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ENVY by Elizabeth Miles


From the Fury series, volume 2

by Elizabeth Miles

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2221-6
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

The Furies from Greek mythology return to terrorize high school students in this heart-pounding follow-up to 2011's Fury.

Skylar is new to the small town of Ascension, Maine. She's moved from Alabama to stay with her aunt and harbors a guilty secret that makes her a prime target for the Furies. Manifesting as three eerily beautiful sisters, one of their lot, Meg, easily fools Skylar into thinking she is her friend and begins to engineer the girl’s downfall. Meanwhile, deeply sympathetic Em, who made a desperate bargain with the Furies to save the life of her friend/love interest, JD, frantically searches for a way to destroy them, even as she undergoes disturbing changes. This metamorphosis is seemingly one of the central mysteries of the novel, but it will be clear to readers long before it is actually revealed—some plot tightening might have served to better preserve the suspense. However, the melding of myth and modern-day high school life works well, usually striking an appropriately unsettling tone but at times even resulting in some wickedly funny passages—"That's all it took...Boy sees girl attempting sacrifice in graveyard, boy falls back in love. Why didn't I think of that before?"

The Furies make pleasingly vicious villains; horror fans won’t want to miss this second in a planned trilogy. (Horror. 12-18)