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Disappointing Furies: A Review of FURIOUS by Jill Wolfson

Posted by on April 12, 2013
Jill Wolfson
336 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: April 16th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH

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.

   A lover of Greek and Norse mythology, FURIOUS sadly didn’t meet my sky-high expectations. Maybe it was my fault for setting such high-expectations before starting FURIOUS, but I’m disappointed nonetheless.

   Meg, Alix, and Stephanie. Three girls who want revenge on their disappointing lives, parents, and worlds. So when beautiful and mysterious Ambrosia, tells them that they are Furies of the Greek legends, they decide to take things into their own hands. Revenge is sweet…right?

   FURIOUS starts off with a great beginning was great that slowly dies down to a boring mess of words. I guess too much revenge gets a little annoying after a while. Sure, I like a story where the main character (or in this case, characters) finally snaps and goes out to get revenge, but FURIOUS? Revenge was taken to a totally new level. And definitely not a good one. Let me just say that I didn’t finish the book, so if it gets better towards the end, then you can’t blame me.

   When something happened to the main character, I didn’t really feel anything for her, even though I was supposed to feel sad for her. FURIOUS just made me want to despise her along with her friends.

   The characters fell flat, and usually when I read a book, I can’t help but think – Ooooh, this can actually be real. FURIOUS was a disappointment. There seemed to be a lot of positives, a cool sounding synopsis, an interesting beginning, and a wicked cover, but after awhile, you can’t help but feel that you should never have picked this up. But then again, to each their own, right?

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  1. I've really been wanting this one. I, too, have YET to see a good review on it. I still want to read it, but I think I'll be getting it from the library. Still as excited as I was, just cautious.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  2. I love a good Greek mythology book, but this doesn't sound like a fit for me. Revenge can be fun, like you said, but I think it's usually fun when it's presented in a funny manner. Like John Tucker Must Die, not the best movie in the world, but it was good. Great review :)

  3. Even after reading your review, that blurb gave me chills! It's so disappointing to hear that it doesn't live up to how awesome it should be, because it should be AWESOME!

  4. Very disappointing. :( I have been so excited about this book. I love the Furies, I love the cover, I love mythology of any kind. I had planned absolutely to read this book, but I continue to read new reviews that are not very flattering. I know this much at least. I will not be buying this one. If it lands on the library catalog I may give it a try. Otherwise, sadly, I won't be reading this one.

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