Wednesday 24 August 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

For Review: Simon & Schuster
Published: 1 September 2011

From Goodreads: 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

I really like the idea behind this and loved Elizabeth Miles' writing. It was really accessible and I found myself drawn into the story.

It follows Em and Chase. Em is secretly in love with her best friend's boyfriend and thinks there is the chance he might like her back. Chase is guarding a secret and trying really hard to fit in with the popular crowd. But when he meets a beautiful girl things start to go wrong...

The story is told from both Em and Chase's point of view. While I loved Em - despite her actions - I couldn't connect to Chase at all. I just didn't like him and didn't understand why this beautiful girl could get him to do the things he did.  He seemed so focused on being perfect and fitting in I just couldn't see him abandoning that.   Em on the other hand was great. Yes, she shouldn't have done what she did but I still found myself really liking her.  Especially when she stopped deluding herself! Before that I did find myself wanting to shake some sense into her. I also liked Gabby and LOVED JD. He's awesome!

I've got to say I find it hard to categorise this book.  It's part paranormal, part horror and could also appeal to contemporary fans.  It surprised me and I really liked that! I would like to know more about the furies - who they are exactly and how they choose who will pay. I'm happy with what I've learnt so far but want more in the next instalment. I also hope we continue Em's story as I really want to know what happens next. And I hope JD and Drea have a large part of the story. They are both ace!

A brilliant concept - enjoyable to read and I looking forward to the rest in the series.

1 comment:

Tales of Whimsy said...

I like books that break genre molds. Great review. Awesome cover.


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