Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title:  Shade
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
My Rating: B+

Genre: YA- Paranormal Romance
Series: Shade #1
Main Characters: Aura, Logan, & Zachary
Release Date: April 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a crucial 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 talk to ghosts. This mysterious ability had 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 relationship 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:
When this book came out, everyone raved about it, so I knew that it was going to be good, but Wow! This series is fantastic!! I just finished book #2 in this series as I write this review...and I know better than to do that because it affects my objectivity over the first book. But Wow! This series seriously rocks. Book 1, Shade, is not as good as book #2, Shift, but the premise in these books is so astounding and interesting. Just amazing!

The world has changed for the new generation. There was a Shift and now everyone 16 and under can see ghosts. They have grown up that way. Ghosts have always been a part of their lives. The ghosts are seen as violet/purple  beings that can be seen in low light. The world has figured out stop-gap measures to keep ghosts from invading certain areas...black-boxes that can keep the ghosts out, obsidian rock also repels them, as well as the color red which many children have taken to wearing constantly because it is known to repel them. Aura is one of those kids that has taken measures to prevent the ghosts from being around her, but then her boyfriend, Logan, dies and she wants nothing more than to have his ghost as near as possible...at least, at first.

There are three main characters in this book:

**Aura was born the day of the Shift. She's typical of a lot of teenage girls. She is being raised by her Aunt Gina after her mother died from cancer when Aura was three. She has never known who her father was. Logan and she have been fighting lately over things like sex. She has issues with doubting his love especially as his fame grows. She adores music. She's a typical teenager, but there is a lot of layers to this character. She does work for her Aunt Gina and the ghosts in the court system. She realizes that something more is going on with her birth and is trying to research it on the sly via her History research paper. She's smart. She's conflicted. She's simply trying to find her place in the world and not hurt anyone around her. She loves Logan and his death is devastating to her. My heart ached for her throughout so much of this book because her longing is palpable. Her life is filled with "what if's"...

**Logan...first word that comes to mind- IDIOT! He blew it and I had a really hard time liking his character. He's self-centered and so focused on his music and making it big. The guy freaking overdosed because he couldn't get it up...OMG! IDIOT!! But you know, he paid the ultimate price for his mistakes and there are times throughout the book when that is simply devastating. When he dies and immediately shows up as a ghost. OMG...so freaking sad- his shock, Aura & Dylan's (his brother's) devastation at seeing him purple, the anger. So sad. But I have a hard time with him because he won't let Aura go. It's all about him and his remaining with her is tearing her apart. She needs to move on, but as long as he's there, she can't.

**Zachary...LOVE him!!! Zach is from Scotland. His father's job has brought him to the states for a year. He's been assigned to help Aura with her History research project, but we quickly learn that there is more to him than that. He shares Aura's birthday, but unlike her, he can't see the ghosts because he was born the minute before the Shift. (She was born the minute after the Shift.) It's obvious fairly quickly that he is developing feelings for Aura and how can you not love this guy? He is so protective of her. He gets into a fight the week after Logan's death protecting her. And he is so freaking understanding about her feelings for Logan. I don't know many guys that would have the patience and resilience to stand by her like he does when she is obviously pining for someone else.

Like I said, I really like the premise of this book and series. It's very creative, original, and really superbly written. All the characters are well-thought-out. There wasn't a single instance in the book where I wasn't fully engaged by what was happening. It all flowed incredibly well and I was full hooked into the story. Amazing book!


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

I really liked both Shade and Shift, too. Also... I totally agree with you about Logan (idiot!) and Zachary (love him!). lol. :)

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I Love ZACH! I really like this series too. It was pretty darn good :)