Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Curse by Steven James

This is the conclusion to James' Blur Trilogy. But not really.

We've followed Daniel Byers through his bizarre blur experiences - seeing dead people who help him solve horrendous crimes. Now he is with a group of his friends and they will be thrust into situations that anyone else would be calling their parents over.

But these kids can't because that wouldn't make an enjoyable story.

Steven James is extremely talented in storytelling. I have enjoyed his Bowers Files series. This trilogy was a bit weird but engaging as well. He built an interesting yet slightly off-center world with these books and I was hoping for some fantastic, head-whipping reveal about the blur abilities.

I just don't think I got it.

Don't get me wrong, the story is great and the pacing is right on the money - keeping me reading through all hours. The way he wrote the interactions between the teenagers returned me to "those days". He captured some of the awkward goofiness too.

The ending was even left slightly ajar so that more stories could told if James feels the need to return to this world and most people, I bet, think he will at some point because he's done this before - The Bowers Files series was supposed to come to this climactic conclusion and then he still writes more stories with the characters.

This is a good book. I didn't think it was as good as the first one. But the characters came to a kind of end of this arc.

I will obviously keep reading whatever he produces.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Skyscape Publishing

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