Friday, September 24, 2010

Book 45 of '10 Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Dust Jacket Description:

"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."

Characters: I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. I completely understood Aura and found her to be an awesome heroine. Logan was annoying but I understood why Aura stayed with him. I am definitely Team Zachary in all things. I love the chemistry Aura and he had. He's a lot more understanding and masculine than Logan. And that accent? Whoa boy. The side characters didn't do much for me, but I loved the leads all the same. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing:
You can tell Smith-Ready has written several novels before. Her writing is skilled and graceful. I definitely have to read more of her work. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: I loved that everyone knew about the ghosts thanks to the Shift. It was very refreshing to the majority of paranormal YA novels I've read recently where the fantasy world is under wraps. There wasn't a lot of meat to this story, which I hope the next book will provide. It's still worth the wait. 4 flowers.

End:
Not surprising at all, but the last sentence was very powerful. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
I wish that the description had made it more obvious that EVERYONE after the Shift could see ghosts. 3 flowers.

Cover:
Gorgeous. 4 and a half flowers.

Overall:
An excellent YA paranormal novel. I'm eager for the next book. 4 and a half flowers.
Emma Out!

3 comments:

  1. Your review makes me really want to read this one, which is good because I've been a little dubious.

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  2. Sounds quite good! TBR pile, definitely.

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  3. Great review. I've had my eyes on this book. Maybe I'll push it up on my wish list ; )

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