Book Review of Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready

Posted May 11, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Pages: 309
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: I own a copy of this book.

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.


Review: “I read a book with a love triangle and I liked it.” Sang to the tune of Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl.


I’d been wanting to read Shade for a very long time. I’m glad I was finally able to get around to it, because this book was awesome and a ton of fun. It was totally not what I expected though. It was much darker and more depressing than I thought it was going to be. I knew the plot revolved around death and ghosts, but YA paranormals don’t usually have such a heavy tone to them. In some ways, I liked the book for this. It just caught me by surprise, and I thought the book would be more humorous. 


The other thing is this. When reading a YA paranormal, do you ever feel like  you are reading a recycled plotline? I know I do all the time. And I noticed RIGHT AWAY that I wasn’t going to feel that way with Shade. It felt truly original, and I thought the world-building was really unique. Yes, there was that little business with the love triangle, but aside from that small defect, everything else felt really fresh and new. The details were outstanding. The way you can keep ghosts away with black-boxing and obsidian. How a ghost can go shade. The mystery surrounding why the shift happened and what it means since Aura was the first one born post-shift. 


I’m still wondering how the megaliths, standing stones, and star mapping are going to work into the story line, but I am extremely excited to find out. I didn’t know a whole lot about these subjects, so I enjoyed learning new things. I always love learning from the books I am reading. I’m going to be honest and say that a lot of the details in this book have escaped me already and I just finished reading it a few days ago. My brain dumped a lot of the information on its own. And that’s not usually a good thing. I still liked the book a lot though. I just didn’t find it as memorable as I wanted it to be. 


The characters were interesting. In good ways and bad ways. I absolutely adored Zach. I thought he was a fantastic love interest. Scottish, caring, flirty, intelligent. He was pretty much the perfect man. Logan, on the other hand, I did not understand at all. I can honestly say I thought he was a selfish prick. Even in death, he was still a douchebag. Just because someone is a good-looking musician, that does not make them a great love interest. I know it’s hard to let go of your family and your girlfriend, but making her stay committed to you in death is a pretty sick and selfish thing to do. I hear that he redeems himself in later books, but I don’t know if I can grow to like him. It may already be too late. I was on the fence about Aura. There were times I liked her, and times I thought she was kind of bratty. She was rude to a lot of the ghosts, and seeing them must get annoying, but some of the things she said made me really disgusted. She was hard to like at times. I still want her to find happiness, but she’s a little hard to root for since she is so immature.


Other things I should note:


There was a lot of sex talk in this book. Like, A LOT. I read a lot of YA, and in some ways I am still learning about how the genre works. There was also a masturbation scene and I just don’t feel right not noting it. Sexual situations don’t bother me, but it might bother some. And I just want to point that out. Also some drug usage. 


The ending was CRAZY! It was sort of cliffhanger and sort of not. All I know is that is has me wanting to read the next book pretty soon. I’ve heard the next book let down a lot of people though, so I am concerned about that. Some of these reviewers are readers I trust completely. 

To buy Shift from Amazon.com, click here: Shade. Paperbacks are only 9.99 at the time of this review. 

Other Reviews:

The Bookish Babe 5/5 Stars


11 responses to “Book Review of Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready

  1. I actually thought the second book was even better in a lot of ways-I thought we received a lot of information and things happened instead of just being a place-holder second book. However the romantic stuff wasn’t as well handled in my opinion, especially as I’m a big fan of Zach.

  2. This book is on my list for the Bout of Books read-a-thon next week. I have been hearing great things about it for a while. I am excited that you liked it too! I am most happy to hear that the plot line is original. I think I might move this to the top of the list! Thanks!

  3. Hey, Kara!!

    You will not believe how much monoliths, the stones and astronomy end up playing into the series. I found the detail to be so cool. I love learning while reading, too!

    I’m glad you ended up enjoying this. I loved Shift, but can’t wait to see what you think.

    • I’m glad to hear that, Andrea. I love learning new things when I read. I’ll try to get to Shift when I can, but it’s hard right now. I’m really trying to minimize my review pile.

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