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Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

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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
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Jennifer Lynn I just finished the second one so it's still fresh in my mind. Honestly though, I did n k t think it was half as good as the first one (I am not…moreI just finished the second one so it's still fresh in my mind. Honestly though, I did n k t think it was half as good as the first one (I am not trying to bash the author or anything). The thing though is I am not sure if that is because of "trilogy second book syndrome- which I think all teen trilogy suffers from or how the story progresses. The problem is the second book is just traveling, thoughts and dreams where only the last few chapters actually produce something worth reading. Honestly, I don't know why authors keep bothering to turn to trilogies, where two books would work. I do think you should read the book just because you liked the first so much ,or my a reasoning of trying too get to the third one(less)
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May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
nov. 2017: 3.5 stars. very druggy.

march 2012, original review: 4 stars
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Meredith Holley
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
2012? Seriously? I can't wait that long! I want to get my hands on that book NOW. This is total agony. *cries*
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Fever is Book 2 of the Chemical Garden Trilogy

Rhine and Gabriel have succeeded in escaping the mansion, and they are determined to find Rhine's brother, Rowan. However, it's a very short time before they are in danger again as they fall into the grips of an evil brothel owner.

I really liked some of the secondary characters introduced in "Fever". I had a very soft spot for young Maddie. We learn a lot about her and her story really tugged at my heart-strings. Lilac, Silas, Jared and Claire were
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
else fine
Feb 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2012, ya
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
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, young-adult
341 pages of boredom.

I am so disappointed with this book. The plot is completely dull & boring. I don't see any world building and the characters just escaped, run, getting caught in the circus, find Rhine's brother etc. Nothing exciting happens and it didn't answered anything of what's the problem in their society. Na-da. Not even single CLUE how to cure this virus.

I tried to be patient but it's exhausting. I don't feel the dystopia vibe anymore. I seemed not to care anymore with the socie
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own
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
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
I didn't realise a book could be so repetitive, or that characters could spend so much of the plot sleeping!
Apr 15, 2011 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.
Foz Meadows
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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 27, 2011 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?!
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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
Kristal Kitap
Yangın da bitti. Mülakata hazırlanmam gereken yerde dayanamayıp kitabı bir solukta bitirdiğim doğrudur. Yine çok güzeldi. Bozgun için sabırsızlanıyorum ama artık mülakat sonraya bırakacağım onu. Hem belki o zamana Ateşten Doğan da çıkmış olur ve ikisini birden temin ederim. 💃

Yazarın kalemindeki o karanlık doku beni kendine çeken. Zihni bulandıran bir karmaşası var. Karakterin ruh halini çok iyi yansıttığını düşünüyorum. Öyle ki zaman zaman neyin gerçek neyin kabus neyin hayal ürünü olduğunu anla
Eric Boot
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars! This was definately better than book 1. I'm looking forward to book 3 :)
Apr 19, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012
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!
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Rhine's struggles and pain are real, and her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I couldn't read this book fast enough.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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

Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Maddie Senator
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Hello my beautiful goodreads family! Its Foxyreading (@Foxyfangirling on twitter) with my full review of Fever!

"Trust is the strongest weapon"

This book was something... only about 300 pages and so much happens! I think in this sequel the balance between action and description is perfect, much better than in the first book! I am completely blown away by this book! I did not expect the story to develop this way! I did see some things coming, but it was really unpredictable, how the rest of the sto
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