04 February 2012

{Book Review} Fever


The Chemical Garden #2
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Format: ARC
Release Date: Feb 21st 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Rating: 4.5 Birds

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.

Lauren DeStefano delivers again with Fever, book two in the Chemical Garden series.

I eagerly tore though this novel, each page, each step a little more suspenseful and interesting than the last. DeStefano’s writing will not merely captivate you, it will drag you in, willingly of course (*wink*) and submerge you in the magnificent world she created. A world that she communicates so perfectly that you almost fear that it could come true one day.

In fact, there were times, I actually smelled the incense, felt the terror of being followed, heard the splashes of tiny feet through puddles on wooden floors. While many authors have the ability to draw you in, it takes a special kind of writer to make you feel like you’re going through withdrawal when you turn to that last page, dying for that next Chemical Garden fix. Which sadly won’t happen until next year when book three is released.

I have to touch on the cover a bit because after finishing the book I realize that every major turning point in the book is represented on the cover, in one photo. The rocking horse, the golden dress, the tarot cards, the wedding ring. I am so amazed that all these things were pulled together to make a cover that actually flows so well, because in general a rocking horse and tarot cards don’t go together.

If you haven’t yet read Wither, I would suggest doing that ASAP so you are all ready on the 21st when Fever comes out.

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  1. I have a copy of Wither - which I haven't yet read. (It was a Christmas gift.) I'm sold after this review, I'm going to read it this weekend so I'm ready when Fever comes out!! I could definitely use a good suspense (which I didn't realize these were!)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. I bought Wither a few weeks ago and I am trying to get to it before the release of Fever. Great review!


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