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Shade (Shade, Book 1) Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)
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Shade is an unconventional and tension-filled read. Smith-Ready's fascinating world in which everyone under the age of seventeen can see and hear ghosts will draw readers in, and Aura's strong voice and her conflicting feelings over Logan and Zachary will have them falling in love with Shade. The concept of the Shift is inventive and perhaps the most appealing aspect of the book, though Aura's personable and realistic voice is very well written, from her anguish over Logan's death and her intense curiosity over the truth about the Shift to her growing feelings for Zachary. Smith-Ready steadily builds suspense throughout the book as Zachary and Aura search for answers and confront the obstacles that stand in their way. However, partway through the book, it feels as if the momentum of their search is thrown off track as Aura becomes involved in finding a way to help Logan move on to the afterlife.Read more ›
The second story is about Aura, Scottish exchange student Zachary and their dangerous quest to unravel the mystery of the Shift before the authorities can stop them. The two stories are woven together and will be sure to keep you turning pages long into the night. And I can already see the Team Logan/Team Zachary feud beginning.
SHADE has managed to tell a heart achingly beautiful story. The supernatural elements are incorporated so fluidly that it was easy to forget that we don't all live in the post Shift world with Aura. The sequel, Shift, will be released May 2011. I cannot wait!
Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex. Scene of sensuality.
From a sexy love triangle between Aura and two utterly charming boys to an action packed plot to an enticing premise were some of the main aspects that make Shade the excellent and heart-racing book that it was destined to be.
Aura was a likable character with a compelling voice from the instant I started her story. I really liked how Jeri crafted her character in a way that she never got too mopey and suicidal over the death of her boyfriend, but instead made the best of the situation, even if it did hurt at times. Also, I loved reading her interactions with Logan, her long-time boyfriend and sexy lead singer of the Keeley Brothers', and Zachary, the sweet Irish boy. If I was her, I'd have no clue of who to pick.
As mentioned before, the plot in Shade was an action packed story that only gave you one choice. That choice? Rush right through it, of course, because it was just that addicting and amazing! I loved reading about the Shift and am looking forward to seeing more of it and the mystery around it in the sequel coming in '11 titled Shift. Also, I can't go without mentioning in this review how much I enjoyed Jeri Smith-Ready's writing. I can definitely see her being something really big in YA a few years from now.
In all, Shade is a book that I not only highly recommend you buy, but insist that you do so; since I assure you that you will definitely not be disappointed in this one! Though, word of warning, you'll be dying to read the sequel as soon as you read the last word like I am now.
Opening Sentence: "You can hear me, can't you?"
Excerpt: Chapters 1-7
The Shift is a complicated event that no one can seem to explain. Because of The Shift, everyone under sixteen can see and communicate with ghosts. Unfortunately for Aura, she falls into that category. With her rocker boyfriend, Logan, on the brink of stardom, Aura is feeling the heat. Knowing that Logan battles skanks day in and day out, Aura wants to solidify her place in his life. It's settled -- the couple plans a day to finally get in some much desired sexy time. Naturally, Logan blows his big moment. After indulging in alcohol, Logan finds himself unable to rise to the challenge. Trying to remedy this situation, Logan accidentally kills himself. Now that Logan has died, he's a ghost. Aura must help him pass on to the other side or Logan is in danger of turning Shade. Some ghosts turn Shade if they can't accept their fate and gain closure. In this world, becoming a malevolent ghost is really bad news. Enter most commonly used YA trope, Zach, the new boy at school. As the story progresses, Aura soon finds herself torn between her ghost boyfriend and the hot Scottish boy, Zach.
Several of my friends have read this book and loved it, but after reading Shade, I can honestly say that I don't feel the same way. On the surface, I can see why some might be enamored by this ghostly tale. The premise is actually quite original and pretty interesting. The problem is that the worldbuilding is sorely lacking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here we have another situation where I am kicking myself for putting this book off for so long. Since Shade first released, I have been meaning to pick up this series and I have... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Teresa
My best friend asked for this for her birthday. She loved it.Published on December 20, 2013 by Brian Evans
Yeah - ghost books usually aren't my thing. Let's face it - relationships with non-corporeal beings are doomed for failure. No kissing, no touching, no sharing a dessert... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Krista @ Krista's Dust Jacket
I bought a copy of this book at a library book sale. I read the inside flap and was intrigued that this was about ghosts.
I was very surprised by this story. Read more
I haven't read many ghost stories lately, and the thought of being in love with a ghost caught my interest. How could an author solve this problem and keep readers interested? Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Kayla
At first I wasn't feeling Shade. I admit all I kept thinking was: 'This love-triangle better not get on my nerves.' And actually, it did annoy me a bit. Read more
I have been ambivalent about ghost stories for a while. It doesn't really bother me, but I don't love it and I definitely don't go looking... Read more
After hearing several other book bloggers absolutely raving about this series, I decided to give Shade a try. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by RedheadHeroines
Wow....this book left me a little speechless. If you are looking for a fun light novel, look elsewhere. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews