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Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  27,313 ratings  ·  2,830 reviews
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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Hayden Casey

Let's play Guess What She's Thinking!

Oh, God, I really have to take a shit."

I probably should've slept on the twelve-hour flight here. I feel like I haven't slept in a millenium.

Shit, my foot iches... I wonder if they'll notice if I scratch it.

What the hell did they do to my hair? It feels like I have straw coming out of my head.

I can't wait until I can take a shower . . . I feel like I just rolled around in glittery monkey vomit.

Who forgot the Ex-Lax, go
Jan 29, 2012 Sparrow rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: future Henry James fans
You know, I think after talking to a couple of people about it, reading a couple of reviews, I can see better why someone would like these books. I am not a girl who cares for The Wings of the Dove, so I cannot understand this particular preference, but I can observe that people have it. I guess that there is something about vague wordiness that is attractive to some readers, and, you know, I can see how that is a thing. Maybe it is like black licorice. Like, it is objectively disgusting, but so ...more
Steph Sinclair

4.5 stars

This is the first book I've read this year that grabbed me. And I mean it grabbed me. In fact, it's the first book that's going right on my "2012 favs" shelf. You know I'm picky and you know my bar is pretty high, but I LOVED this book. Lauren DeStefano stole my heart with her lyrical prose in Wither, but she took my breath away with Fever.

But before I start gushing uncontrollably about how much I loved this book, I feel I need to talk about this cover for a minute. I'm gonna be honest
2012? Seriously? I can't wait that long! I want to get my hands on that book NOW. This is total agony. *cries*
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Aug 02, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like their heroines pure as the driven snow
About a year ago, I reviewed Fever, and it was pointed out to me how positive the review was compared to my rating; you can still see on my blog, but which I'm not going to link to, because, though I meant it at the time, this is one book where hindsight has really changed my opinion. Since I don't believe in major edits to my blog reviews, I'm going to change this one, because I really don't care.

What I Liked:
The writing, sort of. Lauren DeStefano has a very interesting, unique style that, whil
Sarah Keliher
Not good at all.

Oh, wait. No one likes it when I leave a single sentence review. Breathless fangirls and guys are even now lurking in the darkness of the internet, waiting to leap out with their all caps denunciations: HOW CAN U SAY THAT WITH NO REASON U JUST DONT GET IT ITS TO DEEP FOR YOU. I'm sorry. I'm sure some of them can spell. I'm a little bitter from my last bad Goodreads experience, with other fan fave 'Name of the Wind'. But there's no need to be rude, and I'm sorry for casting asper
Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Fever,
was war denn das? Deine große Schwester Wither und ich hatten so eine gute Zeit zusammen und jetzt kommst du daher und machst alles kaputt.
Ich bin wirklich enttäuscht. Ich habe so viel mehr von dir erwartet, stattdessen fühlst du dich an wie ein Lückenfüller.
Es ging ja ganz gut los. Karnevalszenerien gewinnen mich immer schnell für sich, sogar diese sehr rotlichtstichige. Ein Riesenrad, ein Karussell, farbenprächtige Zelte, eine verschrobene Karnevalskönigin und süßlich-betörender R
Dec 14, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Simon & Schuster ARC - Publisher Review Request

Things will get worse before they get better. A little more agony before the fever will break.

Fever, the second installment to The Chemical Garden Trilogy, picks up immediately where Wither left off. As Rhine and Gabriel escape Linden’s mansion in search of their freedom and Rhine’s twin brother, they find themselves captured by Madame Soleski and forced to become a perverse display for profit. The story unfolds into a brutal yet subtly romantic dystopic nightmare where no matter how harsh and m
An improvement over Wither - Fever starts exactly where we left off in the midst of the excitement from having escaped. The issue I had with Wither lacking energy, where I had a feeling of restlessness being with those girls in their big mansion unmoving, is not the case anymore. In Fever, we're out in the real world. Things are moving fast and the anxiety is heightened. As a lover of fast paced dystopians, I found myself much preferring this second installment.

We're following Rhine and Gabriel

Gritty sequel failed to keep my attention like WITHER did

Fever takes readers into an even darker world than did Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, Wither. Having escaped the confines of the mansion, Rhine and Gabriel make the run to freedom only to find that the outside world may offer even less of it. As they struggle to make their way to Manhattan in search of safety and Rhine’s twin brother, the two find that the world is populated by those both cruel and kind and that everyone is looking for a
Nothing was happening. I feel like Fever was an overlong game of hide and seek, and I didn’t even like the players all that much! As usual, the positive lay in how it’s written. And like the first, the negatives lay in the shock value. If the first had me reeling from the child bride aspect. This one had me reeling back from a number of things:




Men turned monsters?


Check, check, and check.

OK. I liked it and I didn’t like it. The hiding and seeking went on fo
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
FEVER by Lauren Destefano was a much anticipated novel for me because I enjoyed reading it's predecessor, WITHER and was very intrigued on how this new storyline would play out. Although I anticipated a few plot points, on a whole it was not what I expected.

Upon returning to the bleak world that Rhine and Gabriel inhabit we find them on the run, fleeing a madman that is hell bent on cruel experimentation. Unfortunately they do not enjoy their freedom for long before they are held prisoners in a
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
An excerpt from FEVER
OMG I thought that Wither's cover is good, but this one is AMAZING!
And I cannot believe they expect me to wait until 2012. ?! I have always claimed I am a patient person, but this long waiting will test even me.. Come on ! This is just too much time! How about 16 September 2011?! It is my b-day, so it is the perfect day to publish the book!
Jun 17, 2011 Hannah marked it as to-read
If I don't get an arc for this as soon as they exist, I'm gonna tie up Lauren DeStefano and make me write me books like this is Misery or something.
Mimi Valentine
HOLY WOW. People say that it's hard to write reviews for books you don't like, but I honestly think it's harder to write them for books you absolutely LOVE! Wither was one of my favourite reads of all time and Fever is just as breathtaking, if not more!

