Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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.

Ever since I first saw the beautiful cover for Elizabeth Miles’s Fury, I have been eagerly anticipating reading it, especially when I heard it also involved Greek Mythology, one of new favorite trends in YA. Thankfully, Fury was a great debut. Not only because of the fascinating premise, but also because of the way Elizabeth brought it alive with her storytelling and characterization.

Fury begins just as the Em's and Chase’s lives are about to spin out of control. Em has always been a loyal friend, especially when it comes to Gabby, her best friend. However, she cannot hide the attraction she feels towards Zach, the hottest boy in school and…Gaby’s long-time boyfriend. Best of all she thinks he may like her too, and with Gabby going on vacation over winter break, it’s the best time to get the ball rolling, even if it means betraying her friend. Chase, on the other hand, has recently performed the ultimate betrayal, and when the other person involved ends up in a coma after a botched suicide attempt, Chase’s anxiety and guilt begins to overtake him. However, there is one bright side to his life lately- the redheaded girl with the brightest green eyes he has ever seen. She seems amazing…but is she worth the risk? Chase and Em have a lot to think about over winter break, and it is just about to start. Who will come out on top? What will happen? Most importantly, who will be the next person to reach their demise? Find out in this fast and furious new addition to YA paranormal lit.

One thing that always makes me happy with a book is an intricate and unique plot, and Fury possessed that and much, much more. For one, the idea of “furies” and the “sometimes sorry isn’t enough” message they never failed to present was simply fascinating, especially given the way Elizabeth spun it. They caused for lots of drama and intrigue, which makes me all the more eager to see what is next for them in the sequels. I also liked the level of creepiness. Bluntly this is one book you do not want to read the in the dark because of all the crazy stuff that occurs throughout! I never knew exactly what was going to happen next, and when something big did occur, I was more often than not blown away.

The characters in this are a bit selfish and dense, but that did not stop me from enjoying the book, because when it comes down to it, Fury is more plot driven than character driven. However, I will say the characters, namely Em and Chase, did make some progress throughout the book. At first, I was not the biggest fan of Em and her actions, but as she began to make up for what she did, she got a little more likable, especially when she finally started to fall for the boy-next-door type.

Miles’s writing was also great. As mentioned before, she did a fantastic job of spinning this story in a fast-paced way. Even better was the ending, which made me even more pumped about the next book.

Full of fun, intrigue, and creepiness, Fury is sure to have any reader reading long into the night!

Grade: B+

Fury will be released August 30, 2011!

Source: Publisher via Galley Grab- thanks Simon and Schuster!

To find out more about Fury and Elizabeth, head on over to the official Fury website

Thanks to the lovely people at Simon and Schuster, I also have a SIGNED copy of Fury to giveaway.

To enter, please fill out the following form.

Official Giveaway Rules:

~ Must be 13 years or older
~ Must have a US mailing address
~ This giveaway will end on August 31, 2011!
~ For an extra entry, tweet: Enter @Lauren817's giveaway for Fury by Elizabeth Miles. US only & 1 winner.



  1. Great review! Seems like you really enjoyed it. :) Plus, I love the cover; it completely catches my eye.

  2. I haven't read anything about furies yet, and Fury sounds like a great place to start.


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