Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

You can thank the lovely Michelle over at The Passionate Bookworm for introducing me to this awesome book!
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.

Like, wow.  This was an interesting twist to all those ghost stories we've all heard.  All kids sixteen and under have the ability to see ghosts.  Adults can't.  Some ghosts terrorize people who may get in their way while others are pretty contempt or maybe confused.  There's this entire branch of the government that deals specifically with the supernatural.  How is that even possible?  This was all made possible by the Shift.
I really liked how music and bands was apart of this.  As a music lover and performer myself, I could understand why Logan and his band mates were so excited and how hard it is to band together and create music.  It's not exactly a tough life, but it's not a glamorous one, unless you've got a record deal and tons of money.  Shift also showed its readers how dirty that type of business can be, too.  Drugs, alcohol, girls.  It's not pretty.
Then, because a book isn't complete without the hot guy with the irresistible accent, there's Zach (pictured below).  He's Scottish and happens to just pop into Aura's disastrous life.  He's supportive, patient (ahem) and really good at complimenting a girl when she looks like total crap.  Yeah, he's one of those guys.  A perfect combo once you throw in that accent of his.

Things really are a mystery in this book.  Why did the Shift start?  How did the Shift start?  Who is Aura's father?  Why is the ghost part of the government so interested in Aura?  And what does this all have to do with Zach?  Nothing is really answered, so I can't wait to get my hands on Shift, the second book in the trilogy.  Alas, my local library--nor the surrounding libraries in my county--have the book.  It's a completely mystifying situation since they have Shade and Shine, the last book.
Anyway, I gave this book four stars.  It was an intriguing idea and I can't wait to unravel the mystery.  Aura's a tough heroine that just happens to be completely clueless, but not in the dim way.  Readers learn things along with her.  I definitely suggest reading this book.  It was great.
Note: I don't usually read ghost novels, so this is saying something.

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