Source- Review copy/ Simon & Schuster Australia
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Fury introduces two protagonists, Em who is wealthy but down to earth and hangs out with her best mate J.D and her bubbly BFF Gabby. And
Chase who is the school sporting star who comes from a poor family but makes up for this with his big ego. Both are targeted by the Furies, three beautiful women whose job is to set them straight.
I think the premise for this story was really unique and interesting but there were some problems with its execution. Firstly, I didn’t really connect or care about Em or Chase. Em cheats with her best friends boyfriend and this happens so early in the piece that it made it difficult for me to cheer for her. Chase on the other hand has the tough boy persona and again was difficult to like. He is concerned about his reputation and will do anything to keep it intact. Although both characters were interesting and had real motives and desires I couldn’t connect with them on an emotional level.
The cover of this book is a little misleading as it doesn’t represent the protagonists at all, rather it portrays one of the furies who we are led to believe are the ‘villains’ of the story. The paranormal aspect of the novel takes a long time to evolve in the novel as the first half of the story is preoccupied with teenage dramas. The idea of the Furies and the mythology surrounding them is really quite intriguing and it did add a spookiness to the plot which kept me reading.
I found it difficult to rate this novel as the characters were the major let down for me. However, I am curious about how the rest of the series will pan out and I Em did begin to grow on me by the end of the story, so I would be interested to see what happens with her and J.D at the end.
I wouldn’t say this was an outstanding paranormal YA novel but if you like this genre and want to trial something different then perhaps Fury will be your cup of tea, but it wasn’t mine.
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