Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Summary/ Image from author's website:

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.

Shade is hands down one the best books of the year!

From a sexy love triangle between Aura and two utterly charming boys to an action packed plot to an enticing premise were some of the main aspects that make Shade the excellent and heart-racing book that it was destined to be.

Aura was a likable character with a compelling voice from the instant I started her story. I really liked how Jeri crafted her character in a way that she never got too mopey and suicidal over the death of her boyfriend, but instead made the best of the situation, even if it did hurt at times. Also, I loved reading her interactions with Logan, her long-time boyfriend and sexy lead singer of the Keeley Brothers', and Zachary, the sweet Irish boy. If I was her, I'd have no clue of who to pick.

As mentioned before, the plot in Shade was an action packed story that only gave you one choice. That choice? Rush right through it, of course, because it was just that addicting and amazing! I loved reading about the Shift and am looking forward to seeing more of it and the mystery around it in the sequel coming in '11 titled Shift. Also, I can't go without mentioning in this review how much I enjoyed Jeri Smith-Ready's writing. I can definitely see her being something really big in YA a few years from now.

In all, Shade is a book that I not only highly recommend you buy, but insist that you do so; since I assure you that you will definitely not be disappointed in this one! Though, word of warning, you'll be dying to read the sequel as soon as you read the last word like I am now.
Grade: A+

Shade is now out!

Source: Publisher for review. Thanks Simon and Schuster!


  1. Awesome review! I am definitely excited to read this book :)

  2. Wow. Great review! Great characters + great plot + great writing. What more can I ask for? I'm so going to buy Shade as soon as I get money. lol

  3. Great review!! I really loved this book!!

  4. I currently have 90 pages left of this book, and I love it!!

  5. I need to add this to my wish list.

  6. Saying it's the best book of the year, made me want to read the review very fast! I love that there is a love triangle, that always intriques me! Wonder who gets the girl. And ofcourse a lot of action? GOOD STUFF! Great review, and I will be adding this book to my tbrlist. :)

  7. Hi, just discovered your blog. I gave you an award on mine.

  8. Wow, great review! This book sounds AMAZING, and I can't wait to get my own copy. Addicting, amazing... MUST READ! :D


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