Fury (Fury Series #1)

Fury (Fury Series #1)

by Elizabeth Miles

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Overview

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. "Achingly gorgeous. Fury seduced me."—Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen "A fresh dark twist on paranormal, with surprises around every corner. FURY kept me up all night!" —Nancy Holder, NYT Bestselling Author of WICKED and CRUSADE

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442422247
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Fury Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Miles lives in Portland, Maine, and writes for an alternative newsweekly. Visit her online at ElizabethMilesBooks.com, at Facebook.com/ElizabethMilesWrites, and follow her on Twitter at @MilesBooks.

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Fury


  • Emily Winters stood in front of her bedroom mirror, a fluffy white towel wrapped around her torso, as she tried to work a tangle from her dark, dripping hair.

    The room was quiet, except for the radiator next to her closet—it made its trademark ticking sound, one that had kept her awake as a child. She always imagined an old witch trying to claw her way out of the wall. But she was used to it by now. Just like the tiny mole above her right eyebrow—she’d had it since birth, and the only time she ever noticed it was when someone else commented on it.

    Someone like Zach McCord, for example. Last week in earth science, the class no one ever paid attention in, he’d leaned toward her to steal a peek at her quiz. Then he’d looked up into her eyes and touched the edge of her eyebrow. “Beauty mark,” he’d said. A shiver had run through her as he turned around, and that was that.

    Thump.

    Out of the corner of her eye, Em saw something white flash by her window. As she whirled to look, she heard another heavy thump.

    She cinched the towel tighter, her heart hammering and her mind immediately churning out visions of robbers and murderers. She waited a second, listening, but heard nothing more. Clutching her plastic comb, she approached the window to peer outside. The front porch light shone on the blanket of winter snow covering the brittle, dark yard and the driveway that sloped down to Em’s quiet street.

    Of course someone hadn’t tried to break in, she told herself, lowering the comb with an embarrassed smile (and seriously, of all the weapons she could have picked—a comb?). Nobody got robbed in Ascension, and certainly not in this part of town. It must have been a clump of snow falling from the old oak tree next to the house.

    No sooner had her heart stopped pounding when the bing of the chat messages began: first one, and then several more, in such rapid succession it sounded like an alarm clock.

    Em sighed and went over to her laptop, which was sitting among books and papers on her bed. Em hated working at the desk in the corner of her room—she used it mostly for clothing storage. Currently, the desk chair was completely obscured by a mound of scarves, dresses, and vintage blazers.

    Gabs357: Em? U there?

    Gabs357: um hello?

    Gabs357: K well I’m getting ready and I was wondering, hair up or hair down?

    Gabs357: Emmmmmm! U promised to help! Also I’m torn between the blue sweater dress (w/short slvs) and new jeans w/pink ruffled top . . . what do u think? And where’s my black cardigan—do you have it?

    Gabs357: Are you getting a ride from Chauffeur or should we come get you?

    Gabs357: I think I’m going to go with the dress. Are you even alive????

    “I’m wearing jeans and a black shirt, in case you’re wondering, Gabs,” Em muttered. Moving her favorite stuffed animal, a zebra named Cordy, out of the way, she slid onto the bed to type a response.

    Zach McCord had won Cordy for her last summer, when Em and her best friend, Gabby, had gone to the county fair. He stopped at one of those freaky machines, the ones where you manipulate a giant claw in order to grab a plush animal from below. Zach, who was ridiculously talented at all things physical, had somehow clawed up two prizes: a pink bear and the zebra.

    Zach had casually tossed Em the zebra. “It’s cute,” he’d said. “Different and cute. Like you.” For the rest of the day, his words had filled her with a warm glow, and ever since then, Em kept Cordy on her bed. Sometimes, she found the stuffed zebra offered a better set of ears than any of the humans around her.

    Zach had given the pink bear to Gabby, of course, who had squealed and planted an enormous kiss on Zach’s cheek.

    Which was as it should be. Because Zach was Gabby’s boyfriend.

    Sorry, was in the shower, she typed to Gabby. Yeah, JD will give me a ride. I think you left the cardigan in your gym locker, right? Gabby was known for storing about a thousand spare outfits in there, “for emergencies.”

    Em smirked and shook her head as she sent off another quick message: I think the dress is a good choice. And why not hair down. It’s a party, after all! In the time it took to turn away and grab underwear and a bra, Em heard a new volley of bings.

    Oh phew, hi!!!!! Okay, so hair down, totally. It looks good today anyway.

    I was thinking of wearing this new long necklace my mom got me—too much?

    With a laugh that sounded a bit like a groan, Em typed, Gabs, I have to get ready too! Necklace sounds great. See you soon! Sometimes you had to pick your battles.

    Pulling a black tank top from her bureau and skinny jeans from her closet, Em looked back to the mirror, which was lined with postcards, photos, and notes. Most of the photos were of Em and Gabby.

    Short and spunky, with perfectly curled blond hair (thanks to her obsessive morning engagements with the curling iron), Gabby ruled the school with a giggle and a wink. Like her weather-reporter mom, there was something polished, pristine, and optimistic about her at all times. Her football-star brothers had paved the way to popularity with their sports trophies and prom-king crowns—and Em had benefited too. As freshmen, Gabby and Em were quickly and seamlessly woven into Ascension High School’s social tapestry, invited to senior parties and allowed to flirt with upperclassmen.

    That year Gabby had been voted onto homecoming court, an honor ostensibly open to the whole school but (until two years ago) tacitly reserved for juniors and seniors. And last year, Em had managed to put the yearbook committee back on the map of acceptably cool after-school activities by collecting artifacts—notes, ticket stubs, receipts, candid photos, snippets of class essays—and turning the yearbook into an Ascension scrapbook. Gabby did the layout and Em wrote all the witty captions and pasted in quotes.

    Now they were floating through their junior year as they’d always planned to: going to parties without feeling like they needed personal invitations, studying for the SATs, working hard and playing hard (with Em sometimes reminding Gabby about the work, and Gabby sometimes reminding Em to play). They sat at the Gazebo—the good end of the cafeteria, and they parked their cars in the highly coveted front lot.

