Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Review: Furious

TITLE: Furious
AUTHOR: Jill Wolfson
PUBLISHED: April 2013
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Mythology redux
PREMISE: Three girls have had enough of the rotten treatment they're getting in their school and become furies.
MY REVIEW: Sigh. WHY is it so hard for YA to do a decent book with furies? The only books I've read that have done furies in a logical/tolerable way is the Starcrossed series and the furies weren't even the main thing going on in that book.
Like another fury book, Fury, this one tries to tie in furies to modern day high school. It's a great concept but once again: bad execution. The writing is decent and I like how the author tried to follow the greek tragedy formula but she made the same mistake of Fury: she didn't make her characters likable. I do get that not all characters HAVE to be the best person in the world. I mean if that were the case, Game of Thrones wouldn't be popular. But you should at least make them tolerable or help the reader understand where they're coming from and why they are acting the way they are. A lot decisions the girls made in this book didn't make one lick of sense to me and that's mostly because the characters are poorly developed stereotypes who aren't given clear personalities.
The take on furies was interesting, but the rest of it was just a mess. I really wanted to like this one more then I did. Maybe from now on I'll just avoid YA books with furies. It seems YA doesn't really know what to do with them.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the Fury Trilogy, greek myth fans
MY RATING: Two and a half out of Five hot messes

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