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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Fever by Megan Abbott

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I received this book for free from Little Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review & Giveaway: The Fever by Megan AbbottThe Fever by Megan Abbott
Published by Little Brown and Company on June 17th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Little Brown and Company
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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, The Fever affirms Megan Abbot's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman).

Upon finishing The Fever I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it and to be honest I still don’t really know.  Usually when I write a review I go into having a general idea of what I want to say and I already have a good idea of what my rating will be.  Going into writing this review I am hoping that it will provide me with some clarity when it comes to my thoughts on the novel.

At the heart of my… indifference for the novel is the way in which it is told.  It’s a split POV tale that is told in the third person.  I always struggle when it comes to stories told in the third person, let alone when we have three different POVs in that vein.  I think that is why I felt very disconnected to The Fever.  I like novels that pull me into the world and make me feel like I am living everything that is going on and as if I am part of it all.  While reading Abbott’s story I felt very much like an outsider looking in.  I never felt the fear that the characters were feeling like I would have liked to, though I was enamoured in the mystery of it all. I was so unsure of what was happening to all the girls in the school because there were so many possibilities brought up.  Was it the result of a bad batch of HPV vaccines, or the murky/haunted lake water or did it have to do with sexual encounters that they had? All of these scenarios ran through my head and seemed perfectly plausible in the scope of the novel.  Things do take a drastic turn in the end which did manage to surprise me in a way that I hadn’t expected.

The three perspectives that we get here are of the members of the Nash family, Deenie, Eli and their father Tom.  The one thing that this split served well was its ability to show us what was happening from very different vantage points.  Deenie was best friends with patient zero, Lise and she is “in” with the girls that seem to be dropping like flies.  Eli is her older brother and he knows the girls in a different way, some he has had sexual encounters with and some have lusted for him from afar.  Lastly, with Tom, we see what’s going on in the teacher’s lounge and how the faculty & parents are dealing with this sudden illness that is going around.  I did like being able to gather information from 3 very different pools of people, it was like with every POV switch I was seeing things in an entirely different light.  One thing that remained a major theme in all 3 POVs was a pretty strong focus on female sexuality.  Deenie is just beginning to come into her sexuality, Eli is struggling with the part that he plays in young girls experimenting and even Tom notices things that he probably shouldn’t about the young girls that he sees.  Even though it was done in a very odd way, I think the novel had a very unique way of looking at and handling this subject and it left me with some pretty wild theories as to what was going on.

In the end I was left underwhelmed by the culmination of everything. As the reader I didn’t feel like I got all of the answers that I wanted and sometimes that can be a good thing but I think everything was left a little too open here.  Talking to a friend right after I read it we did come out of it with some pretty different interpretations of what happened (mine being admittedly much more far fetched than theirs.) So I guess the story lends to some good conversation to be had possibly making it a really good read for a book club.  I would say this book would be good for anyone looking for an engrossing mystery that also weaves in a unique perspective on what it is to be a girl in high school who is just coming into her sexuality.

3 Hot Espressos



Tandem Literary has generously offered a print copy of The Fever by Megan Abbott for giveaway.

  • Open to US addresses ONLY
  • Giveaway ends June 26th, 2014
  • Full contest terms and conditions found on Rafflecopter

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Giveaway: The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Giveaway: The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted by on 05/17/2014 • 5 Comments

Thanks to the lovely people at Hachette Children’s Books UK, you all have a chance to win yourself an advanced copy of The Moment Colletor – the newest novel by Jodi Lynn Anderson which is releasing this summer. Most of you are probably a bit more familiar with the US title/cover: The Vanishing Season. Both me and Jenni are very excited about this one and can’t wait to dig into it ourselves! You will see our reviews in the coming months here on the blog!


Hachette Children’s Books UK has generously offered an advanced copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson (UK edition) for giveaway.

Open internationally Giveaway ends June 6th, 2014 Full contest terms…

The Break-Up Artist Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway!

The Break-Up Artist Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway!

Posted by on 05/07/2014 • 22 Comments

Today we’ve got the mind behind The Break-Up artist on the blog for an interview where we learn a bit more about this fun novel, and then there are some fab prizes to win! Haven’t heard of The Break-Up Artist yet? Have a look:

Interview with Philip Siegel Let’s start by describing your book in a tweet (140 characters or less)

Girl runs business breaking up couples at her school.

This break-up artist premise is pretty intriguing, where the idea come from?

I had some friends who were in unhealthy relationships a few years back. People change when they get into relationship, and mostly it’s for the better, but not always. It’s a tricky situation, because you want to say something, but doing so can risk harming…

Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Posted by on 05/05/2014 • 21 Comments

Well so freaking adorable! While perusing reviews it seems like more than a few of my friends disliked this one, and I admit that it’s not perfect by any means so I get it, but it’s exactly the kind of fluffy fairy-tale-esque read I was in the mood for on a rainy weekend. It’s the type of romantic adventure that is both idealistic and exotic; perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Smith.

What I didn’t like: -Insta-love ruined some of its charm for me. It was unnecessary and did more harm than good on how I felt about the book. There was not even a built-up to it, suddenly they were just declaring their love. Well okay then!

-These kids are both 18 years old – legal adults –…

Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Can)

Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Can)

Posted by on 05/03/2014 • 4 Comments

We’ve got a treat for our fellow Canadian readers today! Thanks to the lovely people at Random House Canada you have a chance to win yourself a pretty finished copy of We Were Liars. Both me and Jenni loved this book it’s an amazingly written, thought provoking mystery that kept us both up all night reading. My review will be posted on the blog soon, but you can have a look at Jenni’s below!

See what Jenni thought of We Were Liars here!


Random House of Canada has generously offered a finished copy of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart for giveaway.

Open to Canadian addresses only Giveaway ends May 16th, 2014 Full contest terms and conditions found on Rafflecopter


The Research Behind The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi + Giveaway!

The Research Behind The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi + Giveaway!

Posted by on 04/17/2014 • 13 Comments

I’ve got  the lovely Jessica Verdi on the blog today to talk to us about her research process for The Summer I Wasn’t Me which has a premise involving a de-gaying camp. Also if you missed my review  you can read it here – I really enjoyed this one!

Guest Post by Jessica Verdi

Research Process for The Summer I Wasn’t Me

Hi, Giselle! Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the opportunity to talk a little bit about the research process for The Summer I Wasn’t Me!

This was a very research-heavy book, being that I personally have never been to a conversion camp. But because this world is so secretive, so purposefully hush-hush, there was only so much…

Sekret Dream Cast + Giveaway!

Sekret Dream Cast + Giveaway!

Posted by on 04/04/2014 • 16 Comments

This week we’re celebrating the release of Sekret by Lindsay Smith, and today is my stop on the blog tour with a Dream Cast of Sekret along with a giveaway!

Sekret Dream Cast

Yulia, telemetrist and ration rat

Tatiana Maslany or Freya Tingley

Yulia, who can read the memories of objects and people through touch, is strong-willed, resourceful, and sometimes stubborn to a fault. I love Tatiana Maslany’s character(s) on Orphan Black, and how she convincingly slips into whatever role is required to get what she needs to survive. That definitely fits Yulia! But Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) also excels at just the right amount of attitude for Yulia — the one that lets you know she’ll obey your orders for now, but she won’t be broken…