Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

GoodReads Description: 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.
My Thoughts: This book far exceeded my expectations. I assumed this would be a dark tale of ghosts and what not, with your obligatory love triangle and a heroine without much of a personality. What I got was a dark tale of ghosts and what they could become, Shades. I also got a tragic, vulnerable relationship between a heroine with depth and personality, and an aspiring musician whose parting came too soon. And GOOD LORD, it was heartfelt and it made me cry.

Jeri Smith-Ready could teach an AP course on making you feel the pain. I developed such an attachment to Aura and Logan's relationship. Even though I knew what was going to happen by the synopsis, the way Logan died was so horrifyingly unexpected. Talk about psychologically damaging for Aura (and me). Her pain was terribly palpable. I really appreciated the fact that Aura's (and the rest of her and Logan's friends) grief process was not skimmed over. When you lose someone close to you, especially someone you love, you don't cry for a few minutes and then move on with your life. That's not realistic. The feelings and the deep sense of loss shown by all parties involved were believable and that's why it had such an effect on me. I felt like I knew these characters.

Aura and Logan's struggle with attempting to maintain their relationship, despite Logan's less-than-living state, was entirely angst-ridden. Her desperation to keep him in her life, regardless of the fact that she should be hoping for his soul to be at peace. Ohhh, did I cry. I'd want the same dang thing, Aura. This book still affects me quite frequently. Oh, Logan. Why? WHY were you so horribly stupid?!

Enter Scottish transfer, Zachary. UNF. One of my favorite thing about this character? The author writes his accent. YES! I can't exactly conjure up a proper Scottish accent in my head, so when it's written phonetically, it helps me do this delicious character more justice in my wicked mind. I was truly torn between my love for dark, devastating Logan and witty Zachary. I can't go into too much detail about Zach and his connection to Aura without being spoilery. I will say, however, that I'm looking forward to learning more about him <3

There are hoards of unanswered questions and topics that became secondary towards the end of the book. I am looking forward to an explanation about "The Shift," and how it works.
And how Aura's particular involvement will affect her.
And the progression/regression of her relationship(s). I have a feeling, regardless of what happens with either of the guys, I'm going to be sad. DANG IT, Jeri Smith-Ready, making me love both Logan AND Zach so freaking much!! Stupid feelings.

Speaking of Jeri, yeah... she wrote this:

'I haven't seen a single ghost all night.' Except Logan, I added mentally.

'That's not true. Look at the Milky way... Some of those stars are already dead. In the thousands of years it takes their light to reach us, they could have exploded or burnt out.'

'So we're seeing them the way they were, not the way they are now...'

We packed up the car and drove home, under a sky full of ghosts.

Pure brilliance. I need SHIFT in order for my heart to continue beating. May 3 seems like a million years away.

OH! Last month I did this feature that I may or may not continue with, called Sound of the Story, which featured SHADE. Check it out here and tell me if you think this song screams SHADE or if I'm just talking crazy.

Rating: 5/5

Series: YES! Book two, SHIFT, will be released May 3, 2011.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Simon Pulse, 309 pages (May 4, 2010)

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  1. So, first off I really like your new layout, it's very classy!

    ALSO I am totes down for a Scottish accent any time.

    I do have a copy of Shade on my TBR, so yes, I am really glad you loved this so much, that means it gets to climb up Mt. TBR.

  2. I loved this book too...was so pleasantly surprised. Jeri really makes you FEEL THE PAIN. You're right. I cried a lot over Logan, which says a lot, because I was really attached to Zach the whole time. And then the end...ooooh I'm ready for the next one!

  3. April, yay thank you :) I looked forever for a suitable layout and I thought this one was pretty. AND yes, on top of the Scottish accent, there is a tortured musician. I think that kind of pumps up the nom nom factor. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on this books, as it's one of my top 5 of 2010.

    Anna, I KNOW. Shift is too far away. When I think about how long I have to wait, I pout because my feelings are hurt. Why can't time go ANY faster?
    I really need to find her adult series and read them asap. I've heard amazing things. And isn't it great when you love all three angles of the love triangle? That's successful character development right there.

  4. Great review! I'm all for a love triangle AND an accent - from anywhere really! It's great that the author can convey that so well in the book. The entire storyline really intrigues me too. It seems to elevate your typical love triangle to a whole new level. This may be another book I have to buy :)