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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,876 ratings  ·  257 reviews
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshmans body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jacksons 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 Emilys appearance was more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Skyscape
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Taylor Knight

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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Pretty
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: I found another author to follow
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Lines blur between reality and something else
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Daniel

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I bought this as an audible Daily Deal and dont regret a second of it. I actual read the blurb as I do for all new authors, and found I had to pick this one up. This author has a way of weaving a story and drawing you in. I wasnt
Provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Written in third person, this book was told from Daniel's point of view. As a high school quarterback, he lives a pretty normal life until he attends a funeral of a 14-year-old girl.

It was a great blend of fantasy, horror and suspense. There were scenes where things got real spooky that freaked me out quite a bit and I loved it. I also liked that this book wasn't too big on romance and the suspense was absolutely spot on. It was impossible to guess who the
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Alright," he said. "Imagine that everything on your side of the blanket is reality. Those are the things you can see, taste, feel, whatever. The things that are really there. Everything on my side of the blanket is..."
"Just imaginary." She finished his thought for him. "All in your head."

4.5 stars. I rarely love contemporary novels, and this does come off rather contemporary, but it's also highly suspenseful. I actually enjoyed it a lot! The story is really good, and I found the style very easy
Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A small Wisconsin town is shocked when a high school freshman girl's body is found in the lake. Like everyone else, Daniel, a fellow student, thought her death was accidental, but at her funeral he sees a horrifying vision of her that leads him to believe that it wasn't. He's convinced her appearance wasn't just a hallucination and he quietly begins to look into her death, even though he's having an increasingly difficult time knowing what's real and what isn't in his new blurred reality.

One of
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Update - Nov 1, 2015
Even though the only thing I remembered about this book was that it had a ghost in it, I picked up book two so I had to re-read this one. I stand by my three star rating. It was a decent read but easy to put down. This time through I couldn't help but think "If a ghost came to you and were able to ask you to discover who killed them, why wouldn't they just say 'Mr. Smith killed me, this is what happened...'"? Now that the re-read is done, I'm almost reluctant to start book
Caitlyn Santi
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome foray into the YA genre from Steven James!
I have read and loved every single one of this author's suspense books, and this one was no exception! I really liked the main character, Daniel. He was a really neat character and in a way it was almost like seeing Patrick Bowers when he was in high school. I loved all the twist and turns in this book, there was a period of time where I had no clue what was going on! I was surprised at who the villain ended up being. I loved how
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
James is a master at writing books that are gripping and thought provoking at the same time. I believe the audience for this is YA, but it is great for adults as well. Christian speculative fiction at its finest.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Kat Heckenbach
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

So, I've been a fan of Steven James for years. I adore his Patrick Bowers series, and think it is awesome that he's got this YA series that keeps the whole serial killer investigation vibe. Clean, tight writing, interesting characters, clues doled out bit by bit to keep you turning pages. Lots of suspense. And in this series, a supernatural element. The only thing I found didn't quite compare with his PB series is the voice. In the PB series, the voice is, for me, what puts that series
I recently learned that Steven James has gone and dipped his toe into the pool of YA fiction, so naturally, I had to check out Blur. I'm happy to report that he does this age group justice as he crafts another high-suspense mystery thriller, this time with a slight paranormal twist. I say "slight" only because it's very easy to forget that the book is paranormal to begin with. Usually, that's not a good thing (I say this as a hopeful future-bestselling writer of a Mundane Fantastic YA mystery ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A real page turner. It kept me guessing throughout and I am really happy to have stumbled across this series, hopefully book two is just as exhilarating!
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.

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshmans body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jacksons death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
2-3 out of 5 stars

To be released May 27, 2014 by Skyscape

Received a NetGalley copy to read.

The small town of Beldon, Wisconsin has been rocked by the death of young teen Emily Jackson, who was found dead by drowning in the local Lake Algonquin. Daniel Byers, the son of the sheriff, goes to pay his respects to Emily at her wake. It is there that he sees her...and realizes she isn't quite dead. Emily seemingly wakes up at her wake and tells Daniel, essentially, that there is more to her
Blur by Steven James is a fast-paced, suspenseful, slightly paranormal crime novel for the young adult readers. Blur begins with the main character Daniel Byers going to the funeral of a not-so-well-known freshman from his high school. Emily was missing for two days when her body was found in a lake and it was ruled an accidental drowning. Daniel believes it, that is until at the funeral Emily talks to him. So begins Daniel's downward spiral into insanity as he tries to uncover the truth behind ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Daniel lives a pretty decent life. He plays football and he has friends. He's not the most popular guy in school, but he's not a loser. He felt as if he was pretty normal, that nothing weird would ever happen to him. Except when Emily died. Emily was the kind of girl that blended into the background. The kind of girl no one notices. Yet when she died, everyone instantly seemed to mourn over her. Daniel didn't really know her and wasn't that interested in her.

