Sunday, 28 July 2013

Fever by Dee Shulman (Parallon Trilogy #1)

  • Received for review
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141340266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141340265
  • 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?
  • Cover:  This cover is far more effective in person.  It's really bright and vibrant, and I love it.
  • The concept of this one really drew me in.  I loved the idea that a Roman Gladiator and a modern school girl, millennia apart, somehow being connected by a mysterious virus.
  • I loved that we had both Seth and Eva's points of view.
  • The story was unique and I was definitely intrigued to see how the two seemingly separate stories would start to entwine.
  • I did have a couple of issues with this one.
  • Eva's supposed perfection- beauty, brains, talent.  'Too' well rounded.  Guys falls at her feet without the least provocation.  In this respect I couldn't help but compare Eva to Bella Swan.
  • Another issue I had was the 'insta-love' element between Seth and Livia (yeah Livia) he's besotted without even really talking to her, let alone knowing her.  It just screamed unbelievable.
  • However I still really enjoyed reading it, and while these things were slightly irritating, they didn't mar the overall enjoyment of the book.
  • It was frustrating that the mysterious virus and fever or Parallon was never explained.  I'm hoping that it will be in the next book, that I will definitely be reading.
  • 3.5/5 stars.


  1. The cover is definitely captivating and sort of makes you want to read it. I've never heard of this book, but I'm excited to check this out. Books with "insta-love" is quite a turn off for me since it is too cheesy. Great review!

    1. Thanks Holly! I hadn't heard of it before either, I definitely enjoyed it.