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Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Published by Simon Pulse

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 enjoyed reading this book for variety of reasons.

I thought the world set up in the novel and concepts within it were totally unique. The idea of a world where all people under a certain age can see and inact with ghosts was quite creepy and quite a brave choice for a YA audience. It was nice to read something so refreshing different in the genre

The character of Aura was interesting. I loved how completely normal she was in dealing with how her life was and all the things that were happening to her. I also enjoyed her interactions with both Logan and Zachary.

This book isn't afraid of hitting the emotions with a variety of different scenes, both happy sad and downright steamy in places. I don't often read something YA which is so realistic and raw.

The only thing I found frustarting was the end. I am left with loads of questions and am hoping that they are resolved in future books. Definately a cliff hanger that is going to royally bug me.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me this book to review.


basma aal said…
Great review...I will be reading it soon