Thursday 1 September 2011

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith Ready

Bookish Details:
Series: Shade Trilogy #1
Pages: 309
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 4th 2010

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 Review: 
The story is set sixteen years after the 'Shift' has taken place. Every child who was born after the 'Shift' has the ability to see and speak to ghosts. This divides people into Pre-Shifts and Post-Shifts. Aura was born just after the 'Shift' occurred.

With ghosts everywhere, Aura deeply wishes that she was born before the Shift. That is until tragedy strikes on the night of her boyfriend's seventeenth birthday.

Aura's life becomes increasingly complicated when she ends up torn between the living and the dead. She is still in love with her dead boyfriend, Logan but finds herself becoming closer to the Scottish exchange student Zachary, who is very much alive, and provides Aura with comfort and understanding.

As Aura struggles to maintain a relationship with Logan, even though she can't touch him, she begins to realise that she can't move on in life until Logan has moved on in death.

Shade has everything that makes up a good read: Humour, supernatural elements, great characters, oh and a super attractive Scottish guy thrown in for good measure. I totally loved Shade and couldn't put it down, I will definitely be picking up the sequel, Shift.

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