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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano


Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Expected Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Page Count: 368 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Purchase from Amazon: Fever (Chemical Garden)
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 mansion...by 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.
When Sasha from Sash and Em let me borrow Fever last month I was ecstatic! I absolutely loved Wither, and the cliffhanger ending had me craving more of Rhine and Gabriel. In the sequel to Wither, DeStefano shows us the world outside of Linden’s mansion and has Rhine and Gabriel fighting for their lives. I absolutely loved where DeStefano took the story, it was heart-breaking, thrilling, and an amazing adventure.

Fever follows Rhine and Gabriel as they escape from the mansion, only to run into some new villains. The ringmistress who runs the carnival where Rhine and Gabriel are now trapped is a horrifying woman who pimps out young girls to the local men. As Rhine and Gabriel try to figure out how to escape they run into more than one problem. Their relationship definitely develops into something more than it was in Wither which I really enjoyed reading about.

The story is incredibly fast paced, with lots of action going on at all times. Fever turned out to be a really quick read because I just couldn’t put it down. DeStefano had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, and of course it ended with another cliffhanger! As always, her writing is impeccable and poetic, flowing naturally and elegantly. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Overall, I loved Fever more than Wither and I'm so glad it didn't turn out to be one of those "bridge" sequels that just sort of carries the characters and plot from book one to book three. I completely immersed myself in the story, unable to tear myself away. The characters are as gorgeous and heartbreaking as ever, and the story is magically written. If you loved Wither you’re going to want to get your hands on this one as soon as you can.

19 comments:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree ! It couldn't have been more wonderful. I wondered how she was going to keep us interested now that she was out of the house but man, it blew me away! wonderful review :)

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    1. I know! I'm glad it wasn't some boring middle novel that just set up the last book. She did a great job, I can't wait for the next one!!

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  2. I picked up an ARC at ALA mid-winter and can't wait to read it!! Enjoyed your review

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    1. Ohhh I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

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  3. Can't wait to read this one...just got my hands on it this week!!!

    ♥Melissa

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    1. Ahhhh I hope you love it!!! Read it soon!!

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  4. Just so you know, I'm super jealous you got to read Fever. I want this book sooooooo badly considering Wither was the best dystopian book I've read. Original. Dark. Edgy. Can't wait to see what happens to Rhine! Great review! Now I'm really excited for this sequel!

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    1. Wither was definitely AMAZING! But Fever is WAY better :))

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  5. I got this in the mail and I haven't even read book 1 yet I was like O_o. I've seen really mixed opinions so I'm a bit scared to read it to be honest haha. I have my review scheduled for book 1 & 2 next month so I guess we'll see.

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    1. What the heck you need to read this like yesterday!! I can't believe you haven't even read Wither!! You fail as a dystopian lover.

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  6. Sounds like I definitely need to put this one on my TBR! I've heard some good things about it for sure. I've read parts of Wither and I really liked what I've read, just have to dig in and devote some time to it. Fever sounds so exciting!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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  7. This sounds so good! The ringmistress sounds positively CREEPY! I definitely won't put off reading Fever like I put off reading Wither that's for sure! :)

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  8. Can you believe that I didn't even read the first book and now I want to read the second one, LOL.
    I should get to read it too, I love the covers for both books and the story is quite interesting. Can't wait!

    Happy midnight reading!

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    1. I'm glad you want to read them both!!! THey are AMAZING!!!!! Seriously, this is one of my favorite series :)

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  9. I am so envious of you right now. I love to read this so badly and I can't wait for the day this book will hit our local bookstores. Great review!

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  10. Great review! Knowing that you liked Fever more than Wither, I bet I will too! I can't wait to be able to read it!! :) Thanks for the review!

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  11. I loved Wither and I am so excited for Fever! I am even more excited now that you said that its even better than Wither. I am so happy to hear that there is tons of action in Fever and I can't wait to read more about Rhine and Gabriel's relationship. I love DeStefano's writing too!
    Great review!

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  12. I can't wait now! I didn't love Wither because I wanted more of the outside world which it sounds like this book delivers. Plus I hated Linden and wanted more Gabriel. But this new ringmaster sounds awful and I'll probably end up spending the book sick and wanting to kill her like I spent the first book with Linden.

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