Series: Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Posted August 24, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Shade by Jeri Smith-ReadyShade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 4th 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.

One word for Shade; AMAZING. I have found another favorite author in Ms. Jeri Smith-Ready.

Shade is my first ghost story and I love the concept behind it. All the people (sixteen and under) that was born after a date and time are called Post-Shifters and they can see and talk to ghosts. Although most of the time they do not want to.

Aura loses her boyfriend Logan, when he makes a stupid decision that takes his life. Now he is haunting her and they can’t let each other go. That’s when a sexy Scottish student named Zach enters the picture and a love triangle begins.

But Zach has a few secrets.

Throughout Shade, Aura and Logan has a tug of war with their love for each other and wither or not to “break-up”. But how to do you break-up with your ghost boyfriend without making him turn Shade? (Shades are bad ghosts.)

Shade was dark at times; I’ve not wanted to cry so much reading a book in a while. I found myself feeling Aura’s heart break.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves YA Urban Fantasy with a great love triangle and mystery.

I cannot wait to pick up Shift, the second book in the series!

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has resulted in twelve published novels for teens and adults, including RT Reviewers Choice-winning fantasy Eyes of Crow; as well as the PRISM award-winning Wicked Game and Shade. Her latest is the YA contemporary novel This Side of Salvation (April 2014), which Booklist called a “smart, unpredictable, and well-rounded tale” in its starred review.

Jeri lives in the rolling hills of Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team “sit in the author’s lap and keep her from writing.” (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though actually…) When not writing, she’s either out running or on Twitter. Jeri is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.