Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Blur Trilogy 1. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blur , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 04, Taylor Knight rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-books-i-read-in , favorites. This book! 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 This book! Everything was written like how people actually talk and that made the book feel a lot of relatable in a way. I really liked the main character, Daniel. He was such a refreshing character. Though out the entire book, he was so honest and open about the things he was seeing and what was happening to him. He told his dad everything that was going on. So many characters in books, tv, and movies hide all the crap that's happening to them when it would be easier and better to just tell the truth.
And Daniel did! He knew something was wrong and he went for help. He might be a fictional character but he's setting a good example. If more YA characters were like Daniel, the genre would be better for it. All authors should look at the character that Steven James created and learn. Because that's how it's done. The plot of this book killed me. So many times I thought I knew what was going to happen. Three times I was so sure I knew. But it turns out I had no clue. I was on the edge of my seat during the last half of this book.
I read this whole book in a day because I couldn't put it down. Overall, Blur is one of the best books I've read in I loved it so much and I can't wait to see what happens in book two. I highly recommend this book. View 2 comments. Christian Grey rated it it was amazing Shelves: audio. 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. Audio Review Nick Podehl did a fabulous job on narration. He easily slipped between male and female believably and kept all the main characters including some minor separate and distinct. Apr 02, Gisbelle rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , young-adult , high-school , first-in-series , mystery-thriller , young-adult-fantasy , scifi-fantasy-paranormal , highly-recommended , series.
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 year-old girl.
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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 Provided by the publisher via NetGalley Written in third person, this book was told from Daniel's point of view. It was impossible to guess who the killer was.
This book had amazing wording. It made the whole murder thing feel so much more interesting with the great word choice and the nice flow of the writing. It was a little slow in the middle, but things moved faster later on. The ending was unpredictable and wrapped up really well. Besides wonderful wording and plots, the character development was equally astonishing. I liked every character and felt connected with the main character, Daniel. In short, this book was a delightful read with some frightening scenes.
It is suitable for those who enjoy a good murder mystery book. Blog: YA Obsession Jun 22, Rikke rated it really liked it Shelves: great-contemporary , great-suspense. Those are the things you can see, taste, feel, whatever. The things that are really there. Everything on my side of the blanket is 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 "Alright," he said. The story is really good, and I found the style very easy to adjust to. Daniel is a very likable character, he is kind, honest, stands up against bullying, great at math, popular, a successful quarterback, captain of the football team, son of the town sheriff, recently abandoned but his mother.
Apparently he might also be clairvoyant, or something else entirely. I really wanted to know what it was all about. Like really, really wanted to. It isn't like every page is suspenseful, but there's something slightly eerie about the story, and although there's something familiar about it also, you can't be sure about its direction. So, really it's quite captivating. Especially when you get about a third into the story, say about maybe or-so pages in, at least I think that's when I knew, I would want to read the rest of the series.
The only nuisance I can think of is that it's slightly repetitive at time, but I'm quite certain that's mostly because I had the time, and motivation, to read this in less than a day. Had I been stretching it for several days, or simply been less engaged, the small reminders, would probably have felt entirely helpful. But, really, this book is awesome! Oct 21, Lauren Stoolfire rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , mystery , suspense. A small Wisconsin town is shocked when a high school freshman girl's body is found in the lake.
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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 A small Wisconsin town is shocked when a high school freshman girl's body is found in the lake. One of my coworkers recommended this novel by Steven James. She had never read the author and was pleasantly surprised when she stumbled upon Blur.
She said it was a mystery that would be right up my alley. And, she was right! I really enjoyed this first novel of a trilogy. This clever mystery novel is so filled with suspense that it kept me turning these pages non-stop. The best part is that the characters are so well-developed.
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Daniel and most of the supporting cast, like his best friend Kyle, seem so life-like and multifaceted. I liked getting an inside look at Daniel's thought process and observing his struggles as he's dealing with his new reality. Overall, if you like twisty-turny psychological thrillers with an engaging mystery and a great cast, Blur is for you. Sep 28, Rose rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-whodunnit.
Update - Nov 1, 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 tw Update - Nov 1, 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. Now that the re-read is done, I'm almost reluctant to start book two.
It's mostly so I can put down my thoughts before I move on to something new. I finished this yesterday thinking it was pretty good, but I got busy and didn't write my review. Here it is only a day later and I've already started to forget many details. I guess it didn't have the impact it should have. The protagonist I swear I can't remember his name had his first vision at the funeral. A girl from his school had been found dead having drowned at the lake.
She asked him for help to find out what happened. He started having more visions and was starting to doubt reality. What started as a ghost story became a mystery as "he" began investigating the details of the girls death. It was good, and I enjoyed reading it, but as I said, it just didn't stick with me. Jan 16, Caitlyn Santi rated it really liked it Shelves: e-reader-challenge 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! 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 every chapter ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, that really made the pages fly! I love it when this author puts references in his books that link them to his other books, so I was particularly giddy and ended up grinning like a total idiot when I read one particular moment when a character in Blur made a comment that referenced the signature phrase of one of the characters in the Bowers Files!!! I don't want to risk spoiling anything so I will just say that I really, really liked this book As evidenced by the fact that I read it in under twenty four hours!
