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Toxic by Jus Accardo
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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..
My thoughts:Toxic is the second book in the Denezen series, and one of my most anticipated sequels, so I was so excited to dive right into it without hesitation. I just love Dez and Kale, and their unique world. This installment has a different tone to it than Touch. Dez is up to her old shenanigans; thriving off adrenaline, but her world is turned upside down when Kale’s touch begins to affect her. There were so many twists thrown into Toxic. And, I don’t say that lightly. I think they were well executed and the plot was great. My only complaint was that Dez wasn’t the kick-butt heroine she was in Touch. She still maintains her snarky attitude, which I love by the way, but her insecurities got the better of her when Jade was able to touch Kale. Jade has a special gift that ground harmful gifts within a fifteen-foot radius. Not only did that tick off Dez, but Jade was impervious to harm and, she had her sights set on Kale.
I think Jus wrote Jade as the most irritating secondary character ever!!! Just thinking about her gets me all fired up. She was always getting in Dez and Kale’s way. Seriously folks, when I say this girl is annoying, I so am not kidding.
Dez wasn’t used to answering to anyone, so when her mom began showing parental authority, it didn’t sit well with Dez, but she really tried to take it in stride. I think that Dez had so much going on in her life that she began to feel defeated in a way.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I loved all the twists thrown in. The ending was a big opener for the next installment and I really can’t wait to see what Jus will pull on us next. I just hope that she gives Jade what’s coming to her!
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