Release Date: May 4, 2010
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
From the inside flap:
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.
Brent's opinion of the novel:
Have you read the summary above? Well, it sounds good, right? No, this novel is not good. It is GREAT. Seriously. I loved everything about it. The characters, the plot, and the ending. There was something about this novel, the romance, that reminded me of Elizabeth Chandler's Kissed By An Angel.
The main character, Aura (pretty name, right?) lives in a very original world. A world, just like ours, except that everyone born after "The Shift" can see and talk to the ghosts that roam the earth. Sounds cool. But it's totally not. The ghosts do nothing but complain, and Aura can't stand it. Hell, some ghosts go as far as to terrify Aura. Especially what they call "Shades." Very, very evil ghosts. Aura feels as though she's finally found an escape from this uncomfortable life--her boyfriend, Logan. That is, until he dies.
As we all know, it would suck to have your lover die. But what really sucks is having to see your dead lover's ghost, everyday. The torture Aura goes through, having to love someone really can't ever have a relationship with. I felt sorry for her.
I thought Shade had some very original elements, it was a refreshing read. I usually don't go for ghost stories, but Jeri Smith-Ready puts a new twist on a newly-risen creature. I actually think that, Shade will be a trend-setter, and that we'll see ghost stories coming up in the 2010-2011 publications.
Shade was perfectly paced. I hate it when there are boring parts in a novel that make the reader want to just skip ahead. I was so glad when I found out that there actually were no boring parts. Whether it was the tension between Zachary and Aura, or the range of emotions the characters in Shade feel, I was constantly intrigued. Though the summary for this novel focusses on the romance, there are actually some interesting Sci/fi concepts (don't say "eeesh," I usually hate Science fiction too.) As the novel progresses, we find that Aura and Zachary are huge contributions as to why teenagers all over the world are seeing ghosts, and we find out that there is an elaborate history to it all.
Shade was a perfect combination mystery, romance, and supernaturality (pretend that's a word.) I cannot wait for the sequel, The Shift.
Cover: Four Stars!
Characters: Five Stars!
Plot: Five Stars!
Ending: Four Stars!
Originality: Five Stars!