Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

I had the extreme pleasure of getting to see Elizabeth Miles at the BEA Blogger luncheon hosted by Simon and Schuster.  Elizabeth is a wonderful new author and I left the luncheon so excited to read Fury.  Elizabeth comes very highly recommended by Lauren Oliver who is her best friend and an amazing writer in her own right.  If Lauren tell you a book or an author is epic- just believe her because she's pretty much always right in my experience.  The premise for this series is really interesting.  Basically, the furies from Greek mythology have moved to a New England town where they take an interest in the behavior of the teenagers in that town and they exact their "justice" on them.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads, which will explain it far better than I can.

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.

This was a wonderfully unique story.  It is pretty dark and sometimes scary but also SO beautifully done.  I just loved every moment of this story.  It was so different and engaging.  I can't say that I loved the main characters, they were being targeted by the Furies because they each did something seriously stupid.  BUT I did love JD, eccentric and geeky best friend who's in love with Em.  He's just so fun and sweet.  She really screwed up when she fell for the jerk who is going out with her best friend.  I also enjoyed the honest look that we get at the Furies.  They aren't evil, exactly, in the mythology but they aren't nice either.  And their version of fair or just can be pretty skewed.  The writing and language was so beautiful and vivid and I can't wait for this book to be released on August 30th.  Everyone is going to really dig it, I just know it!  

I'd suggest this book for readers 14 and up due to violence, sexual shenanigans, and talk of murder/suicide.  This book is not fluffy bunnies and hugs.  It's pretty dark but it is worth it!  Find out more about Elizabeth and her books on her website or follow her on Twitter! You can also check out the Official Fury Site AND why don't you go show her some love by pre-ordering her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Book Depository, by asking your local Independent Bookstore to carry it or by adding it to your Goodreads To Read List!!! 

Fury gets 4 Fairies because sometimes, sorry isn't enough.


Linda: By the Book said...

Lucky you! I'm sure meeting the author was great. I'll follow Lauren Oliver's advice and buy the book when it releases. :)
Fury has a great cover and I'm always looking for more beautifully written books. Thanks for the great review.

Megan said...

Thanks so much! I hope you love Fury. It is really beautiful inside and out!