Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cozy Summer Reading: Fury Review and IMM #7 Part II

Happy Sunday peachies!

I've got a great post for you today! We've got a review of FURY by Elizabeth Miles as well as PART II of In My Mailbox #7.

There's a lot to cover so let's get started!

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Title: Fury
Author:  Elizabeth Miles
Genre: YA Supernatural
Published:  August 30, 2011
Pages: 370
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.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

I had really high hopes for this book in the beginning. But, just as it is with so many other YA fiction books these days, I started to become disappointed and bored as I got towards the middle of the book.

The story concept is great. The ancient Furies are back (you know the ones. Hades' pets from Greek mythology that send havoc upon those who commit heinous crimes, familial homicide in particular) and they're out to get Em and Chase both of who have committed some atrocity or another against their fellow peers.

Predictable book for the most part. Not to mention the furies showing up in their human form to scare the crap out of Em or Chase started to get really really old. I mean, how many times does Em have to almost run off the road in her car?

Another issue I had with the book was that the characters were much too adult to be believable teenagers. The teen drama at the school was the only thing that kept them anchored to their ages. So much drinking! Every characters parents were conveniently working late or out of town in an unbelievable number of circumstances (on the holidays) that allowed their children to end up in situations that were kind of out of control.  Also, a little too much nudity for me. I get that high-school kids are kind of raging hormone animals but... come on. A sensual night of just being 'naked together', covered in paint, and nothing else happening? A little too adult romance to be teen-centered.

Anyway, a couple of good points? Bullying was really addressed in this book. The kind of bullying we're talking about here resulted in some suicide issues that the author also touches on which I think, in general, is a great thing.

The creep-out aspect of it was pretty good decent too, so I have to give the author that. There were some really good CREEPY moments... like Sasha's little chat with Em right before she dies. Would have made for GOOD horror if it were a movie. I rarely get creeped out by books, but this author did a pretty good job in a couple of areas.

Backtracking though... this book could have been a stand-alone and not the first part of a series. The cliff hanger at the end left much to be desired and really didn't have me wanting to grab up the next one. By the end of the book I was kind of done with the story. I don't know, maybe in a while I'll be interested enough to pick up the next one.

Wasn't terrible, wasn't the best book I've ever picked up. I'd give it a "Meh".  A three out of five. I gave it a 3 instead of a 2 mostly because I appreciated the Greek mythology references.

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Fury (Fury #01)
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❀ Blue is for Nightmares ❀

Title: Blue is for Nightmares
Laurie Faria Stolarz
YA Supernatural
November 8, 2003

"I Know Your Secret . . ."

Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?

In this Deluxe Spellbook Edition you'll find:

Spells created by You and other keepers of secrets-poems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series. Extras also include an interview with the author.


❀ Wings ❀

Title: Wings
Aprilynne Pike
YA Supernatural
May 5, 2009
Pages: 294

Laurel's Life is the very definition of normal... Until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel's life is what it seems. NOw, with the help of an alluring faerie sentry who holds the ey to her true past, Laurel must race to save her human family from the centuries-old faerie enemies who walk among them.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.


❀ Divining Women ❀

Title: Divining Women
Kaye Gibbons
Historical Fiction
July 5, 2005
Pages: 240

Autumn, 1918: Rumors of peace are sprading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come. Maureen Ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Her husband, Troop - cold and careless of her condition - is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit throughout their marriage. As Maureen's time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth. Into this loveless menage comes Mary Oliver, Troop's niece. The sheltered daughter of a well-to-do freethinking Washington family, Mary arrives to help Maureen in the last weeks of her confinement. Horrified by Troop's bullying, she soon discovers that her true duty is to protect her aunt.

As the influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop's spiteful behaviors worsen. Tormenting his wife, taunting her for her "low birth," hiding her mother's letters, Troop terrorizes the household. But when Mary fights back, he goes over the edge, and Maureen rallies with a stunning moment of confrontation and, ultimately, finds spiritual renewal.

In her darkest yet most redeeming novel, Kaye Gibbons scorches us with a firestorm of despair - then resurrects love and hope from its very ashes.


