Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
published by Simon Pulse
Genre: YA paranormal
FTC: I borrowed this book from a friend. I will not be compensated for this review.
What it's about:
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.
Short Answer is that I liked it.
What I really liked about this book was that everyone under the age of 16 had the gift of seeing the dead. It wasn't just main girl who had the power and therefore the book was not focused on her freaking out about seeing the dead. It focused on the death of her boyfriend and trying to move on past it. I liked that much better.
As for the guys in the book? I can't say I was a huge fan of Logan. Sure he was hott, but his drama queen acting was a little annoying. Even though I did not fall in love with Logan's character, I got into the book enough that I found myself crying at a few parts that involved him. Zach on the other hand? I LOVED his character! Tall, dark, and handsome, then add in a Scottish accent and good taste in music? I fell in love with that character the very second he was introduced.
Speaking of music, the book talked a lot about a few bands that I really love. One being Flogging Molly. To make it even better, they talked about my all time favorite song of theirs, Devil's Dance Floor. This made me love the book even more.
There were some confusing parts about the book and a few odd moments, but overall it was really good. The ending came a little too fast, but there is going to be another book so some of the unanswered questions will hopefully be answered.
my rating: 9/10
If it can get me to cry, apparently I got pretty into it and therefore I liked it :)
Here is a youtube link to Devil's Dance Floor by Flogging Molly. Figured I'd share it. Sorry it doesn't completely fit on the blog. Youtube is making their videos too big now.