Jan 172011
Title: Shade
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publisher Date: May 4, 2010
Pages: 309
From Goodreads:
Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone. Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.
I have to give credit to Jen from Makeshift Bookmark for incessantly recommending this book. You did well :) .
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought “Ok, so we have another ghost story and another love triangle. Great.” But what I got was SO much more than that – much more than I thought I would.
One of the best aspects of this book was the love story between Aura, Logan, and Zachary. Of course it’s your typical love triangle, but it turned out to be more than just that. You could really feel Aura’s pain and angst as she tried to figure out her feelings and emotions. And Zachary – I am such a sucker for a man with an accent!

I also loved the ghost aspect of this story A LOT. Can you imagine walking around and being able to see dead people everywhere? And not even that, but have them talk to you and ask you for help?! Smith-Ready developed an amazing world built around the Shift that really sucks you in and creeps you out (in a good way).
I love how the author didn’t skirt around the grief everyone felt after Logan died. Grief is a difficult emotion to deal with, and Smith-Ready did an awesome job of really bringing those emotions out – so much that I felt them myself, like Logan was a real-life friend that I had just lost.
The biggest underlying question I have (I’m sure I’m not alone here) is this – what the heck triggered the Shift?!?! Why, all of a sudden, can all these young people see ghosts and older people that were born pre-Shift cannot? I am super excited for the next book, Shift, to be released on May 3, 2011, so we can find out more answers to this strange phenomenon.

  10 Responses to “Shade by Jery Smith-Ready”

  1. I can’t wait for Shift either! Shade was such a good and interesting book. I’m glad you enjoyed it! And Jen recommends some great books!

  2. I’m glad to see a good review for this one because, frankly, I keep shoving it aside due to the cover. I keep thinking it looks like a cross between eclipse and the dark divine and a million other covers. The plot definitely sounds intriguing though. Great review, Tara! :)

  3. Great review, I really liked this one too! I can’t wait for the next one, hopefully we can get some answers about the shift. =D

  4. Ah! I need to read this book! I’m such a sucker for an accent as well, it doesn’t matter what they’re saying as long as it’s with an accent:) Love the sound of the story itself though, her take on ghosts and the whole Shift sounds really different. Fabulous review Tara!

  5. I really enjoyed this book too and I think she did grief well. I think we’ll find out more about “the shift” in the 2nd book. (I hope!)

  6. As Shade’s self-appointed unofficial cheerleader, I am giddy at the fact that you enjoyed this book :) I think Shift should be released like yesterday. Jeri is an incredible writer and she totally makes you feel every emotion that her characters are experiencing. GREAT REVIEW!

  7. AHhh..ok. I think I should give into Jen’s book pushing for this one especially now that you LOVED it! :) Great review, Tara! I’m glad that there was more beyond the blurb for it because it didn’t ever excite me that much!

  8. Zachary!!! We like, Zachary, right? Right. Confirming, as you and I ALWAYS agree in love triangles it seems. Unlike some other people. (Ginger, I’m looking at you!)

  9. Thanks for such an awesome review!…. i had heard both good and bad things about this book, but I still bought it. Its currently sitting in my TBR pile :) after reading your review, i might bump it up a little! haha!


  10. Great review! I admit I was a little unsure about the plot, but it sounds like the author made it work.

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