Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fury Review

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

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.

4 out of 5 stars

Fury is the first book in the Fury series.

Emily Winters and Chase Singer have both done something wrong. As the reader, we know from the beginning what Emily has done but can only guess about Chase until much farther on. They are targeted by The Furies for their misdeeds, Chase more directly than Emily. When something tragic happens, Emily tries to find out what's happening and stop it before it's too late.

Fury has a wide range of reviews with just as many bad as good, but I actually liked it. Possibly that has to do with the fact that I had no expectations about what the story was going to be about. I'm not even sure I read the jacket because I found it on clearance for $3. Quite a few of the negative reviews have said that they thought it was going to be different, and I've been there with other books.

I thought that the main characters, Emily and Chase, were pretty dynamic. I could believe that Emily fell for her best friend's boyfriend and didn't want to act on it but gave in when the boyfriend encouraged the behavior. I also believed the boyfriend as a player who sweet talked Emily and then showed his true colors. Chase might have been a little less believable, but really because I felt like his view of high school popularity was not fully realistic (Who knows, I may be wrong. It's been a long time since I was there.).

What I didn't really like was that it took so far into the book for Emily to begin looking into what was happening. It also came about completely by accident when she happened to talk to the school outcast, Drea, who gave her a book and said "Here, read it." instead of any exchange of information. But, if Emily gets any information about The Furies out of the book, the readers don't get much more than a paragraph. It's fairly easy to tell that they are seeking revenge but we don't get a lot of background or mythology. I did overlook this, though, because I was enjoying the book.

I wanted to see what Chase did to deserve revenge. It actually wasn't totally obvious from the beginning but could probably have been figured out fairly easily if you wanted. What happened to him during the course of the revenge enacted on him was much easier to see coming, but his and other students' reactions were what I wanted to see.

Emily's story was a little bit harder for me to understand. She made out with her best friend's boyfriend... she didn't even sleep with him... under the impression that he was going to break up with her friend and date her. Maybe if Emily had seduced him and he was otherwise a great guy, it might have made more sense. Considering what Chase did, it seemed a little weak. And while it wasn't immediately clear what was going to happen to her, there is a moment where it becomes very obvious.

This may not be a book you'd want to pick up if you are/have a younger teen reader or don't like to read books that contain some adult or teen-inappropriate behavior. There are several sexual moments and an instance or two of inappropriate language.

I am interested in reading the next in the series and am definitely adding it to my wishlist.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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