Book Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

RATING: StarStar

(Fury #1)

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.

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PERPLEXING.

Fury had me at a loss for words… because I can’t seem to make up my mind if it’s bad or it’s bad bad. You know I have a soft spot for mythology but Fury just didn’t work for me.

It’s a given that the alternating POVs of Em and Chase is there to make you dislike them, because the plot is for the Furies to exact vengeance to those who have done wrong. But of all the people to exercise bad karma, why Em and Chase who are in high school that were chosen by the Furies? I kinda get Chase’s case, but Em? C’mon! She cheated on her best friend, so what? I bet there are worst offenses to earn the Furies’ attention. And why are the Furies in Ascension, Maine? These are the same questions asked by Em, but they were not answered. Why? Oh, wait. Yeah, because this book is part of a trilogy so maybe that part will be revealed in the later books. Uh-huh.

The only thing that made reading this book bearable is JD but even Em messed that up by wanting to hook up with him right after her lusty disaster with Zach. Can I be allowed to say, WTF? Amazing book cover, but it stops there.

Fury is dark enough to hold my attention and finish it, but when it comes down to story quality, I don’t think it has one. The idea of the Furies delivering justice (or revenge or whatever you want to call it) to a bunch of high school snobs was just plain preposterous.

 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Imprint: Simon Pulse

Pub Date: 08/30/2011

 

Thank you Simon & Schuster Galley Grab for the free e-copy.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Rating: StarStarStarStar

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

Literary Award: 2010 Romance Writers of America RITA Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Romance

*****

“Well, excuse me for making a rude comment when you had just arrested me!” As Purcell leaned over the table with the coffeepot, I said, “Waiter, this is not the policeman I ordered. I wanted one with a lot less sauce.”

SLOW BURNING.

Going Too Far is an absorbing read, once I got past the first boring chapters. Thank goodness I continued reading because I was rewarded with irrepressible laughs, big soft sighs, and nerve-tingling moments. John After, you’re the MAN!

This is my second Jennifer Echols book and I really liked it. Going Too Far is more serious in content than Forget You and yet I found myself smiling and laughing over its little jabs of humor. A lot of things I don’t understand at the start (and I thought the story is going nowhere) but they were explained and cleared in the most shocking way possible in the end. The result: a story that seemed fickle on the surface but with depth once you dig in.

Meg is rebellious and wild. She has a thing about closed spaces, dark corners and handcuffs. At first, I didn’t like her but when Echols revealed the reasons behind her quirkiness, I fully understood her. I love her sense of humor – a bit over the edge! John is stiff and disciplined. He has a thing about staying in town, and bridges. I love how he balanced Meg’s attitude but I was a little miffed about his bouts of jealousy. John is one hot cop, so that goes to say he’s going to be on my book boyfriend list! I like Will (such a sweetie) and Tiffany (intelligent but naïve). These secondary characters are a good mix thrown with Meg & John’s characters.

Going Too Far is a good, realistic read. Not too dramatic but not too flimsy, either.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”