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3.17  ·  Rating details ·  674 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.

We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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Furious is a modern take on the Furies of Ancient Greece and Rome. They were female spirits or demi-gods of justice and revenge. There are a lot of different mythologies of the Furies, and in this novel, they were once goddesses. Now they are reborn into the bodies of three angry teenagers at an American high school – Meg, Alix and Stephanie. Alix is a surfer, Stephanie is a tree hugger, and Meg is a foster kid. We follow Meg’s story as she grows
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Mitch
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
So I was asked why I read Furious. Honestly? I don't know. This isn't the first young adult book starring the Furies of Greek mythology - and most likely not the last - so rather than repeating ad nauseam the same pitfalls as the last book involving the Furies (*cough*Fury*cough*). I'm just going to be direct and to the point:

-Being a Fury doesn’t give you a license to be a terrible person.
Basically, Meg is a horrible, judgy person. Let me set up the scene. Meg likes this guy, Brendon, who hangs
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I will first start out by saying that I LOVED this book and for a stand alone book I wanted more. The characters and the scenery had me at the edge of my seat and wanting no needing more. Anger it is what fuels us sometimes. We feel it but we keep it in check. So imagine what would happen if you have three angry teenage girls and enters a fourth angry girl who wants revenge and will do anything to get that revenge? Well you have Furious and holy hades what a story.

You have three girls who have
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Max Baker
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I shall now summerize my feelings for this book in a simple sentence. Shut up Meg. Shut up Meg. SHUT UP MEG. SHUT UP MEG. SHUT THE FUCK UP MEG! SHUT YOUR GODDAMN MOUTH YOU LITTLE WHORE! YEAH I'M TALKING TO YOU, MEG!!!!

If it wasn't obvious I didn't like Meg. I will forever have a respect for Peter Griffin after reading this book. If his Meg was anything Like the Meg in this book then he has a damn good reason to fart in her face or throw her off a boat. I swear I said the phrase: Shut up Meg,
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usagi ☆ミ
There's been a huge explosion of mythological and fairy retelings within YA in the last few years, and it's been a joy to comb my way through all of them. Some of them have had some of the most original ways of retelling these myths/legends/fairy tales, and "Furious" is no exception. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the furies, and "Furious" gets it right, also reminding us that the more bent on revenge we are, the uglier we become (which so many YA myth books neglect to talk about ...more
Z (Through The Inked Pages)
May 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1.5 stars

Contains mild spoilers

Checklist for an ideal read:
-Badass Greek goddesses
-A taste for vengeance
-Vivid details
-Awesome plot
-A mysterious leader

So we have the vivid details, and we have the Greek goddesses, but where is the bad in badass? And the taste for vengenace? So explain to me why "Furious" by Jill Wolfson only met two 1.5 of the five instead of all? Oh wait, allow me to do the honors.

I had high hopes for this, even though the average rating is extremely low. Still, I
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Donna
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
How did we end up here?

The publicist sent me an email asking me if I’d like to take a look at this one. The blurb sounded interesting enough but what really roped me in what ‘seaside California town.’ What can I say? I’m a sucker for coastal California settings. I can’t help it. A short time later the book came to be in my possession.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

The setting is Santa Cruz without actually being named Santa Cruz. I love it already. The voice had me pretty much hooked in
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Mary
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

How many times have you wanted to just get revenge and take out your fury at the injustices you have suffered quietly? Well, these three young teens go for it even though they find there are consequences to your actions. Meg, quietly stoic, is a foster child. living with daily abuse from her guardian, who refuses to feed or clothe her properly even though the state pays her. Stephanie, an outspoken activist, who weeps for the earth and all of the damage that is
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Catie
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well again, This cover is just so awesome. These girls on the cover actually look like the mean business. I will admit that I have been on a mythical kick in my reading style ever since I read Runes by Ednah Walters. So when I learned that Furious is about the Fates, I had to get a copy. I am so glad that I did, I think Furious maybe one of my favorite novels of the year so far.


I loved the fast paced plot and the original storyline, also it was quite refreshing to see that the characters are so
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Anka “Viva La Papaya”
Well that was.... really strange.
Sara I
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, mythology
As a rule I tend to love mythology and enjoy the modern day recapturing of the stories of heroes and gods and triumphs. When I learned this book was about mythology that was the reason that I picked it up. I'm pretty sure I glanced at the back but didn't read a thing more about it. I shoulda read more about it. Really. I hope you read this. Even though it really won't make that much sense. Because this is going to be a rambling review.

Meg is an orphan in a bad foster home. The cat gets treated
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Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
2.5 stars

Initial Impressions: Really nowhere near what I hoped it would be. Loved the mythology involved and accurate from what I know of it but it did not make a very good translation into YA.

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: I’ve always been interested in mythology even since I was a youngster, so I’ve really been into trying to pick up mythology retellings lately. When I hear about FURIOUS, I was like “HMMM. The Furies myth redone? I’m curious!” Sadly, curious was about as
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Jessica
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
A modern take on girl-power-gone-wrong, Furious, Jill Wolfson’s latest novel, as a dark, exciting read.