❀ The Measure of a Lady❀

Title: The Measure of a Lady
Deeanne Gist
Historical Fiction
June 1, 2006
Pages: 314

Rachel van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with two wishes: to protect her younger siblings and to return east as soon as possible. Both goals prove more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom and a missionary-turned-gambler stakes a claim on her heart. Rachel won't give up without a fight though, and soon all will learn an eloquent but humorous lesson about what truly makes a lady.

*Speak Politely. Even when you're the only respectable woman around, protesting the decadence of a city lost to gold fever.
*Dress Modestly. Wear your sunbonnet at all times. Ensure nobody sees your work boots muddied by the San Francisco streets.
*Remain Devoted to Family. Protect your siblings from the lures of the city, even against their wishes.
*Stand Above Reproach. Most difficult when a wonderful man turns out to be a saloon owner.
*Rise Above Temptation. No, not even just a little kiss....

When these rules become increasingly difficult to uphold, can Rachel Van Buren remain a beacon of virtue in a city of vice?


❀ Real Murders ❀

Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: December 1, 1990
Pages: 175

Synopsis: Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.

❀ Witches of East End ❀

Title: Witches of East End
Melissa De La Cruz
June 21, 2010
Pages: 272

From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz's first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.

The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

❀ Promised To Me ❀

Title: Promised To Me
Robin Lee Hatcher
Historical Fiction
April 15, 2003
Pages: 275

Shortly after Karola and Jakob were betrothed, Jakob emigrated from Germany to America, promising to send for Karola as soon as he had a home for her. "Promised to Me" is a story of love renewed as Karola and Jakob build a life together out of the rubble of broken promises and shattered dreams.


❀ Dark Secrets 1 ❀

Title: Dark Secrets 1
Elizabeth Chandler
YA Supernatural
March 8, 2011
Pages: 431

Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive it In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes. In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.



❀ A Great and Terrible Beauty ❀

Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: YA Historical Supernatural
Published: December 9, 2003
Pages: 403

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.


❀ Rebel Angels❀

Title: Rebel Angels
Libba Bray
YA Historical Supernatural
Published: December 26, 2006
Pages: 548

Ah, Christmas! Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy, spending time with her friends in the city, attending ritzy balls, and on a somber note, tending to her ailing father. As she prepares to ring in the New Year, 1896, a handsome young man, Lord Denby, has set his sights on Gemma, or so it seems. Yet amidst the distractions of London, Gemma’s visions intensify–visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened, something only the realms can explain. . . .
The lure is strong, and before long, Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world of the realms that Gemma alone can bring them to. To the girls’ great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.
But all is not well in the realms–or out. The mysterious Kartik has reappeared, telling Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic, else great disaster will befall her. Gemma’s willing to do his intrusive bidding, despite the dangers it brings, for it means she will meet up with her mother’s greatest friend–and now her foe, Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task.


As of now (though maybe not forever after") I will not included "Review Request" books in my "In My Mailbox" posts until after I have posted a review on them. Don't ask me to explain this one... I'm just feeling like that's what needs to be done.

And now some reminders!

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That's all for this Sunday's post dolls and dears!

See you next time with another review for your reading enjoyment!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. Wow!!
    so many books...Happy Reading!

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  2. I nominated you for a Liebster award!

  3. It's a shame about Fury, it's cover is so promising!

    I read the Libba Bray series a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it. I am anxious to see what you think about it.

  4. Hey, Auggie!

    First of all, I LOVE your new blog layout!! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    Second, thanks for the review of "Fury". I was thinking of reading this book, but now that I've read your very informative review, I will definitely pass! You've saved me some money! (I don't go to libraries, so I wouldn't borrow it, either.)

    You've got a terrific group of books in your mailbox!! WOW!! You lucky, lucky girl!! I have the Libba Bray books, but have yet to read them. Of the others, I'm especially interested in "Wings", "The Measure of a Lady", and "The Witches of East End". Sure hope you enjoy your haul!!

    Have a great weekend!!! : )