Sunday, May 9, 2010
Book Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
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.
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 4, 2010)
This is one of the books I've been anxiously awaiting, and it didn't disappoint! Love the whole idea of the pre- and post-shifters, with the post-shifters being able to see ghosts. I've read other books with ghosts, but nothing like this. These ghosts are violet-colored and when they turn bitter and bad, become angry spirits knows as "shades".
Aura is an interesting new heroine. She doesn't like being able to see ghosts, but deals with it the best she can. Aura and her boyfriend Logan are ready to take their relationship to the next step, when Logan suddenly dies. For the first time, she is glad that she can see ghosts as that means that Logan is still around. But how can someone move on with their life when the dead don't really go away? And what about the cute new Scottish exchange student, Zachary? Does he really know secrets that could help her solve the mystery of what caused the Shift, and is it possible to reverse things?
Really enjoyed this book, and gave it a 4/5 rating. I loved getting to know Aura and her friends, got a kick out of the shift-universe that Jeri has created, and can't wait to see what happens next! Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story!