Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Shade
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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.

Sixteen years ago a Shift happened. What exactly triggered it isn't know, just that everybody born since can see and communicate with ghosts.

One of them is Aura. A sweet girl that I liked right away. Her boyfriend, Logan is more complicated. Through Aura's eye, he comes across as a great guy, self-involved at times, but good at the core. The self-involved part is what stayed with me the most and that might be because the relationship between Aura and Logan is already established when the story starts unlike most books where the relationship develops as it progresses. The glimpses into their past and some of his action show that he can be sweet, but I prefer the understanding and patience Scotsman, Zachary. At least until something is revealed that Aura might not be focused on anymore, but I still am.

There is more to this book then I originally thought. It was an interesting read when I thought it just involved ghost, but with the mention of Newgrange and Stonehenge – there are so many possible ways this story could evolve. And that's on top of the DMP, a FBI-like organization that investigate ghosts. They're trying to recruit post-shifters to help them and have their eyes on someone in particular.

I love fast-paced books, but at times I wish things would of developed a little slower than they did. Every time there was a big revelation it was immediately explain, making it not as big as I'd first thought despite how important it is to the story. It does however, have a unexpected cliffhanger that tells me things in Shift are going to get even more complicated for all involved.

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