Shade

http://www.yabookscentral.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x275s/67/12/f3/10651_shade_1317132281.jpg
 
0.0
 
4.7 (5)
774   2
Publisher
Genre(s)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
April 05, 2011
ISBN
1416994068
Buy This Book
      
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.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 5 user(s)

Already have an account? or Create an account
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.8  (5)
Characters 
 
4.6  (5)
Writing Style 
 
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
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Kenny Reviewed by Kenny May 08, 2012
Top 100 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (48)

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.

Was this review helpful to you? 
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. :)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
CJ Redwine, Editor Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor January 26, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (397)

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. :)

Was this review helpful to you? 
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
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
DB Graves Reviewed by DB Graves October 02, 2011
Top 500 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (16)

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.

Was this review helpful to you? 
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.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Jodi Meadows Reviewed by Jodi Meadows September 28, 2011
Top 100 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (35)

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.

Was this review helpful to you? 
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.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Brandi Reviewed by Brandi September 26, 2011
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (184)

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.

Was this review helpful to you? 
 
Powered by JReviews

LATEST YABC BLOG POSTS - BLOG TOURS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND GIVEAWAYS

View more blog entries

Latest Book Listings Added

Monarch TN.jpg
Category: Young Adult Indie
Some small town secrets need to be told . . . Stealing the family car is not 14-year-old Darby Fletcher’s...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Tandem cover thumbnail.jpg
Category: Young Adult Indie
An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a bike trip through the mountains. Not exactly the ideal conditions for a father-son...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Sword and its Servant Title (with age warning)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Between Our World and Hel, Uncover... Deep lore, Dark intrigue, Depraved enemies. The links between the...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
legendary
Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Juniper Sawfeather is choosing which college to attend after graduation. She wants to get as far away from her environmental...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day 5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market 4) Crashing a...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after...
 
0.0
 
4.0 (1)
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
athousandpiecesofyoucover.jpg
This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author...
 
0.0
 
4.7 (1)
winterspell
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Indie
Meet Arielle. She loves nothing more than to spend time with her dog, Britches, and her cat, Nosey, in...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Death, power, transformation.... When Nessa's dad dies, the last thing she's expecting is to loose everything else too. But when...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Sixteen year old Lucy Rose is spending her first summer away from home and she has two things on her...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Charlie Galen's vivid imagination has transported him places no other kid in New York City-or the world for that matter-has...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)