Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: September 4th, 2012
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Source: ARC For Review
The Review: "I love the way you look at me. There's purity in it and I don't want to ruin it."
Jus Accardo is back with the next instalment in the Touch series - Toxic, and let me tell you, it's better than ever and when you finish this book you will be pulling you're hair out because you want more...yea, it's that good!
Toxic starts a few weeks after Touch and if you've read the novella - Untouched, then you know the summer wasn't an easy one for Kale or Dez. They did however, come across some new sixes and they've teamed up together. As Dez and Kale try to hide out in the hotel with Ginger, Dez's Mom and a few others but, trouble keeps finding them - which leads them to believe there maybe a traitor amongst them, but who could it be? The new girl; Jade who is helping Kale control his abilities or someone else? As if Dez didn't have enough to worry about, she loses her ability to touch Kale, she's trying to keep Jade's hands off of Kale and also a run in with her father goes wrong, Dez soon finds herself in a world of trouble but most importantly she finds herself fighting for her life.
I was so excited to start Toxic that as soon as I received it, I started it within minutes. I just needed to be back with Dez and Kale and after reading the novella told from Kale's point of view - swoon, I need more of him, and Jus Accardo really doesn't disappoint. Toxic is such a great sequel because it's bursting with emotional, heart-pounding and intense scenes. If you thought Touch was like that, then Toxic is ten times better! The action is better than ever and the details are so vivid and yes, I'll warn you...the cliff-hanger is a killer too.
We get to meet a few new characters as well and they all have interesting and unique gifts that was really exciting to read about. I was interested to see what other gifts Jus would give other characters and it was so much fun to see the results. Now Dez, I really love her. She's fun, sarcastic and stubborn and I love how she's not afraid to say what she thinks. She really has some laugh-out-loud moments during this book and I loved, but then she also has some emotional ones too and boy, were they emotional. Kale is just as great as ever. I love how innocent he is....he doesn't do complicated and everything is pretty simple for him. He's very dangerous but so sweet too. His and Dez's relationship is full of hot chemistry, it's hard not to root for them. You're heart will break for them with the tests they go through but I have faith in their relationship and I know it will work out in the end, no matter how glum it looks right now.
Overall, I absolutely loved Toxic because it's such a heart-pounding, shocking and engaging read and I'm sure any fans of this series won't be disappointed - I wasn't, and I'm counting the day down until January 31st when book three, Tremble is released.
A big thank you to Entangled Teen for giving me the opportunity to review this book.