Book Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 309
Source: Purchased for Kindle
Rating: ★★★★☆ 
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

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. – Goodreads

I wasn’t very fair to Shade in the beginning. Going into it I was sure that I wouldn’t like it and, with that mindset, I found it very easy to nitpick all sorts of things. I wasn’t far in when I got to the point where I forced myself to move onto reading something else temporarily. However, that was for the best because on second try, once I finally allowed myself to just enjoy reading it, the book was impossible to put down.

Everyone born after the Shift can see ghosts. Aura is among them and her ability is something she barely tolerates. That changes drastically, however, when Logan dies and her ability is the only thing that allows her to see him. That in itself brings on plenty of conflict, though, as she’s torn between wanting him around, wanting him to move on and keep from turning Shade, and wanting herself to move on.

I didn’t think it was possible, but with Shade I found a love triangle I could actually stomach. As a matter of fact, I loved it. Crazy talk, I know, but I found myself absolutely torn between the love interests Logan and Zachary. I did think Aura jumped into feeling for Zachary a bit too quickly, but I later enjoyed the progression between the two: the hesitation, the frustration, the sweetness… Logan had moments when he was absolutely unlikable and selfish, but he also broke my heart. It was clear to see how much he loved Aura, as well as the loyalty he had for his family. It was impossible to choose between the two!

You know how most YA novels have those chaste romance scenes? Yeah, not happening here. There’s nothing extremely graphic, but Jeri Smith-Ready definitely goes in a different direction from the norm, raising things up a notch. YOWZA.

Shade concluded with a bit of a cliffhanger and many unanswered questions about the Shift. I was definitely left wanting more! At this point, I’ve read the sequel and loved it even more than this first book. The review should be coming shortly.

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  1. I haven’t read this yet, but its on my pile! Thanks for the review, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and keep putting it on the backburner. Maybe it’s the character name. I have a hard time seeing my name in print without giggling a little, since it happens so rarely. :)


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