Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
First released on: May 4th, 2010
Pages: 309 (Paperback)

Goodreads Summary:
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 Rating: 4.5 / 5

What I thought about it:
Shade was a wonderful and very emotional novel - a ride on a roller coaster for your feelings. It deals with losing someone you love on a whole different level: What would you do, if you could still be with a beloved one who died? Would you feel guilty, if a part of you wanted to move on? Especially if everyone else tells you to?

This novel's main character Aura can see ghosts and communicates with them, but she isn't the only one. In the world she lives in something has changed and people born after a certain moment share this ability. So when her boyfriend dies, he isn't gone completely and her struggle between the world of the dead and her real life starts. 

Aura is a very likeable character and her emotions are very well portrayed. It's not hard to understand why she feels what she feels and at certain points you just want to take away her pain and make life easier for her.

Her boyfriend Logan is a very interesting character to watch. Having to lead a life after death like that isn't easy for him and he has a hard time dealing with it. Seeing how his relationship to Aura develops despite - or because of - this is what I'm looking forward to in the sequel Shift very much.

Of course this wouldn't be a real YA book if there wasn't a love triangle. Zachary, the hot new guy from Scotland, will make you swoon as well. Aura's indecision concerning the boys is very understandable and I'm also looking forward to see her spend more time with him as well.

All in all, Shade is a very beautiful story which all ghost-lovers will truly enjoy.

The second novel of the series
was released on May 3rd, 2011 by Simon Pulse.

Have you read Shade? What did you think about it?

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I really, really enjoyed reading Shade. I love the characters! Especially the guys. ;) Glad you enjoyed this! Looking forward to your review of Shift!


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