Monday, May 23, 2011

Arc Review: Shift

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date:
May 03, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Young Adult
384, Hardcover
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Overall: Flippin' Fabulous!
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Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

My Thoughts:

For those of you who haven't read Shade, the first in the Shade series, you absolutely must.  It is one of my favorite books of all time.  I originally purchased it as a e-book but that wasn't enough and ended up lucky enough to snag a hard cover as well.

So what do I think about Shift?  Jeri Smith-Ready got it right yet again.  Shift is one of those books that even through the stressful parts I was still falling in love and reading each word intricately and appreciating it for all it was worth.  Wanting more.  Needing more.

Aura is the same torn, loyal, and wonky self-proclaimed outcast she was in Shade.  Her emotions still waver but she seems more steady despite her stumbles.  She has matured as much as a girl can in that amount of time and dealing with what she is.  Her grief is still thick, though 'what is right' is easier for her to swallow and accept.  Though, in her search for what is right she finds herself in several unlikely and unpredictable situations which end up opening her eyes to her true feelings and what is around her all while entertaining us and having us pulling out our hair.

Zackary has a bigger role in this book and is still at a silent competition with her un-shaded, ghostly (ex?)boyfriend Logan.  Both Logan and Zackary have matured if only slightly, despite their guy-ish habits and the fact they both want what they may be withheld.  The pressure really falls on these leading guys forcing choices to be made on both of their parts.  Logan is still dealing with his death and the fact that his family, including Aura, wants him to move on and try to find the light.  Zackary is dealing with the affects The Shift had on him as well as family matters which will tear at your heart as they did at his and Aura's.  Aura's relationship with these guys, and even their families, really shines in this installment and it really shows how much the friendship and love that flows between her and these two guys.

The plot that drove Shift, beyond the wavering and ever-growing romance, was just as put together, well thought out and brilliantly painted as it was in Shade.  The twists and turns were impeccable and honestly most of them I didn't even foresee which kept the story fresh and kept me turning the pages.

The romance really heated up this go around.  Logan and Zackary were still both in the forefront, but the differences between Logan and Zackary really became prominent and really offered a clear path for Aura to start conquering the obstacles which stood between her and her heart.  Unfortunately, not everything is as it seems and there are times, depending on which team you are on, you find yourself gritting your teeth and urging Aura to go back the other way or to open her eyes to what is in front of her or maybe behind her.  All truly does come full circle in the end with a bearable cliffhanger that keeps you wanting more but at leasts sedates your urges to go insane while waiting another year.

Jeri Smith Ready gave us a fabulous follow up to Shade, with Shift.  Shift is an all encompassing book with mystery, romance, and almost realistic fiction  which sets it apart from some of its counterparts.

Shift truly is Flippin' Fabulous and Shine, the third installment of the Shade series, can't come fast enough!

Other Books in the Series:  
Shade |My Review|

|Buy Shift from Amazon|
|Buy Shade from Amazon|

1 comment:

  1. Great review, I loved Shade and hope to read Shift sometime soon :)


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