Monday 16 April 2012

Fever (Fever #1)

Fever (Fever #1)  by Dee Shulman
Paperback, 400 pages

Published April 5th 2012 by Puffin

My shelves: arc-or-review, better-than-expected, books-i-own, cover-appeal, death, fantasy, historical, if-i-were-a-boy, read-in-2012, sci-fi, title-appeal, young-adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description via Goodreads:
A fearless Roman gladiator. A reckless 21st century girl. A mysterious virus unites them . . .

152 AD. Sethos Leontis, a skilled and mesmerising fighter, is unexpectedly wounded and lies dangerously close to death.

2012 AD. Eva is brilliant - but troubled. Starting her new life at a school for the gifted, a single moment in the lab has terrifying results.

An extraordinary link brings Sethos and Eva together, but it could force them apart - because the fever that grips them cannot be cured and falling in love could be lethal . . . Can love survive when worlds collide and threaten time itself?
My thanks go to Puffin for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Once again, this book was a case of me being completely won over by the shiny, attractive cover - I  just thought that it looked gorgeous. I'm happy to say that the contents were just as pleasing as the cover as I was easily sucked into this story of a Roman gladiator, Sethos, a present day girl, Eva, and how a fever brings them together. This was a really enjoyable, well flowing story that I found difficult to put down.

It was really easy to get sucked into this story. I thought that I may have found it difficult to swap from reading about present day to Roman times, but it was surprisingly easy to go from chapter to chapter. I was very worried that the time-travel aspect would be confusing (as they often are), but thankfully this was super easy to follow, with the two settings being very different and the time periods clearly marked at the beginning of each chapter. The chapters were often short and action packed, which made the pace of the book brilliant. 

I loved reading about both Sethos and Eva as well as their environments. I personally found Eva to be the more interesting character of the pair, but reading about Sethos and his Londinium (Roman London) setting was really captivating. I felt as though I was there with Sethos, checking out all of the Romanesque architecture and feeling edgy during his fights. I did like him, but I found him to be a little compulsive and perhaps irrational at points. 

Eva is a very talented teenage girl (with a penchant for computer hacking) who has transferred to St Magdelene's, a private school on a full scholarship due to her intellect. Of course, she's not perfect though, she hates spending time at home with her mother's partner and she's never really had many friends, though she has no problem making them at her new school. I found Eva to be quite likeable and although she was portrayed as quite a shy, quiet person, she didn't seem to be reclusive - she did seem confident in herself at points, which was nice to see. I really liked her friendship with Astrid and it was interesting to see how she interacted with others at her new school.

I thought that the romance aspect of this book was a little disappointing, only because it happened too fast. I thought that the relationship between Eva and Seth felt a little rushed and that Eva 'fell in love' with Seth quite randomly - it was although it suddenly just clicked, after no real reasoning, that she loved him. I do realise that there is certainly potential to see their relationship develop in the next two books and I look forward to seeing how it all pans out.

Fever is just the start of what looks to be like a very promising trilogy from Dee Shulman. The story has only just really begun in this book and I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses in the rest of the trilogy. I think that this trilogy is sure to become a hit with a lot of young adult readers. 

Check out the book trailer for Fever:


  1. This sounds like a really interesting read not only because of the time-travelling but the fact that I haven't ever read a historical fiction set in Ancient Rome/Greece although I would very much like to.

  2. Oh, this one sounds fun--I hadn't even heard of it! It's interesting you have it shelved under sci fi and historical, that seems counterintuitive but somehow it's worked with books like SOULLESS and (partially) DEARLY, DEPARTED. Nicely reviewed!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. This sounds really interesting, what a great idea for a storyline!

    Fab review - thanks for sharing :)

  4. This sounds a bit like Under the Never Sky. Do you think it was? The speed of romance was not fast in UTNS, but in terms of a modern girl and sort of caveman like guy... ?

  5. Hi Stephanie,

    This wouldn't usually be my kind of book, however the storyline is quite intriguing and a bit out of the ordinary, so I may well give this one a try.

    Great, honest review by the way, thanks.


  6. I love books like this, that go from one time to another and then blend together somehow, and the vast amount of periods to choose from means authors can keep writing them without it becoming too similar. Sounds like a good read!

  7. I haven't hear of this, but too wonder when a couple falls in love too fast.

  8. tnx 4 the honest review

    i just recently saw this1

  9. The romance aspect of a lot of books disappoint me. If they are overly predictable or happen to fast then it's a big turn off for me. That being said, I'm glad that this romance didn't prevent you from enjoying the book.

  10. Not normally my kind of book, but it seems interesting so I might branch out and give it a go :D Also thanks for stopping by, I'm following you as well.

    Book Enslaved

  11. Shiny attractive covers are the best!!! Thanks for reviewing! I might give it a try.
    New follower.

  12. I will be the first to admit that covers really inflience me. If it has a pretty cover, I want it! I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

  13. New follower:) I love ur blog i hope you like mine!

  14. I'm definitely going to be checking this one out. It sounds absolutely excellent, save for the seemingly insta-love you pointed out!

    Rebecca @ Vicariously

  15. I love that it isn't a vampire or werewolf or other paranormal creature that Eva meets. I find the cover pretty attractive as well! Glad to hear it lived up to the cover.


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