Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (Shade #1)

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 309
Published: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

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.

Shade was a wonderful twist on ghosts and ghost story love. While this is not dystopian by any means, this is not the typical "paranormal" novel. Jeri Smith-Ready creates a new reality where a massive unknown event creates what is known as the Shift. Those born post-Shift are able to see and communicate with ghosts. The living and dead co-exist together, although only those under a certain age can communicate with them.

Not all ghosts are friendly either...these are "Shades". The regular ghosts that have yet to pass on have a violet hue to them and are usually waiting on unsolved business before they pass on; however, Shades, are ghosts gone dark and the government is trying to eradicate them by strict rules and preventive measures.

Main character, Aura, is a post-Shifter and works at her aunt's law firm who translates for ghosts in an effort to help them cross over by achieving peace through justice. She is good at her job...she just never thought she would be using those same skills to communicate with her boyfriend.

Aura's boyfriend Logan dies unexpectedly and she is forced to try to help him pass on, while clinging to her feelings for him and fighting her feelings for the new boy at school who is helping her discover more about herself than she ever knew possible.

This entire book was fast-paced and impossible to put down. The beginning was a little difficult to grasp when it came to understanding the concept of the Shift, but the more I read on, everything fell into place and I became so engrossed in the book, I couldn't wait to tackle the sequel!!
Rate: 5/5



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