Blurred by Tara Fuller
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Release date: July 2, 2013
Series: Kissed by Death #2
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed by: Helen
Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things.
They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well. Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death.
Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on. The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?
The first book in this series, Inbetween, was the very first book that I was given for review. So obviously, when I had the opportunity to review Blurred, I was beyond excited! Blurred expands upon the storyline of Cash and Anaya, both of whom were side characters from Inbetween. I enjoyed Cash’s character so much in the first book, and getting a chance to know him better in Blurred was such a great experience. We also get to see a few glimpses into what’s happening with Finn and Emma as well.
In Blurred, Cash is in an expired body. He’s dying from the inside out. And there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. Anaya is the reaper that is responsible for keeping him here on earth past when his soul was ready to move on. She’s been given orders to keep his soul in his body and ultimately deliver him to Balthezar when he gives the order. Even though she’s not sure her boss’s reasons for wanting Cash to himself are on the up and up, she’ll do anything to be reunited in heaven with her love, Tarik.
Everyone knows that there’s something different about Cash’s soul. He shouldn’t still be alive in an expired body, but his soul is hanging on. He’s suddenly able to force souls into corporality and to cross the boundaries between Heaven, Hell, and the Inbetween. And both sides are interested in using that to their advantage. But when an unknown stranger starts recruiting Cash as well, he has to decide who is truly telling the truth, and who has been lying to him the whole time. But his time is running out. His body will expire, and soon. And the shadow demons that have been hunting him are just waiting to devour his soul.
The characters in Blurred were vivid and the plotting definitely kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. This series does suffer from a twinge of insta-love. I had the same issues when reading about Finn and Emma in Inbetween, and was hoping that the relationship in Blurred would develop more organically, but unfortunately it was more of the same. Though I fell in love with the characters, there really isn’t much relationship building that we’re able to participate in. With all that said, I felt that the story line and the mystery surrounding the characters was more than enough to compensate for that.