The Fever

The Fever

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“You spend a long time waiting for life to start—the past year or two filled with all these firsts, everything new and terrifying and significant—and then it does start and you realize it isn’t what you’d expected, or asked for.”    

-Megan Abbott, The Fever

Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Goodreads’ Book Description:

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire…

Valeria’s Book Review:

An epidemic affecting high school girls, taking them down one by one?

“You’re all going down.” The other boy laughed, beats thrumming through the open mouths of his headphones. “One by one.”

Pretty much how it went down.

This was my first Megan Abbott book that I’ve read, and let me tell you that I can’t quite put into words how I feel about it…

I liked the book, it was something new and different.

I was excited because it had to do with mystery and suspense and I usually am not one to read those kinds of books. But to be honest it wasn’t what I had hoped for. I expected much more, both suspense and chilling scenes that would somehow keep me up at night and maybe even give me nightmares, but it wasn’t quite like that.

The book description and cover were what caught my attention but not even halfway through the book, I just wanted to stop reading it.

The writing was good, and the mystery behind it all was leading up to something big but it lacked on the chilling part of the story. I just imagined it more gruesome in a way. It was scary and weird how all the girls in school were all going through something freaky, and everyone was paranoid of who was to be next…

Family secrets are brought out, friendships are questioned and fingers are being pointed as to who did what. The ending was good. I don’t think anyone who read it expected it to turn out the way it did, but it does goes to show that you can’t trust those who say have your back. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Throughout the book we get three different POV’s. It goes from the main character Deenie, to Eli and her father Tom Nash. I liked getting to see how each character was going through something different, all while reading about the story as a whole. We get inside their heads and see how emotions and thoughts are portrayed by each character.

 “That she was both fearless and fragile and could be hurt badly in ways he could not fix.”

 

One of the main concepts that I liked was that family means everything. These main characters only have each other, so when this epidemic is happening you could see that family will always be there for you, especially in troubling times. Deenie had both her brother and father to look after her.

“Since then, he could only ever think about his sister, one wall away. And how he hoped Deenie never did things like this. With guys like him.”

I loved the fact that you are also able to see inside a teenage girls head, and what they go through at such a young age. It feels like so long ago that I went through that high school phase, but regardless it just goes to show what girls go through. Whether it is with friends, boy issues and even self discovery. It was very relatable reading through it thinking that you might have gone through that yourself, or a friend might have been in the same situation at some time. So I did like the reality and concept of Megan’s writing.

Overall, it wasn’t one of my absolute favorite reads but it got me out of my comfort zone to try something new that I would never just happen to pick up. If you do like mystery and drama all wrapped up in one, then this is a book that you might want to look into to!

 

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Sweet Reckoning

Sweet Reckoning

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“I need you to know this is different for me. I’ve never felt like this with someone. I don’t just love you, Anna. I adore you” -Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning

 

Book Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Goodreads’ Book Description:

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

 

Valeria’s Book Review:

I absolutely hate endings. They bring me so much sadness and anticipation of wanting more of what I can’t have…but honestly, I have never been more satisfied with a series’ ending.

 

“Life was often so cruel, so ugly. And then, in the midst of all the madness, a precious gift would be placed in your lap. Because life could also be so sweet.”

 

Sweet Reckoning is nothing but perfection. I absolutely loved it! I know I will be reading it again and again in the future, because that’s how much this book got me hooked.

Kaidan Rowe is another book boyfriend who stole my heart from the very beginning. I absolutely loved him! Everything about him had me wishing I was Anna.

All the characters were amazing, and I absolutely was fascinated how they all came together and how both Kaidan and Anna changed and matured throughout the series. The writing is so effortless and it flows perfectly. Wendy does an amazing job at giving us bits and pieces of each character that makes us love them even more. It never took away from the main story line, or main characters. It gave just enough attention to everyone that it never made it confusing or hard to understand throughout the book.

Everything was so well written. This final installment is everything.

Of course you want more, but we are given enough of a clear picture of what the main characters life will look like once it is all over.

This book dealt with trust, love and faith.

