Fury by Shirley Marr

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goodreads Description -
Let me tell you my story.
Not just the facts I know you want to hear.
If I’m going to tell you my story,I’m telling it my way.
Strap yourself in...Eliza Boans has everything.
A big house.
A great education.
A bright future.
So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?

My Review:

Favourite Quote: "Isn't it funny? The things we say, that come back to bite us. Maybe there's no such thing as innocent words after all."

Fury is smart, dark, edgy, brilliantly written and unexpected in many ways.

Shirley Marr had delivered a page turning novel that has a strong and compelling narrative. All you know at the beginning is Eliza is a killer. You don't know who, why or how. So you are sitting on the edge waiting to find out what happened as this well thought out plot smoothly and slowly comes together. The writing has a nice flow as Fury effortless goes from present to the past.

As I mentioned above Fury is unexpected but in a good way. What was surprising is how much by the end it had got under my skin to the point it made me cry. There were two scenes that made my heart ache. For days those moments just lingered. I guess going into this book I was expecting all suspense and drama but there were fun, sweet and tender moments of friendship and some raw and gritty moments that reminds you how cruel life can be sometimes.

Eliza, the main character, is not the nicest person.  She is mean and a bit of snob, but surprisingly I liked her because she never pretends to be someone she is not. And she is also not that typical teen voice. I think Eliza sums herself up perfectly in the book 'hot-tempered, unreasonable and I do stupid impulsive things...'. But she is a loyal friend to those close to her. She certainly hasn't had it easy with her absent father and her mother that is never around. By the end I had connected with on a more in-depth level than I expected.

Overall, Shirley Marr had delivered a thrilling and intensely readable debut novel.

Overall Rating: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 5/5

For More Info: Shirley Marr's website.

For more reviews: Inkcrush, Lost In Stories and Girl Friday.

Note: This would be a great book for those who are participating in the Aussie YA Reading Challenge. Also stayed tuned for an interview with Shirley Marr.

Cover info:  These were some of the covers suggested for Fury.  For more covers check out Shirley Marr's website .

Thank you to Shirley Marr for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.


Elodie said...

Thanks for your review !! I hadn't heard of this book before ... What is the release date ? =)
Thank you, this book seems great ;)

Elodie said...

Sorry ... I saw on Goodreads that it had been released last year !! I don't know why, I can't find it on Amazon ...

Misha said...

Awesome review! I have been interested in this book ever since I read about it on Inkcrush. But like Elodie, I can't find it on Amazon :( I wanted to read it for the Aussie YA challenge.

Cass said...

Great review, Nic! :) I really hope to read this one soon. I like books that really get under your skin, and since you loved it, I'm sure I will too.

Braiden said...

I saw the cover and I was like "Wow! Lady Gaga much?" Sounds awesome!

Rachel said...

This sounds like a fantastic read! I love books like that, that flick from past to present, and we're left trying to figure out what happens to who by the clues left in the present retellings. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one!

Jenny said...

A five! Must add this one to my list:) I've heard this one is great, and I already respect Eliza for owning up to and admitting that she's hot-tempered and impulsive. Looking forward to reading this one, thanks Nic!

Kat said...

Awesome cover, and an awesome book, too, from the sound of it! What Braiden said about Lady Gaga made me laugh out loud-- I'm gaga for Gaga in a big way. Adding this to my Goodreads to-read list... Thanks for the review.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I desperately want to read this one. This sounds so twisty, and that is endlessly appealing to me. Great review, Nic! :)

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

OMG! This sounds unbelievably amazing. I love stories that get under your skin and make you cry. This is a new to me author and title and I look forward to reading it for the challenge.

Thanks so much for the review.

Alix said...

Oh wow this sounds so good, I can't wait. I love books that linger so this one sounds just my kind of thing. i'm also getting more into unlikeable main characters.

Thanks for the review.

Carissa said...

Great review! Really interesting book. Definitely putting it on my TBR list. That cover is stunning!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! for sharing this great review

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

*shakes fist at the world*

I just spent over a hour looking for a way to purchase the book, but it's a no go. *sobs*

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

ooh, this book looks soo good, wonderful review! i can always use more of those edgy stories with mean protags :p

Shirley Marr said...

Hey everyone, thanks for the comments and thanks Nic for the luvly review! Sorry that Fury is not currently available internationally or as an eBook :( but aussies you can order it from any bookstore or directly from bdb.com.au

I really hope Fury will be international soon, in the meantime thanks for the luv


ps - Braiden makes me laugh!

VildesVerden said...

Thanks for all the great reviews. Happy new year from Norway.

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

Thanks for all the comments. For those of you who want to get your hands on a copy of Fury I do have a giveaway coming up soon. Fury will be on the list that you can choose from and I will make it international. Got to share the Aussie book love :)

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Uhh, okay yeah, this sounds like an amaaaazing book. I love books that start off having you know what's going to happen. Then for the entire book you're wondering how they got to that point. The book You was like that for me. I want to get my hands on this! :) Great review! ♥

Romy @ Lost.in.Stories said...

Great review Nic, it is am amazing debut novel! Thanks for including a link to my review, I can't wait for the interview with Shirley :)

Small Review said...

Wow, this book sounds great! I hadn't heard of it before now, so thank you! The Goodreads blurb caught my attention, but your review makes me really want to read this one now. Wonderful review!

Leanna Elle said...

I love the sound of this one! I really hope it's available internationally soon! I generally tend to love Aussie fiction, so I'm really glad I discovered some great Aussie blogs in the last couple of weeks, including this one! :)

Going to add this one to my wishlist and keep an eye out for any international release!

Jenny N. said...

It's my first time hearing about this one and I'm kinda on the fence about it still.

Teddyree said...

Excellent review, sounds like a surprisingly good debut novel! Thanks for the heads up on this one, I'll definitely keep it in mind for the Aussie YA challenge.

A Canadian Girl said...

I haven't heard of this one until I saw your interview and it sounds great. I'll be adding it to my wishlist!

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