Monday 18 July 2011

The Fury by Elizabeth Miles - Book Review

Title: The Fury
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 30th August 2011
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source: ARC from GalleyGrab

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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I finished this book less than an hour ago, but I am still trying to decide what I thought of it.

I think the main thing I struggled with in this story is the fact that very little happens in the first half. Sure there is teenage angst, people cheating on each other etc, but the story, for me at least, didn't really get going until the last third of the book.

Once the mythology behind the story became clearer, I did find it interesting and yet I felt a bit deflated by the ending. I am assuming a sequel is in store given the way it ended, but I found it lacking in any real sense of fulfilment when you turned the last page.

I didn't hate the characters, but I also didn't really connect with them at all and I think that contributed to my general apathy.

This is an OK read if the story idea appeals to you, but for me it fell a little short of expectations.

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