Shade

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Release Date
April 05, 2011
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1416994068
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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.

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
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4.8  (5)
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4.6  (5)
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4.8  (5)
I love this book. It's emotional and i love how the writer mixes ghosts with everyday live.
Everyone born after the shift has the ability to see and hear ghost.It can be pretty annoying for Aura but when her boyfriend dies suddenly, she doesn't think of it as a curse rather than a blessing. Then, Zachary comes into her life and everything is not as it seems.....torn between two boys one living and one dead she finds herself in a love triangle and a mystery she doesn't understand.
I can't wait to read the sequel, i hope it is as good as this.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
Kenny Reviewed by Kenny May 08, 2012
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ghostly

I love this book. It's emotional and i love how the writer mixes ghosts with everyday live.
Everyone born after the shift has the ability to see and hear ghost.It can be pretty annoying for Aura but when her boyfriend dies suddenly, she doesn't think of it as a curse rather than a blessing. Then, Zachary comes into her life and everything is not as it seems.....torn between two boys one living and one dead she finds herself in a love triangle and a mystery she doesn't understand.
I can't wait to read the sequel, i hope it is as good as this.

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This is a solidly written story with a complex world of shades and ghosts and a government agency devoted to controlling them both. It's a very smooth read, and by the second half, I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. I'm sorry to say that the character of Logan didn't really resonate with me--I never warmed up to him, and so I didn't really get the romance or how badly she wanted him to be with her. I was much more intrigued with Zachary! And I found the mystery in the second half of the book compelling. I would definitely read the sequel.

A heads up for more sensitive readers: there's more sexual content than many YA books I've read. I'm not saying it's over the top, but if it's something that bothers you, you should know that going in. :)
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4.3
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
CJ Redwine, Editor Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor January 26, 2012
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Creative and Interesting

This is a solidly written story with a complex world of shades and ghosts and a government agency devoted to controlling them both. It's a very smooth read, and by the second half, I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. I'm sorry to say that the character of Logan didn't really resonate with me--I never warmed up to him, and so I didn't really get the romance or how badly she wanted him to be with her. I was much more intrigued with Zachary! And I found the mystery in the second half of the book compelling. I would definitely read the sequel.

A heads up for more sensitive readers: there's more sexual content than many YA books I've read. I'm not saying it's over the top, but if it's something that bothers you, you should know that going in. :)

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Shade was an impulse buy at one of my frequent stops by Borders while they sold off their store stock. The cover intrigued me and the jacket blurb even more so. When I finally picked up Shade I could not put the blasted thing down.

Jeri Smith-Ready slaps you upside the head right off the bat and in less than a quarter of the way through you are already bawling like a little girl who lost her favorite teddy in an oil slick. Totally ambushed by snot and tears sort of cry.

The premise of Shade was not something I had ever read before and I was completely drawn in by it's uniqueness. I was not sure if I would dig it, but I was drawn in by the nose. The plot was believable and the twist and turn were thrilling.

Then we have Logan and Zach... Let me just savor these boys for a moment. Okay, I'm back. Both of these Shade boys are totally hot in different ways so you will have trouble picking a side. Aura, not surprisingly, is torn between the two. Logan represents her lifetime of friendship and trust, but Zachary brings an element of a possible future that is all too tempting. The triangle here is beyond heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it.

After reading Shade I was not at all surprised by the HUGE TeamKilt uprising on Twitter. It is a phenomena all in its own accord and I highly recommend anyone to try and resist Shade's pull.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
DB Graves Reviewed by DB Graves October 02, 2011
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Took me by surprise!

Shade was an impulse buy at one of my frequent stops by Borders while they sold off their store stock. The cover intrigued me and the jacket blurb even more so. When I finally picked up Shade I could not put the blasted thing down.

Jeri Smith-Ready slaps you upside the head right off the bat and in less than a quarter of the way through you are already bawling like a little girl who lost her favorite teddy in an oil slick. Totally ambushed by snot and tears sort of cry.

