Review: Shade

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Series: Shade #1
  • Published: May 4, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 336 pages (Hardcover)
  • Source: Library
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.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that this is a modern-day ghost story, it is a light-hearted read that focuses on a girl's journey through life and the complications that come with being a teenager. Life, love, sex, drugs, death and, of course, ghosts all play important roles in this book. I found it to be a very entertaining read that leaves you with a lot to think about.

Aura is the First. By that, I mean she was the first person born after the Shift. Nobody knows what caused the Shift, but it means that anyone born after the Shift can see and hear ghosts and their special violet hue. Wearing the color red is the only way to ward them off, and they do everything in the power to avoid Shades--the ghosts who turn bad and make those born after the Shift sick. Zachary is the Last. By that, I mean that he is the last person born before the Shift, which gives him special capabilities of his own. Both him and Aura are unique and both him and Aura have a lot on their plates, but they'll come to terms with who they are together.

Aura is a great protagonist. At times, she's incredibly frustrating to deal with because she can't really make up her mind, but she's a brave character nonetheless. She just wants to love and be loved and she doesn't want to be judged by those around her because her boyfriend died from an alcohol and drug overdose the day of his seventeenth birthday, right before they were about to show each other how much they truly cared. Zachary is a strong, respectable, bonnie Scottish love interest. I wish I saw more of him in this novel, but the focus of this novel was Aura coming to terms with things, including the fact that she could love people besides Logan now that he is gone. My gut is telling me that Zachary will have a bigger presence throughout the rest of the series, so I can't wait to read more and see what happens. The romance in this novel is not super intense, though it does exist.

This book leaves you with a lot of questions and few answers. Why did the Shift happen? Can Shades be saved? What happened to Aura's mother a year before she was born and who is her father? The questions are limitless, but it seems that the rest of the series will contain our answers. Because it left me with so many questions, I'm only giving this series four stars. However, with this phenomenal debut and awesome writing style, I know that Smith-Ready will deliver us with answers that are undoubtedly completely unexpected yet insanely awesome all at once.


I like this cover. It's very simple, but alluring. The purple signifies the violet hue that nice ghosts taken on, and the red ribbon is the only color that can make them disappear from those who can understand them. Simplicity worked out in this instance!


4 stars

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe that I still haven't read this series yet. I have heard so many good things about it. The whole series is at the library 5 minutes from my house. And, to top it all off, the reviews are just awesome. And now yours. I have got to get to it already. Thanks for the kick in the butt I needed.