Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Steven James: Curse

By Kelly Bridgewater

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.

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My Review:

When I think of Steven James, I think of suspense and mysteries with so many twists and turns that I don't see the bad guy or the solution coming. There hasn't been a single book of his that I have figured out who the bad guy was. I even have studied how he wrote The Knight, which he autographed when I met him in 2014, so I could figure out how he laid his trail of clues, so I could work the same magic in my suspense novels. Anyway, with the Blur Trilogy, which is designed for the young adult crowd, I have enjoyed Blur and Fury. I anxiously awaited for the conclusion to this series with Curse.

As always, the mystery is filled with many twists and turns. What is better than a haunted hotel on a stormy night in the middle of nowhere? Nothing. It is a setting designed for  creepy event to happen. James plays on the potential reader's fears by drawing me into the creepy woods while a storm is approaching. Yes, some might think it is a completely cliche setting but that is why the setting works so well. I didn't see it coming, and it makes the tension crackled and spark with every flash of lightening and crash of thunder.

The story's point of view is from a teenager, which I love. I love seeing and understanding through world through Daniel's visions and interruptions of the dreams. While Daniel has been struggling with these visions since the book Blur, I really didn't feel like they bothered him as much this time around. He appears to have been acclimated to visions with a snap of his camera's phone.

While most of James' novels have non-stop action that connect me to the characters and the plot, Curse did not. For the majority of the book, James drags us along, not really giving us a lot of exciting action. It bored me for a long time, which I honestly hate to write, but I'm being honest here. The story picks up about seventy percent into the book and that is where James shines. From then on out, the story was written in typical James's fashion, dragging me along for a great ride.

 Curse is an original and completely unpredictable story. The theme of what is a curse to someone might be a blessing to someone else runs rampant through  the series. The story bounces off this idea and came to reality. It made me think about certain items that are occurring in my life that have me questioning God, but in reality, I should focus on what God has actually blessed me with. Like a house, three wonderful boys, a loving and supportive husband, and a steady income where my familly does not go without any of our basic needs.

With a satisfying ending, Steven James's Curse captures the teenage mind of Daniel, allowing me to experience the world with me, while the action slowed more than the previous two books. Even though I probably won't mark this one of my favorite James' novels, I anxiously wait for his next book to come out.

I received a complimentary copy Curse from Skyscape and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

If you have read Steven James' novels, what makes you return to his books? If not, I suggest you picking up the Pawn, it is a REALLY great book!

Where to Purchase:
Barnes and Nobles


Steven James
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Best known for his high-octane thrillers, Steven James is the award-winning author of eleven suspense novels. The Blur Trilogy is his first mystery series for teens. Steven has taught creative writing around the world and loves rock climbing, science fiction movies, and chicken fajitas. Find him at www.stevenjames.net.

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