View 1 comment. May 05, Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it. 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.
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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 4.
In the PB series, the voice is, for me, what puts that series up to a solid five stars, and this one isn't quite there. Good, of course--really good, in fact--but not PB. Maybe I'm just biased ;. But I totally plowed through this book and can't wait for the next one! Feb 14, Ricky rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , crime-thrillers , read-this-if-it-kills-you , young-adult , freaky-supernatural-adventures , why-isn-t-this-a-bloody-movie-yet.
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 th 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.
Usually, that's not a good thing I say this as a hopeful future-bestselling writer of a Mundane Fantastic YA mystery that makes no effort to hide its paranormal side , but here, I think it is, because it just makes the book feel more grounded and real - not that it wasn't any of those things already. I'd say it compares pretty well to Andrew Klavan's Homelanders series or Mike Mullin's Ashfall in this respect, not so much in terms of genre, but more because of James' use of a protagonist with an excellent balance of intelligence and athleticism.
It's a shame that, like with so many of James' books, I wound up having to special-order this one from San Jose. 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! Apr 10, Isis rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , netgalley , free , part-of-a-series , mystery-and-or-fantasy , paranormal-sci-fi-and-or-fantasy , young-adult , romance , suspense , action.
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.
But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world b I would like to thank NetGalley and Skyscape for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review. Steven James did it again, creating a wild ride from beginning to end, chock full of suspense, emotionally charged moments, confrontations, and the undeniable sensation of slipping out of synch with the world around you.
He's set himself up with a tough act to follow, this being the first in a trilogy; if this book is any indication the rest of the trilogy will be as good or better, if that's even possible. Daniel is an eminently believable character, his thoughts and actions ring true to a sixteen-year-old boy undergoing a psychological 'event' of some kind. Food drew up a list of alternatives, from which the group decided on "Blur". Food Records finally signed the newly christened band in March The resulting single release, " There's No Other Way ", became a hit, peaking at number eight.
The band's third single, " Bang ", performed relatively disappointingly, reaching only number Blur attempted to expand their musical sound, but the recording of the group's debut album was hindered by Albarn having to write his lyrics in the studio. Although the resulting album Leisure peaked at number seven on the UK Albums Chart , it received mixed reviews,  and according to journalist John Harris , "could not shake off the odour of anti-climax".
Featuring "a rush of punk guitars, '60s pop hooks, blaring British horns, controlled fury, and postmodern humor",  "Popscene" was a turning point for the band musically. We put ourselves out on a limb to pursue this English ideal and no-one was interested.
During the two-month American tour, the band became increasingly unhappy, often venting frustrations on each other, leading to several physical confrontations. I missed everything about England so I started writing songs which created an English atmosphere. The sessions with Partridge proved unsatisfactory, but a chance reunion with Stephen Street resulted in him returning to produce the group. Blur completed their second album Modern Life Is Rubbish in December , but Food Records said the album required more potential hit singles and asked them to return to the studio for a second time.
The band complied and Albarn wrote " For Tomorrow ", which became the album's lead single. The announcement of the album's release included a press photo which featured Blur, dressed in a mix of mod and skinhead attire, posing alongside a mastiff with the words "British Image 1" spraypainted behind them. At the time, such imagery was viewed as nationalistic and racially insensitive by the British music press; to quieten concerns, Blur released the "British Image 2" photo, which was "a camp restaging of a pre-war aristocratic tea party".
The success of Parklife revived Blur's commercial fortunes. Blur began working on their fourth album The Great Escape at the start of James reflected, "It was all more elaborate, more orchestral, more theatrical, and the lyrics were even more twisted It was all dysfunctional, misfit characters fucking up.
The debate over which band would top the British singles chart became a media phenomenon, and Albarn appeared on the News at Ten. The Great Escape , which Albarn told the public was the last instalment in the band's Life Trilogy, was released in September to ecstatic reviews.
An early Q magazine interview revealed that relations between Blur members had become very strained; journalist Adrian Deevoy wrote that he found them "on the verge of a nervous breakup". Blur biographer Stuart Maconie later wrote that, at the time, "Blur were sewn together very awkwardly". Although he had previously dismissed it, Albarn grew to appreciate Coxon's tastes in lo-fi and underground music, and recognised the need to significantly change Blur's musical direction once again. Coxon, recognising his own personal need to—as Rowntree put it—"work this band", wrote a letter to Albarn, describing his desire for their music "to scare people again".
