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The Furies by Katie Lowe:
In 1998, a 16-year-old girl was found dead. She’s posed on a swing on her boarding school’s property, dressed all in white, with no known cause of death. Whispers and rumors swirl with no answers. But there are a few who know what happened; there is one girl who will never forget.
I didn’t need to read on past this part of deciding this was a book for me, but I did, and the description only got better. The story is told from the viewpoint of Violet, a girl who moves to a new school and start fresh after a recent family tragedy. Concerned that she won’t fit in, she takes the chance to join a club that is headed up by an art teacher named Annabel.
In this club, she meets the other girls, Alex, Grace, and Robin and begins to learn about the history and mythology. This history included Greek and Celtic legends and even a legend that the original founder of the school was into the occult. While Annabel does not encourage the girls, they find themselves becoming more drawn to the idea of harnessing magic themselves.
Violet soon realizes that there was a 4th member of the club before her, that looked a lot like her that went missing. She begins to question why she was brought into the club and who she can trust. Is this a trap, will she be the next victim?
This book was compared to the movie “The Craft,” which was one of my favorite teen witch movies. Then I read the synopsis and was utterly convinced that this book was going to blow my socks off. Sadly that was not the case.
I did enjoy the story idea, and what was a miss for me was the execution. I love history and learning about mythology, but the way it was thrown in here was, in my opinion, nonsensical. You would be reading about girls taking drugs and getting drunk and raped, and then in the next paragraph, you were reading a page on mythology. I believe it would have been better if the mythology had been put into the same context as the rest of the book, Annabel could have easily interpreted the mythology to fit the cohesiveness of the book. Instead, to me, it was like two authors who wrote parts of the book. And for this reason, I am giving it 2.5 out of 5 stars for the story idea.
If you decide to read it let me know your thoughts.