Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Shade

Title Shade
By Jeri Smith-Ready
For Fun
Source I own it
Recommended by Actually, I found this one by myself but Tristan of Reads With Wreckless Abandon encouraged me to pick it up sooner.

First Sentence "You can hear me, can't you?"

Oh dear, where do I start? The synopsis at Goodreads and even on the book flap was misleading. So misleading. 16 years ago the Shift occurred. Everyone born after the Shift can see and speak to ghosts. The entire world had adapted to this change and the DMP (department of metaphysical purity) has formed to deal with the ghost situation . They're trying to recruit kids when they become of age to help with the problem and have discovered that the color red repels ghosts and that obsidian repels as well and can be used to Blackbox locations one wouldn't want a ghost to enter. Aura, our MC, is 16 and dating her, soon to be rockstar boyfriend, Logan. Life's as good as it can be until, in a horrible accident, Logan dies. Suddenly everything's changing. Logan's ghost is still around, a cute new boy, Zachary, starts going to Aura's school, and Aura's about to start learning some interesting stuff about herself, her past and Zachary. That is if she can get over Logan, get him to move on and keep him from turning to a Shade (a dark spirit). 

         Warning! Gushing Ahead! 

General thoughts
Whew! I know that's an incredibly long synopsis but the story and concept was so carefully thought out and organized, I couldn't help but tell you all about it. This isn't Wither where nothing really made sense and things weren't thought out, this was awesome! I'm so flipping intrigued. Things just got started in this one. I want more!  I can't wait for the second book, Shift, (that I just ordered today) to get here. It's been ages since a book was so good I couldn't put it down, and when I had to I was itching to get back to it; ages since a book could distract me while I exercised. That's big, believe me. Oh sure, it had a love triangle but it was a REAL love triangle! None of this girl-loves-one-guy-but-there's-another-guy-who-loves-her-so-maybe-she-likes-him-but-we-all-know-who-she's-really-going-to-choose crap! This love triangle was so well written that,  not only can I not decide who she'll end up with, but I don't even know who I WANT her to end up with. To share that conflict with the MC...Amazing! I can't put enough emphasis on how much I was blown away by this well written book. I love when a book's intricate details astound and intrigue you.  I do have to get off my book-praising-stool for a minute to warn you that there was drug use, swearing, including the f-word, and some sexuality. So, if any of that bothers you I can't really recommend this book but I hope you'd overlook it and read it any way. ;)

Aura: Her emotions and feeling were so real and relatable that I really enjoyed her. I can't wait to find out more about her "specialness".
Logan: Argh, he's a bit obsessed with his music, oh, and he's dead but come on?! The song? What a sweetheart!
Zachary: What girl doesn't like a Scottish accent? Plus he's sweet and mysterious and willing to wait. Sigh!
Megan: A true friend even when it's annoying. Who doesn't like that? 
Gina,  A totally present parental figure at last! Alright, I angsted out and wished she'd leave Aura alone but isn't that exactly how a lot of teens feel? How great that the author made me feel that.
Dylan: I had to mention him because I want to know if he'll have a bigger role? I loved this kid!
Mickey and Siobhan: I've got to know what happens to them. Poor Mickey!

Would I recommend it? 
You're not seriously asking me that are you. YES! Go get this one and enjoy reading an original, non cliche, well written, YA paranormal romance for once.


  1. I don't read paranormal books, but your enthusiasm for this one jumps off the page :)

    Your review was alot of fun to read!

  2. Okay, okay *throws hands in the air* I surrender, I will add it to my TBR list! It sounds very interesting.

  3. I am not a big paranormal fan but I heard so many amazing things about this series and now you are super enthusiastic too! I need to see for myself what all the fuzz is about!

  4. So......When you read Zachery do you do it with a scottish accent?
    Just curious.

  5. TheBookgirl, Oh, good! I have a much harder time with reviews for books I liked. I'm glad I managed to portray my enthusiasm.

    Ang, Ha! My persuasive powers work! ;) It was awesome. You'll like it...I hope.

    Selina, It's so well put together that the paranormal stuff is almost more scientific. It's THAT good. I hope you read it.

    Cowboy mom, LOL, no I didn't but I could imagine. Unfortunately my Scottish and Irish accents are hard to tell apart so I don't really try.

  6. AH! We were just talking love triangles! I may have to look into this one...

  7. Jessica, This was a well done triangle. I have no idea where it's going, though.

  8. Between this review & the business with the YA Crush Tournament the other day I'm now convinced I must read this book. And I don't really even like paranormal stuff. But the idea of a non-cliche book won me over. :)

  9. Kathy, You should totally read it. I was blown away. I wish the sequel would get here!

  10. DAMMIT! how did i miss this review?!?! I am so glad you loved it Jenny, I told you it was spectacular!! Now I'm going to read your Shift review. I'll probly comment over there too so ....come along *waves hand* Also I just read like 6 of your reviews (because they're awesome for comedic relief) this is my destination now when I'm bored with my current reading material ;)
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

  11. Tristan, Finally! I think you were moving when I read these so you missed it. As you can see, I loved them! ;)