What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

I know I wasn't the only one who was excited about Fever! Did it live up to your expectations? It's been interesting talking to some other readers and bloggers about Fever, because it's definitely having mixed reviews. SPOILERS IN THE SUMMARY IF YOU HAVEN'T READ WITHER!!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Fever picked up right where Wither left off, so there was no guessing as to what may or may not have been happening in the interim. I always like that when an author picks up characters lives immediately. 2) Rhine's continued search for her brother. I'd almost forgotten about this aspect of the story, since it had been so long since I'd read Wither. But we are quickly reminded of it early on in Fever. 3) There are a lot of new places to explore in this book, as Rhine and Gabriel are on the run. They get into some scary places, that made this book darker than the first (I wasn't sure that was possible). 4) I liked how Rhine finally came to terms with the changes that had happened in the world during the year that she was at the Manor. As it says in the summary, the world really does mirror the feelings that Rhine is experiencing as she and Gabriel try to stay one step ahead of Vaughn.

What I Didn't Like: I didn't connect with this book the way I did in the first one. I think it was all a matter of timing. Wither moved with a consistent pace, and new things were happening around every turn. In Fever, I felt like there was a lot of stop and start.

Overall thoughts: Fever was a nice continuation of Wither. There were a few pacing issues that I thought made the storyline a bit hard to follow, but overall, Fever was well-written and took the story arc in a new and surprising direction. I'll be looking forward for the next part of Rhine and Gabriel story, particularly with the surprising end of Fever.

My Rating: 4 shots


  1. Cool review. It sounds like a very good book.:)

  2. I haven't read Wither yet, but I plan to this week. After reading your review, I definitely want to pick Wither up right now. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading!

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  3. I loved Wither and Fever both, but I do agree that Fever was a bit weaker in some ways. I still loved it :) Can't wait for #3!!

  4. Glad to read your review. I started the book and then had to put it down. I just wasn't connecting with it. I'll pick it up to finish so that I can review it, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way.

  5. Haven't read Wither yet and no idea why- maybe because my best friend didn't like it. But I love the blurb of Fever, so maybe I'll read it some place where she won't find me reading it, lol.


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