Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

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Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

5 Stars

Jeri Smith-Ready completely surprised me with Shine. So much happened! And nothing was left hanging! I seriously was in awe of just how much story was told in this last book. All the twists and new developments…all the closure. Just…wow.

Let’s talk a bit about the closure. And by closure I mean Logan. I have seen some people worried that they won’t like this book because Logan is not in it, but he is, you guys! Maybe not the way you want him to be, but his presence is very much felt. He is remembered, thought about, talked about…he’s mourned. That’s what we get to do for the people we love after they die. He wasn’t going to end up with Aura…ever. He died! I hope I don’t come off as mean or insensitive by saying that, but it’s the truth. And trust me when I say that I, too, loved Logan. So! Love him and never forget him. I know I won’t.

Aura grows into such a strong heroine in this book. She takes the lead and takes charge of so many situations. I was so, so proud of her. She’s always been smart and brave, but she shines in this book.

This series overall has tons of truly touching moments, but Shine completely stole my heart. Especially the Zachary and Aura together moments. They made my heart smile. Or anytime that Logan was brought up. And, oh God, those Zach moments when he’s finally back home. In THOSE Zach moments, I wanted to reach into the book and hug him. Our poor Zachary! He truly goes through the wringer in this book. Could more things happen to one person in one book?! He very much deserved the smexy moments in this book after all he goes through. So did Aura.

So there are smexy times in Shine. *grins* And it is honest and romantic and real. No fading to black and waking up with feathers all over the place. I was so happy with how it all happens.

I honestly didn’t expect to see much of the Keeleys in this book but was very happy they were. Meghan, too.  I’ve come to love all of them just as much as our main characters. I have a very soft spot for Mickey. I want to hold him and make him happy!! I was happy with how everyone ended up. Surprised a little, but totally get it. I think. :)

Oh, and I guess I should talk about the actual point of the story, which is the whole ghosts issue, right? Ok, well, color me surprised! I thought it was going to go a completely different route! But the actual resolution makes much more realistic sense.

And, oh my Ireland and Scotland! Jeri takes us on a little tour of places I dream of visiting one day. I want to go to the church pub and have a proper Scottish breakfast!!

While I’m sad that there won’t be any more books featuring Zach, Logan, or Aura, I’m happy to still be able to interact with them on Twitter. If you didn’t know, they all have twitter accounts! You can follow them at @Salvatore_Aura, @moore_zachary, @keeley_logan. It has been such a cool experience following them. It really brings the story to life on a whole new level.

There are some series that end and leave you wanting…Shine is NOT one of those. It has earned a permanent spot on my favorites shelf.

And because I loved this book so much, I’m giving away my paperback copy, since I plan to get myself the hardcover. :)

Giveaway Now Closed.

Book Info

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #3
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 399
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.


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

32 Responses to “Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready”

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    Great giveaway! Thank you! BTW, I totally only read your last two lines I don’t want any spoilers of any kind. I’m on book two and am rushing to read this before Shine comes out.  

    Mirely @
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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    Aura could have ended up with Logan if only he came back to life like in the Mediator series! so alas no I won’t be reading this. I hate Zach and Aura will forever be Aura Keely! But I’m glad you liked it. 

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    Erin W.

    I enjoyed the first book but not so much the sequel . . . but nonetheless I’m still looking forward to this book. Great review!

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    One of the best finales to a series :) Oh how I adore these characters.. and Jeri! Love her! I totally get what you mean about Logan…. oh sweet, sweet Logan.

    P.S. We get Z’s story this summer! Don’t forget!

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    It’s surprisingly rare to experience total closure in the final book of a trilogy. I’m hoping to win this book based on your recommendation. Thanks.

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    Christina Franke

    Oh my, but you make this series sound amazing! I haven’t read any of them, but I really want to, especially when I read a review like this one!

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    “So there’s smexy times in Shine. *grins* And it is honest and romantic and real. No fading to black and waking up with feathers all over the place. I was so happy with how it all happens.”

    Ohhhh, this made me LOL and sold me on reading the book! This series has been on my TBR pile for too long!

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    Asher Knight

    THIS. REVIEW. It’s been really hard for me  to hold back and not read my brand new copy of Shift because I want to wait until Shine comes out so that I can read them back to back. But THIS REVIEW has officially driven me mad with lust of all sorts for this book. I just… CANNOT WAIT.

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    Christine Manzari

    So looking forward to this book! I hope to go to the  midnight release party. If only I had a kilt to wear….can girls wear those?

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    Christina K.

    I haven’t read this series but I’ve heard so much about it! 

    Thanks so much!

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    OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don’t know how much longer I can hold on for one last Zachary fix
    So excited I may burst :P

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    You’ve captured my attention. I liked the first two books. I thought Logan lingered a little too long. So I’m glad to hear, we can just miss him and let Aura move on.

    Zachary. Poor dude. I don’t want him to suffer any more.

    But what I’m most excited is to figure out the whole Newgrange mystery thing.

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    Natalie Vaziri

    Can’t wait!! I have counting the days until Shine. Very anxious to see what happens to Zachary

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    YEAH I need to read this. And the others. I’m a loser. Go ahead, I don’t mind you saying it. I have book two but not book one and even today, I don’t have book three. *sighs* 

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    Samantha R.

    I’ve got to get around to reading this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Mimi Valentine

    Oh my gosh, I’m honestly too excited to read this book for words! And your review is making me even more eager to get my hands on a copy — thank you so much for the amazing giveaway, Jess! <3  I always loved Logan, so I love that he's not entirely forgotten even though he's not in this book as much :)

    Thanks again, Jess!

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    Wow, awesome review. I so want to read this book now. :) Thank you for giving your copy away.

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    thanks for the giveaway! have the first two books in the series and i love them ! i really hope i win this one!

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    I just finished Shade two days ago and I went and checked out Shift from the library the next day! Now I’m getting antsy and want to read this! I’ve heard so many great things! 

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