Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles (Book 1)

Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 2011


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.

"Achingly gorgeous. Fury seduced me."--Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen
"A fresh dark twist on paranormal, with surprises around every corner. FURY kept me up all night!" --Nancy Holder, NYT Bestselling Author of WICKED and CRUSADE

Well this book was very different... I liked it, I did, but sometimes I was really just interested to learn what the hell was going on and I guess I'm trying to decide whether or not that's a good thing.

This book spends most of its time in the real world. Most of the characters are dealing with normal human troubles in the beginning and I thought this was refreshing. It's great to read a book that is not about those poor little darlings that have some lame excuses about why their supernatural love is forbidden. There are three mythical beings that waver in and out of the story line that add the fantasy aspect to the story.

One of the characters mentions reading 'Macbeth' for a school assessment, So one of my first assumptions is that the three mysterious girls are like the three witches and have come to inspire the worst  in the characters. I learn later that this is not the case, but these creatures definitely seem evil...

I thought that the characters were developed well and even though they were not saintly I was still able to sympathize with them. I really didn't appreciate the author's constant use of shortened names. Fair enough to do so in quotation, but writing 'Em did this, Em did that' was starting to bother me a little. I thought it made the novel seem a little more juvenile.

The messages and ideas brought up throughout the novel were very true to the real world. The book had me asking myself all these questions like "What is justice?" and "Do two wrongs make a right?" These things were very relevant in a world that is constantly revising laws and suffering from fanatical terrorists that argue their way is more correct.

Overall I thought the novel was really Interesting. It was a great way to start off a series and it didn't have one of those horrible cliffhanger endings like many first books do. I gave this book 4/5 Stars. The Main thing that bothered me was the use of Pet names too frequently, the rest of the novel was great.
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1 comment:

Canada said...

The story centers on Emily and Chase, and alternately tells the story from their point of views. The thing is, I didn't particularly like either of them. I couldn't really connect with them at all; I was far more interested in the secondary characters. This is the first in a series and I was hoping that perhaps Book 2 would involve there characters more. The cliff hanger ending implies a different direction, but I'll keep my hopes up!