Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)
Pages: 370
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Rating: 4/5
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.
Fury is a...complicated book. I feel there isn't much I can say without spoiling everything.

Basically, this book is about the erinyes, or Fates: Tisiphone (Ty), Megaera (Meg), and Alecto (Ali). The Fates are three Goddesses who punish mortals for their wrong-doings. They haunt their victims until they finally go insane and die.

Tisiphone is known as "The Avenger" or "The Retaliator."
Megaera is known as "The Grudging" or "The Envious Rager."
Alecto is known as "The Unceasing" or "The Endless."

In Fury, the Fates are after two popular, yet troubled teens: Chase and Emily (Em). Em has had a crush on her best friend Gabby's boyfriend, Zach, and believes he may have feelings for him, too. So, when Gabby goes to Spain for Winter break, Em goes for Zach. She is sorry for her decision, but she can't help but feel like her and Zach belong together.

Chase's crimes are not revealed until much later in the book, but it is much greater than Em's crime, and does go with greater punishment. All we really know in the beginning is that it has something to do with his childhood best friend, Sara Bowlder--the girl who had just attempted suicide the night of a huge party for the "popular" kids.

Their lives are only connected by the fact that they are both popular. They don't start to really become "friends" until around the middle of the book.

This book goes back and forth between Chase and Em's points-of-view. This did get very annoying because I was more interested in Chase's story, but had to take an average of a 15 page break to go through a portion of Em's story.

And, well, Em just wasn't as interesting to read about. Why?

Because Ty doesn't show up in Em's chapters.

Ty (Tisiphone) is the one who lures Chase to his punishment(s). She does this by posing as a happy, bubbly, quite sexy college girl. Though, she puts Chase on edge when she pulls some dangerous stunts. Like dancing on the rail of an iced-over bridge 15 feet above a frozen lake.

The one good part about Em's chapters was her best guy friend, JD. JD is not a popular kid; he is the oddball with an outrageous fashion-sense (bright purple vests, bright orange fadoras...). But, JD was a good friend to Em. <3

Now, this book did have it's dull points, but still kept me reading. I don't know why, but even thoug this book lacked the promised paranormal aspects, I liked reading about the characters normal issues. I actually liked the fact the paranomal was subtle.

The ending of this book, even though it was a MAJOR cliffhanger, left me happy, because it addressed an issue I was bothered about.


Now, if you are going to punish a girl for dating her best friend's boyfriend behind her back, but not going to punish the boyfriend for cheating, you are just not doing your job right.

Thankfully, it seems the next book, Envy is how Zachy gets punished. Can't wait. :3

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