Fever-- Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Genre:  Romance, Dystopia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 368
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Series: Chemical Garden #2 (Review of #1)
Summary (Spoilers, highlight to view):
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.
Blurb: There's a reason the girl on the cover looks bored.

Review: I am almost shocked at how boring this book was. I love the first one so much and this one... fell totally flat. It took 275 pages to get ANYWHERE and then the last 70 were one big drug-haze.

I'm trying to figure out what the point of this book was. It wasn't even really a bridge-book, because I don't feel like the author took me anywhere (which is kinda the definition of bridge). I really felt like the characters were just meandering around.

And then there was the DISTURBING stuff. Even more disturbing than the first book. I don't know why Lauren had to do that. It was already plenty disturbing.

But that doesn't compare to how slow and meaningless I found it. I guess... maybe there's hidden meaning in the slowness? Maybe we were supposed to find character depth here? I didn't. All I found was a very, very long story for only being 368 pages. It totally threw off my holiday reading. Someone said it was their favorite book of the year (I forget who). I'd really like to know why.

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  1. "There's a reason the girl on the cover looks bored." LOL. Oh, dear. It's interesting that you loved Wither and had such an adverse reaction to Fever.

    I wasn't a huge fan of Wither, but I did enjoy it enough to still be looking forward to Fever.

  2. No!!! I am so excited to read Fever! I hate when the second book in a series is slow paced and boring.

  3. Oh no! Like Jennifer, Wither wasn't our fave ever, but we liked it, and we were looking forward to the rest of the series. :/ Maybe we'll surround it with quick action-packed reads and switch back and forth.


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