In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed. Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past. As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.
The writing is fantastic and I loved the witty banter between the characters. The love triangle that emerges is so unique and is more about getting over a first love and all the feels that go into that and less about choosing the perfect boy.
Death is never easy but this series presents an interesting view of both sides of it. You have the Post-Shifters who can see the ghosts (people who've died yet failed to pass on) and the ghosts themselves who are able to communicate with the living. There's the battle of good versus evil and for some of these characters, that battle is fought within themselves. (selfishness vs. selflessness, bitterness vs. forgiveness).
To me, this story really isn't about ghosts. It's about love and friendship, focusing on the important things and learning when to let go. I liked the idea that by not "passing-on" right away there's a window of opportunity to tie up loose ends, say what you didn't say or make amends but in real life, we don't get that second chance. All we have is the here and now and it too will be gone one day. The only thing that ever truly lasts is love.
Speaking of answering questions, Jeri really surprised me. Although I knew that Logan wasn't in the book, I was sad to think about an entire book without him. It definitely made me upset. In the end, one of my questions were "What's a book in the Shade series without Logan?!" But it didn't seem to be without him at all. It was as if he was there and watching over everything. Just like how a person who passed away in real life would do.
What I like most about Shine though, is the fact that it belongs to the main character. In Shade we see so much of Logan. Both alive and as a ghost. Then in Shift we see a lot of Zach as their relationship grows stronger. But in Shine, we see how she grows and realizes what she needs to do for herself and for her and Zach to be together. Aura is one bold and amazing main character and I loved everything about her and her world.
With Shine picking up right where Shift left off, you won't feel as if you've missed anything. Shine is a perfect ending to a series that will forever be a part of me.
Those of you who have read the Shade Trilogy, from the uber lovely and infinitely talented Miss Jeri Smith-Ready, already know the master-crafter she is with story-telling. Shine is no exception. Since it had been eons after reading Shift--- Okay, so maybe not that long, but sure felt like it. Have been impatiently waiting for this book for sooo long... Anyway, I felt like I had just finished reading Shift. Like no time had passed. Shine picks up right were we left off. Well, kinda.
If any of you follow Jeri you will have read the Chapter 1 tease she released not too long ago. You know how the story starts, and instantly hated Jeri for such an awfully wonderful tease! If you have NOT read the Chapter 1 teaser I will simply say this: Jeri will leave you with a gaping mouth, cinched heart, and an endless stream of "no-no-no-no-no-NO!"
As for the rest of Shine, you will have to be this side of out-of-your-mind crazy to not read this final installment. And by that I do mean my side of crazy, the not right, borderline unhinged kind of crazy. *giggles*
No seriously, this was a great read and I am glad overjoyed ecstatic -- dammit I can't find a strong enough adjective to describe how happy I am to have received this advanced copy! Miss Jeri, once again, takes us on a wild ride of laughs, tears, giggles, blushes, fear, sadness, and heart wrenching decisions. But she does so in such a way you keep begging for more. You laugh with Aura, you cry with Aura, and you want to jump into the pages, push up your sleeves, and seriously box some baddies with Aura when she gets to being frisky. And we all know Aura can get some serious frisky on!
Shine will leave you breathless in more ways than one. Sure, there are some really steamy scenes with, my other husband, Zachary. How could there NOT be? Come ON! But there are so many wonderful moments of 'almost' you cannot sit still. Whether Zach and Aura almost get caught, or almost die, or almost catch the bad guy, or almost save the day, you are left with no other option than to flip to the next page!
Miss Jeri's characters are so real you feel like you could really befriend them. Aura is eternally this feisty Italian chick who will seriously kick your butt even if she doesn't know how; she will freakin' find a way. Her heart is ten times bigger than you expect and she grows in Shine in such a way that you can't help but adore her.
Of course, we also have Zachary. Oh how I love me some Hottie Scottie.... But we see a side of Zach in Shine that we have not before. In previous books he acted as the pillar of strength for Aura as she dealt with some major stuff. In Shine the tides shift and it is he who needs the pillar. It makes Zach so much more enjoyable to read and you fall in love with him all over again.
Shine is truly action packed and will keep you guessing down to the last pages. The love that Aura and Zachary have for each other is something we all probably strive to achieve. It is pure, it is all-encompassing, and it is truly romantic and soulful. Shine is filled with the characters we have come to love (or hate, but in the good literary way), mysteries, resolutions, good guys, bad guys, feisty Baltimore-ians, even feistier Scots, and everything else you could ever want from a novel.
As with any closing book, be it trilogy or series, there is a sense of loss because you know this is it. But I am damned glad I made the journey. Miss Jeri is a wonderful author and an even more wonderful person. I adore her writing and the love she has for her characters as well as her fans. She is truly a diamond in the literary rough. The Shade Trilogy is one of my favorites and I will continue to suggest Miss Jeri's books to other readers. Shine was, quite possibly, the most perfect conclusion to an awesome set.
Did Shine rock my world? Beyond words - I have to say the entire series is off-- the-- charts!