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Fury by Elizabeth Miles
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It honestly took all my effort to finish this book. I almost put Fury down multiple times, but I have a hard time marking books DNF, especially if I've already made it nearly halfway. I feel it is unfair to review a book I didn't finish reading. So, I kept doggedly reading on. This wasn't a book for me for a few different reasons, and I'll share those below.

I was really excited at first that this book was about Furies. They are fascinating mythical creatures! They punish those who commit wrongdoing, but are also fabled to be very fair (albeit slightly vicious) in their punishments. These Furies were anything but fair. I won't spoil, but the wrongs that are committed in this book are so difficult to imagine being punished for. They are normal teenage problems, normal teenage mistakes. Why on Earth would a Fury punish a girl for thinking she's in love with the wrong guy? If that's the case, I know plenty of people who would have deserved punishment when I was growing up.

On top of this, there isn't even that much focus on the Furies themselves. Most of the spotlight is on Em, Chase and their problems. All that is really said about the Furies is that they are girls, and good looking ones at that. I did like that Miles kept their names true to the original Greek mythology, and just shortened them. However it was bothered me that so little is said about their history, or why they might be there. It is glanced over so quickly that it is extremely easy to miss.

My biggest gripe though was that every time it seemed something wasn't going to be explained, there was an "I don't know" to cover it up. Why were the Furies there to begin with? No clue. Why did they choose to punish those specific characters when there were so many other kids who I'm sure were in the same boat? No idea. I rarely if ever rant about a book, but honestly I feel like this one just left so many things unclear and unfinished.

In defense of Fury, I really believe it would have been a great story without the paranormal/mythological aspect. Em's story is one that a lot of girls can latch on to. Her friendship with Gabby is sweet and believable. Even her not-so-relationship with JD (who I LOVED) is wonderfully written. I think that if this had been a Contemporary novel, one that focused on Chase and Emily navigating the depths of high school while coming from two different walks of life, it would have been wonderful. Sadly it was the additional story line that kept me from really loving this book.

Bottom line, this wasn't a book for me. I know there are plenty of people out there who loved it, and I'm sure there will be many more. I am but one opinion in a sea of readers. That's why I'm telling you straight how I feel. This book fell really short for me, and I'm disappointed. I think Elizabeth Miles has fantastic potential as an author though, so I will keep a lookout for her future works. I loved her characters. I just didn't love this story. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
Reasons I picked up this book:
AMAZING cover.
Interesting premise.

What Actually Happened:
This book was interesting. It’s the first thing I’ve read involving Greek Furies.
But. The. Pacing. Was. So. Slow.
Like, glacial. Ugh.
(about halfway through reading this book, I read the synopses for books two and three. This was me breaking own of my own MOST IMPORTANT READING RULES.)
And we had two main, point-of-vie characters, Emily and Chase.
Emily is sort of your average girl. She hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend while best friend is away on vacation. I did not relate to her AT ALL.
And Chase was pretty much a complete dirtbag. I LIKED THIS. You just don’t get the point of view of a complete dirtbag very often, you know?
(a very bad thing happened.)
What??? WHY would you do that? One of the ONLY things you had going for you, gone.
(I stopped reading for a day and a half)
(came back and finished it)
WHY on earth would you eat the berries??? Aren’t all humans born with the innate knowledge that you DO NOT eat berries when they’re offered to you 1) by a magical creature or 2) while you’re within a magical realm? Wait, no? It’s jut people who obsessively read things concerning fairies and Greek mythology? Oh, Okay.
(Since I had read the synopses for books two and three, and pretty much knew what wa going to happen and thought it sounded interesting enough, I checked out book 2 from the library and put book 3 on hold. Go check out my review of book 2)
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  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
"Il dono delle Furie", di Elizabeth Miles, è il primo volume, nonché romanzo d’esordio, della nuova serie young adult “The Fury” che dopo vampiri, licantropi, streghe, sirene, fantasmi e zombie si concentra sulle inquietanti figure mitologiche romane delle Furie, le tre personificazioni della vendetta altresì conosciute con il nome di Erinni (Aletto, Megera e Tisifone) nella mitologia greca.

"Il dono delle Furie" narra le avventure/disavventure di due adolescenti apparentemente normali, della cittadina di Ascension, nel Maine. Entrambi hanno una vita simile a quella di molti altri ragazzi, una vita fatta di feste, apparenze e segreti, ma a differenza degli altri entrambi si ritroveranno a stringere fra le mani un’orchidea rossa che inspiegabilmente apparirà nelle loro vite avvertendoli che le loro “colpe” sono state scoperte e che ben presto vedranno arrivare la punizione che meritano.

Emily e Chase, infatti, si sono macchiati entrambi di tradimento. Emily nei confronti della sua migliore amica, dal momento che ha intrecciato una storia con il suo fidanzato e Chase invece, in quanto ragazzo povero in mezzo ad un mucchio di ragazzini viziati e popolari, a causa del suo forte desiderio di raggiungere la vetta della scala sociale.

