Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reasons You Should Go Out Today and Buy Shade

Folks, the time has arrived. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready comes out in paperback today. If you know me or follow me on Twitter, chances are you've heard me raving to anyone who'll listen about this book. It's pure, delicious angst. You can read my fangirly review HERE or listen to the song I've dedicate to Shade HERE. I think you need to find sometime today to go out to your local bookstore and purchase this.

"Why?" you ask. Well friends, if my incessant, borderline incoherent review didn't convince you, let me enlighten you.

(Before I get into my list, let me tell you how you can get it FO FREE: Head over to Lindsi's contest and ENTER NOW.)

It's cheaper than the hardcover.
Dude. I've driven past a gas station in the past couple months and cringed and MAYBE shed a tear. I know your wallet's a-hurtin'. Mine is, too. "But Jen, Shade is HARDCOVER, bro! That's like SEVENTEEN DOLLAHS and I'm not feeling like giving up a meal for my children tonight." FRET NO MORE! The paperback is only $9.99! That's not even counting those 33% off coupons that Borders sends out multiple times a week. You'd be cheating yourself if you didn't go buy it immediately. Plus, if you read it, you'll be happier with life in general. And happiness is contagious. Soon everyone you know will be smiling. And everyone THEY know will be smiling. And hate will be completely eradicated by the end of 2011. So you see, if you buy Shade, you alone will be to thank for world peace.

The redesigned cover is less confusing.
Sure, I didn't know what kind of extremity the cover was depicting on the hardcover (it's an arm, btw.) But on the paperback, you clearly see it's a girl with two arms. The legs are nowhere to be seen. Also, I love her dress.

Two Dudes. One Irish. One Scottish. Two times the badassness.
I'm not one to obsess over book boys (mostly), but JSR writes them so prettily that I can't NOT get a little excited to read about them. Okay, a LOT excited. Let me elaborate. Logan is Aura's rocker boyfriend who can shred the frickin' life out of a guitar and sing. Sure, you can't hear it, but CAN YOU IMAGINE!? And he's angsty and broody and flawed. Those are my favorite kinds of characters! Then there's Zachary, the Scottish transfer student who doesn't pronounce his Ts and rolls his Rs because THAT'S WHAT HE DOES. Everytime I see " no' " instead of "not," it registers in my brain as "Zachary is ten times more awesome now, because I've just been re-reminded that he's Scottish and accents are sweet.

Because JSR isn't afraid to steam it up a little.
You know what I mean.

I cannot even explain to you the myriad emotions I felt while reading this book. It stayed with me long, LONG after I finished it. There's love. There's sadness. There's grief. There's that feeling where your whole entire life is shattered. There's regret. There's hope. There's despair and desperation. And so, so much more. And JSR's word make you feel all of it. It's like she's writing about your life, even if you've never lived what Aura has lived.

Jeri herself has mentioned that "White Blank Page" by Mumford and Sons hits very close to home when it comes to Logan.
Have you heard the song? Dude. Here. Then read the book and come back and listen to it. You'll see.

I cried more in Shift than I did in Shade. And that's serious.


Won't somebody please think of the children and GO BUY THIS BOOK FOR THEM (and yourself.)

Check out Jeri's Website! (it has cool things and extras.)
Follow Jeri on Twitter! (She's really, really nice.)
And if you STILL need more convincing, check out my fellow Street Team member, Lindsi from Books, Sweets, and Other Treats and she'll verbally attack you (politely) with reasons as well :)


  1. JEN. I'm thinking that if I don't read this soon that our friendship is going to suffer :P

  2. Great post! Loved your writing. Can't wait to read the books!

  3. I never really paid much attention to Shade one way or the other b/c I'm sort of over the Paranormal thing, but I loved this entry and your reasons so much in this post, I just might change my mind and read it!

  4. Okay you got me. I will buy it. :D

  5. You are too funny.

    I bought it last May, and freakin' LOVED IT. I'm so excited for SHIFT.

  6. I remember Shade being awesome when I read it, don't shoot me, but I can't remember much from it...Your post is helping me remember though! I'm just horrible at remember books, lol.

  7. Hah, you can't ignore such glowing reviews. I'll have to look into this!

  8. This post is full of awesome. You have already convinced me to read this book (it's coming soon? right? lol) but THIS RIGHT HERE has gotten me even MORE excited!!! And that song??!! Seriously?? "rAAaaAAAAge" aaaahhh! Can't. Freaking. Wait.

  9. I won this in a contest. It's currently sitting on my shelves unread, but it will be my next read after I finish The Three Musketeers, because of this ringing endorsement. Yay for you being convincing.

  10. Great post! I LOVED Shade too. It took me by surprise when I read it. I wasn't expecting it to be that awesome. I got an egalley of Shift and I can't wait to read it. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  11. I think this was one of the first new books I added when I got a Goodreads account, but I STILL haven't read it. Gah. I must do so ASAP.

  12. You totally won me over (especially with the mention of the 33% Borders coupons)! LOL!

  13. Yay! SHADE! SHIFT! They are both full of WIN :)