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Friday, August 5, 2011

Fury

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Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Grade: 3 stars out of 5
"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 [Zach] 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."
After rating Fury on Goodreads, I skimmed through several reviews. Things seemed to be split down the middle: half of the ratings were glowing, the other half, however, was than ecstatic about this new series. I could see both sides to the argument.

Fury was a new take on karma hitting hard. The bad guys never win and the Furies made sure of that. Elizabeth Miles took an old myth and weaved it into a modern high school. Miles wrote an angry novel with raw emotions that tugged the readers’ heart this way and that. She took a small detail like the lack of proper parental guidance for young teens (striving to be accepted in a world all about money) and molded that into the actions of the characters. The lack of love and attention was a recurring trait in the families that wormed its way to the core of Em, Chase, Zach; violence and blatant disregard for others being the strongest traits.

On the negative side, Fury lacks a clear direction. It focused on Chase and Em with some scenes together, but in some ways they could have stood alone in separate novels. It was only towards the end that something stronger than blackmail tied the two together for a more cohesive plotline. Another reason why Fury didn’t live up to par with the hype was the characters. A unique plotline is definitely good, but the weak characters took Fury down several notches.

I found many of the characters despicable. I couldn’t have it in me to feel sorry for their troubles they created it. I found it hard to like the characters. Chase and Em didn’t seem able to sort realistic thoughts from idealistic ones. They were dreamers who followed their hearts and not their brains. But brains are very important for common sense and seeing as how some actions and motives by those two were idiotic, they needed to think with their brains more. They were obsessive, not listening to good advice, and saying useless words. Sometimes sorry doesn’t carry much worth, but actions speak so loudly. SPOILER: I wished Em had help take down some of the photos of Chase instead of just pitying him for those who have read it.

The side characters—except for Em’s best friends—were also less than awesome in terms of being likeable. Chase and Em were able, however, to redeem themselves for several chapters before the climax exploded. In those brief moments, they shone. The guilt, anger, and relief descended upon them and it was a magnificent display of emotions.

Slower in the beginning that required the readers to grit their teeth and carry on through the mindless drama, Fury does pick up its pace in the end. The ending exploded with action and karma coming around full force. If Miles had written with the same intensity as she had in the beginning, I would have greatly enjoyed Fury a lot more.

One final thing about Fury was its open-endedness. How does this one character know so much about Furies? What are her ties to them? Why does a girl who kisses her best friend’s boyfriend gets targeted by the Furies when clearly there are eviler and crueler people in the world? How do the Furies target people? I ultimately wanted to know about the Furies than any other character.

Fury is Gossip Girls with a mythological twist that will have readers who enjoy drama salivating for the next book.

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Source: ARC from Simon Pulse for tour
Published: 2011 August 30, hardcover
Amazon: preorder

6 comments:

  1. I love the cover! And this book sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it now.

    ~Sherry
    Sherry Soule Official Website

    Author of the Spellbound Series

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  2. great review!
    I can not wait to read this one! I just love this book cover!

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  3. Hmm, it's difficult for me to get into a book if I don't like the characters. Putting the furies in modern day did sound like an interesting premise, but it sounds like the author's not supplying enough information about them in her book. I might put this one on hold..

    --Sharry

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  4. I guess it is really hard to like a book when you can't stand the characters. Thanks for the honest review.

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  5. Everyone seems to be a bit iffy on the characters...Nice honest review :)

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  6. I've heard mixed reviews, too. I'm going to give it a go, though.

    P.S. Your point about the Furies pinpointing a cheater is something that crossed my mind, as well.

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