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Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

September 1, 2011
Fury by Elizabeth Miles not only has a striking cover, but also a great-sounding plot. When I first heard about it, I added it to my GoodReads list immediately and impatiently waited for a chance to read it. I came across an ARC and, after having a friend tell me they loved it, picked it up a few weeks later to read it.

The book is set up in three parts and focuses on two characters: Emily and Chase. The author has created characters that are everyday teens that many readers will be able to identify with. I especially understood Chase’s need to succeed and look good in order to fit in and to keep from being the punch line to a joke. Emily falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, which is a cliché plot point, but Ms. Miles has given Emily genuine feelings of love and regret that make the predicament interesting.

Being a fan of mythology, I loved the author’s use of the Furies. With so many gods and goddesses books out there, it’s nice to see one that draws from something else. Ms. Miles seamlessly incorporates the fantastical elements with the realistic setting and I can’t wait to see how the mythology is expanded in the sequels.

Overall, I enjoyed Fury. I don’t think Chase’s secret is that big of a deal, nor is Emily’s scenario, but I think the whole point is to illustrate how unjust the Furies truly are. The plot moves along slowly, but readers will still want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Chanelle September 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I agree with your review. It has a lot of mixed opinions right now, and yes there could have been more mythology in the plot and things moving faster, but I enjoyed what was there.

  • Reply Candace September 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve seen SO many reviews for this book and for some reason I just don’t have a strong urge to read it. Maybe one day I’ll pick it up from the library or something. Great review!

  • Reply Casey (The Bookish Type) September 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I really enjoyed the Furies aspect as well! I was surprised they weren’t the main characters. I think the plot might have moved faster if they were, but then you wouldn’t get the sense of Em and Chase — like you said, they’re just your average teens who didn’t do anything THAT bad. Great review!

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