    In this year’s yearbook, it was almost certain that Gabby would be voted Cutest in the Junior Class, while Em was a good bet for Most Likely to Succeed. (Succeed at what, Em sometimes wondered.) There were other girls in their circle, like Fiona Marcus and Lauren Hobart, whom they’d known forever, and Jenna Berg, who’d moved to Ascension in eighth grade and somehow fit in perfectly. But everyone knew that the Gab-Em bond was the glue that held everything together. They were kind of like fireworks. They soared as one: Gabby erupting with a loud, colorful BANG! and Em creating a different kind of light, the ethereal, sparkling, postexplosion chandelier.

    But lately, Em had been feeling more like a sidekick or a personal style assistant than a kindred spirit. Over the past few weeks, Gabby’s preferred topics of conversation had not veered from the subjects of her wardrobe, Zach, or the Valentine’s Day dance (which was still well over a month away). Just this morning, Gabby had asked Em if she could “please consult with Zach about what he should get me for Christmas” and proceeded to list five acceptable gifts that spanned the spectrum of realism: (1) the delicate blue scarf she’d seen on the website for Maintenance, her absolute favorite store in Boston; (2) an engraved iPod Nano for when she went running; (3) tickets to see Cirque du Soleil when it came to Portland this spring; (4) a puppy; (5) a romantic secret overnight at his stepdad’s cabin down the coast.

    Gabby didn’t always seem to understand that not everyone’s life was as perfect as hers.

    Of course, there were amazing things about Gabby too. She was the only person Em wanted to be around when she was in a crappy mood. She was the best accomplice to have at every party, every prank, every midnight adventure. And she was a great friend. Like the time in sixth grade when Em had told Adam Dunn that she liked him on the playground and he’d told her to get a life. Gabby had baked frosted brownies with Skittles on top that spelled out D-DAY. They’d laughed and eaten the entire pan of brownies and successfully turned Dunn Day into a holiday. Gabby was just like that. She was like a sunny day, strawberry shortcake, and a snowball fight all rolled into one.

    But sometimes it was exhausting, too.

    Em stared at her knobby knees and long, almost-black, wavy hair and felt more like Morticia than America’s Next Top Model. Some days she was able to appreciate her dancer’s build, but tonight she just wished she owned a padded bra.

    Bing. . . bing. . . bing. What now?

    Emmmm. I made you something—going to share the file now.

    Em watched the blue bar stretch as the file loaded, then saw Em’s Getting Ready Music pop up in her media player.

    In case you need some motivation, I put together some songs, Gabby wrote. But you have to promise to leave as soon as the playlist is over.

    Em scanned the song titles. Perfect. Some old-school Britney and Beyoncé, plus some punkish covers of show tunes that Gabby knew Em loved.

    As she buttoned her jeans and surveyed her shoe options, singing “Cabaret” quietly under her breath, Em’s parents’ voices drifted upstairs. That was another feature of the old-school radiators: somehow, they seemed to pipe voices through the house more successfully than they did heat. She couldn’t really understand what they were saying, but she could pick out a few words.

    Her parents started dating when they were sixteen—a fact that made Em cringe. She was the same age now as her parents were when they met. Em couldn’t imagine conversing with the same person for twenty years, but her mom and dad never seemed to get sick of each other. They’d met on a ski trip that brought together young people from area schools. That day, Em’s mom had been wearing a purple knit hat with two blue pom-poms on top. (Em loved to tease her mom about her apparently awesome teenage fashion sense.) Over the course of the afternoon, one of the pom-poms had gone missing. And though half the guys on the mountain had been searching for the missing fuzzball, only one had found it—stuck to the inside of his hood. Em’s dad had taken off his coat inside the lodge and her mom had spied the blue ball.

    The sparks flew instantly, they always said, with a wink. You know what we mean.

    But of course, Em didn’t. She had never felt electric passion or the sense of fate unfolding for her. All she had experienced was awkward kissing with boys who didn’t know what to do with their hands. She’d certainly never looked into a boy’s eyes and “just known.”

    At least, not with any boy it was actually possible to be with. In fact, that was the reason behind the poem she’d won the regional Blue Pen Award for: “Impossible.”

    Bang! Em’s heart practically stopped for a second before she realized the sound was caused by a snowball hitting her bedroom window. Another one hit and jolted Em back into party-prep mode. That was her ride—lately snowballs were his not-so-charming way of announcing he was waiting outside.

    She slammed shut her laptop, wrestled her shirt over her head, and hopped to the window again as she tried to jam her right foot into one tall lace-up boot.

    “Five minutes,” she mouthed, holding up five fingers to JD Fount, who stood in the yard below her window sporting a goofy grin and moving a tree branch out of his face. JD had always been supertall—so much so that in fourth grade, Mrs. Milliken, the school nurse, had sharply poked his back and barked, “Posture Police!” because he’d been slouching to try to make the other kids feel less short.

    Now he stood normally, at six-foot-three, and didn’t worry about what anyone thought.

    As if to prove exactly that, JD pulled open his peacoat to reveal his latest outfit choice: slacks, a vest, and a purple shirt underneath. Em involuntarily smiled and shook her head, wondering at JD’s bold fashion choices, which were a combination of iconoclasm and artistry. He’d been known to get on his soapbox to point out how unfair it was that girls could have fun with fashion while boys were left with jeans and T-shirts. Over the last year, Gabby had taken to referring to him as “Chauffeur”—behind his back, of course—because he was the perfect designated driver. He didn’t get invited to most of the parties, but he was always willing to drive Em to them. Em could tell he secretly liked having an excuse to go out on the weekends, and even though he was a huge dork she’d known since they were both in diapers, she had to admit that she didn’t mind spending time with him.

