Tuesday, September 3, 2013

**REVIEW** Eternity by Elizabeth Miles

Release Date: September 3, 2012
Published By:  Simon Pulse
Review Copy: ARC, 
                         Simon & Schuster Canada


  Secrets and revenge make for desperate measures and fateful choices in this gripping conclusion to the Fury trilogy.The weather is mild in Ascension…but beneath the surface, everything is burning up.

  The nightmare Emily Winters has been living through for months shows no sign of ending, as the Furies stay on the peripheral, slowly driving her crazy. Em feels...different. She’s angry, and never cold, and too strong. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into the thing she hates the most. Em needs to take her fate into her own hands, but without Drea’s help, or anyone to turn to, Em is quickly running out of options.

  Crow’s involvement with Em has grown more complicated. His visions are taking shape—and it doesn’t look good for Em. But Crow has a plan, and he will do anything to save her. Anything.

  JD misses the Em he used to know...and love. She doesn’t seem like herself; it’s like she’s hiding something. When JD begins to learn the truth, he is as scared as he is determined to help her. And Em’s survival may be dependent on his actions.

  The Furies love to play games, but this time they’re deadly serious…and they hate to lose.

  I had featured the first two books in this series back in Mermaid and Myth Month and enjoyed them but was highly anticipating the release of Eternity.  Guys this one did not disappoint and was my favourite out of the trilogy.  This one was non stop from start to finish and had everyone starting to put together the pieces and trying to fix the end result before it was too late.  This is the type of book I only put down once it is finished and basically the world disappears until that moment.  If you have read the first two and liked them I am telling you now to clear your day because you will love this one!

  Ascension is becoming a dangerous place to live in and the town still has basically no clue the horrors that they could face at any time.  I still remain shocked that everyone wrote away so many deaths in such a short period of time because I know most places would be screaming serial killer.  Despite the oblivious state of the townspeople, the people closest to the main character Em started to catch on that something wasn't quite right anymore and there was no way that nothing was going on.  This kind of pulled the previous plots all together and started tightening it up early on so that the end wouldn't be rushed.

  For the first two I wanted Em to smarten up and start fighting back, start seeing what she had right in front of her instead of what she wanted herself.  This time around she started looking for the answers in the places that she should have been long ago.  Her resolve and determination for the most was kicked into high gear.  Then again what is a better motivator than possibly becoming what you despise.  I still did not fully connect with Em as a character but I did start to feel for her and hope that she had a chance.  From start to finish she did grow as a character and that is something to appreciate because at the start of the trilogy I wanted to smack her and in the end I liked her for who she became.

  The alternate POV in this one was JD and I loved every single moment of it.  Personally I have been a fan of him and his unique ways ever since Fury.  I understood his disappointment and resentment but kept on hoping that he would become better than all of it and fix it all.  Now I'm not saying that he does fix it all but he does start to figure it out and then take steps towards a solution.  There are many parts of me that say it would have been easier if he had known sooner but at the same time if he had known sooner this would not have been three books and would have been a much shorter story all around.  Plus then we would not have gotten to see exactly who what he would give up in order to save Em and make things right with her.

  I know that there were many people that weren't completely sold with this series but I have to tell you after everything: I am sold.  This is a series that went out with a bang and I will more than likely revisit someday because when all is said and done I was addicted.  There is no part of me that could have let this series go.  The characters, the setting and the furies themselves became something more than I had expected.  Miles was not  afraid  to kill off a character to make a point or stay true to her story and I loved that nobody was safe.  I had never put much thought into the furies before this series but after it I can honestly say that I am interested in hearing more.  Pick this book up if you have read the others and if you haven't but are interested in mythology give it a go!

  Once summoned, the goddesses of vengeance don't know when to stop-nor do they want to.  They can't distinguish between appropriate punishment and malevolent retaliation.  The desire for revenge is subsumed by its evil underpinnings, leaving tortured victims in its wake.

  Was this the darkness taking over?  Was it inside her already, burning her up?

  The house felt eerily quiet with Ali gone.  JD stood there for a moment, thinking of what to do next.  It was weird--Ali was clearly very sweet, but she'd left him somehow unsettled.

"But we tried all we could.  I fear no mortal can stop them.  And their game never really ends, you know.  The furies always win."

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