Maybe I’ve been out of school for too long, but I nor my friends EVER acted like this. Izzie paraded around doing good deeds, like taking up for someone in trouble, but really it was just to further her own gain. She really thought nothing of anyone else’s wants or needs.
“But who cared about choice when you could have happiness instead? I could hardly wait!“ 
Only it wasn’t herself that she was thinking this about. When it came down to it, that statement wasn’t ‘fair’ for Izzy personally.
The final straw for me was when Izzie has a proverbial bomb dropped on her. She turns into a huge brat. Yes, a bigger brat than before. She flips out on Tristan for not being completely truthful, when she had tried to trick him at the beginning of the story! AAH! She devised a plan out of selfish motive disguised as ‘love’ for her friend, without said friends’ permission or insight. Tristan kept things from her because he knew she wouldn’t believe him if he came right out and said it, even if it was to protect her. I mentally gagged at Tristan’s descriptions of Izzie and her ‘honor’. Are you kidding, pal? 
I just could not get into this story. I’m all for ‘retellings’ of stories, but this one did not work for me.  I was so in love with the cover, under it’s spell, if you will. The writing was repetitive, and the story got to be ridiculous. I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t finish it. It has been a long time since that’s happened, but I just couldn’t continue. I will say that it has inspired me to read the actual Tristan and Isolde, as my knowledge came from the movie (with James Franco), which I loved. So, I guess that’s the one positive thing that came from trying to read this book. I am saddened to say that this beautiful cover will not be gracing my bookshelves. It was a hot mess.

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