Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Chemical Garden #3
400 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Rating: 4.5/5
Time is running out for Rhine in the conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With time ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed, and she takes refuge in his dilapidated house. However, the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and on the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

Reese's Review:
I hate endings. If you’ve ever read any of my reviews where it’s the final book in a series or trilogy then you know I’ve said this before. I hate endings. Endings to me can make or break a series. It’s the difference between eternal love and reading a series over and over again, or never touching it again. Does that sound melodramatic? Probably, but for me that’s life. So I put off reading final books in the series so I don’t ever have to know how a book ended. Sad but true.

Sever, the final book in the Chemical Gardens trilogy. I fell in love with this trilogy through a friend who I can never thank enough for letting me barrow it. Start to finish this book has been a crazy whirlwind of emotions and plot twists. Seriously, this book kept me on my toes. Now the pervious book Fever I had felt most of the book was pointless and had dragged on in a lot of places. Thankfully that wasn’t the case in the final book, and even more amazing everything came together in the end.

Rhine was just released from the crazy clutches of her father in law into the care of her husband. A husband who she left in the night with another man to go home. In the last book Rhine got super sick towards the end, she was dying and to save Gabriel she sacrificed herself to her father in law to have him. Then she ended up being experimented on time and time again until her husband found her and rescued her. She also found out where her brother is and what he’d been up to since her disappearance. I can’t say much more because it would be spoilery.

I really enjoyed the final book in the Chemical Gardens trilogy. I definitely want to re-read this trilogy one day, because I definitely feel like I’ve missed things here and there.

Rhine was once again an amazing character. I always felt while reading through her eyes that she’s so introspective and observant about the world around her. She views the world as is, how she wishes, and how she knows others see it. She’s kind of quiet, but very intense and bold. Loved her from start to finish.

The other characters in this story make everything so amazing. Rhine I felt grew a lot in this story. I think she spent a lot of time finding out who she is, and that had a lot to do with the amazing cast of characters in this story.

One negative aspect about this book was Gabriel. Really the whole trilogy. I felt like in the first book he was amazing, and gave Rhine the will to go one when things got tough for her. Then after the second and third book came out he seemed more of a tool for Rhine and less or a friend or person. Rhine rarely thought of Gabriel during this story and that stunk.

Overall I enjoyed this trilogy and this story. Plus the amazing covers! Swoon!

Lauren DeStefano was born in New Haven, Connecticut and has never traveled far from the east coast. She received a BA in English from Albertus Magnus College recently, and has been writing since childhood. She made her authorial debut by writing on the back of children's menus at restaurants and filling up the notepads in her mom's purse. Her very first manuscript was written on a yellow legal pad with red pen, and it was about a haunted shed that ate small children.

Now that she is all grown up (for the most part), she writes fiction for young adults. Her failed career aspirations include: world's worst receptionist, coffee house barista, sympathetic tax collector, and English tutor. When she isn't writing, she's screaming obscenities at her Nintendo DS, freaking her cats out with the laser pen, or rescuing thrift store finds and reconstructing them into killer new outfits." - From

This fan page is maintained by the author herself, along with Simon & Schuster Marketing and Amanda Marie Ludwig-Chambers.

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