Friday, June 3, 2011

Book Review: Shift (Shade, #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shift (Shade, #2)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Reading Level: Older Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 367 pages
Date Published: May 3, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. 

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.
Shift is the second book in the Shade Trilogy and it does not fall into that sophomore slump category by any means. Shift is everything that Shade was, then 9938832x more. It has action still, – DMP agents do not seem like nice people – emotional turmoil, – ghosts=death=sadness – and it has romance – I cannot tell you how much I love Zachary. And even Logan. And I loved seeing more of Dylan.

When Shade left off, Logan just returned from shading, something that’s not supposed to be possible. In Shift, he goes on to become solid again. Also, not supposed to happen. Aura feelings become more and more conflicted because she loves Logan, but she has really strong feelings for Zach. The girl is torn and screwed up and definitely flawed in her actions. But that’s why I love her. She’s the farthest thing from perfect, letting her emotions get the best of her and doing things she shouldn’t do. And she knows it.

Aura’s love life is far from the main issue here though. Logan’s reappearance and his appearance in solid form are not normal, even for ghost standards. Aura and Zach continue their research into Megaliths and how they, particularly the one at Newgrange where both Aura’s mother and Zach’s father traveled before they were born, tie into the Shift. More questions are brought up than answers and I’m dying to read the closing book.

Jeri Smith-Ready is a goddess at writing dark, yet fun, interesting, and sexy as hell stories. Shade hooked me, Shift destroyed me (in a good way), and I’m drooling for Shine. Shift made me run the gamut of emotions. One minute I was happy for the characters, the next I was sad and nearly in tears, two pages later I would be ready to throw the book across the room. All because of Smith-Ready’s spectacular emotional hold on me as a reader. If I had Shine in my hands right now, nothing else would matter because I am that eager to figure out how it ends; and you should be too.

Opening line: I held my breath as it began, the last verse of the last song. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: It was true, I was ready to share Logan with the world. Not just because he could do good, but also because as much as I loved him, he could no longer fill every corner of my life.
     Some of the biggest spaces were already taken. ~ pg. 106
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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You can also check out my review Shade (book #1) 

Simon Pulse has kindly offered up a copy of Shade & Shift for one lucky winner

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Devan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have read Shade on Pulse It and loved it. I really need to read the rest of the series!!

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great review! I haven't read the first of this series yet, but now I want to. :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Bethie - You're welcome! (Simon Pulse says you're welcome too - or I'm sure they would)

Devan - If you enjoyed Shade, you are going to LOVE Shift. Good luck!

Jessica - I wasn't sure if I'd love them, but I am so happy I gave Shade a shot because the series is so good. I want the third one (Shine) now! That's how much I love this series.

Lori said...

You know I LOVED this book just as much as you did! I couldn't agree more with everything you said! Jeri Smith-Ready is spectacular!!

latishajean said...

What a great giveaway thank you so much for the chance!

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