Review: The Shade Trilogy – Shade – Shift

Title: Shade, Shift
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade:

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.

In this novel, Aura tries to unravel the secrets to an odd phenomenon that has occurred. The shift is what they call the moment when children suddenly gained the ability to see ghosts. Armed with the color red and some obsidian, teenagers and children who can see ghost, and adults who can’t, try to ignore the ghosts, or capture those who’ve turned bad, those who have become shades. When her boyfriend becomes a ghost, Aura is even more determined to unlock the secrets of the shit and how it all started, starting with an interesting rock formation, ‘Newgrange’. As Aura searches for the secrets to society’s nightmare, she meets new people and falls in and out of love. Confused and determined, Aura sets out to understand the Shift.

Well written, and truly intriguing concept. I really enjoyed this novel.

Shift:

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past-the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Aura continues her search for the truth and for the secrets of Newgrange. While trying to uncover the secrets of the Shift and looking through her roots, trying to identify her mother’s past and her father’s name, she finds herself juggling a lot more than she can handle. As secrets pile up, and truths are shown, Aura’s in for a hell of a ride.

Once again, Jeri Smith-Ready wrote an excellent. I actually enjoyed this book better than the first, it had a lot more twists. I can’t wait for the last and final novel of this Trilogy to be released in May of next year ~ Hopefully, she will make the ending just as well, or even better, than these two books~

Quotes:
Shade:
“And then you two go and call attention to yourselves like this,” Ian continued. “Holding hands in a pedalo, for Christ’s sake. They must have been frothing at the mouth at the thought of you two reproducing, wondering if you’d give birth to some kind of metaphysically enhanced creature or a bottomless black hole.”
-Ian

“How about this,” he said in a low voice. “You don’t ask me about haggis and bagpipes, and I won’t ask you about garlic and Goodfellas.”
-Zachary

“I know you’re worried,” Logan said. “You think the second I sign a deal, I’ll turn into some kind of man-slut.” He put his hands over mine, pressing my palms against his chest. “You’ve always been the only one, and you always will be.”
-Logan

Shift:
He met my eyes. “She doesn’t want to talk to you. Now why don’t you go back to screwing your prom date and let me do the same?”
-Dylan

Seeing Mickey plugged in again was like bringing a piece of Logan back to life – and Mickey with him.
-Narrator-Aura

“I thought you knew and didn’t care, and by the time I found out you’d never heard my message, I thought I’d lost you to Logan again. And I thought I deserved it.”
-Who ’tis this be? /yesIamaweirdoandIknowit

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