Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles: Book Review

by Elizabeth Miles
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2224-7
Suggested Ages: 14+
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Buy From Indigo

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Unusual and intriguing storyline -- lovin this Mythology genre
  • Deals with Karma and having consequences for your actions
  • Cover is awesome
  • Unpredictable plot you really don't see where things are coming from and it keeps you enthralled, a  wicked paranormal YA mystery
  • Realistic portrayal of teen emotions and actions
  • Some nice dry humour (see below)
  • Opening prologue sucks you in and you're hooked
  • Unpredictable in a good way
  • Lots of commentary on the horror of high school and struggling to fit in
  • Good ending for leading to the next book in the series
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Emily really didn't do anything that should attract the furies wrath in my opinion
  • Parents are useless and uninvolved (I know, I know get over it Jen you old Mom)
  • Could have used more of the dry humour but hey that's just a personal preference n
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"My mom's involved in another classic bread-making experiment. And you know how much I love those yeasty, crustless creations."
"About as much as you love eating gravel?"
"Exactly. About as much as I would love to eat that nasty mush I can only assume was once cereal." he said, picking up Em's bowl and dumping it down the sink. "Next time, just tell me when you're have a nine-one-one breakfast situation. I would have gotten two Egg McMuffins if I'd known things had gotten so dire over here."

"Em blushed. Sorry that I'm not some junior-wizard-Hermione-on-crack."

"Pay more attention to where different cliques hang out for next time you're being homicidally stalked by someone-something-that wants to punish you for your mistakes."

What I Learned
  • Karma's a bitch
  • Some mythological info & Furies just aren't nice girls
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those with an interest in mythological thrillers will enjoy
  • Great for YA and adult readers
  • Not for those who like a lighter type of read -- this be intense. I would also suggest 14 + due to violence and mild sexuality
4 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review


  1. The story line is amazingly good. I really enjoyed watching both characters go through hard times and watching them pay for their mistakes. There is so much going on in the story that you are blown away by the meanness of the Furies. I liked how they stepped into people lives unexpectedly, seduce into thinking that they are friends and then BAM! You get me I get you back! I have to admit that I am on the Furies side. I am old school person, eye for an eye.