Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Who: Jeri Smith-Ready
What: Shade
When: May 4th, 2010
Why: Hype
How: Traded

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 was a book that I had heard countless praise about from bloggers all over, so I finally decided to give it a try! And i'm so glad I found it on a trade list and snatched it when I could!

Shade was a seriously enjoyable read. The whole Shift was intriguing and I loved that Jeri didn't gave me just enough information about it that I want more. A lot of times, books give you too little information, or too much. But she found that perfect balance. I have plenty of questions, but some of them have been answered. The fact that pre-Shifters couldn't see the ghost presented some comedic relief, especially when one of them didn't notice their was an old lady ghost crying next to him and Aurora talked to her.

Aurora was a good main character, believable. She was also relatable, I believed whole-heartedly that she missed Logan, her boyfriend, after he died. But while he was still there, just as a ghost, you could still feel the pain of the fact he couldn't touch her. It even made me sad. She was reserved and always had a sort of ulterior motive to the things she did, like the research project. She was definitely a well-rounded character.

Now unto the love triangle, which Jeri did beautifully! I really believed that Aurora didn't know who to choose! I know that's the definition of a love triangle but a lot of books you don't really feel how torn she is. Logan was nice and really loved her, but he's well...you know...a ghost. I understand why she had mixed feelings about the relationship while he was alive, because he didn't really completely show how much he did love her. Zachary was just....yum. Complete with a sexy Scottish accent and a nice, sweet personality. He never forced himself on her, and helped her out when she was freaking out over Logan's death. Both two very good choices, but i'm totally leaning towards Zach.


Happy Reading!


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