The story follows Meg, a foster child who takes a lot of bs from a lot of people and seems to lack the ability to stand up for herself. She muddles through life with one friend and a mediocre existence. Until one day she decides she’s not going to take it, sort of. An outburst in the middle of history class leaves her confused and in a new circle of friends: Stephanie, Alix, and Ambrosia.
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Giselle
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

With beauty comes power. Imagine the Greek Furies as teenagers in our modern society and you'll have Furious as your guidebook. This is a simple retelling of the mythological characters we all know to love (and hate). There is definitely cause for discussion with the captivating characters who transform right before our eyes. Especially my favourite
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Gwen Hubner
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found Furious to be an incredibly satisfying YA book. Wolfson meshes together my favorite genres in a creative way that I have yet to find elsewhere. Furious is primarily a high school drama, amped up by some campy fantasy in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a little bit of Greek mythology and Western Civ. history on the side.
I often find that YA fantasy can take itself too seriously. I also think it tends to lack character development. What is so refreshing about Furious, is that it
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Book Sushi
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Book Sushi by: ♥ Ashleigh ♥ contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
I was sooo excited about this book and it failed me big time! We meet Meg, Alix and Stephanie who are all loners at highschool. not very popular, always get picked on. Then we have Ambrosia who is popular, smart, authorative and explains to them that they are the 3 Furies. They have some explanations about what the Furies are but thats about where the greek myth ends...all this is about teenagers given a terrible power and taking revenge out on those that hurt them, called them names,ect. Jill ...more
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really liked it! Great stand-alone read. Review to come closer to release date.
Cassandra Shanahan
I'm a bit unsure ATM it has potential to get better :-)
Katlyn
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
It was alright... the characters weren't all that great though. I didn't feel like I got to know them at all. They seemed like stereotypes. Stephanie, for example, was an environmentalist who hated corporations and her own mother, a real estate developer. And I feel like all the author did for Raymond was use the typical guy best friend cheat sheet and stick some words from a thesaurus in as much as she could. Oh, and of course poor little orphan Meg was wronged by everyone ever. It also ...more
Allison Church
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Greek mythology. I love that they took well known minor goddesses and modernized a story for them.
However I am still confused as to whether or not Ambrosia was who she claimed. I am also very confused about the end battle.
Janeen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I loved the concept of this book, but it wasn't executed well. The ending was anti-climatic. All just ended and wrapped up quickly.
Tamara Geraeds
It's a good concept really, it just has too many almost boring parts. Everything just takes too long. There are great parts where you want to keep reading, but then there's an equally long part where not much happens and you lose interest.
The story goes up and down like this.
If all the boring parts had been left out I would've given this 4 stars, because the main story, the main idea, is really good. Too bad.
Nick
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wrote in an update that this book was not headed for a happy ending. Despite the fact that I generally much prefer happy endings, this was for the good - with the themes of the cost of revenge and this particular interpretation of the furies it was a necessary raising of the stakes, a turning point for the furies that marks their transition into the beasts of myth - and this is what the author used it for, with physical as well as emotional changes being displayed.

However, two pages later she
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Kai
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

They were girls with these in common: hate, anger and resentment building up inside them for years. There's Alix the surfer chick who only wants to protect her brother Simon, who was differently abled, from the bullies. Stephani, who wants to change the world and make people more aware of Mother Earth. Meg, shuffled from one foster home to another, dumped by her parents to the system and currently living a miserable life with a crappy foster parent. They all had
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Juhina
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

I have read my fair share of greek mythology centered around The Furies. I love Elizabeth Mile's The Fury trilogy but what is different about Furious is that it is told from the POV of one of the Furious, not the victims. That alone had me really curious to read it. For the most part Furious was a very entertaining and interesting read, the only downside is that the main character had a ton of flaws and the lack of a revenge plot.

As with most of the greek mythologies I
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Marla
This review was originally posted on Book Brats on April 8, 2013.

Meg, Alix, and Stephanie are three very different girls. Yet, there is something that binds them together that will forever change them in ways they can not possibly know. Mysterious classmate Ambrosia enters their lives and proceeds to turn things upside down. As the three girls discover more about themselves, they will find that things aren’t always as they seem. In this dark tale of mythology meets reality, Furious pushes the
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Chapter by Chapter
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
The Furies…How many of you are fascinated as I am with these three powerful woman who seek out vengeance upon those who have wronged individuals who were unable to fend for themselves? There was always something about the Furies that have piqued my interest. How they go on the hunt and instill their own justice upon the world.

When I came across Furious by Jill Wolfson, I was ready to dive head first into a tale that promised to be full of power and judgment. Throw in the fact that it’s three
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Megan (The Book Babe)
Other reviews at The Book Babe's Reads.

We are straight out of mythology, goddesses who avenge, retaliate, punish, haunt, hunt, and don't stand around being victims, but make things happen.

I was really expecting to loveFurious.And while I liked it, this didn't add up to "love" for me; although I wish it could have. The first seemingly small thing that I couldn't get past was the fact that it's based in America. Normally, this isn't a big deal, as most YA books are based in America.But the fact
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Jennifer
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like many others, I'm in love with mythology and anything that has to do with it. I try to read as many books with mythological roots as possible. So when I was glancing through the upcoming releases for spring and spotted this one, I knew it would have to be read. I'm glad I read it because it's a pretty great read.

Meg is the protagonist. She has a pretty bad life. She a foster kid who's been in the system her whole life. Her mom just abandoned her as a baby. The foster care she is in currently
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Leann
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for mythology, so when I saw that this book was about Furies, I became excited. Deadly furies in high school? Yes please, sign me up for that book.

Meg, our narrator in FURIOUS, is a foster kid who has a tendency of finding herself in embarrassing situations that would make just about anyone cringe. After an unfortunately awkward class moment starring Meg, Meg soon finds herself grouped together with Ambrosia (a mysterious, gorgeous, popular girl), Alix (a strong, fiery-tempered
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Hello! I'm the author of novels for middle grade readers (8-12) and young adults.

Coming soon! FURIOUS. April 2013 from Henry Holt. The Furies of Greek mythology are rising!

My debut novel, "What I Call Life" and its follow-up, "Home and Other Big, Fat Lies" revolve around the lives of kids living in foster care. I'm also the author of "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" (Henry Holt, 2009). It's about sudden
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