Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publisher Date: May 4, 2010
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.