Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Release: Review — Fury, by Elizabeth Miles

Title: Fury
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: SimonPulse (Simon & Schuster)
Pub. Date: Today, August 30th, 2011

Read an excerpt here!

Emily Winters is a girl who believes she is in like with her best friend, Gabby's, boyfriend. To top it off, she thinks he's into her, too. When Gabby goes to Spain with her family over winter break, Em is excited to test if there really is something between them.

Chase has his own issues to deal with. He's stressed about his home life, his social life seems to be falling apart, and he's hiding a dark secret deep inside of him, something cruel that he did.

Both Emily and Chase regret what they have done, but they still have to be punished, because, as the tag-line of this book depicts:

Sometimes sorry just isn't enough...

Fury is a terrifying tale of revenge. In Ascension, Maine, the Furies of Greek lore have arrived to show that mistakes made will not be taken lightly. That there are consequences to your actions. And that the punishment must befit the crime.

I like retellings and modern incorporartings of mythological tales and beings, so when I read the description for Fury, by Elizabeth Miles, I was excited to be able to take the chance to read this book. Plus, the cover is simply gorgeous, which is always a plus

The whole story had a creepy feel to it, which is what I like. You knew something bad was going to happen. You were waiting for it.

Perhaps that was also this book's downfall.

I kept waiting and waiting for it to happen which, if you've ever waited for something to happen during a book, you know that can be a bit—distracting to the story as a whole. That was probably the biggest problem I had with this book, because it did take a while to get to the good stuff, as opposed to the High School drama that was littered throughout this book.

I also had an issue with the fact that the Furies chose Em as one of their targets, and not Zach, when his transgression was surely greater than hers (not that her's wasn't big, because it was). But, I suppose, then there'd be no point in using Em as the protagonist.

Over all, I thought Fury was well written. I loved the characters, though Em, among others could be a bit annoying at times. I found the plot different and intriguing, so in that sense it kept me entertained.

I can't say I was too surprised by the turn of events portrayed in this novel. I found myself often going, “Hmmm...so this is so-and-so doing this,” or “Ok, this is going to happen next,” but I don't believe that detracted from the story. Actually, I thought it made it kind of fun and interactive, but I'm weird, so...

To put a rating to this book, I would give Fury 3.6 Crazy Hearts. I wouldn't call it a must-read, but Fruy was a good book. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes creepy, paranormal tales of revenge.


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