Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Hardcover: 341
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieBound

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

Warning: May contain spoilers for Wither. If you've yet to read the first book in the series, I don't recommend you read this review lest you be spoiled to the plot.

When I finished reading Wither last year, I was amazed at how amazing it was. The writing was nearly flawless. The characters so driven and sometimes despicable. The story both heartbreaking and empowering. So when it came time for me to read its sequel, Fever, I was full of nervous anticipation. I feared of being let down (a very common fear among sequels) or it being not as good as the first. Let's just say I had no reason to worry.

Fever sets a fast pace from page one and keeps you hanging on until the very last page. I must admit that in the beginning, I was like "really?" and didn't like where the story was headed but my mind soon changed as I continued reading.

The story picks up right where Wither left off, with Rhine and Gabriel just escaping from the mansion and into the unknown surrounding city. It's no surprise that DeStefano knows how to keep the reader interested with something always happening at every turn of the page.

Rhine and Gabriel have, yet again, the sexual tension of a 7th grade Sex Ed class. Just make out already, it's obvious you want each other.

A thrilling addition to The Chemical Garden trilogy, Fever is a cannot miss sequel.


  1. Although I do not agree with you, I am super amused by your review. My favorite line is: "Rhine and Gabriel have, yet again, the sexual tension of a 7th grade Sex Ed class." Bahahaha. They are so freaking awkward!

    I'm really hoping they don't end up together in Sever. One of the few things I liked about Fever (I also liked the writing but the 'plot'...not so much) was how they started realizing they had basically NOTHING in common. They were united because they both wanted out, and they were attracted to one another. A firm foundation for a real relationship this is not.

  2. I just got this one. Love your review.. Definitely have to put at the top of the stack this week...  :)

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