Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442422246
ISBN-13: 978-1442422247
Buy the book: Amazon
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.

I have several good things to say about Fury and several bad. This book for me was just okay. Sometimes I felt like I was just reading a soap opera rather than a novel for a teen. Cheating, back-stabbing, attempted suicide, more cheating, so-and-so likes so-and-so, fist fighting between guys over a girl, keg parties.... drama, drama, drama.

The Good:

Emily Winters was a great character, she was smart and overall fun to read about. My second choice for favorites was Chase, he was cool calm and collected. Overall, all the characters were written well, E. Miles did a wonderful job writing the book and developing the characters well.

Emily had a crush on her best friends boyfriend, which made for an interesting storyline. And after finding out that one of her friends just tried to commit suicide, Em starts thinking about her life and how should could hurt the most important person in her life, her best friend Gabby. On the other side of town, Chase is also thinking about the attempted suicide and how he use to be good friends with the girl, until he embarrassed her in front of the whole school. Of course now Chase feels bad and tries to make up for his mistakes. Chase is starting to see the light... Being the coolest guy in school is not necessarily the best thing ever and it comes with a price.

The storyline was good, the back and forth between Em's perspective and then Chase's perspective was pretty cool. The Fury's were mentioned and they seemed a little odd at times, but all-in-all not really scary or they didn't seem like a real threat. The girl on the cover was the main fury and she was quite manipulative, Chase fell for her... Hard!

Bottom line is that Em and Chase both felt sorry for the things they had done in the past and the present. They were trying to fix things when the Furys showed up... it is good to be sorry for your poor choices and mistakes but, this book shows you that sometimes it's a little too late for sorry.

The Bad:

The book was a little slow, and like I said, I felt like I was reading a soap opera. The drama was a little overwhelming at times, and the book got a little shallow for me from time to time. You really didn't realize who all the Fury's were until the end, although I had a good guess, it was just not really apparent.


It was an okay read. If it is on your TBR list, then you should read it. It will only take a few days and maybe worth the while. The end actually was gripping and pretty cool!


Sexual: Very Heavy
Profanity: Extreme
Violence: Moderate
Other: Moderate

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  1. Great honest review! I've been curious about this book. I just received it to review.

  2. i love how you tell us about the good & the bad very honest review. Thanks

  3. Wonderful! Terrific!
    Great post! Great review!


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