“To love or have loved, that is enough… There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Anna has to fight for her life and the Nephilim’s race in order to have a prosperous life unattached from the demons that control and rule the Earth.

With all her allies and friends on her side, and her now husband Kaidan Rowe, they will do anything and everything for each other in order to survive. So when the Dukes call for an unexpected meeting to have Anna questioned and possibly killed after suspicions rise about her having a higher power in the Nephilim race, everything has to go according to plan in order for her to come out alive.

“This is right, Kai. We love each other.”
He closed his eyes. “I’d do anything for you.”
“Just love me,” I whispered”

I was scared and  anxious with tears in my eyes when I was getting close to the ending.  You won’t believe just how much happens when the ending begins to unravel. I won’t go into detail as to why I was crying throughout the last few chapters because that’ll give it away…but all I can say is that this book is worth every tear that I shed, from beginning to end.

This is definitely one of my new favorite YA series! I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves romance and some sci-fi good vs evil reads, angel and demons fiction stories.

Thank you Wendy Higgins for this amazing series!

Don’t forget to read Sweet Temptation, which is all written in Kaidan Rowe’s POV.

 

Sweet Peril

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“I was more myself with you during those three days than I’ve ever been with anyone in my life. It’d be easier if I could be fake with you, but you bring out everything in me, little Ann. All of it.” -Wendy Higgins, Sweet Peril

 

Book Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

 

Valeria’s Book Review:

This book nearly killed me but gave me life all at the same time.

The story continues where things left off between Anna and Kaidan and my heart was exploding from sadness every time that I turned the page.

Sweet Evil leaves you with so many unanswered questions and mixed feelings about the ending that it leaves you wanting more!

Except this wasn’t like the first book. It sucked. It sucked reading how sad Anna was because Kaidan had pushed her away and made her believe that they weren’t meant for one another. He leaves Anna for good  and all she could do is stay and be alone with her heart breaking over him.

I could feel Anna’s feelings after not hearing from Kaidan as time goes on. She fell hard for him, I don’t blame her, but you could really tell just how little time really created a bond between the two of them.

“Too much was between us, pulling us together at the same time as it pushed us apart. Our need for each other would always be in constant battle with our need to keep the other safe.”

 

Anna is sad and depressed over Kaidan, but with the help of her dad and the distractions that she goes through “working”as a Nephilim has given her a new identity, not only that but a complete new badass look. Everything she once was has changed and everything that she believed in is now dead. The new her is more powerful as she learns how to fight and protect herself. She’s discovering who she really is and what her powers will bring to the table.

So when an Angel sends her a message that she will be the savior of all the Nephilim race, it is up to her to gather as many allies as she could to finally bring peace on Earth from the Dukes and the evil spirits.

But what good will all of this do if she doesn’t have the boy she loves by her side?

But as time goes by..and I mean a long time, Kaidan finally returns. Although both have changed in so many ways and so much time has passed between the two of them, the chemistry and love is still there and no one, not even the Dukes and Angels will be able to stop them this time.

 

“Anna… the night of the summit, when you were saved, it was the only time in my life I’ve thanked God for anything”
Those words. They would melt me over and over for a long time.”

When they both see each other after months, it was as if time never stopped. I couldn’t take the anticipation when they were to finally reunite after such a long time. Both Anna and Kaidan feel it, there is no denying their feelings for one another. Together they can overcome anyone and anything that tries to get in their way of their love.

“I love you,” I whispered.

“I’ve loved you longer,” he said.

 

As they both try to make things work between the two, their bond only grows more and more. And alongside with all of their friends and allies that they are now gathering to fight against the Dukes, it was as if they were meant to be from the very beginning.

 “We had a secret knowledge that demons couldn’t fathom. They saw love as a weakness, but they were wrong. Love would keep us going, love was our strength.”

Relationships build, friendships grow stronger and love finally begins to heal it all.

Get ready to fall in love with Kaidan Rowe once again…a book about trust, love and friendship will show you just how much you truly need those you love by your side.

Thank you Wendy Higgins for this series!