Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shine
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: May 1st 2012 by Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1442439459
Links: Goodreads
Received: Bought on Kindle.
Rating: 5 of 5

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

My Thoughts:
I actually tweeted Jeri when I was finished the book, saying something along the lines of, thank you for giving the readers a realistic sex scene.

It’s not the only reason I read the book of course. I loved the mythology that Jeri weaved into this book. The fact that she gets it right about ghosts, and Newgrange and the Winter Solstice, and Summer Solstice, and Ireland and Dowth and EVERYTHING.

She even gets it right about awkward teenage relationships. She stepped lightly around the Dylan / Aura thing, and the Logan thing. Mickey and Megan are on the rocks, Siobhan and Connor are trying to be responsible and fail miserably at it, and Aura well Aura is waiting for 3A to release Zachary. Instead of him getting on the plane, he ends up in solitary confinement in some government facility where they do testing on him. Nothing that truly hurts him but it’s still not pleasant.

Aura and Zachary really find themselves in this book. Both of them almost die in the course of the book and yes there’s sex, but there’s also romance. Zachary wasn’t lying when he said castle in Ireland. It’s truly something out of a fairy tale. Of course, there’s also a few times when they can’t touch each other, and you can see Zachary’s frustration in not being able to kiss Aura because when he does they swap abilities for awhile.

Jeri really tied up all the loose ends nicely in this final book. Aura and Zach attend Newgrange on the Winter Solstice and pass through the light. They also visit Dowth on the night of the Winter Solstice, and that’s where some very unfortunate things happen. There’s also one really weird thing that happens with some condoms but I’ll just let you read that part for yourself.

I’m really looking forward to what’s next on Jeri’s list of things to write and so even though I’m sad to see Aura, Zachary, and Logan’s story end, I’m happy that something new will be on the horizon soon. Jeri is an author I’d like to stay with for a good long while.

Comments ( 4 )

  • Ashley @ Book Labyrinth says:

    Wasn't this one fabulous?? I thought it was such a perfect ending for the trilogy.

  • RhiannonPaille says:

    It really was fantastic. I'm sad it's over . . . I could have lived with Aura and Zachary for awhile longer, though . . . I'm happy they got a happily ever after.

  • Evie says:

    Okay, you had me at &quot;realistic sex scene&quot;, I&#39;m sold. Although, I must say, I really, strongly dislike the new covers of this series. I just can&#39;t stand the model xD I know, it&#39;s shallow of me, and I should probably keep those mean thoughts to myself, I just can&#39;t help but to feel slightly put down by the covers :( <br />But I do know I should ignore the urge to bury the

  • RhiannonPaille says:

    Yeah, I dislike the model too she doesn&#39;t look like Aura, and the big clouds of color in the covers don&#39;t work for what it&#39;s about. If it&#39;s any consolation the old covers weren&#39;t that good either so maybe this is just one of those series where you need to NOT judge the book by the cover. Of course, it might sell more if Zach was in a kilt on the cover. Just a thought.

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