by Elizabeth Miles
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
Suggested Ages: 14+
Release Date: August 30, 2011
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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
- 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
"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
- 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
I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review