Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 2012
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 3.81 stars
Review: 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. 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 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.
I read the first book in this series, Wither, a while back, and while I definitely enjoyed it, it didn't come across as particularly amazing to me. However, the ending of that book grabbed me enough to pick up FEVER, and I'm glad I did because I liked this sequel even more than the previous book, which is a rare thing to find! In particular, the plot line was more intriguing, with the characters finding themselves in increasingly suspenseful situations.
In addition to a more interesting plot, I thought that the character development was done better here as well. Rhine and Gabriel seemed to really flesh out in this book and thus became much easier to relate to. The situations they found themselves in had their emotions running high, naturally, but it felt more realistic and grabbing because I could feel for the protagonists more than before.
One thing that the author kept the same - in a perfectly good way! - was the writing. In the previous novel, the prose was gorgeous and lovely, and that didn't change in the slightest here. There were so many turns of phrase that I just had to repeat in my mind because they were so pretty, and I really think it added another dimension to the story as a whole.
All in all, FEVER was a wonderful sequel to Wither, complete with the same gorgeous writing but a more improved plot and cast of characters. The ending in particular was fantastic, leaving me on the edge of my seat and desperately in wait for the next book in the series. If you liked the first book, then you definitely have to pick up a copy of this one!