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Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury (Fury, #1) by Elizabeth Miles
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
Source: Received from publisher for honest review

Summary: 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.

My Review: Fury has one of those gorgeous covers that I'm sure will grab people's attention in bookstores. But, is the content worth it? I’m a bit on the fence with that one. Elizabeth Miles shows great showmanship skills through her engrossing writing. While the pace was slow at times, the curiosity in the developing plot overshadowed it. Moving on, with the exception of Emily’s close friend, JD, none of the characters were likable. The rationality behind their decisions and overall display of humanity was sadly lacking. Emily, starts off as a decent individual, but then turns into a na├»ve girl that is blinded by one of the biggest douche bags I’ve ever encountered in YA.

I didn't really appreciate the fact that Emily decided to mess around with her best friend's boyfriend, but in this case it worked for the story. Especially since the Furies were in town looking to bring karma to someone. Once the Furies came into the picture, the novel picked up for the best. The intense anticipation helped boost the appeal I hoped for. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they should have entered the picture earlier. However, it is understandable why Elizabeth held out right until the end to bring the shock value. It definitely makes me want to pick up the sequel! In conclusion, it was a decent first installment. I believe the rest of the series will have a better direction with much more oomph that I felt Fury didn't have.

My Rating:
(3.5)
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Author's Info:
Elizabeth Miles grew up in Chappaqua, New York, not far from New York City. She graduated from Boston University in 2004, and has worked ever since as a journalist for an alternative newsweekly. She has been honored by the New England Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Elizabeth serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater and second home. She loves pizza; she can often be found running around on stage while scantily clad; and a cold winter night in Maine is one of the creepiest and most beautiful things she can think of. Fury is Elizabeth’s first novel.

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8 comments:

Anna said...

I totally understand what you're meaning and those are the exact thoughts I also have about Fury...
Nice review :)

aLmYbNeNr said...

Well, decent is still better than bad! I have this one from GG so hopefully I will be reading it soon.

Amber
The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Alexa said...

I really have to agree with you. I am also on the fence about this book. I thought there was certainly a reason behind all of the unlikable characters. I also got bogged down with all of the drama but that had a purpose as well. I did like the darker ending of the book and will pick up the sequel but I hope that it isn't as slow as Fury was.

Thanks for the great review. :)

P.E. said...

Characters are important for me so I wonder if I'll like the book if I don't like the characters... thanks for the review!

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

oh no! Well the good is that I will go into this with lowered expectations. I don't mind naive but I like to see growth, not regression :(

Dazzling Mage said...

I was on the fence about picking this up, but now I'm thinking I'll wait for the sequel before checking it out. Great review!

LoriStrongin said...

Ditto that I remain on the fence with this one. While the cover is indeed gorgeous, you're not the first person to say that the characters are unlikeable and frustratingly inconsistent. So, yeah. Probably won't be adding this to my TBR pile for a while.

Thanks for the honest review!


Smiles!
Lori

Luxembourg said...

I also didn't really like either of the characters. But, I think that's the point. They both have to grow up and learn from their mistakes. Chase was easier for me to read. I don't think he meant to take his prank as far as he did. And he was truly sorry for it before the Furies every came in to make him pay for it. I was sorry he was the one who had to suffer the way he did. Emily seems to be more the focus of the story.

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