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Fury: Gossip Girl With Greek Myth, Kinda

September 15, 2011

Elizabeth Miles
Simon Pulse (sent me the ARC)
September 2011 352 pages.

Reading the book blurb- I was dubious, but I was game for it. If I’m going to read YA, I prefer it to be decidedly supernatural, or a historical adventure.

Here’s the blurb from 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.

So… from the title, and the jacket copy talking about 3 girls bent on vengeance, I was cautiously optimistic that I would get a fun, trashy read, with plenty of Greek myth, and a bit of explosive, vengeful magic. Some good old-fashioned smiting!

I should have put it down after I rolled my eyes at the first scene- Em’s best friend is yowling about what to wear to a party, and Em is angsting about her crush on Gabby’s boyfriend. Lots of descriptions of clothes. Groan. And dramatic “tension” built by being selfish and then whining about the consequences.

Got sent the ARC of this. Was cautiously intrigued because I usually like supernatural YA. But this had a lot more social-climbing frivolous teenage clique drama than it did magic. The magic was perfunctory, and the characters, for the most part, were all varying shades of awful to each other. Cheating on boyfriends, popular kids shunning outcasts for no reason. Drinking and hooking up. Reading this made me feel old and grumpy. When magic intervened, it was definitely foreboding, but not nearly as explosive as I was hoping. Just sort of sad and bleak.

I am going to go watch Buffy to cleanse my palate. I could use a good dose of Anya.
Also noting: If you like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars, you will like this more than I did.
Also also: It’s part of a trilogy. Of course.

This was an ARC sent by a publicist at Simon and Schuster.


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