This is a review of the second book in the series there will be spoilers of the first book so a fair warning proceed with that knowledge :) .For a resume of the first book as in the blurb in the back follow this link to the Goodreads site.
Titles: Toxic (Denazen series # 2)
Author: Jus Accardo
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..
I finished this book and im still stuck in the world of the book. I remember finishing the first book and anticipating the second but then I read some reviews online and it described the plot a bit saying that there was a a girl named Jade that was really mean and was annoying throughout the book(which she is) and that caused them to get annoyed to the point where they enjoyed it less (that did not happen to me thought as annoying and mean as she was I still loved the book) and then the fact that Dez and Kale has there relationship threatened in more ways than one.Those things just made me think it would be hard to read since I loved Dez and Kale together and I don’t want to read a whole book where they are slowly growing apart.So I put off reading it a bit and now I am really sorry I did not read it sooner those things in no way made me not like the book and I found myself liking this book as much as the first one which is a lot.
Dez in this book is going through some pretty though stuff in this book which is an understatement that’s one thing I liked not that she was going through hell but that there where more than the one basic plot line going on at once.There where many problems she was facing and they all kind of fit together in the story if that makes sense in that way the author did a great job at not making the reader feel over whelmed .Maybe it was because of the main character Dez she is one though chica she doesn’t let herself get pushed around though this aspect of her was less prominent in this book than the first one where really no one is able to mess with her its still there though at some points she does get a tad whiny in the book but really with impendent death freaky twins following her, Denazen , issues with Kale the possibility of going insane in 8 months I think she has a right to that.
One thing I really like about this book is Kale he is just the sweetest guy ever because he was stuck in Denazen for all this time he doesn`t really know what lying is or what the right social customs are. He is so innocent but also deadly as Deznee would say .If you read the first book you know all that already but there are some really good examples in this book that will make you smile .The ending his way of proving his love to Deznee is just so adorable and innocent no ordinary guy would get away with it but somehow instead of making me think hes a jerk (I thought that at the beginning though but not after he explained himself ) it being Kale it just made me smile (intrigued than trust me and read the second book). All the characters where good and you got to know them. Most of the characters have back story's which really makes them 3 dimensional.
The plot was really good there where many thing going on and it kept you guessing till the very end. Also the end is very criptique and promises some good things from the next book the last phrase of the book was …..( if you don’t want to know do not read these words in italic ) The worst is still to come and if you finish this book you might be with me on the "what is going to happen?!?" front im sure she can go through worst than in this book but honestly at the moment I can`t think of something because what she went through in this book is pretty horrible.
Like I said in my last review im a fan of X-men and this book was kind of similar in a way to X-men something that I really liked. Jus Accardo did not copy it in any way but the concept of certain people in the human race are mutants (in this case a change to the six chromosome thank you 11th grade biology for making it more interesting as we talked about it in class) that have supernatural abilities and they range from very different things like invisibility to fire and healing and much more.Those things make it really a cool book. Add in a great plot an evil company intent on..... actually what there plan is we really don’t know yet I hadn't really thought about that you do know they use Sixes as private assassins and to do experiments to make people under there control more powerful but what is their ultimate goal is not revealed yet hmmm... Another thing to look forward to in the next book. One things for sure though there certainly not there for world peace, also add some science experiments,and every day lifely woes to the rest and it really is a winner.
I actually laughed at loud at some parts and was angry at others (hint hint Jade) some parts I was sad and that really is a description of a good book one that makes you feel emotions when you read it one that has you connect with the characters and care for them. I was reading this Today and could not help myself from going to my friend and saying omg im so angry at this person or this is so sad ,i can't believe that just happened ect.. she probably thought I was weird, Or maybe not who knows since im always wonderfully unique and she might be used to it by now :) but the point is it takes a good book that I really enjoyed and got into to do that.
Just a notice this book does contain some swear words pretty often so if that bothers you this may not be the book for you. But if you think you can get passed it do read it. It really is a good book and probably wouldn't bother most people. I'm usually one of those people who dislikes books with too many swear words usually it just annoys me because all I can think of is "this book does not need all these swear words for it to be good". It usually makes me stop reading it.(I don`t mind swear words here and there but I've started some books were the amount is just ridiculous.) My point in telling you this is that this book did not bother me despite the language at times.So give it a shot if your hesitant on the front of the swearing issue.(wow this is a much longer than I meant to write on the subject I just want it to be clear to everyone.Hopefully it was )
So to resume all that this book was fantastic I loved it .I was interested throughout the whole book the characters where great and so was the plot it was one of those books you could really jump into.
Rating : 4 and 1/2 stars
- Great characters that you got to know and love
-Kale is awesome
And as always here are some quotes from the book all the quotes for this review where taken from Goodreads.com here they are :
He could slip into a room, kill you with a spatula, and be out of town before anyone knew about it. On the other, he was the most pure, untarnished soul I’d ever come across. It was an odd mix so uniquely Kale, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.”
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“„It's really all about focus and control. Clear your mind and think about the plant. Don't over think it. Picture green and pretty.”
Kale scrunched up his nose and cringed away.
„It's not pretty. It looks like a weed. And it smells bad.”
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“Alex could name each member of every nineties alternative band ever formed. Kale could kick all their asses.”
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“So what'd we miss?" Jade pulled a chair from the next table and wedged it between Kale and Dax.
"We were just about to vote you off the island," I said, stirring my coffee.
"You've got my vote," Kiernan said enthusiastically, glaring at Jade.”
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“I looked around. Kale was glaring daggers at Alex, who was staring at me like I'd lost my mind. Jade was eye-humping Kale like a lovesick puppy while Kiernan looked ready to kick her ass.
Seriously. Worse-timed drama ever.”
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Thanks for Reading :)