Steven James’ Curse wraps up the Blur Trilogy

Steven James’ Curse wraps up the Blur Trilogy

There were lots of things that drew me to Steven James’ Blur series. The main character is an athelete, but the books aren’t about sports – they are mysteries.  He has some pretty frightening encounters with spirits, and the living antagonists are believable threats.  I included both Blur and Fury in my classroom library, and they have gained some following, especially among my guy readers.  I wasn’t as impressed with the direction that Curse took, but it was an action packed conclusion to the series.


Goodreads Summary

Don’t miss this intriguing and climactic conclusion to the Blur Trilogy.

As Daniel Byers prepares to attend a basketball camp before his senior year of high school, the terrifying blurs that’ve plagued him for the last nine months return.
Dark images begin to haunt him—creatures crawling from the deepest pits of his nightmares, glimmers of chilling memories from his early childhood. But before he can unearth the meaning behind his mysterious hallucinations, Daniel must team up with two other extraordinary teens to save a young woman who has been abducted by a scientist obsessed with enacting his own warped form of justice.

This atmospheric mystery picks up where Fury left off and takes readers into the uncharted regions where reality and madness intertwine.

My Thoughts

Not my favorite book in the series, but I think that if you read the first two books, you will want to read this one because it does offer some closure to the big questions posed by the first two books.  There is plenty of action and danger for both Daniel and his friends (both old and new) in this book, and the suspense is sustained right until the end.  My biggest gripe is that the book takes Daniel out of his hometown and effectively skirts the real issues he needed to resolve with his mother.  I am also always annoyed when new characters are added at the end of a series.  I didn’t care about them, and the mystery really relied more heavily on their abilities – Daniel didn’t feel as pivotal.  I also struggled to think that Daniel’s parents would let him travel halfway across America with a bunch of other 16 or 17 year olds, and I had a harder time believing his father wouldn’t have extracted him from the obviously dangerous situation, no matter what the cost would be to someone else.  Hey, ghosts I can accept, but irresponsible parenting from Daniel’s dad – not so much.  Regardless of my thoughts on the book, I have several of my high school readers invested in this series, so I’m adding it to my classroom library wish list.  I actually think they will find it exciting and a nice bit of closure to the series, more so than I did.  Language and situations are appropriate for grades 8+.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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