Wednesday, April 18, 2012
By Elizabeth Miles
Release Date: August30, 2011
Series: The Fury Trilogy
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 first let me start off by saying, this book took me a little longer to read than normal. I don't know if it was the pace or the subject or what but I just was not connecting to it right away. By the end of the book I was a little more interested. I did feel like I was a little mislead by the cover, you have a beautiful girl and thought it would be more about her, one of the furies. Ty to be specific. I'm sure the next book will be about one of her "cousins". On to the book ...
We meet Chase, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to fit in with the cool kids. Isn't there always someone trying to fit in, and then there is Emily. She is one of the cool kids, sort of but she's in love with her best friend's boyfriend. Which we all know is a big no no and just asking for disaster to come her way.
Gabby is off on winter vacation with her family, Em and Zach (Gabby's boyfriend) start to get closer while she is away. Like I said recipe for disaster. Meanwhile Chase has met this beautiful girl named Ty, and him being the known player is obsessed with being with Ty and only her, which is something new for him. There's just something about her that keeps pulling him to her. Little does he know her only purpose is to exact revenge for something he did (which you will not find out about right away but I had my suspicions).
One day Chase just needs to get away so he goes over to Zach's house to unwind and that's when he catches Em and Zach together. Of course he isn't going to say anything but still there is something about it that is just not right. Zach seems to get away with everything, and it's just not fair. Nothing in life is fair. But this is Em who is now doing the wrong thing and she knows it too.
So as the book goes on more and more strange things begin to happen. Em swears that a girl is stalking her and leaving orchids around and Chase is being tricked and fooled by Ty. He also doesn't know and can't figure out what is going on. Things happen, I actually get a little creeped out but it could be cause my house was dark and my bf was watching The Human Centipede II which completely creeped me out (I cannot watch that movie without wanting to puke). But the story finally started picking up it's pace and I was getting more and more into it. I literally couldn't put it down.
I won't say what happens in the end but it was a good ending, and a good well deserved beginning to the next book. Can't wait to see what happens next.
In honor of this book being about the Furies, I thought I'd do a little research and put some info down for anyone who is interested in knowing a little more about them. I love mythology.
Three goddesses of vengeance: Tisiphone (avenger of murder), Megaera (the jealous) and Alecto (constant anger). They were also called the Daughters of the Night, but were actually the daughters of Uranus and Gaea. Another name for them is the Erinyes.
Without mercy, the Furies would punish all crime including the breaking of rules considering all aspects of society. They would strike the offenders with madness and never stopped following criminals. The worst of all crimes were patricide or matricide, and first and foremost, the Furies would punish this kind of crime.
They would also be the guardians of the law when the state had not yet intervened or did not exist, or when the crime was a crime of ethics and not actual law . For example, they would protect beggars and strangers, punish those who stole the birds' young and even look out for the dogs.
Horrible to look at, the Furies had snakes for hair and blood dripping from their eyes. They changed into the Eumenides, protectors of the suppliant, after Athena had made them merciful sparing Orestes, whom they had stalked for a long time after the murder of his mother and her lover.
From these beings we have the words "furious" and "infuriated".