April 5, 2011
Young Adult | Paranormal
Source/Format: Won paperback from author
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.
IN A SENTENCE:
Holy crap, Shade was awesome! Jeri Smith-Ready really knows how to write teenagers and all I want to do is re-read Shade until Shift, book two, shows up! MAN. The first book in this series kicks up my expectations, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes!
So. Shade. I can’t believe I let it sit on my bookshelf for a year until I picked it up! Oh my lanta, it was SO GOOD. I loved it. Seriously, don’t make the same mistake I did! GET THEE TO A BOOKSTORE! The good news is the trilogy is almost complete, for those who like to read series back-to-back!
The characters are so real. They talked and acted and breathed like teenagers, and it was so freaking refreshing! I hadn’t realized how badly written some YA books are in the character department, especially when they are set in the real world, until I read Shade. I loved everything about them: the dialogue, the mistakes, the good, the bad, and the ugly. SO fantastic and a breath of fresh air! I really want to read the trilogy back-to-back just to experience the characters.
However, some people won’t like these characters. While I’m all for realism, I know some people are in denial that teenagers cuss, drink, and do stupid shit all day long. And some who just don’t want to read about teenagers drinking/doing drugs/sexing it up without consequences. Okay, yeah, sometimes consequences happen and sometimes they don’t. You don’t get pregnant every time you have sex, right?
But I mean there are some very real consequences in Shade. I mean, Aura’s boyfriend dies because he drank something called “liquid stupid” (GREAT NAME) and cocaine. That is the biggest mistake somebody could do and it has HUGE consequences. It killed Logan! He’s dead because of it!
But I liked that aspect. I mean, I didn’t know how he died, but I knew he did, so it was a unique way of going, you know? I for some reason thought he fell off the stage and died… and I have NO CLUE why I thought that. Clearly I’m insane. :p
So, what did you think of Shade? Are you excited about Shine, out May 1? (please realize I haven't read Shift yet, so no spoilers, pleeeeeeeeease!)
Other Bloggers' Reviews:
GReads!: 5 Stars
Midnyte Reader: 4 1/2 Stars
The Sparkle Project: 3 Stars
Typing Tiara: 5 Stars