Rhine and Gabriel may have escaped the beautiful prison of Wither’s mansion, but they are far from escaping danger. First they’re chased for stealing a getaway boat, and then the fleeing pair ends up in the eerie den of Madame, an old woman who collects girls and sells them to the highest bidders. Worst of all, Vaughn, Rhine’s sinister father-in-law, seems to be on her trail every step of the way. Rhine remains determined to get to her brother in Manhattan—but the road they are on is long and perilous.
Now that Rhine has finally regained her freedom, what lengths will she need to go to in order to keep it?
FEVER, the hotly anticipated sequel to WITHER, will have you on the edge of your seat and leaving you screaming at author, Lauren DeStefano, for leaving us with a major cliff hanger.
FEVER picks up right where WITHER left us, so there’s no wondering what Gabriel and Rhine have been up to. Of course, the moment they step onto dry land, they are captured. But not by housemaster Vaughn. No, this time they’ve met a new terror.
Welcome to the Carnival of Horrors where Madame Butterfly, the owner of this brothel, is as loopy as ever. Madame is taken by Rhine’s beauty, but weary of Gabriel. While she keeps Gabriel drugged, she tries to sell Rhine for the highest price, but Rhine will have none of that.
After another daring escape, Rhine and Gabriel find themselves with a child named Maddie, a malformed girl whose mother is one of Madame’s girls. Now posing as a family, they work their way north from Florida to Manhattan. From traveling in the back of a cargo truck, hiding behind boxes, to taking shelter in a restaurant, only to have the owner put the moves on Rhine.
All is not what Rhine remembers when she returns to Manhattan. Gabriel is in for a world of difference, his first time in a city. With demonstrations and sit-down family dinners, Rhine and Gabriel enjoy this new life they are trying to create. That is, until Rhine gets sick, and not with the ‘fever.’ Rhine is sure that housemaster Vaughn has done something to her, injected her with something. Gabriel is determined to find out what is causing Rhine’s symptoms because losing her is not an option for him. If only they had medical degrees!
DeStefano is brilliant with the pen, a masterful storyteller. She makes you fall in love with her good characters, and despise the evil and despicable ones, like Vaughn.
For me, the ending was the best. It sets up the third and rumored final book. Waiting another year will be torture!
FEVER hits shelves February 21st, but click here to pre-order your copy today!