By: Elizabeth Miles
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: August 30, 2011; Simon Pulse
Received: ARC from BEA
Challenges: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
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Summary: Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
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.
My Review: There is something wonderfully thrilling about reading a book where the main character shares your name. The idea of this book made me wildly excited with narcissistic with delight, what with the mysterious Furies and a sassy Emily. And of course the lovely cover.
But, truth be told, the Emily in this book has disgraced the name of Emily's around the world. She was oblivious, unfeeling, and icky. I was very disappointed. Throughout the book I found that I liked little about Emily, though I did not find her completely at fault and was even more disappointed that the furies chose to focus on her.
Now Chase, the point of view in this story, is more palatable. His crimes are a little more grievous. His story is more complicated. But, still, I felt him to be really shallow and couldn't connect.
The shining stars in the book were the Furies, during their very limited appearances. For me, they were the ones that brought the tension and excitement. I wanted to know more about who they were and where they came from. But, I was puzzled about why, with all the awful things in the world that people do, they chose to focus on a bully and a cheater? Well, maybe these were just Furies in training or something.
There was something about this book, that I don't want to give away, because it's a major plot point, that began as a seed of annoyance early in the book, and it grew until I was very perturbed. Even though the thing that I was annoyed about resolved itself on the last page, I am afraid that it was too late for me.
You will like this book if you like the following things: sexy scenes (there are several), backstabbing teenagers and gossip, and lots of tension. However, if these things aren't your cup of tea, I probably wouldn't recommend this book to you.