Toxic

Toxic

Book rating: 04 Paperback Denazen Novel

By (author) Jus Accardo

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  • Publisher: Entangled Select
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 204mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 16 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
  • ISBN 10: 1620610167
  • ISBN 13: 9781620610169
  • Sales rank: 77,089

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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...

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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. When not writing, she can be found volunteering at the local animal shelter or indulging her passion for food. After being accepted to the Culinary Institute of America, she passed on the spot to pursue a career in writing and has never looked back. As far as she's concerned, she has the coolest job on earth - making stuff up for a living.

Customer reviews

By xCynyx 05 May 2013 5

Make some room people 'cause Dez and Kale are back!
I can't tell you guys how much I've waited to read this! And the only way I can describe this book is"train wreck". You just know you're not gonna like where Jus is going with this but you can't help yourself, you need to keep reading anyway.
"Karma, continuing the Screw Dez kick it seemed to be on lately..."
Toxic is a good second instalment in the series, in a way it works as the slow chapter in the middle of the book, and I totally get some of the low rating reviews, but at the same time a lot happens.
This book is more about the characters than the story.
Dez
She goes through some major changes. We see a much more vulnerable and less confident side of her that I totally love. Losing her immunity to Kale's touch and having Jade throwing herself at him with no problem makes Dez (and me) crazy. I mean, come on! His girlfriend is RIGHT THERE! But still, the choices she makes, while not the smartest were with her best intentions at heart and I get it. Also while some reactions may look childish or immature, others were simplistic and reasonable, so in all her develop was great considering she was dying slowly and with no one to hold her.
"What was I doing? What I did best. Crazy ****."
Kale
I can't tell you how much I like him and want to knock some sense into him at the same time. Reading Untouch before probably makes you understand his reactions and way of thinking much more than just watching him through Dez eyes, but still his inexperience about the outside world make him all kinds of deadly adorableness.
"Because if you try to do it again, I'll touch you. Then the only thing you'll be touching is the wind as you're scattered across the world."
Kale wants nothing else from Jade than learning to control his powers and while he knows she wants him, he doesn't wanna hurt her. I loved how determined he was in learning control and how sure he was through it all that Dez is the only girl he'll ever love.
The relationship between them in this book is heartbreaking. They are so close and yet so far apart it physically hurts.
And what also hurts a lot is watching him suffering because he knows Dez is hiding something and won't tell him...
Jade
Jade... is the one character you just love to hate. More than that you just kinda hate her because she's messing with (your) Dez's guy. She wants you to hate her and it works. But that's it, she the redhead bimbo who's hot for Kale... Yeah let's dislike her together.
"Hands on hips, Jade snickered. "I'm invincible. Go ahead and give it your best shot."
"I wonder how invincible you'd be if I shoved an M-80 up your ass?
Alex
"Wow. And there it is. Your inner ******* just bled through."
I have a massive crush on Alex since book one, I mean bad boy with piercings? Yeah totally my type, even though he has some jerky tendencies. In Toxic he goes up in my list. He's still the Alex we know and love but he goes and proves what a great character and guy he is.
Able and Aubrey
And last but never least, the wonder twins.
They really make some interesting characters, I won't say anything not to spoil but the ending? yeah didn't see that one coming!
"The first one flashed me a tight-lipped smile and tipped an imaginary hat. "I'm Aubrey, and this is my brother-"
"Able. Yeah, that's me," the second finished. Up close, I could hear the slight difference in their voices. Able had an odd, almost accent. He didn't quite pronounce his Ss right. They almost sounded like Zs."
My favourite Scene
Alex and Kale's fight!
I know, I know from all the book? Yes, from all the book that was my fav part. It's just with everything that goes on in this book and the feelings between them it was about time they finally got to let out some steam, you know? The waiting was so worth it!
The extra scene
AHH We get Kale's POV in one of the most NONONO scenes and it was awesome like him. I loved that.
The Ending
Yup Train Wreck right there... I'm really glad I didn't read Toxic until now that Tremble is coming out so soon, I don't think I can wait for so long!
General thoughts
Toxic starts amazingly and in the middle of the action, just as Touch. But as I said earlier the book for me is more about the character development than the plot itself. There's not a lot to add to the blurb, so you pretty much get an idea about it. And, for me at least, the real spy was clear. Dez isn't the strong and invincible heroin from book one because she's going through some major Karma get back as she'd call it, she can't see things clearly.
The plot obviously has some very important facts, that to the story as it all it makes a big difference, but for the book itself, it lacks the overall excitement and fast paced feel thatTouch had.
While you wait for Tremble to come out, you should totally read Faceless, Brandt's story. He's awesome as his cousin Dez and trust he's definitively Book Boyfriend Material

By Andrea Thompson 08 Nov 2012 4

Toxic, book two in the Denazen Series, begins much the same as book one - with heroine Dez on the verge of pulling off a crazy dangerous stunt. That aspect to the series, the fearlessness, particularly on Dez's part, is what makes it stand apart from the rest.

Amid the action, we have Dez dealing with an uncertain future, and the question of her own sanity. Combine that with a power hunger father who will kill to get what he wants, and a hot, new chick who can touch Kale and live to gloat about it, and you can see why Dez is a little on edge these days. But, the girl always manages to hang tough. I admire that about her.

In all this, we still have Kale, who is adapting well to life on the outside. I really enjoyed his and Dez's interactions at the beginning of Toxic. Their chemistry was smokin' and I could really see myself getting behind what a lot of other readers see in him. What keeps me from truly loving Kale is his personality, or lack thereof. This makes me a big meanie because his naive, unsure personality is well-explained and makes perfect sense. I just prefer my leading men with a ton of personality. Still, though, I do like him. His sense of loyalty and kindness is admirable.

I felt that Toxic got off to a really great start. Kale and Dez are in a great place, the development that forces them to take a step back made sense. I get really antsy, though, when a third character is brought into the fold who, for some reason, has a special connection to one or the other. Then, the odd man (or girl) odd has to sit there and take it, because of the connection. (For example, Kaylee/Nash/Sabine) So in this case, we have Kale and Dez as the couple. Then, Jade comes in and gets in between the two because she can touch Kale without becoming ill, or dying. This is a very logical conflict, and I completely get why it is employed. But, it is one conflict that makes me a little crazy.

Despite my gripe, I did enjoy Toxic. With its crazy, action-packed plot and a heroine who can kick some tail, the Denazen Series is one that many fans of Paranormal Young Adult will enjoy.

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About Touch 4 1/2 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." - Diane Morasco, RT Book Reviews "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, author of Half-Blood and Obsidian "Raw and emotional; just like its heroine, Touch packs a mean right hook. Jus Accardo's action-packed debut is sure to win her a legion of fans." - Inara Scott, award-winning author of The Candidates and The Marked

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"As a writer, Ms. Accardo demonstrates an exceptional ability to make readers "see" everything that is happening. Her prose is fast paced, her detail is meticulous, her characters are believable, and her storyline is packed with tension and sprinkled with humor." Rita Lorraine Hubbard, New York Journal of Books. "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." Jen, YA Book Central "Full of heart-pounding action, suspense and emotional turmoil, Toxic is a fantastic addition to the Denazen series that you will NOT want to miss!" Mostly YA Book Obsessed "Toxic will steal your breath and your heart and leave you begging for more. This is one phenomenal series that you DO NOT want to miss out. I loved every single second of it. A must-read!" Kayleigh, K-Books