27 August 2011

Title: Fury (Fury, 1)
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 352 Pages (August 30th 2011)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!

Synopsis: Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

Review: 3 Stars - Fury By Elizabeth Miles has a beautiful, eye grabbing cover that’s hard to pass by without picking up a copy to see what the book’s about. Greek mythology, decisions and ultimate consequences are the driving force for the story. It’s the touch of creepiness that seems to crawl through the pages that turned Fury into an interesting read.

Set in a small town, during the dead of winter - Fury is about two teens, Emily and Chase. Both totally opposites of each other, running in the same popular group at school. The two, each make a choice that alters the course of their lives. They both are struggling with many different issues in their lives on top of some of the usual teen drama when Emily is faced with a choice that could destroy more than just her relationship with her best friend, and as Chase deals with the wrath of the Furies due to his own bad decisions.

While the story was as mentioned above creepy and the cover amazingly beautiful, the characters were hard to relate to. I never felt invested in who they were or even why they did what they did. I wanted to love the story, I wanted to love the characters, but it never hit the mark. The creepy parts of the story, the three Furies who made my skin crawl were definitely the highlights.

Fury had its high points and low points and over all felt a bit lack luster when it came to my own expatiations of the novel. The characters of the Furies set the tone and give off the books wonderfully welcomed creepy vibe, and bits of Greek mythology helped to round out what turned out to be an okay first installment to this trilogy.

By the end of the book, Miles left me stunned as she cast the perfect stepping stones for the next book. With a better knowledge of who the Furies are and what they are all about and future characters with some temptingly disastrous choices to make, I’m looking forward to seeing just how much more damage Miles has in story for the lives of her characters next.

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  1. I felt pretty much the same way about this book. I just reviewed it on Goodreads yesterday. I'll probably read the next one because the end did get interesting, but that was the only really good part of the book. And I know what you mean about not feeling invested in the characters. That's a great way to put it.

    Thanks for the review!
    Mickey @ imabookshark.blogspot.com

  2. Hmm, it still sounds intriguing and I would like to know what all the secrets are and read the creepy parts. I'll keep what you said about the characters in mind though.

  3. I have this one for review myself, so I have to admit to skipping the body of your review and going straight to your star rating (I don't like to read other reviews in depth for one that's in my review pile). :( ... I hope I like it better than that ... :)

  4. Ooh, I love Greek Myths. I'll have to pick this one up!


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