Author: JERI SMITH-READY
Genre: YA FANTASY
I received this book at BookExpo America at an author signing
Picture courtesy of Good Reads
Something happened one minute before Aura's birth. It's called the shift, and everyone born after the shift can see ghosts. Aura is forced to confront these ghosts everywhere. They want closure, last words with loved ones, even to give everyday household reminders. But, the dangerous ones are the ghosts that want revenge or retribution. The ghosts that get angry at their fate. The ghosts that won't move on. Those ghosts become shades, dangerous and full of hate.
Aura never thought that she would be in the position of facing someone she loved as a ghost, let alone one that might become a shade. Until her boyfriend Logan, died in a senseless "accident", Aura never thought that she could be the one person to stop a ghost from becoming a shade.
When Aura meets the only person born one minute before the shift, she is confronted with the possibility that this boy may find his way into her heart. Even with Logan still around despite his untimely death, Aura can't stop herself from spending time with Zachary. Though she maintains her love for Logan, Aura may have to make a choice between the two boys.
I had heard many good things about SHADE before I decided to read it. I tend not to read reviews though, beforehand. Usually I also avoid any in-depth description of the novel's plot, so that I can come open-minded into the reading, especially if I am going to consider the book for review.
But, it was almost impossible not to hear the buzz around this book. I also had the chance to attend a few blog chats with Jeri Smith-Ready as guest, as well a book signing during BEA. All this is to say that I was slightly more biased when it came time to cracking open SHADE. My expectations were high. Very high.
Smith-Ready did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed Aura's journey. The problems that she had coping with her boyfriend, her feelings that she had for Zachary, and even her relationship with Logan's bandmates and family, were all everyday issues that teens (especially girls) have to reconcile.
But, then Smith-Ready throws in the paranormal, and does a great job of seamlessly blending the two. I wasn't sure if SHADE would live up to all of its praise, but I should have never doubted the storytelling talents of such a great writer.
4.5/5 for plot
5/5 for characters
4.5/5 for language
My Rating: 14/15 Must Read
Bonus Cover Points: 3.5/5
*Note: Jeri Smith-Ready is also the author of several adult novels.*