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.
Can I just tell you? The title of this book led to a lot of jokes about "that book your reading about furries" between the hubby and I. Just picture the above description with all characters as closet furries. You're welcome.
It's rare that an author allows their main characters to be unlikeable. Let's face it, high school isn't full of nerdy, lower middle class, kids, so eventually someone has to talk about the less lovable popular kids. You know, the rich, pretty, cheerleaders, jocks and general cream of the crop kinds of kids, the ones who were lucky/unlucky enough to peak in high school. Well Miles goes all in, even the nerdy kid is rich, and the gothy chick is gorgeous once you look past the crazy hair.
I'm not sure if it was entirely intentional, I suspect Miles was angling for you to see their good sides and come around to liking Em and Chase, but I stayed pretty firmly in the court of the unimpressed. The tiny little things the two of them did once they felt good and chastised and/or caught to try and make up for their appalling behaviour was too little too late. I just kept wondering why anyone could stand either of these two, especially Em's best friend/lackey JD. Honestly, they treat everyone so terribly, the only thing they seemed to have going for them was their popularity.
However! It worked, because of the Furies. I was all about team Furies. Ra!Ra! Kill all the evil little buggers I say!
I really liked how Miles wove these evil women into her tale. It was ominous and you were never quite sure where it was going, but the payoff was satisfying. There wasn't a very in-depth look into how they got there or why they were focusing in on Em and Chase (hello, most of both of their friends could use a serious comeuppance too), but this is a series and I imagine it will trickle out.
Not in my top ten, Fury is still an entertaining read, especially for the bloodthirsty among us. I'm intrigued to see where Miles is going to take this story. Can she make me like Em? Will JD turn ugly? Will everyone die? One can only hope!
Fury, by Elizabeth Miles
Published by Simon Pulse, August 30th, 2011
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