By: Jeri Smith-Ready
Reading Level: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 2010)
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 has been on my to die for list for months. Having just received it from a contest that I won I had to bump it to the top of the stack to read. To sum it up it was absolutely worth every minute spent waiting. BookWhisperer has been a fan of this author since reading Wicked Games immediately following its release. Although, I would have to say that Jeri Smith-Ready has outdone the entire series with this debuting young adult novel. Aura is a fascinating character that it is impossible to ignore. Though, for the first time I think that I was more captivated by the characters of Zachary and Logan that I was of the main character. The emotional ties in this book are exhilarating, and I must say that I have not felt this emotional about a story in quite sometime. Beware when entering that this is heart wrenching novel, and will occupy your thoughts well after the last page. I managed to finish the book in its entirety in a little over a day, and find myself lost as I do with most of the greatest books. The entire flow of the book just slides the readers through the pages without an effort, and you will find yourself zipping through the pages. With a storyline that is extremely unique; this novel takes ghost stories to a whole different level. I am very happy with the resolution concluding the novel, but it was not without a catach that promises for more to come. Shift will be the second book in this series, and I hope that it is every bit as good as the first. Lastly, cover art is mystical and incredibly beautiful. I did not truly expect much of a mystery due to its simplicity, but was taken back when I realized the significance of the red ribbon. Everything about this book is wonderful I can not find a single con about this book, and would recommend to everyone whether you be a romance or supernatural lover this book is right up your alley.