Reunions Taste Bittersweet (Sever – A Book Review)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

Rated P for promising, but ultimately ending in disappointment.


I must lose myself in action. Lest I wither in despair.

Rhine is working against the clock and the virus as she works to find her brother, Rowan, and Gabriel, her friend. Though freed from Vaughn’s clutches and experiments, he’s still hot on her trail, determined to get her back so he can get closer to the cure. But like with his previous experiments, she doesn’t care about the cost or who he hurts.

Rhine is in for a shock when she finally finds Rowan. The reunion with her sibling isn’t as sweet as she hoped. Things she didn’t know about her parents and herself are revealed in this shocking conclusion.



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This book started out so promising! GAH! Cue my frustrated growls. Book 1 and 2 had me hooked! Great writing that was unlike anything I’d read before. This one was the same until the beginning of the end.

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Rhine is officially free. She reunited with her brother and even got on good terms with her ex-husband Linden and sister-wife Cecily. Even Reed, Linden’s uncle, was an incredible surprise. I really like him. Gruff, but a tinkering inventor and good man.

But so much unnecessary stuff happened! It made me so mad!

After getting so excited to meet Rowan, he turned out to be a character I couldn’t stand! I thought he was standing for something, but he was just being a petulant child. And when he and Rhine reunited he was nothing more than a follower that believed anything and everything anyone said.


The ending is what destroyed this for me. And there’s nothing worse than a book being amazing, or a book series being amazing than for it to have a terrible ending. It was rushed and so incomplete feeling. Gabriel didn’t even come into the book until the very end. The young man she’d created such a beautiful connection with, that she even got feeling for, and it was like he got the F-U. Gabriel deserved SO much better than what he got.

It was just so disappointing.

However, one of the great things about trilogies, is that in the third and final insert (whether a book or movie or other) there are secrets that come to light about those closest to you. Secrets that some with some skeletons you never knew about. And that’s the case for Rhine. Not only were there secrets about her parents revealed, but about herself. Those secrets changed everything!



I hoped for so much more. I really did. There were major moments, some tragic, that felt pointless and didn’t have any real reason explained. As if they were meant to stun and shock, but just felt forced instead. This book just felt incredibly out of wack. What started out beautiful and dark turned into weird and desperate. I’ve got nothing but a frowny face for the pointless death, rushed ending, and the feeling of unsatisfaction this book left me with.



“To die trying would be better than to die without purpose.” (Rhine, p. 172)

“People need a leader. They need to feel that someone is in charge, that they’re in the hands of someone greater than they are. It’s far scarier for each of us to believe that we are the only ones in charge of our own destinies. We know our own downfalls.” (Vaughn to Rhine, p.268)

“Loss is a knowledge I’m sorry to have. Perhaps the only things worse that experiencing it is watching it replay anew in someone else—all its awful stages picking up like a chorus that has yet to be sung.” (Rhine, p. 318)


More to come soon…



P.S. Song today? Warm Blood by Carly Rae Jepsen.


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