    When he saw Em’s hand signal, JD responded with a wave and a thumbs-up. He was used to waiting. The Fount family had lived next door forever and it was a running joke that the Winters would keep the Founts waiting at their own funeral. Before Em got her license, JD used to take her to school; after they missed first period four days in a row, he’d threatened to make her walk.

    JD danced toward his car, knowing Em was watching. Then he hopped into his beat-up Volvo. Still, Em stood at the window, mesmerized by snowflakes that were just starting to fall. Despite the fact that Em had always lived in Maine, she never got tired of the winter. She loved the way her neighborhood looked during a snowstorm, all the houses capped under white drifts, like meringue crowning a pie. She watched for a moment as one flake faded into another, until faint sirens in the distance jolted her back to reality.

    With her boots laced up, Em dabbed on some lip gloss, tucked her hair behind her ears (she rarely did anything more than let it air dry), and grabbed her bag from where she’d last thrown it. She gave herself a final once-over in the mirror, knowing full well she was primping for one person only.

    As Em made her way downstairs, her parents’ voices grew more distinct. They were debating work stuff again: whether or not caffeine leads to coronaries. For two people who wouldn’t know if their own daughter was heartbroken, they sure did care a lot about what happened to other people’s hearts.

    “I’m going to a party,” Em said, popping her head around the kitchen door. The two of them were hunched over the marble kitchen island with glasses of red wine in their hands and a plate of cheese between them, looked vaguely startled to see her there. “It’s at Ian Minster’s. JD is driving.”

    “Okay, hon,” her mom responded.

    “Be careful, sweetie,” her dad echoed. He was standing at the stove with his back to her, his ID from the hospital tossed on the island in the kitchen. Em’s mom was leaning next to him, wineglass in hand. Their hips were just touching.

    “And then you have to wonder about the viability of all of the red wine research . . . ,” Em’s mom said abruptly. Just like that, they were back to their conversation.

    Rolling her eyes, Em slipped into her winter coat and walked out the door and toward JD’s Volvo. She wondered if her parents had actually heard what she’d said. She wondered if anyone would ever look at her and really see her.

