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3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,071 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
Let me tell you my story.
Not just the facts I know you want to hear.
If I’m going to tell you my story,
I’m telling it my way.

Strap yourself in...

Eliza Boans has everything.
A big house.
A great education.
A bright future.

So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Black Dog Books
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars This book defies every just about every red flag that pops up in YA literature. Are you cautious when trying out a brand new author? Do you sometimes wince when girls behave in classic "mean girl" fashion towards each other? Do you get sick of brand names being dropped into casual conversation? Well, you'll find all of that and more in Shirley Marr's debut novel. And the funny thing is, because it's in the hands of a gifted author, it all works. Beautifully.

Within minutes of meeting El
Shirley Marr
Jul 05, 2012 Shirley Marr marked it as written-by-me  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: aussie-ya
Hi, it's Shirley here, author of this book. I've been thinking for a while what I should do to "fill up" this space meant for a review. I'm going to do two things:

1) Say Thank You every single person who has rated and/or reviewed Fury for better or for the worse! I try and thank everyone I can personally, but sometimes I'm so busy reading and reviewing other books that I forget to keep an eye out! But I do read every review. Above everything else, I value balance and honesty - so thanks for
**now with all-new tragedy in the spoiler thingie!!**

hell hath no fury like a rich teenager accustomed to evading responsibility for her actions.

if you want to read about my personal journey through pain and terror and shame and eventual, tainted, triumph, you may click on this spoiler thingie:

(view spoiler)
Steph Sinclair

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I did it. Fury crossed my threshold. I finally read Fury. I FINALLY READ FURY!

Do you know what that means? No. I don't think you do. Story time!

This book is so incredibly hard to come by and I swear IT'S CURSED. Whenever it attempts to cross on over America's border it mysteriously gets lost or stolen. Don't ask me why it's always this book. I don't know.

All I know is this: I tried to order it from and they cancelled my order due to publishing issues.

So I di
Kat Kennedy
This is the good thing about Goodreads. When you start reading, the mediocre fare doesn't seem so bad, maybe even enjoyable. But after reading your hundredth YA paranormal romance with Mary Sue, Miss Goody-two-shoes, virginal blob, it starts to leave a sour taste in your mouth and a dissatisfying sickness in your gut.

But on Goodreads, you get to learn about books like this. Books you might never have discovered if a friend hadn't reviewed it or someone hadn't recommended it to you.

After all thos
I was hooked on this from the first page-- It was like reading about The Heathers murdering someone. A bunch of rich, spoiled high school girls are picked up for murder and the entire book flits back and forth between the main character, Eliza, harassing a psychologist who is attempting to elicit her story and flashbacks to the days leading up to the crime as Eliza actually shares the backstory. It was interesting to read a book in which we already know the killer from page one, nay, from the ba ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Limonessa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Meet Eliza Boans.

Let me tell you, she's a piece of work. She lives in East Rivermoor, in this cocooned, upper class neighborhood. She comes from a "good" family, single child, her mom's lawyer, her dad is in America with his new family. She comes from money and it shows: she's a snobbish, elitist, mean bitch. Or is she? Why is she sitting at the police station, confessing to murder?

Fury is a book I won't easily forget, rest assured. It's one of those books that kept me guessing unti
Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Wendy Darling
Shelves: young-adult, 2011

I can understand why some people might like Fury. It's one of those books that surprises you towards the end and it becomes increasingly darker throughout the novel. I did enjoy it. However, I didn't love it anywhere near as well as I thought I would simply because I can point you towards several authors that do what Shirley Marr does but are far better at it.

Raw Blue, for example, is a book that deals with personal trauma as well as family difficulties and it has a similar style of starting af
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I swapped my heart for a bargaining chip a long time ago. And here I am turning it over and over again in my hand, not sure what to trade it in for.

Shirley Marr is officially another favourite author of mine. And, she also happens to be an Aussie author, who would've guessed?

Fury goes down as one of those books that I find severely underhyped. I actually had not heard of Shirley Marr's novels until she approached me about reviewing them, which I am incredibly
Jan 03, 2012 Jo rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

"Is it because we’re girls. I want to say. You think a bunch of girls are not capable of something like this?"

Initial Final Page Thoughts.

High Points.
I was intrigued about this book before I even read the first page. I have this unofficial collection of my favourite book dedications. When I say unofficial it’s because normally I read a book dedication and say “WOW… that’s so funny/heart breaking/intriguing. I must write it down and remember it forever” but then I, well
Jan 06, 2011 Nic rated it it was amazing
Favourite Quote: "Isn't it funny? The things we say, that come back to bite us. Maybe there's no such thing as innocent words after all."

