Review: Fury by Steven James

Posted May 1, 2015 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Review: Fury by Steven JamesFury by Steven James
Series: Blur Trilogy, #2
Published by Skyscape on 2015-04-28
Length: 432 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
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The disturbing visions that helped Daniel Byers solve a deadly mystery have finally quieted, and the sixteen-year-old basketball star is looking forward to things settling back to normal. But when his father mysteriously disappears, Daniel realizes that the key to finding his dad rests in deciphering his chilling hallucinations.

Soon, long-buried secrets begin to surface, revealing clues that could help him locate his father. But as the past collides with the present and reality begins to blur around him, Daniel faces a race against time to save his dad before it’s too late.

Filled with pulse-pounding suspense, Fury continues the thrilling young adult Blur Trilogy from bestselling author Steven James.

Fury by Steven James is the second book in the Blur Trilogy about a young man with the extraordinary ability to pick up the details of a crime and piece them together through hallucinations. For Daniel Byers, life returned to normal after solving the death of a classmate last fall. Now the blurs are back, and they are worse than ever. Can Daniel and his friends find the cause before reality blurs with fiction?

The protagonist can also be the antagonist.

So poor Daniel is seeing things again and this time he has no way of telling if they are real or just in his head. Literally he feels like he is going crazy and who can blame him? If I were seeing dead girls who talk to me in the middle of the school bus I would be freaking out. Instead Daniel stays relatively calm, though inwardly questioning his sanity, and calls his best friend and their girlfriends to help him. I guess this is a smart call as the last time his blurs appeared a girl was murdered and it needed to be solved. To Kyle, Mia, and Nicole’s credit they did not accuse him of going crazy. Instead they sided with him and pretty much followed Daniel’s lead as he went further down the rabbit hole.

The plot of this story is fairly intricate as there are three sub plots tied together. First, someone is poaching wolves, a big no-no in Wisconsin. Daniel believes that his blurs are to help his father solve the case. Then his father goes missing and Daniel is accused as the culprit. Poor Daniel has enough on his plate people without thinking he’s done something to his dad!!! Lastly there’s the girl in his vision and her link to a barn he played in as a kid.

I love how the author tied these plots together in the mind of Daniel and just how Daniel’s mind works. It’s amazing. As I said in my review of book one, Daniel is like Rainman without the social stigma. He’s very smart and a genius when it comes to numbers. He picks up on details others wouldn’t notice and then his brain pieces the information together and voila! He has a blur. It’s all fascinating and the nurse side of me is screaming that he is a bit obsessive compulsive with counting, but I digress 😉

Daniel and his friends make for a fun cast of characters, though I wish there was a bit more depth to them. There’s only surface details, not much personality aside from Daniel. Oh! And mystery man who is introduced in this book is quite intriguing. I can’t wait to learn more about him in book three 😀

Once again the author surprised me with a few twists I didn’t see coming and in no way could I have predicted them. I think I’ll go back and do a reread now that I know the ending and see if I can pick up any details that I may have missed. If you enjoy crime mysteries and young adult fiction, then this book is for you!

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Final Conclusion: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Blur by Steven JamesBlur by Steven James
(WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads)Series: The Blur Trilogy, #1
Published by Amazon Childrens Pub on 2014-05-27
Genres: Action & AdventureGeneralMysteries & Detective StoriesParanormalYoung Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetgalleyPublishers
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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.

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