Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today is my stop in the “The Fever King” blogtour and I’m having a review for you guys plus my favourite quotes and I’m so excited because that book was on my anticipated releases and OMG I still am not over the fact that I got the chance to read it. (There are probably to many ands but never mind we are excited here!!!) Thanks to FFBC for making me a part of this blog tour! You can find the tour schedule here. I will also link it down again at the end of the post.
And now without further ado let’s start with the review!
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.Add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
Title – The Fever King
Series – Feverwake #1
Author – Victoria Lee
Publisher – Skyscape
Publication date – March 1st, 2019
Genre – Fantasy/LGBTQ+/Young Adult
Edition – ebook*
Language – English
Trigger warning – death, murder, epidemic, violence, treason, manipulation, swearing (occasionnally)
For the detailed TW please check out the authors content warning. (HERE)
What I liked
There was actually a ton that I liked and I really can‘t complain about „The Fever King“. There are minor things that made me take the choice to not give it a five star rating but I can proudly say that I enjoyed my time reading this book.
So first of all I really liked her writing style. You will probably see under my favourite quotes that I quoted a lot because of that writing. I loved it and it felt quite unique sometimes. And the author‘s descriptions were fabulous! I was amazed by some of her chosen words. Like for example the 11th quote. I mean you should definitely give the book a chance and I hope that you‘ll be amazed by the writing too. It was great!
Another thing I liked was the swear words. I think it‘s pretty rare that you come across fuck in a young adult book. Or definitely not as much as we came across this word in „The Fever King“. I really liked the fact that Lee put this in her book because let‘s be honest. Who never used to swear at sixteen? I still do it and I‘m 23. She stayed realistic and that‘s what I like so much about this novel.
Which makes us come straight to the next point. Her characters were perfect. Full of flaws, naive and complete normal human beings. Because we shouldn‘t forget that our main character is only a teenager and he reacts exactly the way a young person at that age would probably react. The characters didn‘t play the part of the responsible adult when they are only sixteen. They all acted their age and this is great! I know that it‘s difficult to remember how we were as teenagers. But seeing that some authors still manage to do the perfect portrait of a normal teenager is refreshing. I‘m not saying that all the other young adult writers don‘t manage to write their teenage characters like real-life teenagers (don‘t know if I‘m making myself clear) but sometimes I have the feeling to read a story about an adult but instead of being an adult the character is still a child.
Can we please talk about the Plot Twist, please? I wasn‘t prepared for this. And as you know me I love great plot twists. This one was great and I literally screamed at my kindle. I was like what the heck did just happen. Are you fucking kidding me? So yeah I was a fan of this plot twist and still, a little bit shook.
For once I can‘t complain about the speed. So I guess that‘s perfect as well. The chapters aren‘t that long so depending on your reading speed it won‘t take long to get through the book.
Oh, and before I forget, have I already mentioned the perfect writing style?
What I didn‘t like
Now let‘s move on to the tiny details that didn‘t make me give it a 5-star rating.
First of all, I felt that some parts were unnecessary. While the descriptions were perfect they were maybe too much during some parts of the story where we didn‘t really need them.
I mentioned above that I didn‘t have to complain about the speed but – and yeah there is always a but with me – I have to complain about the length. For me (again my opinion) it was maybe a bit too long. The story could have come earlier to an end. Maybe by skipping some parts. But the story was still great the way it was right now so it was honestly just a minor problem for me.
Overall this book was great. I really enjoyed reading it and would totally recommend it! If you love Marie Lu (especially the Legend trilogy) you can be sure to love „The Fever King“ as well.
And why do I feel like this series is going to break my heart?
My favorite quotes:
When he got to his building, he managed to get the door open – the front latch was ancient enough it probably counted as precatastrophe.
Should have gone to bed early last night, not stayed up reading Paradise Lost for the fifieth time.
Apparently the manners his mother‘d instilled in him were stronger than resentment.
Which, fuck, Noam was still sitting in the presence of the defense minister.
Impossible to remember he was over 120 years old.
“You don‘t look your age. Sir.“ No shit, Àlvaro.
The thing was, Noam was nobody. To date his greatest accomplishment was hacking immigration records and getting thrown in juvie […]
Noam would perform feats of magic far more magnificent than eating a goddamn apple.
He wasn‘t worthless. He wasn‘t.
He‘s afraid of the virus, but fear is just as infectious. This country is paralyzed by it.
And there it was – tiny, only slightly ruddier than its fellows, glinting like a dropped garnet in a field of diamonds.
He looked so … happy, as if he‘d swallowed one of those stars and it illuminated him from within.
“All of it – it‘s all random chance. The universe. Us. An infinite cascade of chaos. A series of impossible accidents is the only reason we even exist.“
„Do me a favor and stay here and pretend you‘re talking to me for a while? I can‘t stand playing polite with these obsequious old fucks anymore.“
Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whisky.
Victoria writes early in the morning, then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work.
She is represented by Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.
Prize: Win a copy of THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee (US Only)
Start Date: 18th March 2019
End Date: 31st March 2019
Link to the giveaway
What about you guys? Have you already had the chance to read „The Fever King„? If so what did you think of it? And if not do you want to read it? Please let me know in the comments below!
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*A review copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts were my own.
All information about the book and the author as well as the pictures were sent to me by the publisher/organizer of this tour for this blogtour.