Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 4th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: Hardcover, 309 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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. - Good Reads

I've read a lot of good reviews about Shade, but I wasn't prepared for how good this would be!

As mentioned in the summary above, this is a story about ghosts. Ghosts? Who would have thought that this subject, such a classic that it could be considered boring, would be so exciting. But it was. Jeri Smith-Ready has a really good imagination and some of the details were so in depth that I was surprised and kept thinking, "geez, how did she come up with this?"

I was afraid of the "love triangle" in the description, but this "love triangle" was believable and it didn't bother me at all. It was just sad if anything and there was no stupidity involved. 

Perhaps I'm a little too emotional, because I often cry when I read something sad, but this book had me crying a lot at the end. It was very touching. 

This is definitely my favourite paranormal book that I've read this year. And very recommended!


  1. Ooh! I've heard so many good things about this book and I really want to read it, especially after seeing your raving review! And it's really nice to know that the love triangle is awesome -- I've been craving to read a really good one! :)

    I'm emotional when I read books too! But I actually like to read books that make me cry because I feel that it means I connect so much more with the characters!

    Awesome review, Liza!

  2. It's really, really good actually! I was pleasantly surprised! Yes, the love triangle is good, it's emotional, but good.

    Yes, crying for me is always a plus, because it means I became attached and I care about the characters, which is probably the point of writing!

    Thank you for commenting! <3