Posted: June 20, 2013 in 3 Stars, Paranormal, Supernatural Teen Romance

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3 stars

Shade – 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.


I really enjoyed this 1st book.  The only reason I did not give it more than 3 stars is because it takes a REALLY long time for the story to really get going.  Don’t get me wrong, big things happen but there are no explanations, save 1 or 2, until more than halfway through the book.

I love the characters although “Aura” can get a bit whiny which can be annoying.  The love triangle in the story is original and the plot of the book is very intriguing and not as dark as you might think.  There is some humor in the dialogue, it could have had more and I think that may have helped the characters seem more real but it wasn’t bad.

I liked the fact that not EVERYTHING is revealed in the first book.  Like I have said before, I much prefer stories take multiple books to tell.

I recommend this for teens and young adults, there is some language, drinking, smoking and very little sex (it’s not described in detail)

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