Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Summary (from B&N): 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.

I was really excited to start this book, since it was about ghosts. I was hooked from the very first chapter. Every one 16 and younger is able to see ghosts, since the shift happened 16 years ago. But everyone over that is blinded to the world of the spirits. Usually it’s only the main character that is sucked into the unknown world, but in this book all of the kids are in the same dilemma. Except it’s a lot worse for Aura.

Aura is a decent protagonist who is strong and determined. She is a great friend and girlfriend, and knows when things aren’t going to be as they were planned. What I like about her is that she isn’t caught up in a fantasy that everything is going to be alright. Aura has a grip on reality even though she dreams of the positive.

Logan is an amazing boyfriend to Aura. Even with his death, he tries to be with her and make her happy. I can tell he truly loves her even at his age and his circumstances. How he feels about her is just heartwarming and adorable. Zachary on the other hand, is another story. He’s the new boy that is starting to have feelings for Aura. And although she’s hung up on Logan, the readers can tell that they have something going on. Zachary is interesting, patient, and just an all around great guy which also makes him a good choice for Aura.

The story line of this book is really interesting. The whole shift world and its characters are very creatively built. The ghosts in Smith-Ready’s story aren’t able to move on until they find peace. But the author puts a new twist on things since ghosts can also turn into Shades. Shades are the ghosts themselves consumed by darkness and are pretty much stuck as ghosts who will never find peace. It’s also even more interesting when you bring the government into it. The DMP are a part of the government that is trying to recruit post-Shifters to work for them. Throw this all together in a story, and it turns out pretty good.

I liked the story. It kept me interested in what would happen, but I have to say that I was disappointed a little. I guess I set my expectations a little too high for this book. None the less, I will certainly be looking out for the sequel. I recommend this book to those interested in the ghost world!

Rating: 3.7 / 5

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