Friday, December 31, 2010

Shade Review

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. 


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 Shift0


Jeri Smith-Ready knows what it takes to grab a reader.  She is an incredible writer and she did a fabulous job with this book.  Not only did she manage to blend all of the layers together seamlessly, she also created a multitude of dimensional characters that were both believable and easy to relate to. This book marks a great start for a new urban-fantasy series. Talking to ghosts or even ghostly boyfriends isn’t a new concept, however, the idea that an event could change everyone born after it took place is a new concept.

Aura, as a main character, is very interesting. She comes off as beautiful, funny, smart, caring, and has been through a great deal of bad situations. She was the first to be born after the Shift. The Shift was an event after which the younger generation can now see and talk to ghosts. The shift has a whole different meaning for Aura when her boyfriend Logan dies and becomes a ghost. She is faced with the reality of a spirit that is haunting her and has to deal with all of the problems and emotions that go along with it. Then she meets Zachary. A good-looking, Scottish boy (I heard his sexy brogue in my head every time he spoke -- yum).  Aura and Zachary study the ancient monuments to solstices and equinoxes for a school project. They use that knowledge to inch their way toward an understanding of how and why the Shift occurred. Even with the help of British and American secret agencies, those questions keep Aura and Zachary -- and readers – guessing. Let’s just say you'll be dying to read the sequel as soon as you read the last word, like I am now.

5 out 5 stars

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