Author: Steven James

Series: Blur Trilogy

Publisher: Skyscape

Release Date: May 24, 2016

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Curse, the conclusion to the Blur trilogy by Steven James, is a satisfying end to a great YA series!

It’s been nine months since Daniel Byers first started having Blurs and he is hoping they are over. He is preparing to attend basketball camp before starting his senior year of high school when he once again starts seeing things that he doesn’t know if they are real or not.  Images from his early childhood are coming back to haunt him, some more terrifying than all he has already been through since the Blurs started.  To determine the meaning behind his hallucinations, he is going to have to team up with others that show the same amazing talents as he does with his Blurs.  On top of figuring out the meaning behind his Blurs, they are going to have to work together to help save a young woman who has been abducted by a scientist obsessed with enacting his own strange sense of justice.  Just when you think you have things figured out, they take a very interesting turn.

Steven James is one of the best authors I have ever read and I love that he has given us a great YA series! It is hard to find good clean thrillers that can be recommended for a younger audience. Curse is the final book in this series by Steven James and it didn’t disappoint.  I am only disappointed in the fact that there isn’t another in the series to look forward to.  I can tell that this is the end to the series, but it also seems to be left open with more story to tell.  I don’t want to give too much away but the very last page answered some questions, but also left me wanting to know more about these characters and what might be next for them.  Daniel is a great main character, he’s popular and good at school and sports but doesn’t flaunt any of that and think he’s better than he really is.  One character that stood out for me was Mia.  If you are familiar with James’s Patrick Bowers series, she will probably remind you of Tessa, at least she did for me.  There were nice bits of humor mixed in with the tense moments.  I flew through this story and loved every page.  So many books are easy to skim and not miss out on much of the story.  Not here, every word is important and not wasted.  I’m sad to see the series end, but will be ready for whatever James writes next.  I highly recommend this to any and all who enjoy a great fast paced thriller with twist and turns throughout.

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