Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

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Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

5 Stars

Shade was a book I saw on the shelves last year that I was not compelled to buy. I was just never curious enough about it. It wasn’t until this year, right before Shift (the second book in this series) was released that I noticed my fellow reader’s excitement. Then I bought it on sale, and there it sat, on my shelves…still not read. When I mentioned to Ginger of GReads! that I had Shade but hadn’t read it yet, she insisted I needed to read it and even lent me her copy of Shift (Thanks, Ginger!).

This book. THIS BOOK! Why did I wait so long to read it?!

Shade is unlike anything I’ve read as of yet. I mean…the boyfriend is a ghost! Yes, I know he hasn’t always been a ghost, but you can’t argue the unique predicament they’re in. And with all the true love, undeniable musical talent, and charming personality Logan has, will it be enough to compete with the flesh-and-blood Scottish hotness that is Zachary?? Well if Aura can’t choose, I sure as heck can’t! I’ll keep them both. :)

I loved (LOVED) all the musical mentions in this book. How did Jeri Smith-Ready know I have a soft spot for Celtic punk music?? The Pogues and Flogging Molly? Yes, please! I always say I’m Irish in my heart and I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day more than Cinco de Mayo (I’m Mexican, btw). Then, Snow Patrol and Death Cab for Cutie?! OMG, I wanted to crawl in this book and hug everyone! Those two bands twist my little heart like no other.

The mystery revolving the Shift and Aura and Zachary is very intriguing. I am beyond curious to see how it all ties together and the significance of it all. Now, the Keeleys; I don’t think there’s a family out there who has made me cry more than them. I was just so heartbroken for them! And can I tell you how much I thought I was just like Megan, HAHA. I was like, “Duuuude! I would so say/do that!” I loved her!!

Although this book did have some incredibly sweet and sexy moments, it was not a very happy book. It left me feeling melancholy, but not enough to discourage me from reading more. So, friends, it is time for me to leave you, for I have Shift waiting and I don’t think I can take it a moment longer without cracking it open.

Book Info

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 4th 2010
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.

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.

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

15 Responses to “Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready”

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    A lot of my good blogger friends have been really pushing me to read these books also! :) So glad to see that you loved it so much! Since the third releases in December, I’m planning to wait and then read all three together, but I’m definitely getting excited to read these ones! :) 

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    Smash Attack

    Fantastic book! I too loved the musical references. JSR is known for her musical interests. It shows in her WVMP series, too. :) 

    While Logan has his moments, I am totally on the Zach train! toot toot!!

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    Cynthia A.

    So glad you loved it, it took me until this year to read this one too, and then I was kicking myself for waiting so long. Now I need to read Shift! :) great review!

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    Ginger @ GReads!

     YAY!!! so glad you finally started this series :-) As you (and every other person on twitter) knows.. they hold a special place in my heart <3 It's the first story I can't choose! Logan or Zachary??!! aaahhhh  I have a feeling Shine (the 3rd & final book) is going to completely break me.

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    This is the first I’ve heard much of this series, since I’m so new to both YA and Book Blogs… But they sound really interesting. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a melancholy read, so maybe I should pick this up and hold it for then!

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    I won Shift and really wanted to read, but I didn’t have Shade. So it sat. I have a weird deal with book buying. If it is on the shelf at the bookstore, it is meant to be. So no Shade for me. I finally have it. It is 1st on my list after I get the Audtin Teen Book authors read. Great review. Look forward to checking out the Celtic punk bands.

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    Jasmine Rose

    Now you’re making me sad I didn’t buy this one at Borders :[
    On the bright side, though, that means you’re /really/ making me want to read it :P

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    donna smith

    Great review! I loved this book too. It was the world that utterly fascinated me. Imagine living in a world where a ghost can have a job taking orders and their family receive their paycheck, or a ghost that can testify at their own murder trial or settle disputes over their will. I loved everything about Shade! 

    Donna @ The Happy Booker ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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    Lena Beana

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!  It’s amazeballs, and I can’t wait to read Shine.  I’m so glad you loved it, too!  Have you read Logan’s story in Enthralled yet?  It’s FABULOUS!!  Yay, awesome review, hon! 

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    YES, I freaking loved this book! I shamefully haven’t read Shift yet, and I really need to get on that.

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    Racquel (A Book Barbie)

    The numbers of who has read this is getting larger while who hasn’t is dropped and you just crossed the other side. Shade has been getting a helluva a lot of reviews your lately and I’m just about to cave and screw everything in my TBR pile and read this instead! (what really made me want to read this is how Zachary was in the crush tourney! Sexy Irish guy? I’M IN.) I’m glad you enjoyed it, I hope it turns out as good to me too!!

    lol  at  ‘I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day more than Cinco de Mayo (I’m Mexican, btw). You made me crack up laughing, I’m telling the mexicans on you!! jk jk

    -thank you&come again.

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    I am currently reading this, and like you I am wondering why I just now decided to read it!!  I’m loving it!  Thanks for the review!

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