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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: Mini Review

by Jeri Smith-Ready
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9406-0
Suggested Ages: 14+ (Due to sexuality)
Buy from Indigo

Description:  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.

Mini-Review: I really wanted to like this one more. I loved the premise and I do want to read more to find out about the shift and why it happened. However I found the story rushed and disjointed.  I never really got a feeling for the characters and I didn't buy the love for Aura and Logan, she seemed to get over him quite quickly after he died. I also don't buy the cliff hanger ending, it just doesn't ring true or quite frankly make any sense.  Also the description on the back says that Aura is devastated -- yeah she doesn't act like a devastated girl to me. I do think that the teens will like this and I urge you to check out other reviewers opinion on this, since this isn't written for 40 yr old moms. I was just sort of disappointed. I will try some of the authors other works and honestly will probably pick up the next book when it comes out just to find out more about the shift. 

3 Dewey's

I bought this from Chapters at the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour and it is signed by the author, it will be one of the prizes in my Spina Bifida Raffle

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