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    Fury 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
    pagese More than 1 year ago
    It really was all about the cover for this one. But, I'm fan of mythology and the description and the cover lead me to believe it might be about the Furies. Thankfully I was right, but I wasn't overly into this story. I always have a hard time when the story starts out slow. I kept waiting for the story to actually start. It seems like we spend a lot of the story building the basis for the furies to come in, and I really just wasn't that interested. While they really are a part of the story from the beginning, it felt like the didn't really try to manipulate people until about half way through. While we had to wait for Emily's situation to fully play itself off, Chase's "crime" had already been done. I expected them to be messing with him more. I also didn't really like either of the characters. But, I think that's the point. They both have to grow up and learn from their mistakes. Chase was easier for me to read. I don't think he meant to take his prank as far as he did. And he was truly sorry for it before the Furies every came in to make him pay for it. I was sorry he was the one who had to suffer the way he did. Emily seems to be more the focus of the story. I hated that she liked her best friend's boyfriend. And she was so good at justifying it in her mind. I really couldn't believe that she thought that her friends would forgive her. I actually though that the boyfriend "Zack" was worse than these two. I don't feel like we got a good glimpse of the Furies. They seemed to be punishing trivial crimes when they are much worse things happening in the world. It seemed almost petty. But, then what did I expect from a teen novel. I'm not really sure if I will read the next one
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is GREAT!!! FANTASTIC!!! AWESOME!!!.... I hate it. I can't believe things friggin' ended the way they did. Bummy book had me crying for like the last hundred pages. Overall the plot was great, about a boy and girl, Chase and Em, who do wrong and find, out only when it's too late, that "Sometimes sorry isn't enough". I love the characters and everything and I DEFINETLY recommend this book. (Obviously you can tell I don't hate the book but it did depress the heck outta me).
    skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
    The setting of this book sets the over all tone or mood. It is freezing cold, and snowy. That is exactly how this story leaves you feeling, cold and empty inside. You have Emily who is best friends with Gabby. But what kind of friend flirts with your boyfriend? Emily does. She is sure that she and Zach are made for each other. First reason to hate a character in this book. Emily is selfish and so full of herself. Then we have Chase who is not financially in the same league as the rest of his friends. He tries to make up for his past by becoming something he really isn¿t. He tramples on people to get where he wants to be. To make Emily and Chase pay for what they have done to others the three furies Ty, Meg and Ali pay a visit. Ty is so hot that she has Chase fawning all over her. Can you say revenge. The job of the furies is to seek revenge for those who they feel need it against those they deserve it. This whole book has a creepy movie feel to it. I could actually see it come out on the big screen. Although the characters so so many wrong things and justify it to make you hate them they are so wonderfully developed you can¿t help love them. This is the first book in this series and it will definitely not be the last one I read. The ending definitely leaves you hanging for more. Definitely one to recommend to all of your friends who like creepy, paranormal, mythical type things.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I must admit the story is good but not what I expected. Good read for teens and its a clean read too. Addresses teen issues they can relate to. Overall a good story/book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I wasn't all that impressed. Story moved slowly. Like the book cover, however.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I highly recommend it. :)
    pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyFURY is the story of two loosely connected¿at least initially¿characters whose amoral actions cause them to become the targets of Furies, mythological creatures whose sole purpose is punish. The chapters alternate between Em, the rich girl in love with her best friend¿s boyfriend, and Chase, the poor football star who values popularity above all else.The biggest problem I had with FURY are the characters. They just aren¿t very likeable. Given the premise, I expected there to be reasons why the Furies would target these two characters, but I didn¿t expect to struggle with wanting them to defeat the Furies as much as I did. They both crossed serious lines, Chase specifically, that made it challenging to get upset when the tables were turned on them. And Em, well, she was more stupid than mean, but I couldn¿t muster much sympathy for her either.Another problem I had was how little we actually learn about the Furies themselves. They sort of flit in and out of a few scenes here or there, but never for long and never leaving the kind of impact I expected from a book titled FURY. Even when we learn that these three girls are Furies, information about where they came from, why they are so `furious¿ at wrong doings, and how they choose who to punish is noticeably scant. I understand that as the first in a series the author may not have wanted to reveal all, but a little information would have gone a long way.Overall, I¿m left feeling much the same as I did when I finished Lauren Oliver¿s BEFORE I FALL. I just don¿t know if I really liked this book or not. I know the writing was vivid and expressive. I know the Greek Mythology premise of Furies was a refreshing addition to the Paranormal YA genre. I know that the story felt uncomfortably realistic in several places. But the characters are just not the sort you want to root for, even as they fumbled through various redemptive acts, and the plot was never really engaging or exciting enough overcome that. Since apathy is the the dominating emotion I feel having finished FURY, I¿ll probably pass on the next two books in this trilogy, ENVY and then ETERNITY, which will be published presumably in 2012.Sexual Content:Kissing. Scenes of sensuality
    booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The lives of a group of high school juniors are about to be forever changed. The night of Ascension High¿s annual winter break party, word spreads that one of their classmates has thrown herself from a bridge, attempting to commit suicide. Emily Winters is attending the party with her childhood friend JD, her best friend Gabby and Gabby¿s boyfriend Zach. Emily has a huge crush on Zach. Even though he belongs to Gabby, she can¿t help but feel a strong attraction to him. She knows they are meant to be together, and Zach has been relentlessly flirting with her. Emily just knows something is going to happen between the two of them when Gabby is out of town for Christmas break. She knows she shouldn¿t do this to her best friend, but she can¿t help it. Zach belongs with her.Chase Singer is the school¿s star quarterback. Chase is ¿trailer trash¿, and could only dream of having the type of life his rich school mates live. He does his best to fit in by studying hard and excelling in sports. When word of the attempted suicide gets to him, it hits him hard. The girl was a close childhood friend of his, and someone he¿d once had a crush on before she turned popular and mean. He¿d recently done something to her that may have prompted this suicide attempt.After the party, both Emily and Chase see three strange girls standing along the road. Who are these girls and what do they want? Over the next few weeks, Chase and Em will get to know these girls very well. Ali, Meg and Ty are furies. Mythical creatures that take human form to exact revenge on those who sin. Once they¿re on to you there¿s no escaping them. Being sorry just isn¿t enough. Sinners must pay.I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it, even the paranormal elements, felt real. The novel is rife with high school angst, relationships, friendships, bullying and social status. Everything that happens in today¿s high schools. The addition of the furies adds an interesting twist and loads of tension. The novel is engaging and unnerving. I was totally glued to Ms. Miles every word. I¿ve been looking for an engaging, spine-tingling and creepy YA book for a while and I finally found it. If you¿re looking for a paranormal romance, you won¿t find it here. If you like a good paranormal thriller, this one¿s for you.(Review based on an Advanced Reader¿s Copy courtesy of the publisher via Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab)
