Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (Audiobook)(Rating 4 Wine Glasses) #toberemo

Posted June 1, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 9 Comments


From Goodreads: 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.

Received for Review
Overall Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.00
Teen Angst: It was kept to a minimum but did exist…

Note: I am beginning to read a little more YA and like the trend I am seeing of less “typical” teenage angst. Shade had a good balance of story, character and low angst level. It was also a fantastically unique story that really pulled me in almost immediately.

What I Loved: I loved that Shade was never predictable! Once I was sure that the story was headed in one direction, it would take off in another one completely. Aura was a strong leading character, who for being 16/17, was mature enough for her age to handle things thrown at her. She still had her very teenage moments but her ability/responsibility was well-balanced with her angst. Zachery was another favorite character of mine who also had his own responsibilities to handle. I felt he was very mature for his age and displayed amazing ranges of emotions. The underlying mystery to what caused the Shift and all that includes was interesting and well-paced. You don’t get many answers but you do stay interested the whole book.

What I Liked: I did not like Logan until the very end of the book. He was an interesting character who was stuck between wanting what he shouldn’t and not being able to let go. Most of the book, I felt that he was selfish but looking back he wasn’t that bad. I really did like how he grew on through out the book and the fact that it was up to the reader to decide what they felt about him.

Complaints: The decision that Aura made at the end was exactly why I don’t like a lot of YA, it was a little wishy-washy for me. I am going to play it by ear though and read the rest of the series. I need to explain why the book got a 4 if I wasn’t happy about the end; it is because I cared so much about the ending that it screamed great book. Sometimes getting super mad at a character means you care.

Audio Specific Review: Khristine Hvam did a fantastic job on pacing, voices, and emotions. The only voice I was disappointed in was Logans but I got used to it by the end.

Why I gave it a 4: I really did enjoy this book! It was unique, interesting, and very well done.

Who I would recommend this too: YA Paranormal Readers who like the paranormal area of Ghosts

Jeri Smith-Ready


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9 responses to “Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (Audiobook)(Rating 4 Wine Glasses) #toberemo

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    I was definitely not going to add this to be TBR… now I think I have to. I'm really glad that you're reading more YA!

  2. Smash Attack!

    I'm so glad you gave this one a shot. I too found Logan selfish but he had moments of selflessness that confused me. lol. I really loved the uniqueness of the plot and the love triangle. 🙂

  3. Missie

    This is why I really like reading your YA reviews. I think you do a great job of pointing out things I don't even think to consider as a regular YA reader. Yanno what I mean?And yes, Taking the effort to get mad is a definite sign that you care!

  4. Natalie (Mindful Mus

    Low angst and unpredictable? Sounds like the book for me! Shade has been on my bookshelf for over a year, and I STILL haven't gotten the chance to read it. Soon, hopefully! Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Melissa (Books and T

    Darn (well, it's YA)! I haven't read these books yet and I need to get them! The wishy-washy thing doesn't bother me as much as we were all that way at that age. Okay, I was. 😉

  6. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    @BB I think you would really like it! I think most YA Readers would give it a 5 because it is really good :)@Jenny I read your review earlier today and thought "forwarned is armed for the angst"! So hopefully since I know it is a bit more angsty it won't bother me. I am interested to see how the story plays out 🙂

  7. Jenny

    YAY!!! So glad you are liking YA a little bit more Felicia! I didn't like Logan until the end either, but when he was up on the stand at his trial explaining some things? Made me blubber like a little girl and start rooting for him even though I liked Zachary so much:) Shift has a little more of the angst/drama in it, but I really like where the whole mystery of the Shift is heading so that made up for it:)