Fury is smart, dark, edgy, brilliantly written and unexpected in many ways.

Shirley Marr had delivered a page turning novel that has a strong and compelling narrative. All you know at the beginning is Eliza is a killer. You don't know who, why or how. So you are sitting on the edge waiting to find out what happened as this well thought out plot smoothly and slow
Nov 30, 2010 Nomes rated it really liked it
Mate, this book, it's clever and sophisticated and smart and I am so thrilled Shirley Marr has come flying onto the YA scene.

The first thing you should know: This is one of those books where you are hooked from the first page. So, you know, be prepared for a page-flipping marathon because you won't want to put this book down.

I won't say much because I loved going in to this book blind, but... it opens after the murder and slips back in time to the build-up to the murder. You don't know who Eliza
Mar 12, 2016 Jenna rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"My name is Eliza Boans and I am a murderer."

How is that for a brilliant opening line? I was instantly hooked. I love a mystery, and when a book opens with the protagonist in a police stationconfessing to murder, you know you're in for a good one. Who was murdered and why - and whether Eliza actually did it - is slowly divulged through flashbacks, as Eliza tells her story to an interrogator.Importantly, the pace isn't too slow; just the right amount ofinformation is revealed at key mom
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thank you to the Midnight Garden for hosting this tour and giving me the opportunity to read this! I’ve been trying to that get my hands on for quite some time and I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of this blog tour.

’East Rivermoore built a wall to keep the world out. But what if the real danger came from within? Before the seven o’clock news started to call us monsters, I wondered whether deep inside I wanted myself to be one anyways.’

Eliza Boans is a ri
Fury is a book that lingers. It leaves a trail of questions in the wake of its final pages, and I have to say that this was one of my favourite things about it, the fact that the characters and their story stayed with me after the last words.

In Eliza Boans, Shirley Marr has created a narrator that alternately holds the reader at arms length, then draws them close. There is an unsteadiness to the relationship we build with Eliza as her narrative unfolds, uncertain whether or not to trust her. Sh
May 25, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, aaw-yeah
“When I think hard about it, I find that I… actually don’t like many people. I must be such an angry person.” - Page 178

Eliza is modern Furious girl.

Color me green. I’d never aspired to being a writer (writing this is hard enough) but Fury has me wishing I had written it! Because, among other things, Eliza Boan’s story is compelling, dark, at the oddest of moments funny, but very upsetting. (And her name be awesome too.)

Eliza is privileged; they all are and it’s because of this fact that I h
Nov 12, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
After waiting 3 months for my copy of Fury to arrive from the other side of the world, I couldn't wait any longer and just had to dig into it. I was introduced to Aussie authors by my dear Goodreads friends and the premise of this one fascinated me. Reading it again now, though, I realize it doesn't really tell us anything at all - except that it's bound to be excellent! I mean - just read it!

So as you saw, we have Eliza who's telling us her story of how and why she's committed murder, but the b
“Look at you. Teenage sweetheart with a sugar shell and strychnine centre.”

Rating, 4.5

I've read (and liked) my fair share of books written by Aussie authors, but I somehow managed to ignore Shirley Marr. Why did this book sit on my shelves for so long?!



“This is not just any neighbourhood; check your reality before you enter.
There is everything that you could possibly want here. The best shopping and heaps of trendy cafés, bars and restaurants that always get drool-w
Dec 04, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
Real review to come...

Timeline of a mental breakdown over a book

Aug 26: Reads Flannery's review comparing Fury to Heathers. Gets excited.

Sept 6: Orders from FishpondWorld. It's double what I normally pay for books, but what the hell. It can be an early birthday present to myself.

Sept 16: Fury status on Fishpond: "Picked & Packed"

Sept 18: "In transit to our local distribution center"

Sept 19: Back to "On Order"

Sept 25: "Order delayed"
Sends email.

Sept 25: "There has been a temporary delay in s
Jun 01, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
WTF happened????!!

First of all this book was riveting. At first I wasn't sure I would like it, Eliza Boans is a spoiled brat/mean girl. I didn't go to a fancy high school as described in the book and we surely didn't have very much money but there are mean girls everywhere and my high school was no exception. For the first few pages I really disliked her but she started to grow on me. Even though the entire book is telling the story of how Eliza Boans and her friends came to murder someone I st
Dec 29, 2011 oliviasbooks rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of "The Earthquake Bird" by Susanna Jones
Recommended to oliviasbooks by: Nomes
I've finally read the almost unobtainable young adult novel Fury by the wonderful Australian author Shirley Marr (You see what I mean when you encounter her in one of the discussions here on Goodreads. Shirley is one of thoses authors who also dare to stay readers with their own opinions on books and the world, which means - like you might have noticed - being among the very last of an almost extinct species.)

