Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
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.

Publishes in US: Feb 21 2012
2nd in Chemical Garden series, Wither (my review here) is 1st, the 3rd out in 2013

My Review:

     I was quickly reminded how much I love the characters, Destefano's writing style, and the chilling world that she has created. I've been eagerly awaiting this book, and it didn't disappoint, and I am just as on the edge of my seat for the 3rd one as I was for this one.
     If anyone thought that Rhine's freedom would be easy, they will be deeply disappointed. But I loved following their journey, even during the hard parts, because I love Rhine's undying spirit, her loyalty to finding her brother, and how much she is a fighter.
     It was emotional as she realized how much she really missed her sister wives, and even how Linden stayed in her heart. Her feelings for Gabriel are still there, but they still really don't get a chance to bloom because of all of their difficulties. I think, like Rhine, I really appreciate the freedom of choice here--I don't think they are in love, but I'm glad they're able to support each other, see if love blooms. I think that her feelings for Linden grew more than she wanted to admit, and I kinda wish that her and Linden had a chance to figure it out without the weird love triangle (was square I guess with Jenna, and I don't even know what you call it if you figure in Rose...) but I also don't want Cecily to be abandoned. So, if I as the reader can't figure it out and see the obvious answer, then I can only imagine the turmoil in Rhine, and that it really must be easier to try to forget/ignore the feelings for Linden. And that is not even factoring in Silas--but I can't really get too much a read on their dynamic. I def liked his character, and hope to see him again.
    Destefano really knows how to torture her characters, and its hard to read, but it is awesome how they grow and change. As well as what their suffering and trials make me feel. I have no idea what is next for them, but I am dying to find out.
   What did you think of the book/series, and what do you think about the love [insert shape here]?


  1. I liked this book. I appreciated the world building that Lauren was able to do now that Rhine was out of the mansion. I still don't like Gabriel though. He annoyed me more in this novel than he did in Wither. I am SO eager to read the next book. I want to know how it ends!

  2. Tortured characters are the best, aren't they? Why are we so drawn to stories where there's suffering? Distraction perhaps. Anyway, glad your wait was rewarded by a book you enjoyed reading.

  3. Hi Brandi, delighted you stopped by, it was great to see you again.

    My sister-in-law loved the first offering in the series, I'll have to check when part 2 is available in the uk. Thanks for a great review.

  4. Great review!
    I was such a big fan of Wither and was so pumped for this book and i felt really let down!
    I don't see anything between Rhine and Gabriel and yet i want them together as i think she left Linden and if she chose him it would be a big loop...if you get what i mean? :L hahaha
    And i just felt that this book just went back and forth, they escape, get captured, escape, captured and so on... i was pulling my hair out!
    And when Vaughn came and Rhine didn't even fight, i wanted to haul myself across the room!
    I love Destefano's writing, but this book just let me down :(
    I don't know, do you see where I'm coming from? hahah
    Well this is also my blog which i have just started, I'm hardly popular and i would love if you could take a look of you have the time :) thank youu

    1. oh gosh... that is such a long comment! I'm sorry! :L haha


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