Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Published: Simon Pulse (May 3, 2011)
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 2 of 3
Source: GalleyGrab

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

My Thoughts: I have a confession: I was petrified to read Shift. Last June, Shade had completely blown my mind (and my expectations!) The emotion, the angst, the sadness, the hope, the uncertainty. HOW could anyone ever outdo such a masterful piece of work like Shade? I gave myself a pep talk prior to reading its sequel. It went something like this: "Are you drunk? Nothing will be as good as Shade. It's not possible. Stop thinking crazy. Just take it for what it is an move on."

Because sequels, be they books, albums, or movies, don't often live up to their predecessors, right? The sophomore slump, they call it. Jeri Smith-Ready must be up to date on her vaccines, because she's immune to said slump. YOU GUYS. Shift was BETTER than Shade (in a way.) PLUS... the sexytimes? PLENTIFUL. There are even a few unexpected developments that, albeit weird at first, become....eventually kind of okay and acceptable. But still WEIRD. But good. Mostly. Is that specific enough for you?

I will not lie to you. I was leaning towards Team Logan with the end of Shade. With Shift's ending, I am happily teetering atop that fence once again. My favorite part about Jeri's writing is the fact that she makes you love ALL the characters. Whether they're selfish, damaged, flawed... and honestly, they all are. They're all so real. Yet again, Logan made me cry. Yet again, Zachary made me swoon. Yet again, Aura made me wish that she was my best friend. And I love that we got a better look at the Keeley's, especially Mickey and Dylan. They didn't get a significant chance to shine in Shade, but MAN. I love love love what I've seen of each of them. Not to mention we got more Megan! I cannot express to you the magnitude of my fist-pumping when we got to see more of Megan and her depth.

Jeri did not hesitant to hit the ground running with that plotline in the first few pages. There was not a moment when I was bored or thinking to myself "well, I wish this would speed up a little." Every single action, every quip, every event that left me wide-eyed was all necessary in the development of this story. And yes, I cried. Three times. I will never be able to listen to the song "Run" by Snow Patrol ever, ever again without my heart hurting. There were so many moments that made my heart sink, but then it was flying the next. There are so many questions I still have, even with the TONS of answers I got in Shift. I cannot WAIT until SHINE is released next year. I am saddened by the idea that the series will come to an end, but I need Aura to have her happy ending.

Though if I know anything about JSR, she's won't let that happen easily. It's one of my favorite things about her.


  1. Ooh, you made this sound so awesome! Shade may get bumped up my reading list... :)

  2. Loved Shift! Awesome review Jen I totally cried too :)

  3. Awesome review!I was so worried about reading it too. I mean, I really didn't think it was possible to top the amazingness that was Shade. Totally sobbed over Logan. And then did it again here!

    I can only imagine what JSR will do to us when the series finally ends. Have got to remember that she will probably break my heart and so I must have kleenex at the ready.

    Love your review.

  4. I've heard so many good things about this series. I need to get my hands on this book and the first book!