Lauren DeStefano has some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read! She hooks you in from the very beginning and traps you in a dark dystopian world unlike any other. And you wouldn't think so, but the GORGEOUS cover actually has a lot to do wit
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)

OH MY GOODNESS. I cannot even formulate words right now. Devoured. Absolutely devoured.

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Full review on my book blog
Jul 24, 2012 Reynje added it

Edit: Yeah, okay. The cover makes sense in context. Still don't particularly love it.

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Sorry - But. What. Is. Up. With the cover?!
First off, let me just say I loved Wither, but after reading it I really didn't feel like it needed another book. It could have been a standalone. But, Destafano's writing is was so good in #1 and the cover for this one was so appealing I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a go.
1. to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of: His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
2. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate

So, I still feel like Whither could h
Mar 17, 2012 Kristina marked it as to-read
I need it i need it I need it I need it I need it!! I need it now! I can't wait another almost year!
Foz Meadows
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Maddie Senator
My roommate summed this book up in a single sentence: "It's like one long acid trip."

I liked the first book enough to pre-order this one. When I got it in the mail a few days ago, I excitedly opened it up and took a good look at the cover. "She looks like she's on drugs," I thought to myself. Whereas the cover of Wither was beautiful, I really didn't like this one. I didn't want to do the whole book-cover-judging thing, so I slipped off the dust jacket (revealing the neon pink underne
Better than Wither, but still not really all that great.

I can see why some people ((ahem, fake cough, *teenage girls*)) are really going crazy over this series. And maybe, even a few years ago when I was really into YA, I might have enjoyed it too, but sadly, it just isn’t really doing it for me anymore.
Ok, you idiot, if you hate it that bad, why do you keep reading the books in this series?
There is something about DeStefano’s writing that is compelling and a bit dark that keeps me wondering wha
3.5 stars.

The beginning of Fever immediately follows the ending of Wither. Now with her much cherished freedom, Rhine runs away with Gabriel in order to find her brother, Rowan. On the way she encounters dreadful enemies she did not dare to expect, including the crazed leader of a creepy circus, and a force from her past she had once purged herself from.

I liked Lauren DeStefano's second installment in the Chemical Garden trilogy. Similar to other sequels in certain trilogies, DeStefano slowed th
This book was a mess. What was it even about?

Full review is also on my blog.

What the HAIL? This book was a total disaster! I think the only reason I finished it was because I so confused I didn't know to stop reading. The different sections were disconnected. There was almost zero world building, and it made no sense. I read the first book Wither last summer (when I wasn't blogging) and I gave it 4 stars. I know that I am much less critical of books when I'm not thinking about what I'm going to
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Fever was even better than Wither. I can't give you a full review right now, but I can say that I think DeStefano has grown tremendously as a writer and all my previous notions of what would happen next have all but flown out the window. It does end on a cliffhanger, a horribly beautiful cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the third to see what happens next.
This is my first review ever on GoodReads. I usually don't bother but this book was just very underwhelming for me and I need to rant.

I know it doesn't matter what this review says because anyone who read Whither is going to read Fever. Honestly I read the book in pretty much a day. It pulls you in but I felt like there wasn't anything to the story. She was literally drugged for 90% of the book. It was constant hallucinations in long verbose descriptions. Barely anything REALLY happened. The mo
This review is a billion times more entertaining and overall better at conveying my mixed emotions when put through gizoogle so I'm just going to leave this here

When it comes down ta it, what tha fuck was tha point of dis book?

What chizzled, biatch? How tha fuck did tha charactas pimp, biatch? Did our crazy-ass asses learn anythang significant via ghetto-building, biatch? I kept readin n' readin but not a god damn thang straight-up happened. Y'all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka! Rhine n' Gabriel carr
Fever is gruesome. Addictive. Enticing. Dark. And overall, yet another stunner from Lauren DeStefano.

Fever starts off just where Wither left us. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion and are now on their own. But, not for long. They fall into the unfortunate arms of Madame Soleski and her "carnival". Rhine and Gabriel are quickly introduced the world of "selling" girls, drugs, and danger and are getting dragged down when all they've wanted was freedom. Rhine and Gabriel are determined to ge
Feb 10, 2012 Alex rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one

When I read Wither, I fell in love with the plot, the world, and the characters. I wanted so much more, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book. But now that I’ve actually read Fever, I’m a bit disappointed.

It felt like Lauren DeStefano was just throwing a whole new cast of characters at the reader without really bothering to give us enough time or information to truly care about them. It was hard to feel any emotion for a character that still feels like a stranger to me.

Now these fa

This book reminds me of Crossed, the second book in the Matched series, in all the wrong ways. It was definitely the middle book, meant to progress the story a bit before getting to the rousing climax of the story, the third and final book, and it sadly also seems to be the book where nothing important happens. Seriously, I can again write in a two sentence paragraph the important bits of this book that you'll want to know for the next one:

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Lauren DeStefano (pronounced: de STEFF ano) is a lawn gnome enthusiast and New York Times bestselling author of some books, which you can find listed below this bio. For the first six years of her life, she thought she was a mermaid and still has her suspicions. When she isn't writing, she is often composing tweets that make as little sense as possible. They can be found here: ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chemical Garden (3 books)
  • Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
  • Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1) The Seeds of Wither (The Chemical Garden #1.5) No Intention of Dying (The Internment Chronicles, #1.5)

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