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Fury by Elizabeth Miles

August 9th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

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.

Oh, where to even start?  I guess first I have to say what first caught my eye was this stunning cover.  I loved it the moment I saw it and then when I saw it involved the Furies I jumped at the chance to review it.  Sadly while there was so much potential I felt like the execution fell short.

I never quite came to like either Em or Chase although I did feel their punishment far out weighed the “crimes” they committed.  In fact, when I started reading this book I actually miss my train stop because I was so eager to find out what exactly both of them did that was so bad it brought the wrath of the Furies down on them.   I felt positive there had to be more than Em going after her best friend’s boyfriend, while heinous it doesn’t seem death warrant worthy but I kept reading and reading and felt a let down.  I still don’t understand why they came after Em instead of the douche bag boyfriend.  It would have been nice to see more of a explanation on how the Furies choose their victims rather than saying they go after bad people.  I’m sure on the scale of evil and despicable acts Em and Chase wouldn’t fall at the top end.

The plot was predictable and it would have been nice to get more of the history of Ty, Meg and Ali.  There are vague references to “crazy sisters” that lived in the area hundreds of years ago but that is pretty much it.  Why in Ascension?  Were there past mysterious deaths that were related to them?  Does Ty really feel any remorse?  I do not understand her actions in the end of the book.  It seems so out of the blue.  It did pique my interest and I will most likely pick up the next book but I am hoping for more than I got out of this one.

Posted in Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. [email protected]

    I was disappointed by it too. Its a beautiful cover but I found that another character should have been punished along the same time as the girl. I wanted to know more about the three girls and why they were there. I also found that when the girl needed help ironically some one was there to answer the questions.

  2. Kailana

    I am sorry this didn’t work better for you!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Julie-I know! I feel like the victim in the next book is more deserving of the Fury’s vengeance so hopefully that will be a better book.

  4. Michelle

    I didn’t “OMG love” this one but I liked it more than you. Probably for it’s potential in the next book. That will be the true test for me. I do think it took too long to get to the fury part and I definintely liked the Chase story best but like I said…potential.

  5. Debbie's World of Books

    Michelle-definitely has potential and at least it sounds like the next book’s victim is more deserving of the Furies attention. It will be the make or break book for me too.

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