Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Envy, by Elizabeth Miles- Review

From Goodreads:
Spring is coming, and the ice is slowly melting in Ascension…revealing the secrets buried beneath.

Emily Winters knows the Furies have roots in Ascension, Maine—but she’s about to discover that they’re deeper than she ever imagined. With the help of her new friend Drea, she vows to dig them out. But it’s hard to focus when she’s desperate to make up with JD, and to figure out why Crow, a mysterious Ascension High dropout, seems to be shadowing her.

Meanwhile, new girl Skylar McVoy is determined to leave her own dark past behind. So she’s thrilled when popular Gabby takes her under her wing, and the stunning and sophisticated Meg offers to give her a major makeover. But everyone knows what happens to the vainest girl of all…

It’s tempting to be naughty. But beware: the Furies are always watching, and their power grows stronger by the day

Can I tell you what I loath?  Weak middle books in a series.  Honestly, if you don't have material for three books then don't write a trilogy, write a sequel.  Envy had basically zero plot advancement.  At the end of Fury something happened to EM (Spoiler alert! Look away if you  haven't read Fury, or if you care at all!), and I was all like- obviously she'll become a Fury.  But it just hovered as a teaser for all of Envy until the last page when OH MY GOD! Em is becoming a Fury.  Seriously, if the last lines of book one is now you'll become one of us, then how is this a surprise?

OK fine, there are some new characters who do all sorts of unpleasant and nasty things and the blood thirsty part of me was all Ra! Ra! Ra!, Kill! Kill! Kill! But alas there looks like there was only one death by the end and sadly it was one of the few characters I actually somewhat liked.  Though there was a great, seriously grim moment towards the end which was almost worth reading the whole 320 page saga apropos nothing.

Hints abound that various new characters know more then they're letting on, about the Furies, and there is the potential for some great material for book the last.  But I think it could have been seriously condensed into the final part.  There was no apparent reason for Skylar at all, except to introduce her obviously important aunt.  Crow (the new, improved love interest) was full of hints of involvement, but of no consequence to the plot of book the second (except for kissy face moments, and the gratuitous shirtless moment. OK, not gratuitous, there was that tattoo).

And do I even have to mention that Em continues to be self involved and unlikeable?  I'm starting to seriously doubt that I'm still supposed to feel that way about her.  But once again I'm team furies.  Or maybe team Drea, though that's not looking promising.  I'll withhold my final judgement until book the third comes out, but at this exact moment I think a three minute synopsis of Envy would more than do the trick to bring you up to speed for the final part.
Envy by Elizabeth Miles
Published by Simon Pulse, September 4th, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
Buy Envy on Amazon


  1. oh wow I actually totally didn't see her becoming a Fury. I would have never guessed and I usually easily predict endings. Especially the whole death of her friend. I actually loved Envy so much more than Fury. Hoping the third book is even better!

    great review though, hope you still stick with the third book

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Interesting, I thought Fury was a bit more gritty, and wished Envy had been too. But you know, I can't like everything, haha, even though I want too!