(Denazen # 2)
By: Jus Accardo
Pub. Date: October 16, 2013
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 loved last year's Touch, so I was very much looking forward to reading Toxic. I have no idea why I waited so long to read it! It was so much fun spending time with Dez and Kale again, but it was sad seeing all of the problems they were facing. At some points I felt that the two of them would never be able to get past them!
Kale is definitely one of my favorite YA boys. He is so innocent, yet so dangerous. I loved learning more about his inner self in the novella Untouched. I definitely think any fan of this series should read it. In Toxic, Kale is still dealing with who he is. He thinks he is a monster, but he is one of the sweetest people Dez has ever met. When Kale's power begins to hurt Dez for the first time, he will do anything to learn to control it. It would kill him if he ever hurt her. This is why he starts to spend so much time with Jade. A girl who obviously has a thing for him, but who can teach him how to not kill anyone when he touches them.
If it wasn't bad enough that Kale is spending time with a girl who can touch him when Dez can't, Dez is also dying. I really felt for Dez. She was dealing with so much, and she kept everything inside. She really is such a strong and selfless girl.
I love Kale and Dez together, but I hated that they were keeping so many secrets from the other. I get they wanted to protect each other from pain, but the two of them have been through so much and they really needed to lean on each other. They also shared many sweet and tender moments, which was nice and refreshing.