Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury by Elizabeth Miles.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 352.

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'm kind of conflicted about Fury. It drew me in and really engaged me, but I have a hard time swallowing the plot. To me, the majority of Fury felt like a contemporary novel, one that I couldn't really appreciate because I was expecting something paranormal to happen every chapter. Sure, the furies were foreshadowed a few times, but it was easy to overlook those scenes since they were so very few and far between.

I loved this book up until the ending and I feel like that should be the other way around. Up until the last thirty pages or so, the plot just felt like a bunch of wrong-doing teenagers getting a heaping dose of karma served to them. The furies were the farthest thing from my mind, which probably isn't a good thing considering they're what the book is supposed to be about. And at the ending, when they do appear full force, it seemed like an inconvenient interruption to the rest of the story. I guess my point is that I would've preferred if the furies had bigger, direct roles in the entire length of the book, not just the ending, so it wouldn't feel like they were suddenly being thrown at me.

Fortunately it was easy to overlook the furies and I was very much intrigued with Em and Chase's stories. Moreso Chase because it seemed like Em was getting a much harsher and drmatic punishment than what she deserved. But Elizabeth really shines at unraveling Chase's sanity and emotions that it was actually heartwrenching. I would've preferred a bit more ... I don't know .. maturity from the characters? Speficially Em because I believe Chase was written brilliantly. But she just fell flat for me. I knew I wasn't going to fall in love with her character, but she came across as so whiny and self-centered. (Though J.D. sorta kinda makes up for it. How adorable is he?! Kind of reminds me of Duckie from Pretty In Pink)

Overall, I didn't fall in love with Fury, but it was still interesting and enjoyable to where I'm looking forward to a sequel full of fury ass-kicking because after that ending, I'm definitely in need of some. It might've not been my cup of tea, but I've read some great reviews from a few bloggers that I really love, so I suggest you all give it a chance!

Other reviews for Fury:
365 Days Of Reading.
Pure Imagination.
The Story Siren.
Feeling Fictional.


  1. I loved JD too-so sad about the ending :( However I'm really interested to see what Miles does next as I think there's a sequel planned.

  2. I actually really loved this book! but I can see where your coming from. Hopefully you like the next one a lot more :)