Monday, September 20, 2010

READING : Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Publication date: May 4th, 2010
Published by: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought
Rating: 4,5/5
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.

Wow! What a fun, awesome read Shade was!

Plot was unique and nicely done, built on a very fresh idea.Yeah I know,there a millions of books about ghosts out there, but I think Shade will definitely stand out from the rest of the bunch, especially this day and age when we live and breathe vampires and werewolves.It was a nice and very welcome change.

I loved the small details Jeri added just too make the book even more intriguing: the colour of the clothes Shifters wear and decide to surround themselves with in order to avoid ghosts,the introduction of a secret agency,Irish and Scottish boys all in one book(always a plus!) and of course the fact that she decided to have some people and not everyone be able to  see and talk to ghosts, thus not making it into a post-apocalyptic kind of novel.15 year olds getting to see and talk to ghosts of complete strangers thinking all the while that maybe their parents,siblings,wives,girlfriends cannot and will not see them ever again was amazing and to be honest, quite heart breaking.

Characters were all well written and developed.Aura, being a female lead and all, did not bother me at all throughout the book.OK, she had her eye roll-worthy moments, but there were not that many that could ruin the book for me.I actually liked her shyness and insecurity, being jealous of Logan and his love for the band and his music.It made her more easy to relate to.The only thing that I didn't like about Aura is her name.I think it's a bit too obvious for a Shifter!
I absolutely loved Logan!!!Not because of his looks or anything, but because of how human he is.He and Aura fought on occasion but you were always 100% sure that they loved each other very much, he acted so stupidly sometimes, he was cocky and arrogant, he got jealous(even as a ghost!) and I couldn't help but think "At last!A normal teenage boy, with a normal relationship!"
Zachary I guess was OK.I am still rooting for Logan to tell you the truth, but Zachary is a cool guy also :) I think he hasn't shown his full potential yet but I know that I'd love to see him try against Logan!Ireland vs Scotland? Hmm, that's a tough one!

Fast paced, haunting and mysterious, Shade is an original YA novel that must certainly not go unnoticed!

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