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Shade Hardcover – May 4, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Shade Series

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Gr 8 Up–Aura and her boyfriend are anticipating a special evening: it's Logan's 17th birthday, his band is playing an important gig, and they have intimate plans for the after party. However, things go horribly wrong when Logan drinks heavily, takes the cocaine that a record label rep gave to him, and dies. Logan is gone, but not really. Aura, like everyone else aged 16 and younger, was born after the Shift and can see and talk to ghosts. This ability has long annoyed her, and she has yearned to find out why the phenomenon happened so that she can end it. Now, still very much in love, Aura is ecstatic to see and hear Logan's spirit, though they can't touch. Then Zachary, a new boy, enters the picture and he and Aura discover that they share a mysterious bond: they were born one minute apart (he the last one pre-Shift and she the first after). Meanwhile, Logan's parents decide to sue the record label for providing their son with drugs, hoping that Logan will pass on if they win. If he doesn't find peace, he risks becoming a shade, a violent emanation considered a public-safety threat. This complex novel has numerous subplots. Occasionally, the chapters seem to take sudden turns from one story line to another, making the first-person narrative somewhat confusing. Nevertheless, the characters are interesting, and so is the clearly developed alternative world. Filled with romance and featuring a strong protagonist, Shade is sure to attract teens.Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
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"[SHADE IS] a fully satisfying read, with well-developed, believable characters. Smith-Ready changes the world completely by simply changing our ability to see."
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Product Details

  • Series: Shade (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Aura is a part of the first generation born after the Shift, which gave everyone born into the world the ability to see and speak with ghosts. She's never liked her ability, but can't deny being curious about what caused the Shift to occur, and harbors hopes that one day it can be undone. But when her boyfriend Logan dies unexpectedly and Aura is beside herself. Her ability is the only thing that gives her comfort, and allows her to still communicate with Logan. Then she meets Zachary, a mysterious boy with more than a few secrets that Aura is dying to know about, and together they find that their pasts have far too many common factors to be written off as coincidence...bringing Aura closer than she can imagine to the truth about the Shift.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
SHADE is a character driven ghost story with all the emotional resonance and bittersweet romance to make this impressive YA debut a must read for book lovers of all ages. In a lot of ways SHADE feels like two separate yet complimentary stories. The first is about Aura and her tragic love story with her long time love Logan both before and after his death. How can she love a ghost when he will never change, never touch, and never let her go? But how can she let him go, when she knows that doing so could destroy him?

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.
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By Teresa on February 7, 2014
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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 finally gotten to it. Needless to say, I am now addicted. I finished Shade in one sitting and I am still wondering why I did not pick this book up sooner.

Shade presents the reader with an original concept. In this world, everyone born after the Shift has the ability to see ghosts (this applies to kids around the age of 17 and younger.) Nobody knows why people started seeing ghosts all of a sudden, but it is clear that something changed. This whole idea was intriguing. Yes, the ghost thing has been done before, but not in a way like this. The whole concept of a world where ghosts could walk and interact with others freely is quite original.

While being able to see ghosts may sound like a cool ability, reading the book quickly shows you that it is not. As it turns out, these ghosts tend to bother the post-Shifters and that makes life difficult for post-Shifters. Aura is someone who wishes the Shift had never happened. The ghosts tend to make her life difficult and all she wants is to be like the pre-Shifters. That is until her boyfriend Logan dies. All of a sudden seeing ghosts isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure, Logan is dead but he is still around. Then we throw into the mix her new friend Zach, who may be more than a friend; and we have the makings of a wonderful story.

Aura is a character that it is easy to feel for. The reader will sympathize with her and the many troubles she encounters. You will also root for her to be happy and to discover the many secrets lurking in her past. If you have not guessed already, there is a bit of a love triangle with Logan and Zach.
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Format: Hardcover
Shade is hands down one the best books of the year!

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.

Grade: A+
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