After initial sessions in London, the band left to record the rest of the album in Iceland, away from the Britpop scene. The result was Blur , the band's fifth studio album, released in February Although the music press predicted that the lo-fi sonic experimentation would alienate Blur's teenage girl fan-base, they generally applauded the effort. After the success of Blur , the band embarked on a nine-month world tour. Among the tracks, the band were most impressed by Orbit's effort and enlisted him to replace Street as producer for their next album,  citing a need to approach the recording process from a fresh perspective.
Released in March , Blur's sixth studio album 13 saw them drift still further away from their Britpop-era attitude and sound. Orbit's production style allowed for more jamming, and incorporated a "variety of emotions, atmospheres, words and sounds" into the mix. While Q called it "a dense, fascinating, idiosyncratic and accomplished art rock album",  the NME felt it was inconsistent and " at least a quarter-of-an-hour too long".
The album's lead single, the gospel-based " Tender ", opened at the second spot on the charts. In July , in celebration of their tenth anniversary, Blur released a CD limited edition box-set of their singles. The accompanying tour saw Blur play the A-sides of the 22 singles in their chronological order of release. In an otherwise highly enthusiastic review of the best-of for the NME , Steve Sutherland criticised the band's "sheer disregard" for their earlier work; "Just because these songs embarrassed them once they started listening to broadsheet critics and retreated wounded from the big-sales battle with Oasis doesn't mean that we're morons to love them.
After 13 and the subsequent tours in —, band members pursued other projects. Graham Coxon recorded a string of solo albums, while Damon Albarn dedicated his time to Gorillaz , the animated band he had created with Jamie Hewlett. Recording for Blur's next album began in London in November , but concerted work started in June , with the sessions moving to Marrakech , Morocco soon after, and then to Devon back in the UK.
Not long after the sessions began, Coxon left the group. The song is largely electronic, and was part of the band's protest against war in the Middle East. Albarn, however, attempted to assuage fans' fears that the album would be electronic by providing reassurances that the band's new album would be "a rockin' record", and also said that it has "a lot of finely crafted pop songs". Think Tank , released in May , was filled with atmospheric, brooding electronic sounds, featuring simpler guitar lines played by Albarn, and largely relying on other instruments to replace Coxon.
The guitarist's absence also meant that Think Tank was almost entirely written by Albarn. Its sound was seen as a testament to Albarn's increasing interest in African and Middle Eastern music , and to his complete control over the group's creative direction. Overall the band kept a low profile and did no studio or touring work as a three-piece. After Coxon significantly thawed on the subject of rejoining Blur,  in band members announced that they would reunite, and that they intended to record together first in August, with the date later being pushed back to September, then October.
All the shows were well received; The Guardian ' s music critic Alexis Petridis gave their performance at Goldsmiths college a full five stars, and wrote "Blur's music seems to have potentiated by the passing of years They're tired of messages that depict women as highly sexualised passive sex objects. Getting rid of one song won't solve the problem. The ensuing climate of censorship reached a peak in , when rapper Ice-T's rock band Body Count buckled to huge political pressure and deleted their song Cop Killer. They pointedly replaced it on the album with a new song called Freedom of Speech.
If the MTV generation was the first to be exposed to the power of music videos, then the YouTube generation is the first to understand those videos in the context of social media and online discourse. Cultural consumers have never been more attuned to the messages, both explicit and implicit, embedded in popular artforms. Arguments about racism, misogyny and cultural appropriation that used to thrive primarily in academia are now mainstream. Sometimes these concerns about "problematic" art go to comical extremes — the Tumblr Your Fave Is Problematic leaves you wondering if there is anything out there that isn't problematic — but at least young consumers are asking the right questions, in the spirit of playwright August Wilson's axiom: "All art is political in the sense that it serves someone's politics.
Many people who follow pop music closely, however, are surprised that Blurred Lines has become such a lightning rod. Maybe it's an easy target because Robin Thicke is kind of slimy. Right now there's a lot of tension between women and men online so this was a way of women taking a piece of pop culture and saying: 'No, we're against this. Blurred Lines is not about rape in the same way that Cop Killer is about the fantasy of killing cops, so it is a question of interpretation.
If you don't think the song's narrator is willing to have sex without consent, then the song seems at worst sleazy, and the reaction overblown. If, however, you think that the concept of "blurred lines" sends a dangerous message to listeners, then it's explosive. Thicke himself has been a woeful defender of the song in interviews, recalling Spinal Tap's response to being called sexist: "What's wrong with being sexy?
The video is another matter. It was conceived and directed by Diane Martel, who told US website Grantland : "It forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators. I directed the girls to look into the camera. This is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. Martel's thoughts have received little attention, but then one flaw in the current debate is an unwillingness to credit female artists with ideas of their own.
When Miley Cyrus appeared naked in the Wrecking Ball video, critics assumed director Terry Richardson was calling the shots, yet in the case of Blurred Lines the blame for the video falls on Thicke. This is just one of the ways in which the battle lines are themselves blurred.