REVIEW: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

The Blurb: 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.

My Thoughts: I loved it. I first learned about this book by following the YA Sisterhood Crush Tourney and well Zach ended up against Jace and while Jace won, Zach was a worthy competitor. I had to see why, and reading Shade totally confirmed that. Jeri is blunt. This book reads the way teenagers, talk, act, think, and also follows the stupid things they do. I found that Logan’s death was atypical and a little quick, but it’s the whole point of the story. The relationships are very well done. Aura and Logan are attempting to let go of each other and so there’s a lot of back and forth about whether Logan is staying or going. At the same time there’s a lot of talk about whether Zachary is staying or leaving. Zach and Aura have an astrology assignment together so they get to spend alone time together in a field once a month, which yes, helps their romantic story line along. I loved the chemistry between them all throughout, it was definitely worth the read.

This book ends where it ends, the story revolves around Logan attempting to pass on instead of become a shade, and that’s where this book ends, with Logan’s final send off.

The Metaphysics: BLEW. ME. AWAY. Jeri writes about ghosts the way ghosts are. Except for the shading and the violet shimmer she has them down to a tee. THEN she starts talking astronomy, astrology, newgrange, stonehenge, like a pro. Total pro. I could tell that Jeri actually read up about this stuff before deciding to write about it. Newgrange in Ireland? I haven’t seen a YA book go so in depth about what it is, and what it could mean for us as a human race. It was nice to see how metaphysics can be worked into a story properly and intelligently.

And there was kissing . . . so of course I’m a fan.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: Go read it and get a lesson on metaphysics while swooning over Zachary. There’s a lot more to this book that I didn’t mention because it’ll spoil it for you. Go. Read. Now.

Namaste,