Dangerous and seductive, 'Envy' was the perfect sequel to Elizabeth Miles's bestseller 'Fury'. With a cover which is equally entrancing, I adored this book and read it from cover to cover in one day.
Returning to the small town of Ascension, Em is struggling to cope after the events of the previous book. Still trying to find out more about The Furies and what they want, she also finds herself distanced from JD, the boy she loves.
Em's point of view is interspersed with that of a new girl, Skylar McVoy, who desperately wants to become popular and liked at Ascension High. There's a secret in Skylar's past which is hinted at throughout but not revealed until near the end of the story. I feared for her from the word go as she unwittingly becomes involved with The Furies and starts to act out of character. Although she initially comes across as a little bit one-dimensional with her desire to become Queen Bee at the school, glimpses into her past reveal more about her motives and I found her an interesting character.
There's a sinister undertone through the whole story which drew me in and kept me gripped. You know that something terrible is going to happen but you're not quite sure what. Everyone's lives are at threat from The Furies and their terrible need for vengeance and their desire to punish those who have committed wrongdoings. Everytime they appeared they were really creepy, pretending to be kind and helpful when underneath they are pure evil, causing unbelievable pain and upset to those they come into contact with.
'Envy' had a stunning ending which really threw me for a loop. Looking back on the book I guess there are a lot of hints to what's going to happen but I still found it incredibly surprising and a brilliant change of direction for the series.
This series is one of my favourites and I can't wait for the next instalment which is set to be called 'Eternity' and will be published in 2013.