- File Size: 1289 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005QFC76O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Fever (Phoenix Rising Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It was okay. There were just so many things about it that I didn't like. I get that Taz was supposed to be supremely unlikable. I got he was racist right away, I didn't need to go through 1/4 of the book listening to his crude racism every time he opened his mouth. There were a hundred other ways she could have pulled that off without using every insult and racial slur ever created.
And honestly, now that I'm finished with the book, I still don't see what use he played in the story.
My next complaint was the main couple. Again, I really wanted to like Alyssa. She was smart and feisty, and I was all for her fighting for all she was worth. My problem with her was the million times I wanted to scream at her to STOP MAKING THINGS WORSE. I know pushing was a huge character trait of hers, and endearing to Teague, but it just became grating. I think the main reason it bothered me was while she had every reason to be freaked out and terrified, especially of the psycho Taz, other than Teague was an escaped convict, we never really saw him as scary. I can't exactly claim she was TSTL, but it felt like Swan deliberately put her in situations where she could make the situation as difficult as possible for everyone.
Which is my major issue with the story, I think. Instead of building the physical and emotional connection between Teague and Alyssa, Swan kept vital information from not just the reader, but between characters, giving them nothing to trust each other on or reasons to really like or respect each other. At every possible moment, Alyssa was trying to escape and get Teague arrested again, and Teague spent more time getting them out of the situations her rashness got them in, when that time could have been spent doing something else to build the relationship.
I loved that Teague appreciated Alyssa's pushiness. And I liked that once she decided to trust him, she threw herself in his corner, determined to help him whether he wanted her to or not--but then as soon as her brother showed up, she went back to questioning Teague, until she had proof he wasn't using her.
As much as I hate to hear (as an author) that the story had so much potential, I wanted more from this story. I wanted more romance and less the characters pain-in-the-ass bad decision making.
The story drew me in from the first few pages. The middle part of the book is a bit slow (hence the 4 star rating) but the last part kept me awake until I read through to the end. There were many people involved in the story and not all of them got their happily ever after. I found that element of the story to be very realistic and the twist of who actually killed Teague's girlfriend was brilliant.
My favorite aspect of this book was the setting. I live about 20 miles from San Quentin and drive through the area they used for their escape route quite frequently. Ms. Swan did a great job of describing the dilapidated and desolate communities the characters drove through during the escape.
Several of the people who have reviewed this book were very disturbed by the racial slurs spewing from the mouth of Taz. Taz escaped with Teague and was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. His character in the story was a "villain" with no redeeming qualities. When he exits the story, there are no tears shed for his demise. The language that he used was horrible but very realistic for the type of person he was. Living so close to San Quentin for all of my life, I have met men from all ethnic groups that have served time in Quentin. Each person depending on their ethnic group had to conform and be like the other people of their ethnic group in order to survive while they were in prison. Some were truly racist and fit in quite well with their personal hate groups. Some, like Teague had to act a certain way in order to survive. In today's society one would hope that the language and attitude of a person like Taz would not still exist. Unfortunately, hate, violence and racism are still a real and prevalent part of our society. After Teague experiences this hate and violence for three years, his wanting to die rather than go back into that environment makes sense.
I am looking forward to reading many more books by Ms. Swan!!