Saturday, August 28, 2010

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Date Released: May 04, 2010
Published by:
Simon Pulse

Pages:  Hardcover, 309 pages
Young Adult

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.
Synopsis via Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Hooked from the first page, Jeri Smith-Ready helped start and fuel my new addiction with her fabulous writing and her even more fabulous subject of story.


Aura, who couldn’t have a more fitting name, doesn’t expect that her boyfriend Logan’s birthday will be his last.  With great opportunities working to go his way, and a girlfriend ready to take the next step to prove her love to him, Logan dies a tragic death- never truly experiencing either of his two biggest birthday gifts.

For most people, getting over loss is grueling enough.  Try being born after the Shift when you can’t get away from ghosts.  Aura, who normally despises the fact that ghosts can talk to her and ruin her every moment, isn’t sure whether seeing her now-dead-boyfriend is a good thing or bad.  It makes letting go and moving on near impossible, I could feel it.  Even when he is on the brink of becoming a Shade.

Cue, Zackary, the handsome Scottish bloke which immediately befriends, self-proclaimed outcast, Aura.  With the excuse of a school project, and motives of his own, Zackary is able to form a friendship with Aura confusing her feelings and making her situation even more shady then before.

Aura is torn in two pieces, as I was, longing for the love she had and wanted to keep and wishing for the ability to move on to the perfectly understanding, and safe (in several ways) new-to-town-guy.  Even more then her love problems she needs to dissect the clues she finds within herself, Logan, Zackary and their pasts to figure out the Shift and what they all had to do with it.

Jeri Smith Ready, not only hooked me by page one, she kept me wanting more.  This book is fast paced, full of real and relatable raw emotions, and in a far off way a little bit believable (I mean, come on, what are you going to believe more?  Ghosts or glittery-vamps?) This isn’t your run-of-the-mill romance.  It holds a little action and mystery too.

With a sequel due out in May 2011, the date couldn’t come fast enough.  I know there is more fabulousness to come.
This story definitely makes it onto my fab reread list! How couldn’t it with each page turn there was flutters of my tummy, grins creeping across my face, and my brow furrowed helplessly?




  1. This sounds really good! I'm adding it to my to-read list.

  2. Loved your review of this one! I've had it on my list for a while, but now it has just moved to the top:) Can't help but have a soft spot for the Scottish boys.


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