Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: SimonPulse

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.  - Goodreads.com

Okay, I have to admit that this was one of those books that I had a hard time making myself read at first.  First off, the characters were just not likeable to me in the beginning, and indeed, for a good portion of the book.  I have strong feelings about cheating on relationships, and so this kind of derailed me a little bit and make me dislike the characters involved.  I struggled with this for some time while reading.

Finally, at some point in the book, it became apparent to me that bad choices was the whole point.  These characters actually were not meant to be likeable at first.  This is all part of their journey.  Once I had that epiphany, things were a LOT easier to take, and I began to admire the author for maneuvering me through that maze so well and carefully.  Good crafting there.

This book had moments of that were just plain eerie, but they were good too.  It sucked you into the danger and mystery even further.  By the time the truth comes out, you're invested.  So when the book draws to a close, you know you have to read more.

Bottom line...it started shaky for me, grew on me, and then pulled me through to the end.  I think Elizabeth Miles has done a good job here crafting a unique and interesting debut novel.  I will be looking for the sequel.

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