By Tara Fuller
July 2, 2013
Ages 14 and up
Reviewed: ebook/ARC from Publisher
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?
I was quite the fan of the previous book in this series, and so it was with great excitement that I began BLURRED by Tara Fuller – a story that expands upon her world of reapers and the blurred lines between life and death and heaven and hell.
I had half been expecting a story about the darkly enchanting reaper named Easton when I first found out about this second book. But I was extremely pleased when I found out that, instead of Easton, it would be told from the point of view of Cash, the “ladies man” and best friend of Emma in Inbetween. I knew that Cash’s voice would provide plenty of character growth as well as plenty of laughs and swoons – and I was right.
(Intermission: I would like to stop for a moment and say that (ironically) there is a character named “Cash” in my current WIP. End intermission.)
Cash’s story moves forward immediately from the events at the end of Inbetween. If you recall, things did not end all that well for poor Cash. Though there is a sense of hope throughout the entire book, and the romance helps to keep things light, it is still a dark, dark tale that Tara weaves… and it is quite unpredictable, too. As was the case in Inbetween, I could scarcely begin to predict how BLURRED would end. Oh, I do so love unpredictability in fiction…
There is something about Tara’s writing that I love. I have a difficult time pinpointing what it is exactly, as her writing is not necessarily flowered with elaborate phrases or endless metaphors and her descriptions are simple and fairly straight-forward. It is more that she knows how to say exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. She lays out a scene and executes (or follows through with) it in a perfect and believable manner. Her characters act and react in ways that are believable and easy to relate to. They are likable and their personalities are perfectly fleshed out. If there is only one thing that I could say about Tara Fuller’s writing, I would say: “Impeccable.”
I didn’t particularly anticipate the depth of the romance that developed in BLURRED. Call me daft, but I must have totally forgotten about Anaya’s motives in Inbetween over this past year. But once I dove into this book, I was quickly reminded about what she must have been thinking during the fire that changed Cash’s life forever. (Note: Hardly any existing background information is provided at the start of the novel, so if you have not read Inbetween in a while, you may want to re-familiarize yourself with the characters.) At it’s core, BLURRED is a romance – and oh my, the romance in BLURRED easily competes with all of the swoony sweetness that exists in Inbetween.
Much like Inbetween, the story within BLURRED is complete and satisfying. If you are looking for a series to take with you on vacation this summer or for a trip to the beach, choose the Kissed by Death series by Tara Fuller.
I can tell that there are more stories to be told in Tara’s world of the living and the dead, so once again I am eagerly anticipating the day that book three in the series is announced. This time I wonder if we will be getting Easton’s story at last. *eye wink*