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Steven James’ Blur


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.


I’m a huge fan of Steven James’ Patrick Bowers series, so of course I had to buy his new YA novel. Here the details:

What I liked:

It’s creepy from the beginning. You are tossed right into it and just like Daniel, you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. And let me tell you, some things are not real.

Completely engaging. I could not put this novel down.

I didn’t know who done it until the last couple of chapters. I kept thinking this person was the killer or that person was. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I trusted very few people. It was fun!

I really liked that Daniel was close to his dad and let his dad in on what was going on. Too often, YA novels like to leave the parents out of it. 

Spiritually, the novel is a little vague; there is mention of whether Jesus acknowledged that ghosts exist, but I have a feeling if you read the whole series it will come together. 

What I didn’t like:

I couldn’t decide if it’s cliche that Daniel is a math genius or not. 

Overall, so much fun, so intense, very creepy. Recommended!

Romantic scale: 6 (there’s a girl lol)



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