The premise of Shade was not something I had ever read before and I was completely drawn in by it's uniqueness. I was not sure if I would dig it, but I was drawn in by the nose. The plot was believable and the twist and turn were thrilling.

Then we have Logan and Zach... Let me just savor these boys for a moment. Okay, I'm back. Both of these Shade boys are totally hot in different ways so you will have trouble picking a side. Aura, not surprisingly, is torn between the two. Logan represents her lifetime of friendship and trust, but Zachary brings an element of a possible future that is all too tempting. The triangle here is beyond heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it.

After reading Shade I was not at all surprised by the HUGE TeamKilt uprising on Twitter. It is a phenomena all in its own accord and I highly recommend anyone to try and resist Shade's pull.

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I really enjoyed this. No stray plots, characters were all fleshed out -- secondary characters made several appearances and best friends remained best friends! -- and the premise was really cool. Even the love triangle was believable and non-obnoxious. (Also, sexy!) I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
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Jodi Meadows Reviewed by Jodi Meadows September 28, 2011
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Sexy.

I really enjoyed this. No stray plots, characters were all fleshed out -- secondary characters made several appearances and best friends remained best friends! -- and the premise was really cool. Even the love triangle was believable and non-obnoxious. (Also, sexy!) I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Shade is beautifully written and it is so emotional. Ms. Smith-Ready really managed to write her characters in such a way that I feel for them and with them, and want the best for them, even if what two characters want conflict. That takes some real talent.
I didn't really know what to expect going in, but one of my writer and reader friends really loves this book (and Shift) and I respect her opinion so it's been high on my TBR since then. But let me tell you, I was blown away at what I found.
Even though music and partying are big elements in this book, and they are not so much my thing, Aura and Logan, Megan and the rest of the Keeleys made it work, and made me care about what matters to them. That being said, there is sex, rock and roll, partying, death and grief all in this book, and teens should know that going in and be able to handle it. I don't think that any of it is gratuitous or in poor taste, just to be clear.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the love triangle and which side I'm on. I totally am a sucker for the accent, so Zachary had me at hello. As for Aura... I really admire the depth of her love for Logan, and even though she can see and talk to ghosts... being dead put him out of the running for me. It was hard to reconcile my want for her to be in a different place in life and just be able to be with Zachary to the fact that Logan, and her love for him is very central to this book. His life, death, ghostly status, along with the mystery of her mother, and her puzzling connection to Zachary (the non-romantic one that is) all makes up the story, and it's hard to stay firmly planted on my Zachary side.
For me, I am so glad that I have Shift ready to start, because that ending... yeah. It's one of the special cliffhangers that leaves your jaw dropped, and lusting for more.
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
Brandi Reviewed by Brandi September 26, 2011
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Awesome

Shade is beautifully written and it is so emotional. Ms. Smith-Ready really managed to write her characters in such a way that I feel for them and with them, and want the best for them, even if what two characters want conflict. That takes some real talent.
I didn't really know what to expect going in, but one of my writer and reader friends really loves this book (and Shift) and I respect her opinion so it's been high on my TBR since then. But let me tell you, I was blown away at what I found.
Even though music and partying are big elements in this book, and they are not so much my thing, Aura and Logan, Megan and the rest of the Keeleys made it work, and made me care about what matters to them. That being said, there is sex, rock and roll, partying, death and grief all in this book, and teens should know that going in and be able to handle it. I don't think that any of it is gratuitous or in poor taste, just to be clear.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the love triangle and which side I'm on. I totally am a sucker for the accent, so Zachary had me at hello. As for Aura... I really admire the depth of her love for Logan, and even though she can see and talk to ghosts... being dead put him out of the running for me. It was hard to reconcile my want for her to be in a different place in life and just be able to be with Zachary to the fact that Logan, and her love for him is very central to this book. His life, death, ghostly status, along with the mystery of her mother, and her puzzling connection to Zachary (the non-romantic one that is) all makes up the story, and it's hard to stay firmly planted on my Zachary side.
For me, I am so glad that I have Shift ready to start, because that ending... yeah. It's one of the special cliffhangers that leaves your jaw dropped, and lusting for more.

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