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April 28, 2013

Review of Furious by Jill Wolfson

Furious

 

 

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 parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

add to goodreadsFurious by Jill Wolfson
Publication Date:  April 16, 2013
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. BYR

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MaryAnn NewThe 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 high school girls who are basically social outcasts who become the “chosen ones” who will personify the Furies of mythological proportions.

With that in mind, I was hoping that the vengeance that these girls craved would be full of pain and suffering towards their fellow classmates and adults who have wronged them.  But instead, I find three girls who have a huge chip on their shoulders, and the way in which they started to make these people pay for their wrong doings starts off with a song.  Something about that just didn’t sit well with me.

Throw in the one who puts them all together, who goes by the name Ambrosia, who apparently is supposed to be a fellow high school student, but instead acts and speaks in a way that is not at all teen.  I found myself having a difficult time believing that the kids at Hunter High would scramble to gain her affection and her notice.  But what I did enjoy about Ambrosia, was her voice.  Her voice was full of vengeance and wrath.  You knew what her agenda was, and that she would stop at nothing to get what she wants.  Her voice during the Stasimons in the book did exactly what it was supposed to do.  It built up the story, and summarized what the true intent of the chapters that we read were about.

The girls chosen to be the Furies, Meg, Stephanie, and Alix were not exactly what I thought would be “Fury material”.  Sure, they have many that have wronged them and were treated unjust, but I felt like there was not enough anger in them to bring forth the wrath of the Furies.

I went through most of the book hoping that I would see the power of the Furies, only to witness a mild comparison to the way other Furies from other books would show their power.  It appears that the way in which the Furies portrayed in Furious is by messing with people’s minds.  By burrowing deep into their inner psyche and showing their victims the way in which they treated others.  It wasn’t until near the end of the book where the mind melt that they do (by their siren song) actually does some semblance of vengeance.  Sadly, I wish that it was like this through most of the book.

Perhaps the girls had to wean themselves into their new found power?  I wanted the hate and fury that Ambrosia personified to be in the very girls that ensure that justice was brought.

For those who have yet to read a book dealing with the Furies, Furious by Jill Wolfson may be the beginner book to ease you into their power.  Although the power that is portrayed in the book is not as vicious as I had hoped it would be, it was still interesting to see the twist in the book where there are goddesses on earth and battling for power.

About the Author:

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 death, sudden life.

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3 Comments

  1. Tiffany M
    4/28/2013

    I just bought this one. I finished reading Elizabeth Miles Envy and despite some character flaws I wanted more vengeful furys. I’m kind of disappointed to hear that the characters lacked the vengeful attitude needed to fully embody what it is to be a Fury. Will still give it a go but not as anxious :( thanks for the great and honest review!!

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  2. Beckie
    4/28/2013

    Loved your review! I so want to read this book. It sounds amazing! :)

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  3. Beckie
    4/28/2013

    Loved your review! I so want to read this book. It sounds amazing! :)

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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