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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles


TITLE: Fury
SERIES: The Fury Trilogy, Book #1
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Miles 
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
PUBLICATION DATE: August 30, 2011
FORMAT: E-book, 346 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ASIN: B004IK98JW
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.

MY REVIEW:

Emily (“Em”) Winters and Gabby Dove are best friends. Em breaks The Golden Rule when she fools around with Gabby's boyfriend, Zack McCord, while Gabby is away on Christmas vacation. Zack's best friend, Chase Singer, walks in on Em and Zack in a clinch, but he promises to keep things quiet. Em turns out to be the bigger fool when she realizes that Zack has no intention of breaking up with Gabby and that she is just one of a long string of girls who Zack has been fooling around with on the side. When Gabby returns from her holiday and finds out what happened, she drops Em like a bad habit but stays with Zack - go figure! Em is ostracized by her peers, and she becomes a little freaked out by a blonde girl who seems to turn up wherever she goes. She has no idea why this person is following her, but she feels threatened by her.

Meanwhile, Chase has met a beautiful red-haired girl named Ty, who is turning his world upside-down. Chase works hard at his preppie image, and he hopes that people forget that he’s the poor kid from the trailer park. Ty single-handedly tries to destroy Chase’s image when she takes compromising pictures of him and posts them all over the school. Chase can’t figure out why Ty would want to ruin his reputation like that.

This is Miles' debut novel, and I found myself caught up in the story even though I didn’t understand what was really going on. I did not like Em or Chase at all, and what kept me reading was to see their comeuppance. They both win the prize for "How Not To Be A Friend." It is an unusual way to hook a reader, but Miles pulled it off. All is revealed in the last 50 pages. Although this is a Young Adult title, there are sexual situations so I would recommend this for those at the upper end of the age-range.

I really enjoyed the book, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Envy, which was released in September 2012. 

I must comment on that simply stunning cover! It is total eye candy, and I would buy that book off the shelf in a heartbeat based on the cover alone! 

MY RATING:
 
4 stars! It was really good! You should put it on your "To Be Read" list.

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