Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Book Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shade
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Paperback, 309 pages
Date Published: (Originally) May 4, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready was one of those books that I kind of wanted to read, but didn’t think I’d adore. Boy was I wrong. Smith-Ready’s take on ghosts is so far from the norm that I was instantly taken by it. Aura can see ghosts; she can talk to ghosts; she can even translate for ghosts. But so can everyone else born after her. After the Shift. The world that Aura lives in is exactly like our own, only filled with ghosts. These ghosts can be nice, mean, or go shade. Shade is a whole new level on a bad ghost spectrum. Shades get locked up, trapped by the government agency that wouldn’t even know they existed without the younger generation telling them.

Aura is one of those characters that I couldn’t help but love. She’s funny, smart, caring, a bit of a spitfire, but not at all apologetic for being who she is. She loves her boyfriend Logan before and after he dies. She wants to be there for him, but realizes he can never really be there for her in his new ghostly state. Logan is a great guy too, despite his stupidity and resulting death. He and Aura make a good pair, but so do Aura and Zachary.

Zachary is a swoonworthy character, if I ever saw (or read) one. If an author wants to make her readers all swoony, do what Jeri Smith-Ready did and give them an accent. Zach is Scottish, with a Scottish accent and Scottish words and swoony behavior, but he’s real too. He’s what Logan can no longer be, but he’s wary of that. Like Logan and Zach, all the secondary characters add something to the plot. Megan, Aura’s best friend is someone I’d be friends with. Logan’s family are the kind of people the reader can relate to and Aura’s aunt is a wise and all about the ghost (not girl) power! Unfolding each bit of the plot was a pleasure and seeing how Aura’s life as a Post-Shifter and Zachary’s life as a Pre-Shifter tie together kept me turning the pages.

Shade is a dark story layered with well-developed characters, backed by an increasingly interesting plotline, and littered with music that is felt throughout the pages. Aura’s determination to find out more about the Shift, keep Logan from going shade, and sort out her relationship with Zachary will keep the reader enthralled and turning the pages at breakneck speed. Be prepared to pick up Shift directly after finishing because you will NEED to know what happens next. I know I do.

Opening line: “You can hear me, can’t you?” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: But now it was real. Logan was gone. And I was standing in his bedroom all over again, with my shirt backward and inside out, seeing him in violet, feeling my world shatter into so many pieces that seventy-six days later, I was still picking them up. ~ pgs. 274-275
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Tiffany said...

I really enjoyed Shade. I still need to read Shift though. Great review!

BrittLit said...

Oh no! Now I'm going to have to bump this one up on my list...I think I have it lying around here somewhere. Glad you liked it, fantastic review. I'll definitely have to check it out now!

Bere said...

Wow, Nikki, brilliant review. You've just made me want to read this one. Fast! I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for this one. Thanks, Nikki! =)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Tiffany - You HAVE to read Shift! I loved Shade, but Shift is 1000x better. My review will be up on Friday (along with a giveaway) so be on the lookout.

BrittLit - You will not be disappointed reading it. But you will want to read the sequel. Right away. And it will be worth it.

Bere - Fast! Read it fast, then read Shift. They are so, so good.

Lily Child said...

I sooo need to read this! Great review! :)

Lori said...

These books are definitely in my top 5 favorite series! So, so good!! I have a thing for Scottish boys so Zach is...*swoon* :)

Awesome review!!

~The Book Pixie said...

Did you say Scottish?! Hell to the yeah! lol. I actually already own this one and need to read it. I've heard tons of great things about it and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as well :D


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