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Monday, August 22, 2011

REVIEW: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

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.

Book: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Shade, #1
Obtained: Won
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

This book was a lot better than I expected it to be from the summary, and I flew through it because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. It was a great intro to the world and characters of this series, and I'm really looking forward to reading the second book.

Aura (seriously, worst. name. ever.) was a cool character, though she could get on my nerves at times, and I enjoyed reading about the events of the book from her POV. I'm not really into characters who are hugely special, which Aura is (she's the first born before the Shift), but I didn't mind too much in Shade.

The two love interests, Zachary and Logan, weren't too amazing. At first, I really liked Logan, but then he started getting kind of creepy and I sort of changed my mind, but Zachary didn't impress me either, so I'm not going to pick a team.

The best part of Shade was the mystery and the action in the plot. It was very well done and exciting to read, which offset the somewhat mediocre characters for me. If you want something plot-fueled and fast-paced, Shade is a good, quick read.