Friday, 26 August 2011

Review: Fury - Elizabeth Miles

Published: September 1st 2011, Simon & Schuster
Pages: 330 pages, ARC
Series?: Yes, this is book one in the trilogy
Acquired: Kindly send for review by the publisher

Summary (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.

My review: Fury is probably the most surprising book of 2011 that I've read so far. Within the first few chapters I have to admit I'd really taken a dislike to pretty much all of the characters and was really dragging my heels with this one. However, when I got about a third of the way through everything completely changed and I was totally engrossed for the rest of the story. I'm not sure what it was that changed my mind but once I managed to get into the story I absolutely loved Fury.

It's not often that I'll commit myself to reading a series, especially not when it's anything paranormal - as you all know I'm not a fan, to say the least. However, I do think I'll definitely look out for the next two books in the trilogy. Fury is a fresh idea that I haven't seen explored before. I'm a fan of Greek mythology but I like how nothing in the story felt shoe horned in and the paranormal elements were deftly weaved into the characters' lives.

I'm really not sure why I took such an instant dislike to Em - at first she did seem a bit drippy and I hate me some drippy heroines. However, she becomes so much stronger as the book develops and by the end of the story I was really rooting for her. Gabby is harmless but pretty here nor there, Zac is a douche bag and Chase is really great, probably my favourite character in Fury. Actually, scratch that, how could I forget about JD? For me, he was a complete Duckie a la Pretty in Pink and that is always a good thing.

My main criticism of Fury is that it really did feel like a lot was being set up for the next book in the series. I know there is always an element of this in the first book but I noticed it a lot in Fury and it did detract from the story slightly. That said, it's definitely a great start to what promises to be a really exciting (and I'm sure, popular) YA series. One final thing, I love that Ty, Ali and Meg are bitches, pure and simple, no bones about it. Awesome.

First line: 'High above a freeway, a girl gripped the overpass railing.'

Rating:
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 14/20 (B)

4 comments:

  1. I've just heard that I'm being sent a copy of this. Until your review I knew nothing about it but it sounds pretty interesting!

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  2. I dont know whether to read this one... I dont think I'll enjoy it and I would probably give up before I got a third of the way through... even though youve said it gets better! I might give it a go at some point!

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  3. I've been kind of on the fence about whether or not I'd like to read this book.. It just seems like the sort of book that might be hard to get into for some reason. Still undecided!

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  4. These three wraiths definitely live up to the phase "You reap more than you sow". Em is a beautiful, smart, and strong girl. I had to wonder how she could ever get herself into the situations she got herself into. But Em is going to be my girl hero in this Fury Series, and can't wait to see her give some of it back.

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Thank you kindly for the comment, you sweet thing.