Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Blur by Steven James


About the book:
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.

Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.
My rating:
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My thoughts:

Blur is one of the books I was most anticipating for 2014, and I was so excited about it I started reading it the day it released! As I've come to expect from Steven James, the writing style was great and the story gripping. I liked that the chapters were short; it made me feel like the story was moving very quickly. I also appreciated that it was clean language-wise.

The characters were believable and I liked how everyday-things (like eating, checking messages, etc.) were in the story. It definitely added realness to the book. I wasn't too sure about the ghost/blur aspect at first, but I loved it in the end! I won't say why, to avoid spoilers, but it was neat.

I also loved the mystery about who the villain was. I had a guess for most of the book (which ended up being wrong), but I enjoyed speculating who it was and being correct with one of my later guesses.
 
A few times things in the story seemed, in my opinion, repeated a little much, but it didn't bother me too much.

Overall, Blur was a suspenseful and entertaining read. The ending was great, because it didn't leave you with a cliffhanger. I recommend Blur to fans of YA suspense novels with some supernatural elements. Great read for teens and adults!



*I did not get this book for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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