Ma i ragazzi di Anscension sono sotto controllo e vengono tenuti d’occhio da tre bellissime ragazze, di nome Aly, Meg e Ty che, in qualità di paladine della giustizia, si ritroveranno il compito di punire, anche brutalmente, gli errori dei ragazzi. Tre ragazze, le Furie, che apparentemente non sembrano c’entrare nulla con i tragici avvenimenti che si verificheranno ad Anscension, ma che, Emily scoprirà, c’entrano ben più di quel che vogliono far credere.

"Il dono delle Furie" è un romanzo dai toni drammatici, dark e costellato di argomenti piuttosto pesanti come il suicidio adolescenziale, il sesso, la lotta per la popolarità ed il prezzo che i ragazzi sembrano disposti a pagare pur di stare fra “chi conta”. È un romanzo forte, ricco di colpi di scena e di atmosfere inquietanti che hanno suscitato molti pareri contrastanti da parte del pubblico il quale sembra aver accolto il romanzo di Elizabeth Miles in maniera piuttosto incerta. I toni entusiasti vanno di pari passo con le critiche di chi non ha gradito molto l’impronta sadicamente vendicativa delle Furie o il linguaggio usato dai personaggi.

In realtà, il punto forte di questo romanzo sembrano essere proprio i personaggi che, benché volutamente esasperati sotto alcuni punti di vista, vengono lasciati completamente liberi dai soliti stereotipi, riuscendo a catturare immediatamente l’attenzione del lettore grazie anche, se non soprattutto, ai continui cambi di POV (point of view) fra Emily e Chase. La presenza delle Furie in realtà, diversamente da quanto lasciato intuire da copertina-trama-titolo, è marginale, in quanto ad esse si accenna solo marginalmente e fino alle ultime 50 pagine neanche interagiscono direttamente con i due ragazzi.

Nonostante ciò il finale si rivelerà essere assolutamente inaspettato e carico di colpi di scena. Entrambi i protagonisti finiranno per “pagare” lo scotto delle loro azioni e lo scambio equivalente farà sì che si troveranno a sacrificare entrambi ciò che hanno di più caro.

Emily però, nonostante il dolore, finirà per giurare vendetta e le ultime due pagine ci lasciano con un finale completamente aperto e con una nuova “vittima” delle Furie che riceve la sua orchidea rossa: Jach.

Se proprio vogliamo trovare un difetto al romanzo, possiamo dire che il titolo è decisamente fuorviante e che, a livello di trama, sembra quasi che il mondo ricreato da Elizabeth Miles sia completamente sprovvisto di adulti. I ragazzi della Miles fanno quello che vogliono, quando vogliono e sembrano tutti un branco di orfani indipendenti.

Nonostante ciò "Il dono delle Furie" si è rivelato essere un romanzo completamente diverso da quello che avevamo previsto, ma a dispetto di questo è stata comunque una lettura seducente e molto intrigante. Uno Young Adult diverso dagli altri dai toni dark che merita di essere letto proprio perché unico nel suo genere. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Interesting read. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
Egalley thanks to Simon & Schuster

OK, let me point this first, that like everyone else I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. Look at it! It's gorgeous (I mean the American cover, I'm not keen on the UK one). Of course, I couldn't resist reading it.

The writing is absolutely beautiful as well. It flows smoothly and draws a very clear picture of what's happening. The winter as my LJ friend noticed is described particularly well. It's all very haunting and filled with despair and confusion and tons of teenage angst. Well, therein lies my problem.

Plot bunnies, I loathe you. Let's see.

A girl commits suicide, and then the Furies come to town. Among all people they target Chase who played a cruel joke on a girl who humiliated him and refused his friendship first. They also target sweet and confused Em, whose only fault is falling a victim to a careful seduction by her best friend's boyfriend, who just you know does. such. things. regularly. for fun.

Really, no really? We have two confused but inherently good people having their hearts ripped apart, being sadistically hunted and tortured for succumbing to peer pressure or to a lying worthless scumbag?

Yes, I was furious. Zach (the scumbag) reminded me to a fault one of my exes, and it all went downhill from there.

Chase and Em were described beautifully. You can't help but feel for them while their world is falling apart.

Apart from Chase, Zach, Em and JD (Em's best boy-friend, who was absolutely wonderful) everyone is pretty much barely sketched, even the Furies. There is no explanation for them all, only a vague mention of three girls always playing havoc in Ascension, a convenient mention by a random friend of a dead girl, who with no apparent reason studies them. Here is your plot bunny #1.

Second bunny is the end. It didn't make sense to me. The time frame for the arrival of JD felt too improbable, I can't go into details and don't want to give more spoilers that I've already given. In fact the whole book didn't make much sense to me. However, the writing was stunning and I enjoyed it very much and would read another book by Elizabeth Miles, although maybe not Fury #2. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend's boyfriend and football quarterback Chase's life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies--paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women--come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.… (more)

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