Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready - Review

(Shade #1)

by Jeri Smith-Ready

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.


My Review:

I loved, loved, LOVED it! Such a great, believable story, with so many strong, lovable characters and heart-clenching moments. A fantastic read. I read it in one sitting!

Aura was born post-Shift (the first one to be born post-Shift, actually), which means she can see and hear ghosts. She's not really happy about it, but she deals with it. LOL. Problem starts when her beloved boyfriend, Logan, overdoses on his birthday, dies and becomes a ghost. She can still see and talk to him, but they can never really be together again, try as they may. There's a very interesting take on sexual frustration in this book. Very realistic and believable.

Then comes the new guy at school, the Scot hottie Zachary (who also happens to be the last pre-shifter, born only a minute before Aura). Zach is 'the good guy' with the sexy brogue and beautiful eyes that tries his best to comfort Aura. The couple joins forces to discover more about the Shift and how it came to be. The action scenes were really good.

Logan's trial scene was very touching. The author has such a great way with words and descriptions, she just continuously makes your heart twist and clench.

This book was such a great mix of wonderful things! Romance, drama, music, boys... if you like emotional roller-coasters, great writing and strong characters, go for it!

In case you're wondering, I'm Team Shade Boys, because I really just can't pick one.

The sequel, Shift is out, too. And I already got mine. (I'm actually saving it. I want to savor it. LOL)

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