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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fever by Lauren Destefano

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

Fever picks upright after Whither.  The surroundings are no longer beautiful sceneries, the mansion, no more forbidden kisses shared between Rhine and Gabriel.  We are now in the real world, with real hostility, danger,and fear that the Rhine and Gabriel must face after escaping Linden's mansion.

Rhine and Gabriel's relationship suffers some trauma after being forced into a carnival that specializes in prostitution and trafficking.  There, they meet new people that become pivotal to the story line, including a malformed baby.  Rhine's main goal throughout everything is to reunite with her brother, Rowan but as usual...things don't go as planned.  And the whole life Rhine has envisioned for Gabriel, Rowan, and herself, is now far from reality.

I enjoyed the book, probably not as much as Wither since I liked the idea of a forbidden romance, as well as the whole mansion but it wasn't bad.  Now that Rhine and Gabriel's are out in the real world they have the chance to actually get to know each other, and not in the confines of Rhine's room.

I'm excited for the next installment in the Chemical Gardens trilogy since Fever kind of left us on a rather high cliff hanger.  Although Fever lacked some of what I loved in Wither, including a gorgeous cover ( Fever's cover was an awkward looking hot mess), I still liked it and I'll continue to give these books the GOLD Seal of Approval.

Read my review for Wither here


  1. Hm, interesting. Well, we're glad we know better what to expect. We quite enjoyed With her, but Fever doesn't sound like it goes in the direction we were expecting… Which could be good. Guess we'll have to read and see. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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