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Fury by Shirley Marr
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Aug 05, 2011

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bookshelves: young-adult, whodunit, read-2011
Read from November 25 to 28, 2011

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 needed.
The writing was excellent. Intrigue, mystery and suspense was carefully woven throughout the story linking the reader and what these character had to endure. I was curious which means I cared.
But when it comes to the characters and their personalities is where I unfortunately had to draw the line.
I liked Neil. I liked Brain...and that's about it. I don't really have much to say about Ella, Marianne and Lexi since it was Eliza that I had the most problems with. She isn't a characters that I liked. At all. I tried, really I did. But she's so dame stubborn, violent, hostile, bitter and a spoiled brat. She's the "leader" of the group, something she reminds us frequently in this book, which I found a bit annoying. Who has a leader in high school anymore? But when push comes to shove and we finally do get the truth out of Eliza...I dunno, it just didn't seem enough to me. Yes, what happened to her friends was awful and I was glad that she wanted to go out and stop the monster for her friends, out of loyalty and maybe out of guilt, and yes she also realized that her mom wasn't the bad guy here and was touched that someone believed her to the point where she finally wanted to believe in herself, but in the end it just didn't seem...enough for me to actually like her. Add a lot of high school drama blah blah, a very open ending where it could have gone either way and we'll never get the chance to find out, and well, I guess this just leaves me feeling rather disconnected and let down.

Bottom line, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It definitely had it's moments and for the most part I was entertained. If I could have liked the main protag then most likely this review would have had a different ring to it.
But there it is...

I've been so very curious about this book for such a long time now, so if anything I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to finally read this. So thanks Crystal for touring this one out. My curiosity is hugging you right now.

Read the other many fab reviews out there about this book guys. This was just me.
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message 1: by Amber (new) - added it

Amber Great honest review Tina. :)

Giselle Well at least you didn't hate it!

~Tina~ Thanks Amber:)

No. I didn't hate it;)

Wendy Darling Aw, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this more, Tina. I think other readers who dislike the MC might have trouble with it also, though I personally loved her, hah.

~Tina~ Yeah:( I wish I could have loved her...but I just couldn't.

Surin ~Tina~ wrote: "Yeah:( I wish I could have loved her...but I just couldn't."

I just finished the book and have the same thoughts exactly! I just couldn't love her and all her friends began to annoy me and ugh. :(

message 7: by ~Tina~ (last edited Jan 13, 2012 03:39AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

~Tina~ =( Yeah, if there was ever a book out there I wish I could make myself love to pieces, it would have been this one.

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