Annette (booknerderie)
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
*Thank you to Netgalley and Skyscape for providing this ARC in return for an honest review!*

It started with the drowning death of Emily Jackson, a quiet freshman who might as well have been invisible. Like most deaths of a young person, it rocked the entire school. More specifically it rocked the school's quarterback, Daniel. Daniel, for no reason at all, began hallucinating and interacting with Emily's ghost. He didn't know her, had never spoken with her or given her any attention, so naturally
Emilie Haney
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
When reality becomes unclear, Daniel Byers starts to question everything. Emily Jackson's body was found at Lake Algonquin and something strange started to happen to Daniel when he attended her funeral. He saw her, or a vision of her, and his world began to blur. Now, he's focused on why he saw her and what it may mean. As Daniel and his friends look into Emily's death, they start to believe that it may be more than an accident.

I enjoyed the beginning to this young adult trilogy created from the
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd give it a 3.5 if that was an option.

When recently deceased Emily starts appearing to Daniel Byers at funerals and football games, Daniel assumes what any teenager would: hes going insane. But the nightmares (daymares?) dont stop, and hes driven to find out what really happened to Emily. How did a girl who was a strong swimmer drown? And why did her ghost tell him to find her glasses? And why is the new girl, Stacy, avoiding him? And why is he, a healthy, athletic high school boy, suddenly
(Minor disclaimer: Its beenmore than a year since I finished this book. My memory is fuzzy, but I took notes on the book and have my various status updates online to help me remember my exact feelings about this book. I gave it its rating when I first finished it, so that at least is accurate.)

I had high hopes for this when I first began. The prologue captivated me, and Im a sucker for young adult mysteriesand ever since Thin Space by Jody Casella, I have been captivated by the possibilities of
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This was my first time reading Steven James, who apparently is a master of suspense and this his first YA mystery. Daniel, the MC, starts seeing 'blurs', or basically the ghost of a recently deceased classmate who asks him to investigate her dead. (Why she doesn't just tell him what happened, since she was present at her own dead, is beyond me but would have made for a much shorter book, of course).

What follows is on the one hand a
Rebekah Snyder
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
My disappointment in this book was so strong I could taste it. Steven James is one of my all-time favorite authors. His words sing to my soul time and time again. Then I started reading Blur, and I asked aloud, "Who wrote this?" Because it didn't even sound like Steven James (except for maybe that one time he used a piece of prose from A Heart Exposed, but honestly, even that felt like someone else quoting him).

This being his first Young Adult novel, I couldn't help feeling he was dumbing down
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I was really looking forward to reading this, but unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.

I got bored quite early on.
The main reason for that was because the first half of the story focused on Daniel trying to get the courage to ask a girl to homecoming.
I didn't want a book about a guy trying to ask a girl to a dance... i wanted a murder mystery!

The last half thankfully focused more on the mystery, but i still
Sama Aziz
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect it to be this awesome. Can't wait for the next book! The only thing that bugged me is who he ends up with and the fact that the guy who did it was WAY too obvious. Other than that it was pretty damn awesome!
Sherry Lister
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 1st 5 star book of 2016!! I loved this book. It captured my attention early and kept it throughout the entire book. I'm definitely going right into the second in the series. Highly recommend!!
Victoria Howell
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thrilling with a fun and unique supernatural twist! Check out my full review:
Raelee Carpenter
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fast-moving. Blur has an uncommon depth of theme and well-developed characters for a teen suspense novel.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from netgalley. The story line was exciting. The characters seemed real. The action made it a page turner. Only one problem -- the last page says sequel out in Spring 1015!
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Listened to in the car. The reader did a great job and the story was very good.
Michelle Tolliver
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death. Doubt. Teen life. Murder. Gripping.

Pleasantly surprised this novel took me on a unique trip with the lead protagonist Daniel. A junior in high school who is facing the death of a class. Not someone he knew well or even a casual acquaintance. So why did her death cause him to hallucinate and faint?

We're introduced to a small cast of family and friends. No one is perfect or amazingly beautiful thankfully so it avoids the usual cliches there. While there is a small romance it's not as bad
Stephanie C
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Andrew Klaven's YA thrillers/anyone (except the extraordinarily squeemish)
I'm giving this five stars, not because it was my favorite book ever but because I was feeling sick of all books when I picked it up, and within a chapter I was interested and engaged and I stayed that way to the very end.

Daniel, Kyle, Nicole, Daniel's dad - they were all believable and their interactions were both realistic and intelligent. I had a few inklings about how things would turn out, but I definitely didn't have the whole thing figured out and was excited to discover the truth
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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

His latest novel, SYNAPSE, a near-future thriller, is set to release on October 8, 2019.

Suspense Magazine, who named Stevens book EVERY WICKED MAN one of their Best Books of 2018, says that he sets the new standard in suspense writing.

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