Wednesday 21 September 2011

Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Title: Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: August 30, 2011

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.

Review: First off, I want to thank Good Choice Reading for giving me the opportunity to read Fury for an arc tour. I was very excited to get this book in the mail, and blown away with the cover. I remember seeing pictures online of what the cover of the book looked like, but in person, it doesn't do a justice. I was blown away... the beautiful, long red hair (who I'm assuming on the cover is Ty) will catch anyone's eyes, the gorgeous dress (which I'm determined to find something similar ;-) haha). The gold letters on the title "Fury" tie the cover together- entire cover gives the reader a sense of what this book could be about in terms of feelings and genre; because to me, it screams dark and mysterious.

I loved fury!!
The story takes place in a town named Ascension- which given the idea of this book and the events that come about, the name of the town ties in nicely- just a little something to think about. Elizabeth Miles, the author, does a wonderful job at giving subtle hints into a storyline... enough to make a reader feel on edge or uneasy, but not enough to give anything big away... Just yet!

The characters in this book are what I'd describe as typical high school teenagers, very cliche; parties, awkward secret love triangle with the best friend's boyfriend, football team- which increases a person's popularity if you are associated with it, and last but not least cliques- jocks, nerds, goth, etc. << this is everything that I think of when I think of high school unfortunately and Fury has exactly that.

Everything is calm in Ascension until one night Sasha tries to commit suicide- in the events to follow, both Em Winters and Chase Singer find themselves in the amidst of a deep red orchid that won't go away. This orchid has more meaning than a simple flower but beyond that is who the that flower from. They both come to the realization that "Sorry" isn't enough to get rid of the flower... or the Furies that keep haunting them. These sisters are determined that these two get what they paid for or even worse...

Villain- to the extreme- is Ty (a Fury)... the reader may see what she's up to even before Chase does ;-) 

I believe several underlying messages could be taken out of Fury, the biggest one being "What goes around comes around." Some people really do believe this; for those people who are good to others, then others will be nice and they will have a happy life in return. For those who are cruel, they will eventually have to pay for their actions in some way or another. Elizabeth, goes about this in Fury, but in extreme circumstances... to the point that the characters are being taunted by three sisters... Furies... who have existed for a while and come back to take revenge on those who deserve it the most.

I enjoyed Fury, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series. I am very interested to read what happens next in regards to Em and the tie she has with the Furies. When it comes to witches, spirits, myths, etc I get a little uneasy and scared- to say this book had me up parts of the night thinking over what happened and the events that played in the novel, would be an understatement. This book is probably geared more towards older teens in regards to the context! 

Rate: 4 of 5


Savannah said...

I loved this book as well! I love the revenge plot.

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