By Elizabeth Miles
Published By Simon Pulse
expected Release Date August 30, 2011
*received via Simon & Schuster galley grab
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.
Em and Chase have been chosen.
My Thoughts: Let me start by saying I don't normally read contemporary YA and this book seemed to have everything that I'm not interested in reading about. This book is full of teenagers being teenagers with no real believable consequences for their actions. I would have no problems with the drinking and driving, random hook ups and even more random professions of love as an excuse to do anything if they were being used to teach something or help someone know how to deal with these types of situations.The supernatural elements did not really come into play into almost the end of the book. While we know which characters are the furies through the whole book they act more like the rest of the teens than like a group trying to right perceived wrongs. I also dislike how they were explained to the readers by a character of convenience. Drea has all this research, and a hinted at back story regarding why she would be aware of the furies, but we are given nothing more than she doesn't want to share and here's some books on the subject.
** This may be a little spoilery
Chases ending fits with the whole eye for an eye story but Em's made less sense and didn't seem to fit the crime. Her having someone taken away from her that she just professed a new found love for a couple of pages earlier does not make you feel any sympathy for her.
Rating: 3 There were some parts that were good but it took me a long time to get into it and the only reason I finished when I did was do to the galley ending soon.