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Envy by Elizabeth Miles

by Elizabeth Miles

Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2)

By: Elizabeth Miles

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Rating: 1 Star

Summary:Emily Winters knows the Furies have roots in Ascension, Maine—but she’s about to discover that they’re deeper than she ever imagined. With the help of her new friend Drea, she vows to dig them out. But it’s hard to focus when she’s desperate to make up with JD, and to figure out why Crow, a mysterious Ascension High dropout, seems to be shadowing her.Meanwhile, new girl Skylar McVoy is determined to leave her own dark past behind. So she’s thrilled when popular Gabby takes her under her wing, and the stunning and sophisticated Meg offers to give her a major makeover. But everyone knows what happens to the vainest girl of all…

It’s tempting to be naughty. But beware: the Furies are always watching, and their power grows stronger by the day.


I don’t know how it’s possible, but even as the covers of the Fury trilogy have gotten more beautiful, the books themselves are getting far uglier. Whereas Fury was merely a train wreck I couldn’t look away from, Envy is just frustratingly bad – the first book on steroids, or, in this case, more bad behavior, more shallow romance, and generally more moral ugliness. Don’t be fooled by the cover. Just don’t.

At this point, I don’t think the premise is salvageable. A bunch of teenagers engaging in questionable behavior and drawing the wrath of the vindictive, capricious Furies may sound good on paper, but the execution just doesn’t work. These are tough characters to write, they have to be flawed enough to deserve the attention of the Furies, but not so fatally flawed that they become unsympathetic. It’s a tough act to balance, and Miles hasn’t done what’s necessary at all, between what happens to Chase in Fury and new girl Skylar in this book, it’s only really appreciable by someone with an extremely twisted sense of justice. And I don’t just mean the Furies targeting Emily and her friends when there are plenty of bigger fish in the world to fry – as I said, the Furies are capricious, they punish whoever they want, it’s not fair – or even what these beings of vengeance are doing in Maine – Envy actually gives a half decent explanation for their presence, but it’s this combination of unsatisfying, even repulsive characters and moral ugliness all around that makes this series such a huge turn off.

Skylar of course is the prime example. I don’t know what her role in this book is supposed to be – hero? antihero? villain? -because she’s one of the most unlikable characters I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading. She’s vain, petty, jealous, so awful I actually wished what happened to Chase in the last book happened to her. But no matter how delusional she becomes, and there’s not just one but many scenes that are just cringe-worthy to read about, that’s how deluded she is, when I just wished the Furies would go violent on her a-, that heartless b-, but I honestly don’t understand what the point of her character is at all. Is she an example of someone who genuinely deserves the wrath of the Furies even though I wouldn’t go as far as to call her irredeemably evil? Someone who deserves redemption even though nothing I read redeemed her – at all? I don’t know. And the way Meg seems to push her character from flawed to fatally flawed, what was that about? I don’t get it.

Skylar’s by far the most irritating character, but certainly not the only one. Emily, oh Emily, how could you have gotten even worse since you were an idiot with Zach? With Zach out of the picture – rehab in Florida thanks to the Furies, or maybe dead, it’s really not explained well at all, no surprise – Em gets in another lame triangle, this time with minor bit player Crow from the last book, and … I … just … can’t. Between the continued pining for JD and her new feelings for Crow, if Skylar’s obsession with Pierce is ridiculous, this is just painful. Apparently, feelings, emotions, all that sacrificing she did in the last book, out the door within five seconds after discovering JD hasn’t forgiven her. Total fail. If I’m supposed to sympathize with her for being put into this awful position by the Furies, nope, you put yourself in that position girl. Ty, please get her.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend Envy even to people looking for resolutions to the plotlines left over from the last book. In addition to Em’s total fail, JD not doing anything of note, and Zach dropping off the face of the earth, Chase’s death, the high point of the last book, there’s a big gaping hole in the plot where this book should’ve addressed that. I gave Miles mad props for killing off a point of view character, but I guess it’s really just a cheap trick, because, as far as I can tell, his death is pointless. Is it an object lesson? If so, which one of these repulsive characters learned anything from it? Is it an important plot point? If so, how does it affect the plot? Actually, that’s a good question, because while Fury was actually kind of creepy in places, maybe, Envy just alternated between boringly, cringingly, and eye-rollingly bad.

You know how they say beauty is only skin deep? Envy shows that age old adage applies to more than just people, applies to books too. Beautiful cover, ugly inside.

Go to Mitch’s review on Goodreads.

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