Blog Tour Review: FURY by Charlotte McConaghy

Happy Thursday you lovely people! Today we're taking part in the blog tour for Fury by Charlotte McConaghy, hosted by Candace's Book Blog. I've included my review, some of my favourite quotes and just for a bit of fun a Polyvore outfit! So Enjoy and let me know what you think.


Title: Fury (Book 1 of The Cure)
Author: Charlotte McCONAGHY
Publishing Date: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Received from: Candace's Book Blog - for tour purposes. 

Summery (via GoodReads)

When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.
On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn’t been cured. 
It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.
Until Luke. 
He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises. 
But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of? 
Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.


This book had me within the first chapter and I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. I haven't read anything by Charlotte McConaghy before so I didn't know what I was getting. Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a powerful story and keeps you guessing the whole way through. There wasn't a single moment where I thought I knew where this was going. It didn't hold back and Charlotte certainly wasn't afraid of shaking thing up and adding in those all too important plot twists.

The book follows the story of Josi, an all but invisible girl 364 days of the year but on the blood moon something changes. The book is set 150 years or so in the future, in a world were they've 'cured' the human race by removing they're ability to feel anger. But in doing that they've produced a generation of people who aren't able to access all their emotions, which in turn causes them to act in strange, almost inhuman ways. Josi calls them 'drones'.

It's told with multiple points of view (Josi, Luke & Antony) which would normally annoy me. However, to get the complexity of the plot you needed to know everything and by using not two but three different voices you were given everything you needed to understand Josi's curse.

The Characters: 

First, and most importantly with have Josi. She's had a hideous upbringing that instantly draws you in. I wasn't expecting her to be quite as easy to relatable as she was. With a lot of books like this you find the female lead is more like freaking Rubik's Cube than a person but everything Josi did was understandable. She was driven and stubborn and relatable in a lot of ways.

Then there's Antony. Oh, the poor sod. Antony is Josi's shrink and has most definitely been 'cured'. Which of course means he's almost completely inept to deal with the whole 'Josi Situation'. For the first half of the book you almost want to shake him into being something more than he is but you also know it's not his fault. Then in the second half you'll spend the whole time cheering him on in your head. He too has this heart wrenching back story - but you don't find that out until the very end so I won't say anything more.

Lastly you have Luke.
Luke. Luke. Luke. Luke! You damn fool!! In many ways he's your perfect swoon worthy book boy but he has one - fatal - flaw. He lies. A LOT! It gets to the point where there's almost a compulsive nature to his lying and whether or not he thinks he's doing it for the right reasons you spend the whole book knowing that when he's lies get discovered there'll be no turning back. He's the perfect example of what lies can do - not just to you but to the people around you.

It's a great story with moments that will make you smile and other that will break your heart. Not to mention more than a few chapters that will have you picking you jaw up of the floor! I've never read a book were there have been quite so many plot twists, with each and every one smacking you right in the chest. You think you know someone one minute and then the next you realise you've been looking at it all back-to-front!

Even though this is a fantasy novel I don't see why any lover of contemporary reads wouldn't also enjoy this book. The fantasy aspects comes in drips and drabs - great drips and drabs I might add - with the majority of the book focused on Josi's past and if she'll be able to find a place for her in the future. Highly recommend and well worth the read! You'll love it!

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**I received this book as an ARC from Candace's Book Blog to read and review. This is a 100% honest review**

Author Bio

Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.


Here are just a few snippets that I highlighted when reading Fury.

You're like a phantom moving through life. A dream I can hardly hold onto and yet can't shake.

You tear everything into a thousand pieces but you never put anything back together! One day you will have broken everything in your life, Luke Townsend.

I am alive, and I must fight this blood moon and the monster inside me, if only to save the man I love from having to grieve me.

A perfect lonely world, shared by two who make each other now, in fact, lonely at all.

Turns out I was wrong after all. Love an fury can't live in the same place. 

"I'd burn the whole world down if I could," he whispers, his eyes flashing with a bright, exhilarating fever. "I'd make it so that there was no cure, no censorship, no propaganda, nothing but you and I."

I have a body that has know the furthest reaches of human capability. I don't need a drug - a virus - to be strong.

And to finish I thought we'd have a little fun! This is a Book Look I created to go with the cover of Fury. What do you think?


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  1. So glad you loved this one! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

    1. Thank YOU for letting me take part. This was a great book, can't wait for book 2 :)