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review 2019-12-23 08:45
Fury
Fury - Steven James

Fury is the sequel to Blur, and as in the first book, Daniel is seeing things he wishes he wouldn't see and is trying to figure out what it all means. It had been a while since I read the first book and so the details were a bit blurry for me, but it was repeated at the beginning of Fury, so it didn't feel like I had to go back to Blur.

While this was an entertaining read, I couldn't shake the feeling it was a bit forced at times. Also, without putting spoilers, there is a lot here that didn't surprise me in the end at all. Which was maybe a bit of a let down, but it still was a very quick read. I already have the third book in the series and I plan to read it soon, so I hope the story will take a turn to the original in that one.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-12-23 08:26
Blur
Blur - Steven James

This was my first time reading Steven James, who apparently is a master of suspense and this his first YA mystery. Daniel, the MC, starts seeing 'blurs', or basically the ghost of a recently deceased classmate who asks him to investigate her dead. (Why she doesn't just tell him what happened, since she was present at her own dead, is beyond me but would have made for a much shorter book, of course).

What follows is on the one hand a rather standard situation where Daniel together with his best friend and love interest look into the death of said classmate. On the other hand it is also Daniel's story as he is trying to figure out what is real and what isn't and is he going mad or not?

While not the most original mystery and not un-put-downable, it was a nice read and I will continue with the next in the series.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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quote 2017-07-10 07:57
"How in the hell could you have given me your heart?" I wondered aloud.

"Because you're the one who taught it to beat again."
#Blur - Cambria Hebert

~~#Blur by Cambria Hebert

(GearShark # 4)

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review 2017-07-07 07:40
Only time
#Blur - Cambria Hebert

This book is # 4, in the Gearshark series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this amazing series in order.

 

Dylan AKA Arrow has had nothing but heartache until recently.  Now he has to make a decision about his future.  He does not want to bring in more pain to those he loves, so he has put off stating his own wants.

 

Jason AKA Hopper is attracted to Arrow.  Everytime they are in the same room, it hums with electricity.  Before they get burned, can they choose to make a future?

 

This was a  bittersweet story.  So much pain.  So many things broken.  Well written, and full of sparks flying.  I loved the honesty of the characters and how they sync so well.  This is really a great addition to the Gearshark series.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-01-21 13:39
Review: #Blur (GearShark #4)
#Blur - Cambria Hebert

4.25 stars

I really liked this!
I was a bit afraid this would be all about racing, and since I hadn’t read the other books in the series, I had no idea what to expect. But I was happy to find out this book was very relationship focused. And I loved that!

We get to see how Arrow is treated by his father when he is 18, and we suffer with him when he gets kicked out of the house and

raped in an alley.

(spoiler show)



We also learn how Hopper, born as Jayson, loses a part of himself when

his boyfriend dies in a motorcycle accident.

(spoiler show)


It is now 3 years after the events of Arrow’s horrible past and 5 years after Hopper’s

boyfriend died.

(spoiler show)

 Hopper has been asked by his boss to meet up with Arrow and to get him to sign with his company as a racer.

And that’s how the two meet. On their first meeting the two immediately recognize another broken soul, so these two feel an immediate bond. Of course it’s not easy for both of them to let go of their pasts. Hopper feels guilty for wanting another man, and Arrow doesn’t know if he can ever be in a real relationship…

I guess you can say this book was very insta-lovey, since these guys kiss when they first meet, and dove immediately into the difficult conversations. They didn’t ease into things, they jumped in head first. I can really appreciate when my MCs are written this intense. It was like these guys had all their emotions turned up to 11. I’m such a sucker for this.

The hurt/comfort in this was perfectly balanced. I never once felt it was too much with two broken souls instead of one. Even though the first 30% in this were hard to read, this book never felt dark or depressing.

The relationship was sweet and more than a little cheesy at times, and I loved these guys together.

I did have one complaint and that was the use of the word ‘rod’. So not sexy. And it is used a lot!

Overall, a very nice, sweet read.

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