Toxic by Jus Accardo

October 18, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 1

Title: Toxic (Denazen #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC
Pages: 317
Release Date: October 16, 2012
In My Opinion: Must. Read. Now!
One Line: Even better than the first! You won’t be able to put this one down.

About the Book: 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…

Wow! I seriously fell in love with Touch last year and waited very impatiently for Toxic and I have to say, it was really worth the wait. Toxic absolutely blew me away! Filled with action-packed scenes and heart-stopping moments, Jus rocked my world with her twisted story of Sixes and the Denezen corporation.

First, let me say I laughed my ass off so many times while reading Toxic. You know I’m a HUGE fan of snarky, strong-willed female leads, right?! Well, Dez is right up there with the best of them because this girl’s wit and attitude is so freaking fantastic, I can’t help but love her. She has a fierce love for Kale and her “act-now-think-later” personality is one I adore, even though it gets her in trouble a lot. Still, she’s definitely a favorite character of mine and she has to go through a lot of major crap in this book, especially regarding a particular Six by the name of Jade, which really makes you feel for the girl.

Anyways, in Toxic, you delve deeper into the mystery behind the Denazen Corp. and see just how twisted and evil Dez’s father really is. They will stop at nothing to get Kale, their killing machine, back and you get a real taste of the lengths Dez’s father will go to in order to get what he wants. You also meet some pretty interesting new Sixes in addition to Jade, who is immune to Kale’s power (among other things). Of particular note is a set of very devilish twins who make bad boys look really tempting! But they also have some pretty freaky special abilities, so look out for that.

Overall, I found myself flying through this book, only because I couldn’t put it down! There were definitely some heart-stopping moments, especially those steamy Kale & Dez hookups, and some seriously depressing moments, especially when it comes to Alex – can I just give him a hug, because that guy can’t catch a break! One thing I will warn you about is Toxic leaves you with a cliffhanger. Damn all the cliffhangers to hell!

I’m seriously shaking at the edge of my seat for Tremble! I need more Kale! Please, Jus! Please!!!!!

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