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Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest.
Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rivalry in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart.
A shadow has fallen over the heartlands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.
But is it love or revenge which motivates her?
Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.
If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will
MY REVIEW: Far darker than the first book, Wolf Sirens: Fever surprised me with its plot and the twists I never saw coming.
First, I highly recommend this only for older teens. There are mature subjects and themes, violence and language that wouldn't be appropriate for younger children.
Lila, devastated by the events at the end of book one, barely makes it through -- and when she does finally feel (relatively) human again, she's changed. Gone is any remnant of joy and kindness, and in their place is a hard shell with few soft emotions. She demands to be trained as a huntress and is determined to find where Sky's body was burned and to get her revenge.
Like the first book, it moves slowly at first with introspection, some introducing of new characters (and old ones -- with a bit of description I think is to help those who may not have read book one ... something I highly recommend you do) and a slow plot build to the excitment of the second half, where things happen that are very unexpected. I like Tisane and how she related to Lila, and I enjoyed how things changed with Reid and also with Cressida (who has a much larger part in this book).
The author's writing always has a poetic, mystical feel. It's not urgent or fast-paced, but more lyrical and takes time to read and absorb. That's not a bad thing, just different from many YA books of today. I rather enjoyed being forced to slow my reading a bit and just enjoy the words.
Don't expect this book to wrap up much of anything. While a few questions are answered, more are asked and everything builds toward an upcoming war between packs and others. I look forward to finding out what will happen with the advent of a new enemy alpha and a few revelations that change Lila and Cress. A solid second book in the series.
Now enjoy an excerpt:
The sun shone in the windows downstairs. Clean skinned, I descended the staircase in the silence, dressed in my grass-stained, ripped, thinning jeans and a clean singlet top, my dark hair soaking the material. The air was warm, it was late summer. The sounds of birds singing and fluttering in the birch and sycamore trees outside the kitchen screen door told of a fine day. Buds bloomed on the purple Agapanthus. I opened the fridge and made breakfast, surrendering to the hunger in my deprived stomach. I needed to keep my strength up.
Chewing my cereal with little appetite, I could feel that my nose had dried up; the sharp pain in my throat had subsided completely. The horrible dread, though, dragged through me still like the hands of death raking down my skin. The nightmare feeling of reality was worse than a dream, torturing me. I had to localize this feeling… and then I caught her scent.
When I turned around in the kitchen, Cresida was there. I had smelt her shiny olive skin. I knew I had waited for this opportunity.
“Teach me…everything,” I said dully, turning back to the sink.
“You look better,” she commented. Apprehension kissed her tone. I wasn’t to be trusted anymore - hence the missing bullets.
I turned again and stared at her, my lip curled. I knew what she meant. My skin was pale and glowing and the ghostly grey was gone from under my eyes, which glistened a clear green/blue hue. A stranger’s face had looked back at me from the bathroom mirror this morning, with pale smooth, luminescent skin. I had awoken as her or had she awoken as me? Any evidence of pain and sorrow was not apparent from the outside. I now donned the huntress’s shell. My hands were her hands now. She had become me.
“Rich, complex, and deeply fascinating. Smith’s creation stands apart from other books in the genre. Wolf Sirens has raised the bar for paranormal romance.”- Kevis Hendrickson, author of Rogue Hunter
"Smith weaves a thrilling and beautifully crafted tale that sinks its fangs in and refuses to let go."- Michael Alexander, author of The Vessel
“Fever does not disappoint! Tina Smith captures her readers on the first page and leads them on a fast-paced journey full of suspense and adventure as heroine, Lila, struggles towards the truth.” - Beverley Eikli, author of A Little Deception
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The sequel Wolf Sirens Fever. Many are Born, Few are Reborn. By Tina Smith.