Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

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  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Source: Borrowed from the library
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Overview

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 Thoughts

I have been wanting to read this book forever and now I am wondering why I waited so long. This book was so fantastic.I love the paranormal element, the characters, the story, everything!! I was instantly hooked! I couldn't get enough of Aura's story. I even enjoyed the love triangle, and I don't typically like them. If anything they usually make me want to stab my eyes out, but this one works. 

Aura was born post shift which means she can see ghosts. Everyone born post shift can, while no one pre-shift are able to. She always wishes that she couldn't see them until her boyfriend Logan dies at his birthday party. Now she is having a hard time letting go. She can see him and talk to him, but knows that he is dead and she can't actually be with him anymore. To complicate things more, Zach makes her feel all sorts of things too. Aura is a tough chick, but she has a lot of conflicting emotions going on. I really felt for her. She also is trying to uncover secrets from her past. I loved getting to know Aura. She is very easy to relate to and understand. 

Oh Zachary!! *Swoon* Right from the moment we meet him, I think I am in love. He is good looking, charming and has an accent. Does the boy own a kilt too?!! *wink wink* Okay, so besides that, he is really great to Aura even when we find out about some of his little secrets I still couldn't help but adore him. He is sweet, patient, and understanding. Yup, what every girl dreams of. He was born pre-shift so he can't see ghosts, but there is a bit more to him.

This starts off with a bang. We get introduced to Aura and find out a bit about her ability, then we meet Logan, his siblings, and her BFF and things get interesting after that. I was totally hooked on this book. I was wrapped up in what was happening with Aura and seriously rooting for Zach to win her over!! I loved their undeniable chemistry, but I also admired her strength to try and do what she believes is right in her heart. She still loves Logan, and him being around as a ghost doesn't make it any easier for her to get over him. And Zach doesn't want to come second to anyone dead or alive. He deserves better than that. This book was fantastic and amazing! Oh, and the ending?!! Ahhh I really need to read Shift now!! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

26 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I seriously cry every time a Logan quote pops up on my blog in my goodreads quote widget. It was such a heartbreaking book and sadly I feel no Zach love that others do. But Logan is forever one of my favorite book boyfriends. It was written so emotionally! I don't know how she wrote it lol

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    1. I really felt so much emotion for both of them. I get both sides of it. I don't know what I would do in Aura's position.

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  2. I LOVE this book. Seriously, I love every single thing about it. :) So happy you loved it too!

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    1. It was so amazing!! I am waiting for Shift from the library! I was supposed to get it next and they checked it out to someone else!! Jerks!

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  3. Yay! So glad you read and loved this book. I added it to my Goodreads tbr list a while back but haven't really made any move towards acquiring it. I'm so glad you decided to review it :D Zach sounds absolutely swoon-y! What type of accent does he have, may I ask? ;)

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    1. Scottish!! Yum! This book was seriously so freaking good. I had it on my TBR list forever and decided it was time to get to it. I am waiting for the next book from the library, but I think I am going to buy the series.

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    2. WOW it's so good you want to buy them? I totes need to read it now too! Maybe they will have an e-version.

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    3. When I last looked they didn't have the e-copies, but they add new stuff all the time.

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  4. Ooh I've been meaning to read this one for ever as well! I'm so happy you liked it! I don't mind love triangles but it has to be well done and it sounds like this one nails it. I also love books that has ghosts it's just so fascinating. Oh and Zachary sounds like a charmer! :D Great review, muffin!

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    1. This is one excellent book!! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. The good thing is, no waiting for the next ones to come out. :)

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  5. Isn't it a fantastic book???? And I'm so jealous because you can read them one after the other without waiting.

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    1. That is the one good thing about not reading it until now. Of course my damn library is making me wait, but I'm getting impatient and will probably just buy them.

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  6. Yes... I too have waited FOREVER to read these books... Mine are still sitting on my shelf, just hanging out!!! But everyone seems to really like them!!!

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    1. I know!! I finally got to this because I don't think I have seen a bad review for this series. I have wanted to read it for so long. It was slow since I was reading a few chapters at a time between books, but I am so glad I fit it in. Now I just have to fit in the next two!

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  7. Niiiceee! this book sounds awesomee! i LOVE paranormal! and yay you liked the love triangle! Zachary sounds like someone id swoon over as well! lovely review Amy!
    - Farah @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Yes, I am not a big fan of love triangles, but this one is good. Zachary is very swoon worthy! ;)

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  8. Yay I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I actually didn't like it that much but I agree I LOVED Zachary! I also thought that ending was really gut-wrenching too :P But I had an issue with the cover and then it carried through the entire book so in the end I was just like O_O. But my review's going up tomorrow lol so I guess I'll be able to explain it better :P Awesome review!

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    1. Just read your review and I get what you mean. :) I am really looking forward to the next book, but my dumb library checked it out to someone else when I was the first person on the hold list.

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  9. I'm half-way through this and really want to get back to it! I'm loving it! I have the whole series, so I plan on getting it done in one big swoop! Nice review doll!

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    1. I wish I could read them back to back, but I don't have time. As it was I read this one a few chapters at a time over 2 weeks.

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  10. I did the same thing - put this series off. I loved this book but haven't read book 2??? What is wrong with me? Too many books and no time.

    Valerie

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    1. Haha!! I know!! Right now I am reading 2 review books at a time (One physical one on my nook) and listening to audiobooks lol. I don't have time to fit in anything else.

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  11. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!! Shade is one of my favorite series ever, ever, ever. I love Zach, he's a good dude. But my heart freaking broke for Logan. I love love love that boy. And Dylan!! Dylan needs his own story. I cannot wait to see what you think of Shift!

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    1. I hope to get to Shift soon. I was supposed to get it last week when it was returned to the library, but apparently they didn't care that I had it on hold and checked it out to someone else. Now I have to wait until like the end of September for it to be returned. (and hope they don't check it out again. I am the only one on the hold list so I will be angry if it happens twice in a row)

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  12. I really loved this book as well, Amy. I waited a long time to read it too but I'm glad I finally did. I am also a fan of Zach. Not so much of Logan. Great review, hun!

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    1. I understand why people like Logan, it's not that I don't like him, I jut think Zach is better. I really need to read the second book soon.

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