    krystal_osmond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    My Review:As it seems I start off a lot of my book reviews talking about the cover of the book, it's only fitting that we start there for Fury too! The cover is beautiful! I may be a little biased (red hair myself) but who wouldn't love the cover with a girl with amazing flowing, long red hair?!The main idea of Fury is that two people, Chase and Emily (Em), living their own different lives in the same town are chosen by 3 Furies to pay the price of something they have done. We meet Chase and Em along with some other important characters, such as Gabby, Zach, Ty, Drea and my personal favourite, JD. For the most part they are your typical teenage characters - popular, the jocks, trying to fit in, etc. Right away, Chase and Em are not likable characters, but I think that's the point. They have done something horrid, and need to pay, so Miles doesn't make us like them right away. But I really do love what she did with JD's character. He's the friend who is sometimes embarrassing to be seen with (wacky hair, strange clothes) but you love to spend time with, and he's alright with that. To me, JD had the most lasting impression, and every time he appeared I couldn't help but smile! I was expecting a little more mythology and paranormal aspects to Fury, it seemed to be lacking that in the long run of things. But overall the story is pretty original and well written though it took about 100 pages or so for me to get into it. But after that, I was really in! Lauren Kate wrote "Achingly gorgeous. Fury seduced me." (quote taken from cover of ARC of Fury) I completely understand and agree with that statement! Fury called to me all hours of the day and night and I needed to read it.Though it is a bit slower starting out, Fury is an eerie and haunting read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series because I still have so many questions I need an answer to.
    kmichelle1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Wow. Fury was a suspenseful and haunting story about three girls- three furies- taking revenge on two teens, a boy named Chase and a girl named Emily, who have both done something very bad. This is a story about love, loss and revenge. It is a tale that will not soon be forgotten. The three furies- Ty, Ali and Meg- were portrayed very well and I could easily picture them. Chase and Emily were also very well-developed characters. And although I didn't agree with what they did, I could understand it. Gabby, Emily's best friend, was a very strong side character and was very likeable. She was someone you could easily imagine being your best friend. Zach, one of the "bad" guys, was very easy to hate; I could definitely imagine blocking him on Facebook. ;) Although the story and plot was very good, I found myself wishing that things had turned out differently. Which I'm guessing was the author's point, so I applaud Elizabeth for that. I am hoping that there will be a sequel, because I feel like this story could need some expanding on- I want certain issues to be resolved between Emily and JD and between Emily and the Furies!!! (The way Elizabeth ended the book was also VERY intriguing and I wouldn't mind reading about that either!) One other thing I must applaud Elizabeth Miles on is the originality of the this whole book. I've never read anything quite like this and it was a refreshing change. Overall I definitely recommend this to all teens. But please note- there were a few parts that even had me wanting to hide under the covers. lol :)) An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster for review.
    flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Eh. There was a lot of hype focused on this book and I feel a bit let down. It was pretty good, don't get me wrong, it just wasn't as great as I hoped it would be. I do love the cover, though. It's gorgeous and fits the book perfectly. However, it should have the other "Furies" featured, not just the main one.Essentially, Em and Chase are two high school students that have screwed up and have big secrets. Some more extreme than others. Since they've messed up, the Furies have arrived to make them pay. There is this veil of mystery throughout the book that really doesn't get resolved. (i.e. the events in the Prologue never fully get explained) The story is actually two separate stories that alternate. Em has cheated with her best friend's boyfriend, which is a big no-no. Chase has a darker secret, hence his more extreme punishment. As far as the Furies go, the sentencing was pretty fair. But there were some really weird scenes. The one that stands out the most takes place in the woods and involves red paint. Totally bizarre.I liked the characters well enough. The betrayal of Em was believable, because it was set up well. I even get Chase and his need to stay under the radar AND be popular. But my favorite character was JD. I just loved him! Another total win for "normal" guys in books. Kinda geeky (ok really geeky), average looks, but stellar personality. He was a welcome addition to the book. The others really didn't do much for me. I want to know more about Drea, but she was so minor in the story that it almost seems like she doesn't belong. Same with Sasha. Obviously these two are crucial to the events in the story, and yet they have hardly any face time. I didn't like that.I also didn't like how readily available alcohol was for these high school students. I really wasn't buying that. I know boundaries have broken down and all, but laws are still intact. Am I really supposed to believe that every under aged character has easy access to hard liquor? I don't think so. I also don't buy the lack of parental involvement. The parents let their kids just roam freely without any concern. Please. That crap does not happen in real life. Am I really to believe that the parents willingly let their kids drive in blizzards without any concern? The whole family dynamic wasn't very believable.I highly suspect that this will be a series. There were some elements that were not resolved in the end. I"m not too sure where the next book is going to go, however. I know at least one character is going to meet the Furies again, but where Em falls into the plot is a mystery. She claims that she's going to make the Furies pay. (ironic, right?) I guess if there has to be another book, then hopefully Drea will be more prominent. It's another interesting take on mythology. BUT, if anyone says this is a retelling of the Persephone myth, I am going to look at them like they're crazy. The Persephone element was only evident in the last five pages of the book. I would hardly call this a Persephone story, but I guarantee that book #2 takes that turn. It's wide open.
    jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I was really into Fury during the first two parts of the story. I almost was going to stay up past my bedtime and continue reading, it was a page turner for me. That wasn¿t such a great idea though because it is creepy and I did have trouble falling asleep¿I should have listened to my sister. Once we got to the end of Part 2 and into Part 3 something happened to the story for me. I can¿t put my finger on it, but it no longer held my interest and I caught myself just skimming paragraphs. I wish I could tell you exactly what made the ending fall apart for me, but I can¿t. This book is part of a trilogy, but I think this book could have been a standalone. I wish the last couple of pages wouldn¿t have turned it into a trilogy. P.S. I really like the name Emerly¿very cute! P.S.S. Chase always had to have his shirts steamed while he showered¿funny quirk. P.S.S.S. I loved the setting! Winter in Maine made this book work!
