Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Reviewed by: Siobhán
Format: Paperback
Pages: 309
Published: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: 2nd Sept 2011 (UK)
Source: Gift
Genre: YA Parnormal, Ghosts
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Like everyone born after The Shift, sixteen year-old Aura can see and talk to ghosts. She's always found this mysterious ability pretty annoying, wishing only that she could reverse it and have some peace. But when her boyfriend, Logan, dies unexpectedly, Aura is forced to reconsider her connections to the dead...Devastated by Logan's sudden death, Aura realises that her ability to see ghosts might actually be a blessing. Surely a violet-hued spirit Logan is better than no Logan at all? But just when Aura is coming to terms with having a ghost as a boyfriend, she starts developing feelings for her new friend Zachary, who is understanding, supportive and, most of all, alive. Each boy holds a piece of her heart - as well as vital cues to the secret of the Shift - and it's time for Aura to choose between loving the living, or embracing the dead...

I have had this book for AGES! I received it as a gift last year and just never got around to reading it. However, while I was doing my Robert Burns Posts and seen that Jeri was going to be doing a big Team Kilt party for Burns Night I decided I would read it on that day. And I was not disappointed. However, I just can't do this review properly without giving away spoilers so I am just doing a quick mini review (by my standard lol)

Shade is a very unique spin on a paranormal romance. It's about ghosts and those who can see ghosts. However, Jeri has create a very different world that I am not sure when this book takes places its just a completely different reality from ours. Set in a world where some unknown incident called the "Shift" seventeen years ago caused everyone born after it to see ghosts. Aura, is our main character she is a "post-shifter". She doesn't think this ability to see ghosts is a good one until her boyfriend Logan dies and comes back as ghost. Aura is shocked by this and doesn't want to let Logan go. However, enter Zach, the new boy in school, with his good looks and Scottish accent Aura starts to feel connected to him. Thus created a fantastic love triangle!

One of main reason why I loved this book was the boys! Logan and Zach. Logan is from an Irish Catholic family and Zach is Scottish, and even though I don't think it mentioned it in the book but I think he is Catholic as well. So I loved them even more. Jeri also through in alot of wee Scottish and Gleswegian words that I thought was a perfect touch and since Im Gleswegian I thought it was terrific.However, I thought Zach could have been in the book a bit more. And of course I'm in the book hehe. Siobhan, Logan sister. Made me happy.

Jeri really has created an outstanding YA novel. It was like nothing I have ever read before and nothing like what I was expecting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the stories a little bit different and very fast to read. As I said above this is by my standard a mini review lol. I have so much I want to say but I really can't all I can say is READ IT!!

For those who have read it:

Team Zach, Team Logan, or just Team Kilt??

Rate: 4/5


  1. Hi Siobhan, I've just recently read this too.
    Defo Team Zach, especially after reading Shift!
    Great (not so mini) review!

    Charlotte xx

    1. by my usual reviews this a small LOL. I need to get Shift like now! Hope my library has it. On a ban lol.

  2. The crazy thing is that Shift (the second book) might even be better (there is no second book let down at all)

  3. Team Zach! and I'm hoping for much more of him in book #2!! :) wonderful review

    1. Thanks, I think Im Team Kilt lol I want them both.

  4. I really want to read this book more now that I read your review! Thanks for sharing this awesome review!


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