Thursday, 11 August 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles + Giveaway

Fury
Elizabeth Miles
Simon Pulse
[August 30, 2011]

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.

At first this book annoyed me.

It was kind of predictable and in this book, things happen that very recently annoyed me in a different book, so that amplified my annoyance. So last night, about half way through the book, I picked it up knowing my review had to be up today kind of dreading getting through the rest of it and writing a review.

Then I sat down to read and everything changed.

The characters changed. How they felt, how they acted, just who they were. They felt remorse for all the horrible things they'd done (except for one character, but he's just...that was acceptable). The plot was going in this direction that I totally didn't see. Suddenly I was scared and nervous for the characters and anxious and I just needed to know how it ended.

The writing really was good. The perspective alternates back and forth between Em and Chase for most of the book and they both had their own unique voices and personalities. The writing was what kept me involved in the first half and then just made everything better in the second half.

The characters themselves were characters I had a hard time relating to in the first half. Majority of them were too flawed for my tastes, but then they changed and developed and I could forgive them and understand them and relate to them. By the end of the book, my heart was broken and I was craving book 2 so I'd find out what happened to them.

I loved the mythology and the actual story itself was intriguing and different. The Furies aren't really something seen in YA and I like this new idea. It changed things up a bit. Then there was the whole idea of high school and reputations and home lives and how they effect teenagers and it was a really interesting little subplot...or maybe it was just something I picked up on that most people wouldn't notice but I'm not normal so I did.

All in all, I ended up really enjoying this book which made me really happy because I'd been so excited for this book. It wasn't perfect, mostly due to the characters at first, but then it was just amazing and entertaining and spectacular and I know book 2 can only be better. Definitely check this one out!

And for those interested, I have one, signed copy to offer one of you! It's US only, you must be 13 years or older, and this contest ends in one week. The winner will be notified on  August 18 or 19 by email.

Google forms is being silly, so to enter just comment on this post with your email.
 
Good luck!

--Julie

19 comments:

  1. I have mixed feelings on this one. It was an engrossing read, quite creepy too at times, but was predictable and so cliché in the way that paranormals are nowadays. I don't know. Find myself a little conflicted on this one. Going to re - read it before I review it :)

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. I've read plenty of reviews to make me hesitant to read this book but I might just read it earlier than planned...thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Oh i really wanted to read this book...

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  4. I'm looking foward to this one. thanks for the giveaway. ! :)

    April

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  5. I'm not gonna lie, I really want to read this book because of the girl with red hair on the cover. I love my gingers <3

    Thanks for the contest!

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  6. I just read about The Furies today. I love Greek mythology and new takes. This sounds like a great book!

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  7. I'm really looking forward to this read! thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. I haven't read Fury yet, but I'm so excited to! Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

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  9. I've heard such fantastic things about this book. I look forward to reading it :]

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  10. I'm so glad the book changed halfway through; I've heard a lot of good things about Fury and I *really* want to like it. I've been slogging through reviews of predictable books, and I need something fresh to read!

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  11. I'm glad to hear you ultimately liked this one - I'm super fascinated by stories based on mythology, and the Furies are an interesting bunch. I'm really interested to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    Jessica M.
    jmartinez0415 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. Thanks!

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  13. I heard greats things about this book. I happy you dont sugar coat in your reviews :)
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  14. I've heard a lot of mixed things about this book, but I still really want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Ahh! I want it! deannabaggett95@yahoo.com

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  16. I'd love to read it!

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  17. thx so much for the giveaway! sounds like a great book!

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  18. This one sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. The fact that the avenging girls are not the protagonists adds to their mystique, but it also obscures the method to their madness. The first half of the novel drags, as it's impossible to tell what transgression Chase committed or what punishment Emily is receiving for her own crimes. Crucial backstory isn't introduced until late in the novel, leaving readers feeling confused for an agonizing length of time.

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