    AyleeArgh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    In short: Fury by Elizabeth Miles is an engaging and thrilling debut with realistic characters and a chilling storyline.Karma is a bitch, and it comes in the form of three gorgeous deities from Greek mythology called the Furies. Fury follows Em and Chase, in alternating chapters, and the typical high school drama surrounding their lives. But both Em and Chase have done something reprehensible. Chosen by the Furies for their wrongdoings, they have to learn the hard way that what goes around, comes around.From the start of Fury, Em and Chase were not likeable characters; I don't believe they were supposed to be. After all, they had to be guilty of a transgression for the Furies to want to take revenge. They were both obsessed with popularity. Em contemplates cheating with her best friend's boyfriend and Chase nonchalantly treats girls as though they're worth nothing to him.Rather than be turned off by their faults, I found I could at least appreciate the fact that they weren't saints. They were definitely no Mary Sue and Gary Stu. They were authentic teens with authentic teen feelings and immaturity. It was strangely a breath of fresh air from main characters that are instantly likeable, if that makes any sense. As they realize and feel genuinely sorry for what they did and how they'll have to pay for it, you can't help but sympathize with Em and Chase and forgive them for their stupid mistakes.A large portion of Fury was taken up by high school drama with only some paranormal occurrences happening in the background. It read like a contemporary novel at times and I would have preferred had it focused a bit less on the regular drama and more on the paranormal aspect. But once more and more creepy incidents start to affect Em and Chase's lives about halfway through the novel, it took me by surprise how involved with the story I became. I went from not liking the characters and high school drama in the beginning to being sympathetic towards the characters and totally caught up in the chilling and freaky storyline as it unfolded.Overall, though I did not expect this when I first started reading Fury, I really ended up becoming engaged in the characters and storyline as it became creepier and more horrifying. The ending especially was so intense and filled with so many shocking twists that I hadn't been expecting. I eagerly look forward to how the story will unfold in this planned trilogy. Fury will be released August 30, 2011.
    _Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)For me, this book was just okay. When I finished I still had a lot of "Why" questions. Like why Em and not Zach? Why Chase and not the rest of the team? At the start I didn't find Em to be very likable, but her likability increased a bit towards the end of the book.I would have liked to have seen more of Gabby in the story. The dialogue was good some of the interactions with the characters didn't seem completely real, but it also didn't take away from the story.The ending was great, it had a cliff hanger, which makes me excited to read the next book when it comes out. (I believe next year).I really liked the premise of the story and the atmosphere, Miles did a wonderful job with the setting and describing the snow and the town. It makes me want to see Maine even more then before.Over all, I will read the next book, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping to, but it was still an okay read. * Hardcover: 384 pages * Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 30, 2011) * Author: Elizabeth Miles * Cover art: I really like the dress and the hair! * Overall rating: *** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal bookshelf.
    HarkiQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book completely threw me for a loop! For the first hundred or so pages, I didn't really care about the characters who had royally ticked off the mythological Furies. But page after page I grew my curious, and more shocked, at what was to become of our unfortunate teens. In small town Ascension, one boy tries his hardest to keep up his facade of being the perfect All American Boy, while another is lusting after her best friend's boyfriend, and he is flirting back! Both Emily Winters and Chase Singer have an eventful Winter Break when three gorgeous women decide to turn their lives upside down. While I was extremely excited to read something that dealt with Greek mythology in the modern world, I was disappointed that this novel started off so slowly. We learn that Chase is hiding something that is too terrible to remember and we see Emily and Zach, her bestie's boyfriend, flirting it up and eventually getting to second base. The book felt at a stand-still, we knew Chase had done something bad, but we didn't know much, and it was hard to feel anything for Emily after 60 or so pages of her making out with an off-limits guy. It isn't until the latter half of Part II where things get interesting. This is when the characters start to become more desperate and show their true colors. While I did not hate Emily for being a backstabbing best friend, I didn't like her either. That isn't to say that she was a flat character, I just didn't feel anything for her either way. It was Chase Singer who I grew annoyed with. He wasn't a flat character either but I hated how important social status meant to him. He grew up in a trailer home with only his mother and the memories of an abusive father but I feel like his character wasn't fleshed out enough. So much more could have been done with him besides making him obsessed with the appearance of "perfection." My indifference or annoyance with the characters could be related to the writing style. Miles has a very interesting writing style. I want to label it as passive, but I don't know if that's the correct term. Instead of actively writing about a phone call, she writes from a near future perspective. The phone call happened somewhere off the pages so she describes what the conversation consisted of. I would rather just read the conversation as it happened, not in the past-tense style. It made me feel more disconnected from the world.Moving on, the plot was enjoyable. There were parts that genuinely were creepy and I loved it. The ending more than anything made up for the slow start. It was shocking, different, and definitely paved the way for a much anticipated sequel. Seeing how both the writing style and character development seemed to improve throughout the novel, I'm sure that the sequel will be a knock out!I recommend this for readers who love over the top high school drama and Greek mythology.
    Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Talk about getting karma coming around to get you! I mean this book really makes you thinks twice about doing something to someone and really thinking about the consequences of it. Imagine, if that really happen? If Furies went around making people pay for what they did to others? I mean holy cow, this book is goood. So good, that I want to read it over and over again!The story line is amazingly good. I really enjoyed watching both characters go through hard times and watching them pay for their mistakes. There is so much going on in the story that you are blown away by the meanness of the Furies. I liked how they stepped into people lives unexpectedly, seduce into thinking that they are friends and then BAM! You get me I get you back! I have to admit that I am on the Furies side. I am old school person, eye for an eye.The characters were also great. I like the growth that the characters went through. You saw them make mistakes, and learn from them. Some learn at the last minute while others learned right away. What I also enjoyed is how easily the point of view switches were smooth and transitional. Ms. Miles did a great job describing both point of views with the right amount information. Nothing was lost, so the reader wasn't confused during the switch. I am really picky with pov swtiches cause sometimes the writes loses me, confuses me, or just jumps to something completely and entirely different and then I get angry. Ms. Miles makes it easy for the reader to see everything without lost or confusion.Have you ever done anything mean to someone without thinking about it? Read this book and I can guarantee it will make you think twice about being mean to someone. Fury is the Boom Diggity! It will entice you. Grab you into the story feeling the hurt and anger that the Furies feel. The Furies in this book will generate fear and pierce it into your very soul, chilling you from the inside out.Cause you know what? Sometimes sorry is enough...
    renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Fury is a fascinating, compulsively readable novel, but it doesn¿t quite live up to its premise. Rather than focusing on the Furies and the vengeance they seek, Fury instead dedicates most of the book to developing Em and Chase as characters. While this is certainly not a bad thing¿getting to know the characters of a book is an important thing¿it left me with a slight sense of dissatisfaction. I anticipated Fury to be action-packed and rife with mythology, but instead ended up reading about two doomed romances. Still, if you go into Fury with this in mind, it may end up being a more satisfying experience.Em isn¿t a likable character at first, and neither is Chase. It¿s always interesting when ¿bad¿ characters are protagonists. Fury gives us the opportunity to get into the heads of wrongdoers. Em is ultimately a more compelling character than Chase; she ends up being somewhat likable in the end. Chase, on the other hand, seems distant for nearly the whole novel, and he¿s difficult to connect to. Still, both characters are well developed; by the end of the book, you feel as if you really know them.Elizabeth Miles¿s interpretation of the Furies is actually quite fascinating. She pairs their striking beauty with thoroughly horrifying motives, making them both enchanting and disgusting at the same time. Every time one of the Furies makes an appearance, Miles succeeds in creeping the reader out. They seem to hover in the reader¿s mind, giving the novel a foreboding atmosphere. The Furies also provide an excellent opportunity for the reader to think¿is the ¿eye for an eye¿ way of thinking really right? I found myself questioning whether or not the things Em and Chase did were really deserving of the punishments the Furies doled out.Fury is an excellent novel for those looking for some stellar drama. Elizabeth Miles puts her characters into quite a few nail-biting situations. While some readers may not find the two protagonists likable, they do provide an interesting perspective. Miles¿s take on the Furies will delight fans of Greek mythology, though their lack of face time may disappoint.
    TValeros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    What can I say about Fury? To start off, the book cover is truly gorgeous and really grabs you on the factor of eye candy. But as for the book and its story, I have mixed feelings about it.I enjoyed the fact that I haven't read a story like this for which sets it apart from all the other reads, and the climax is very detailed that you can vividly picture it as you read along. As for the characters even the protagonist, Emily "Em", I didn't quite like. It was hard to build any emotions towards the characters, however, I did feel pity for Chase and was starting to like him a bit. There is one character I did like, JD Fount (Em's guy best friend/neighbor), he is very kind and more appealing than the rest but the story didn't go indepth about him. Em was too naive and stubborn. The other characters were just generally mean, selfish, and unrelatable. Although I teeter on my views because I keep telling myself as I continue reading that you need those kind of characters and scenarios to make a good story. So, like I said in the beginning I have mix feelings about Fury.I hated the fact that at some parts of the story I felt like I was getting the impression of "getting payback/revenge" is the right thing. I wouldn't want my child to get the perception that it's okay to take revenge on someone or even the idea that it's justice. But again, I'm torn because it's a tale about the Furies, and as its myth goes The Furies are the anger of the dead and the deities of vengeance.I would say this is a young adult novel for 16+ for its mature content and language. From my opinion, Fury by Elizabeth Miles would make a GREAT TV series right along with Pretty Little Liars because it has a lot of drama, conflict and tribulation. Better to watch than to read. I will read on to book #2 and maybe my opinions/thoughts will be changed.
    DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Fury was a very interesting and different read. With all the books I've read, there is always something that reminds me of another book. Well, I have to say that Fury was refreshing. The book is told from two point of views, Chase and Em, but their mistakes were not the same.I am going to start with Chase. First I want to say, It was super nice reading about a guy who was in the popular group and on the football team, but lived in a trailer and didn't come from a rich family. At first you start off feeling sorry for Chase. Even though he is popular, his life behind closed doors isn't so bright. He tries to be this good guy all the time, but when he finds out one of their friends named Sasha tried to commit suicide, the real story about Chase unravels. I don't want to give away to much, but what Chase has done was very serious and it has something to do with Sasha. I understood why the Fury picked him to make pay for his mistakes. Eventually down the line you can feel Chase's guilt and how sorry he was about everything, but it didn't change anything. In the end, the Fury got him good.Emma was a different story for me. I understood why she was picked, but to be completely honest I didn't really care for her. Dating your best friends boyfriend isn't something we haven't read before or heard about before. I felt compared to what Chase has done, that was nothing. I didn't find any connection to Emma and felt that she was very immature and a little naive about it all and it sort of bugged me a bit. She started a little fling with her best friend's boyfriend Zach, who was the perfect bad boy. He was a little player and didn't care who he hurt in the process. The Fury needs to make him pay. With the ending of Fury I think they just might. I also felt that the Fury didn't make Emma pay enough. But then again what she has done was nothing compared to Chase.In the end, I did enjoy Fury enough to finish it and hope for a second book. There were some shocking moments and some very sad moments. There were also some moments that made you want to just throw the book across the room. I recommend Fury and think that it needs to be on every ones TBR list. It's a nice change and fast paced story. Even though I didn't like Emma's part to much, I still say it's a Good Choice for Reading.3.5 out of 5 Stars!
    booknerdcanada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    DESCRIPTIONThis book is sectioned off into three acts, which give the reader a little backstory on all the ins and outs at Ascension High. They include Emily Winters, a popular, yet studious girl who is best friends with Gabby, the most popular girl in school. The only problem? She falls for Gabby¿s boyfriend Zach.Then there¿s Chase Swinger, captain of the football team who happens to live in a poorer section of town who wants nothing but to keep his status as the leader of the pack.But these two characters are holding secrets of their own, and three girls with mysterious powers are creating a little bit of chaos to make sure they get their just deserves.THE REVIEWQuite shocking to read about some of the inner workings of a high school pecking order because I really couldn¿t believe how mean these popular kids are to the ¿freaks¿ and the loners, whom they deem classmates. Sure it¿s nice to read about their POV but i couldnt find anything nice about any of the other characters. Quite simply put: they¿re mean and selfish. They know the consequences of their actions, yet they do it anyway! It made me shake my head a couple of times. Yikes!It did touch upon a lot of key points, friendship, suicide, depression, paranormal, homophobia and loads of drama. If YA paranormal novels are your thing, give it a try. It did entertain me quite a bit, so the author did her job well.RATING 3/5
    skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The setting of this book sets the over all tone or mood. It is freezing cold, and snowy. That is exactly how this story leaves you feeling, cold and empty inside. You have Emily who is best friends with Gabby. But what kind of friend flirts with your boyfriend? Emily does. She is sure that she and Zach are made for each other. First reason to hate a character in this book. Emily is selfish and so full of herself. Then we have Chase who is not financially in the same league as the rest of his friends. He tries to make up for his past by becoming something he really isn¿t. He tramples on people to get where he wants to be. To make Emily and Chase pay for what they have done to others the three furies Ty, Meg and Ali pay a visit. Ty is so hot that she has Chase fawning all over her. Can you say revenge. The job of the furies is to seek revenge for those who they feel need it against those they deserve it. This whole book has a creepy movie feel to it. I could actually see it come out on the big screen. Although the characters so so many wrong things and justify it to make you hate them they are so wonderfully developed you can¿t help love them. This is the first book in this series and it will definitely not be the last one I read. The ending definitely leaves you hanging for more. Definitely one to recommend to all of your friends who like creepy, paranormal, mythical type things.
    TheRandomGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I've always liked the idea of the Furies: three women who punish those who had done wrong. You can bet I was excited when I heard that Elizabeth Miles had wrote about those three women. Sadly, when I picked up the book, I had to struggle to get myself to like it and I wish I could have liked it more. Fury had so much potential and the ideas Elizabeth Miles played with were unique that I had hoped this novel would be a brilliant success.Fury starts off with a death scene and immediately after reading that, I was hooked. But sad to say, I wasn't hooked on tightly. As the story progressed into the first few chapters, Fury's hook on me began to loosen until I could have fallen off. Pretty much three fourths of the book seemed like a contemporary novel told in both Chase and Em's point of view. Nothing interesting was happening, aside from the appearance of these stunning and mysterious girls. Em was all over her best friend's boyfriend, Zach, and Chase was obsessing over a girl he couldn't stay away from.I could not relate to any of these characters. Em just irritated me most of the time as she fawned over Zach. She was so blindsided by her love for Zach that she forgot about the consequences. Sure she worried over what Gabby, her best friend, would think, but she hooked up with Zach anyway. I could not sympathize with her whatsoever until later on in the book. Em and Zach were shallow, thinking only about themselves most of the time. I was even more irritated with Em as she continuously blew off J.D, who was the only character I liked in this book. Probably the only time I came to sympathize with Em was when Gabby was hating on her. But really, Em deserved what she got. Compared to her, I don't feel as strongly about Chase as I do with Em. He's a jerk and an ass, yes, but I had to feel sorry for him. He may be popular, but he's the poorest kid out of them all. I honestly don't really know what made me tolerate Chase. Maybe it was because he had it rough and his end of the torture scale was far worse than Em's was. But when it came to Ty, I couldn't help but feel disgusted with is infatuation with her. He was like a puppy hanging on to everything she did and every word she said. Though annoyed with Chase's obsession with Ty, she and the two other Furies were what kept me reading. They were downright mysterious and a little frightening. Elizabeth Miles did a good job of creeping me out with these three girls. Some parts were so twisted and scary that I nearly jumped out of my skin and shrieked. I think Elizabeth Miles should have worked with that more since she was so excellent at all those creepy scenes.I was at odds with the plot. I felt like I was reading unnecessary parts that didn't contribute to the story. Actually, I'd even find myself wondering where was the story going and what really was the point of what I just read. I kept on waiting for something interesting and engaging to happen, something that would make me double take and reread the paragraph. That wasn't what went down. I wanted to know when the actual story would start. Apparently, that only happened at the end. The events that happened towards the end got my full attention and inevitably, Em began to be a character I rooted for. Because really, the Furies don't have the right to decide who gets punished and who doesn't. It's unfair and even infuriating. Also, I was a fan of J.D and Em's budding relationship. I really wanted them to get together. I wanted the Furies to pay for they did and what they will do. I will read the next two books in the trilogy, Envy and Eternity because I would love to see what Elizabeth Miles plans to do with Em and the Furies. The ending was interesting enough and I have to say, I enjoyed it very much. As for recommendation, it seems very unlikely. But will I stop others from reading Fury? Heck no.
    readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I was originally attracted to the gorgeous cover of Fury and as a bonus also interested in learning more about The Furies. The idea of these sisters who seek vengeance for those that break their moral code seemed like a great idea for a book. It would be nice to see the mean kids in high school pay for a change, right? While I didn¿t learn as much about the motives of the fury sisters as I¿d like, my curiosity is piqued. Fury reads like a high school horror novel where teen¿s bad choices have deadly consequences and the furies are happy to dole out a punishment befitting the crime. Fury is a fresh take on karma and vengeance mixed with mythology and it¿s full of mystery and suspense.The characters of Fury are generally unlikable and selfish and did not generate a lot of sympathy. I felt disconnected with the main characters and thought they shouldn¿t get away with their actions, but does their punishment fit the crime? Em and Chase are the two marked characters that alternate narration of the story. Both of them have made some poor decisions and hurt some innocent people in the process. Three mysterious girls are then waiting in the wings with their orchid ready to mark and pass judgment on these misguided characters. I wondered how they arrived at their targets when there are so many teens of questionable morals to choose from.In many ways Fury reads like a horror novel with the way that the Furies stalk their victims. They are pretty harsh with their punishment, and I wondered what there motives were and how they came to be in Ascension. It is a nice change of pace to see the selfish and mean teens get a dose of karma, though I felt so detached from the characters that the punishment lost some meaning. It would be interesting to get inside the head of the Furies to see their thought process and their moral compass chart. The Furies came off as fairly villainous in their appearances, and I wonder whose side I¿m supposed to be on.The action at the end of the book did get exciting with a twist game changer finale that sets up some intriguing stories for the sequel. I plan to check out the follow up, Envy, to see how things play out and I¿m interested to see more from one of the more likable characters, Em¿s friend JD. Fury has a suspenseful story that is reminiscent of the series Pretty Little Liars. It should appeal to fans of YA horror type books with its drama and high creep factor.
    Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
    MY THOUGHTS This was a very thrilling books and I easily sped through it! It has a thriller, horror vibe to it, with a mythology twist to it! This book follows two completely different people: Em and Chase. Em is best friends with Gabby. Em has a crush on Gabby's boyfriend, Zach, and when Gabby leaves town for break, Em and Zach begin to do things. Things that a girl probably shouldn't be doing with her best friend's boyfriend.  Chase lives in a trailer park and has tried very hard to ignore his poor life and be the popular persona. Then Chase meets a girl, Ty, and Ty becomes everything for him. But Chase has done something very cruel and his involvement with Ty might cause everything to unravel.  Both Em and Chase are being haunted and stalked by three girls. These girls want them to pay for what they've done and are not beyond killing for it. I already mentioned that his book is like a horror/thriller hybrid, with a touch of mythology. The mythology in this book is very strong, but this book had so many realistic elements. Sure, it's much darker than real life, but the elements that caused the two to be chosen, the setting, and even the events were very real. Even the more paranormal parts felt real. This book was incredibly intense! The pacing isn't incredibly fast, but I actually liked that. The pacing slowly lead up, getting darker and darker as the book went on, until you finally get to the really intense moments. I love it when a book does that. And so I also sped through the book, wanting to see what will happen to the characters. It's kind of like when you know something horrible will happen but you can't help but watch. As for characters, there was an interesting mix. I liked Em and while I don't approve of cheating, I don't think she deserved any of this and I was rooting for her to make it through. I felt bad for Chase at first and I did like him. You don't know until practically the end what he did that was so bad and it is very horrible. I hate him for it, but he didn't really deserve it either and It's obvious that he feels guilty about it.  For other characters, Zach is an asshat. Really. I think that they should've gone after him instead of Em. I liked Gabby and I liked their friendship, even though we didn't get to see much of it. My favorite character though is JD. He's kind of Em's childhood friend and neighbor and I loved their relationship and I loved how sweet and goofy JD was! Lastly, I would like to say that I liked how the book ended.  IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very thrilling book that keep me turning the pages! It was very dark and incorporated mythology in an interesting way. I am very curious as to what will happen net and definitely plan on continuing the series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago