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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Review: Toxic by Jus Accardo

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Jus Accardo
Series: Denazen, #2
Publication date: October 16th 2012
by 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…

*A copy was provided by Entangled Publishing for review purposes*

Closer to a 3.5 stars, Toxic is the long anticipated sequel to one of my favorites books last year; it was good to get reacquainted with Dez and Kale in this fun, emotional sequel. Dez is back to her full glory, and now she has competition; Jade is here to try to teach Kale control, but she’s also trying to weasel her way into his heart – or at least his pants. If this wasn’t enough, Dez’s immunity to Kale’s touch is waning.

With a wedge… or 2, driven between Dez and Kale, there is a lot of tension in this sequel. Dez’s worst insecurities being brought to light make her a little jealous, and a lot paranoid. She turns from confident to constantly worried to the point of spying. This is not the stubborn, determined Dez I love! I definitely understand where she’s coming from, but the whole situation really grated on my nerves. I hated Jade with such a passion that just her alone definitely put a damper on my enjoyment of this novel. She would always get in the way, or get her way, and it annoyed the hair off of my body! Yes, we are meant to dislike her, but it worked so well on me that I didn’t love the book as much as I would have otherwise, and now I look like Britney Spears.

Moving on. Kale and Alex both have good character growth in Toxic. Since I read Untouched – the novella in Kale’s perspective – I know how his perplexed mind works, this made me understand his decisions better in this book. I love how he’s so innocent, yet incredibly dangerous. We didn’t get as many laughs from his clueless ways, however, which I missed from Touch. Since Kale is so busy with jerkface Jade, we get to know Alex a little more, and I have to say I grew to like him a lot better. In Touch he was the guilty pleasure character, the bad boy that you know you shouldn’t like but you kind of do anyways. In Toxic, we see layers to his character we hadn’t glimpsed at before; his level headedness for example. He has a really strong personality that makes him a great secondary character that balances out the others perfectly.

Even through all the stress and boy troubles, there is still great humor from Dez’s sarcastic attitude, new, unique powers that we get to observe, and a hint of what Denazen has up their sleeves. It’s a lot more about the characters than the plot itself which makes this sequel a lot less action packed. We do go through a lot of emotional ups and downs, and ultimately get a feel of what the third book will bring with some intriguing developments that come forth.

Touch still remains one of my favourite novels, the easy writing style and a steady pacing continues in Toxic, making it a very fun read regardless my dislike of a certain… person. I’m just going to hope she dies miserably in the third installment. You will do that for me, right Jus? 😀

4 Hot Espresssos

The Denazen series:
Find my review of Touch here!
Find my review of Untouched here!

Waiting on Wednesday (55)

Posted by on 10/03/2012 • 44 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  My pick this week:

The Ruining Anna Collomore Release date: February 7th 2013by Razorbill  

Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon cracks appear in Annie’s seemingly perfect world. She’s blamed for mistakes she doesn’t remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she’s always…

Review: Lindsey Lost by Suzanne Phillips

Posted by on 10/02/2012 • 14 Comments

Lindsey LostSuzanne PhillipsPublication date: September 18th 2012by Viking Juvenile


The Bourne Identity meets I Am the Cheese in this taut thriller

Even though Micah’s a star pitcher, his older sister Lindsey is the real deal–a runner so good, she has a shot at the Olympics. The two of them urge each other on, and are each other’s best support. Then the unthinkable happens: Lindsey is murdered, and Micah may have been the last person to see her. But he can’t remember what happened, no matter what their parents tell him, no matter what the police say. Did he witness his sister’s murder–or commit it? Can he recall the truth before his life is sentenced to end, too?

*A copy was provided by Penguin Canada for review purposes*


Pretty When She Kills Tour Stop

Posted by on 10/01/2012 • 27 Comments

Hiya lovelies! I have one of my favorite ladies on the blog today! You all know by now how much she rocks, and that if you haven’t read any of her books you are part of my hit list * to talk about reviews! We all write reviews, we all see the drama behind dealing with authors who can’t deal with reviews, so here’s a look at the other side. But first, zee book:

Pretty When She KillsRhiannon FraterSeries: Pretty When She Dies, #2Publication date: September 7th 2012


Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…

When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived…