Thursday, October 4, 2012

Toxic (Denazen #2) by Jus Accardo

Toxic (Denazen, #2)Author: Jus Accardo
Publication: October 16, 2012
By: Entangled Teen
4 STARS!

This cover rocks!

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...


Thank you to Entangled Teen for this e-ARC. Jus Accardo doesn't have to worry about the sophomore slump because Toxic, with it's heart pounding intensity, is Touch on an adrenaline rush! Everything is higher in this second book of the Denazen Series, the action, suspense, romantic tension and definitely the stakes. There are surprises, betrayals and moments so heart wrenching, I wanted to cry. Toxic sucks you in immediately and keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the last sentence. 

Dez is still fierce and hasn't lost any of her rebelliousness but we do get to see her vulnerability especially when Jade shows up. (We are not fans of Jade's but we'll get to her in a minute.) When Dez and Kale's relationship is put to the ultimate test, she still puts his feelings ahead of her own, regardless of the personal cost.  Normally, Dez goes looking for trouble but in Toxic, trouble finds her at every turn. *hugs her*

Kale is still a smouldering force of hotsauce to be reckoned with and I have to say, he's one of the more unique book boys with his mix of deadly and innocence.  I love his honest take on every situation and his dry sense of humor cracks me up!  Kale faces new challenges in Toxic and his true feelings for Dez are just one of the things he will have to contend with, Alex is another.  My favorite quote is a Kale quote and takes place during a particularly stressful encounter involving Alex. 

"If you continue to push me, Alex, I'm going to touch you. I've counted to three hundred. Twice." ~ Kale  *high fives him* (with gloves on, of course.)

Jade is the new girl in town and I don't trust her as far as I can throw her. She's definitely up to something and her beauty and ruthlessness make for a dangerous combination. She isn't the only new Six we meet though and the others take "creepy" to a whole new level. There are familiar faces, like Kiernan and Alex, both of whom are just as snarkilicious as ever. Alex has the habit of showing up at just the right and wrong times and while I liked him a lot more in Toxic, there were moments I couldn't decide if I wanted to hug him or punch him.  

Toxic is filled moments that had me fanning my face or clutching my chest and it comes with an ending that is frustrating in the best way possible.  I can't wait to see what happens next!  By this, what I really mean, I want Dez and Kale to live happily ever after!  So Jus, if you're reading this, can you please make that happen?  *bribes you with Twix cupcakes* ;)

You can find out more about Jus Accardo and the Denazen Series on her website. 
 

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