Since crime-focused fiction is usually not my cup of tea, my rating (3.5 stars altogeth
"My name is Eliza Boans and I am a murderer."

Well, talk about an introduction. That sentence certainly got my attention, and I think it has made it on my list of fave first sentences. I was certainly on full alert right from the beginning.

If someone asked me to describe Fury in short, I'd say it's Courtney Summers meets Pretty Little Liars. It has the edge and the dark tone reminiscent of Summers' novels, but with the glitz, mean girls and high school cliques that reminded me a little of the Pre
There are a lot of things to love about Shirley Marr's "Fury", but top of the list has to be, in my mind -- guts.

Not just because "Fury" is edgy. It is, but when I say 'guts', there's more to it than just the dark, nasty undercurrent than runs under the twisty, lovely plotting and sucker-punch scenes.

But, when I say guts, I'm talking mostly about the characters. One character is top of that list, Eliza Boans, the fierce and fantastic heroine of "Fury." I always find it hard when authors try to
Fury by Shirley Marr takes place in the fictional town of East Rivermoor (loosly based on Perth, Australia). Everyone who lives there is well off and the kids attend Priory Grammar.
Eliza is sixteen years old and in her final year of high school, her mother says she's always been angry because she's a year younger than her classmates and is afraid of being left behind.
The book opens with Eliza confessing that she's a murderer. We're not told who was murdered, why or where but she begins to tell h
Nov 10, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, aussie
My first thoughts were WOW! My second thoughts were hmmmm. Let me start by saying that the book has it all. The mystery, suspense, character intrigue everything was there in full force. I have to say Shirley Marr definitely knows how to pull readers in and tell a wicked story. I was literally on the edge of my seat reading.

Eliza on the outside looked like your typical spoiled teenager living in a secluded rich part of town. On the inside though she is so much more than that. Yes she has her flaw
Nov 28, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
Uh-oh, I seem to be in the minority here. A lot of my goodreads friends just loved this book to pieces and I could see why, but for me I didn't have the same experience.
There are many factors I take into consideration while reading a book.
Plot-concept. Writing-flow and balance. Character-personalities. And overall entertainment.

Fury had a good plot. There's noting quite like a good ole' murder to give yourself a reality check and change your life's perspective. Something that Eliza sincerely ne
Jan 02, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
"My name is Eliza Boans and I am a murderer."

Stuck in a police station, still wearing her disheveled, blood stained school uniform is the seventeen year old teenage fury, Eliza Boans. Sitting across from her is Dr. Brian Fadden. He is an anthropologist / case worker, and it is his duty to drag the truth out of the reluctant Ms. Boans. She is designer labels, spoiled and difficult. She comes equipped with a razor sharp tongue that slews out sarcasm and flippancy. Yet, despite her unwillingness to
May 31, 2011 Misha rated it really liked it
I had read great things about Fury from Nic and Nomes' reviews; but I did not realize how awesome this book was until I read it myself. This is only the third Aussie YA novel I've read and now I am craving for more.Fury is witty, fun, dark and sad all at once. I finished it in one sitting! The synopsis at the back of the book is exciting without actually revealing anything. We know there has been a murder and that Eliza Boans, our snarky MC, is somehow involved in it. But who was murdered? How d ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Milly rated it really liked it
Recommended to Milly by: Nic, Flannery, Wendy Darling

Aussie Reading Challenge #7

Dumbfounded. Numb. These are my feelings exactly upon reading Fury's conclusion. I thought it was superbly and smartly-written. I don't usually find myself reading murder-mystery especially of the YA genre but I was quite impressed with how well this book turned out to be especially for a debut.

The female protagonist, Eliza Boans, is not your typical female protagonist. She is smart, privileged, and a snob. She is so messed up and flawed, hurt, insecure, and so afraid
Dec 01, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
This wonderful debut novel by Shirley Marr tells the story of Eliza Boans, a spoiled rich girl who makes no apologies for her attitude or behavior, and who confesses to murder on the first page. As the narrative unfolds, the identity of the victim, the motive for the crime, and the modality of the murder are revealed by Eliza in a series of flashbacks as she recalls her tale to a forensic anthropologist working for the police.

Fury is a nice departure from most of the YA novels I've read lately,
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Shirley Marr is an Australian author of contemporary Young Adult fiction who specialises in “writing about and for Little Lady Macbeths”. She arrived on the scene in 2010 when her manuscript was plucked out of a slush pile and published by Black Dog Books (now an imprint of Walker Books). The resulting novel, Fury, is a dark and funny murder story narrated by a petulant sixteen-year-old mean girl ...more
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