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Release Day for Curse by Steven James!!! – GIVEAWAY

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One of my Top Favorite Writers has a new release today!!! It’s called Curse, and is the third book in a YA trilogy… Haven’t read the first two? This is even more reason to pick them up asap! And if you’re not YA, that’s okay. You can still read these and definitely gift them to others!

Enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

Blitz-wide giveaway (US/CAN only)
5 print copies of Curse

This giveaway ends on May 26th:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Book & Author Details:
Curse by Steven James
(Blur Trilogy #3)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

What’s this book about?

Don’t miss this intriguing and climactic conclusion to the Blur Trilogy.

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.

Find it on Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28230959-curse?from_new_nav=true∾=1&from_search=true

Purchase the trilogy:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Blur-Trilogy-Book-3-ebook/dp/B017TVZO5S

Who’s Steven James?

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 these links…
http://www.stevenjames.net/
https://www.facebook.com/sjamesauthor
https://twitter.com/sjamesauthor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/144788.Steven_James

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Giveaway, Steven James, Suspense, YA

 

If I Run, by Terri Blackstock 

Before sharing my review of If I Run, my first (?!) Terri Blackstock book, I need you to know a couple of things. First, I strongly urge you to not begin reading this right before you go to sleep, especially if you are working the next day… because you won’t be able to set it down and sleep. Your eyelids may be closed, but you will refuse to let the book go until your next reading opportunity. And second… I don’t read a lot of books written in present tense. Sometimes I have trouble getting into them, for whatever reason. But this book.. it works, and frankly I don’t believe it would be as good if it weren’t written in first person, present tense. That makes this book. Because of the way the book is written, I’ve decided to mimic this in my review. While I know this isn’t typical, rather than review as a reader, I’m going to become Casey and then Dylan, the main characters in this story.

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As a 20-something wanted for murder, I’m on the run. It doesn’t even matter that I didn’t do it, I’ve got to hide, or I’m dead too. Being careful to avoid leaving a trail, I put to use all the crime stories I’ve read and watched.

My past terrifies me, both in my dreams and in my waking hours. It’s impossible to put it out of my mind, and this creates a barrier around me. I crawl into the shell of who I’ve become and rarely let anyone inside.

I’m a people lover though, and I have a hard time setting that aside to blend in with the background. Helping others is who I am. Is being available and doing what I believe is right worth risking being discovered?

They are lurking around every corner, I just know it. Still, I have to find someplace where I can get a job and save some money.

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As a veteran trying to live past PTSD and the nightmares that plague me, I question if my being hired to track down Casey is wise. Maybe I am more dangerous than helpful. What if I snap?

Following a girl who’s as smart as Casey obviously means learning to think like she thinks, and that means untangling the twisted bits of evidence and truths that surround my childhood best friend’s murder.

There’s so much that doesn’t make sense in this investigation, the facts just don’t mesh. Is this girl on the run as terrible as I am told? Nothing seems consistent with that. Not her friends, not her social media, nothing.

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Be aware that this is the first book in a trilogy. While some issues are resolved by the end of the book, others are not, and that’s not a bad thing. It creates an anticipation for the next installment in this story that wouldn’t be possible without this kind of ending.

I think I will describe this book as a pepper. The taste and spice will stay with you. Even after it’s over, you’ll still be contemplating.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Murder, PTSD, Suspense, Terri Blackstock