Blur

Blur

by Steven James

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ISBN-13: 9781477847275
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Blur Trilogy , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 538,604
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steven James is the bestselling, award-winning author of nine thrillers. This is his first suspense novel for teens. When he’s not writing or traveling, you'll find him trail running, playing disc golf, or drinking really strong java at a coffee shop near his home at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in eastern Tennessee.

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Blur 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TaylorKnight More than 1 year ago
This book! Wow!  Right from the start, Blur caught my attention. The first chapter was so suspenseful and that suspense continued though out the whole book. This book reminded me Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell in a way. There's really nothing about these two books that are alike but Blur and Undercurrent both had the same kind of vibe.  Blur is so well written. I was really surprised by the writing of this book. Everything was written like how people actually talk and that made the book feel a lot of relatable in a way.  I really liked the main character, Daniel. He was such a refreshing character. Though out the entire book, he was so honest and open about the things he was seeing and what was happening to him. He told his dad everything that was going on. So many characters in books, tv, and movies hide all the crap that's happening to them when it would be easier and better to just tell the truth. And Daniel did! He knew something was wrong and he went for help. He might be a fictional character but he's setting a good example.  If more YA characters were like Daniel, the genre would be better for it. All authors should look at the character that Steven James created and learn. Because that's how it's done.  The plot of this book killed me. So many times I thought I knew what was going to happen. Three times I was so sure I knew. But it turns out I had no clue. I was on the edge of my seat during the last half of this book. I read this whole book in a day because I couldn't put it down. Overall, Blur is one of the best books I've read in 2015. I loved it so much and I can't wait to see what happens in book two. I highly recommend this book.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Steven James in his new book, “Blur” Book One in the Blur series published by Skyscape introduces us to Daniel Byers. From the back cover:  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. When you receive a new Steven James thriller here is the checklist to do before you start reading.  Turn off the computer and the phone, make yourself a large hot chocolate, or beverage of your choice, have your snacks handy and settle into your reading chair comfortably because you are going to be there for a while and not want to move until you finish reading.  With “Blur” Mr. James gives us a YA thriller that races along at lightening speed. It begins with a drowning death that may not be accidental like almost everyone believes. Daniel keeps seeing visions of Emily and she is telling him otherwise. Now, with a little help, Daniel is on a quest to find the truth without winding up dead. Mr. James has given us great characters that we look forward to revisiting with the rest of the trilogy. Mr. James grabs a hold of your nerves and squeezes until you think you can’t be squeezed anymore and then he squeezes those nerves some more.  What more can we ask for?  “Blur” gives us much, much more.  Mr. James takes us on a ride that leaves us breathless but extremely satisfied.  Sort of like the way you feel after a roller coaster ride.  I liked this book and recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Skyscape.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
'Blur' is a fast moving, suspenseful new captivating YA series! I highly recommend this for all twelve years and up! Football Quarterback, Daniel Byers, attends an underclassman's funeral along with his father who is the local Sheriff. He barely knew the girl but her funeral was the beginning of his life twisting out of control. Although Daniel was level-headed and popular, he began questioning his sanity.  Really strange "things' began to happen. He eventually confided in his best friend, Kyle...would this be the end of their close friendship.  His father became concerned along with a few other key people in his life. The characters within this well developed story became real to the reader. The Book Cover is eye-catching and befitting of the story. It is soon apparent why the title was named 'Blur'. It is totally clean yet never seems juvenile or dull. This is the first book of a trilogy, leaving the reader anxiously awaiting the next sequel. I heartily give a Five Stars rating in my review of this book! *This book was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Redefining What's Real and What's Not I would like to thank NetGalley and Skyscape for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. <blockquote>The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman&rsquo;s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s real? What&rsquo;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.</blockquote> Steven James did it again, creating a wild ride from beginning to end, chock full of suspense, emotionally charged moments, confrontations, and the undeniable sensation of slipping out of synch with the world around you. He's set himself up with a tough act to follow, this being the first in a trilogy; if this book is any indication the rest of the trilogy will be as good or better, if that's even possible. Daniel is an eminently believable character, his thoughts and actions ring true to a sixteen-year-old boy undergoing a psychological 'event' of some kind. His confidence on the field combined with his utter lack of confidence around girls he's romantically interested in, the smart and stupid choices he makes that are equally interspersed throughout the book, all add up to a great lead character. Plus, his ability to question everything unflinchingly, including wondering if he might be the killer he suspects took Emily's life, make him a great detective even as he's questioning his own sanity. And it's not just Daniel that is a rich, well-crafted character. They all are, each adding different, yet necessary, elements to the overall story. None of the predominant characters are remotely close to being one-dimensional creations; with richly layered textures and nuanced shading, each personality Mr. James introduces into this tale is very clearly multi-dimensional. While it appears that the development of each character is transparent, in reality they are shrouded in mystery. The complexity of the characters rivals that of the storyline, each adding untold depths just waiting to be plumbed. With the help of his best friend Kyle he digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding Emily's death. Struggling to discern what is real and what is false takes its toll on Daniel, even as it leads him closer to the answer of what really happened to Emily. Yet he forges ahead, risking baring his soul and sharing his fears with Kyle, and some with his father, the town sheriff. The clues are confusing and misleading, but between his subconscious and Kyle's creative thought process, he just may reach the answer in time. The convoluted clues make for one thrilling chase for the reader, and terrifying for the characters. Daniel fears he is losing his ever more tentative grip on reality as his mind continues to blur the lines between real and imaginary. Or is everything he's seeing real, that maybe there are different levels of reality accessible to different people? I'm thrilled that this is just the first book in a new trilogy, as there are still questions to be answered, and the ride this book takes you on is tremendously entertaining in the way only psychological thrillers can be!