Book Review: Shade – Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shade
Author: Jeri-Smith Ready
ISBN: 9781416994060
Pages: 309
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

The Shift seperates everything in life these days – before and after.  Those born before the Shift were normal.  But everyone born after – everyone sixteen and under – can see ghosts.  No one knows why it happened.

Aura is a sixteen year old girl who is happy and in love.  Her boyfriend, Logan, is about to get a record deal for his band, and what’s more, she knows he’s completely in love with her.  Though she’s haunted by the death of her mother and mysterious circumstances surrounding it, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm.  But when things go horribly wrong and Logan is killed, Aura begins to question everything around her in an effort to cope with his death.

Review:

When I was at BEA, I stopped by the Simon & Schuster YA stand in order to talk to a publicist about the great books they had coming out over the next few months.  The publicist asked if I enjoyed paranormal YA, and I said that I hadn’t been reading as much of it lately, but I did like it.  She said she’d send me Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready.  I thanked her and promptly forgot about it until Shade arrived at my house a week or two after BEA.

After reading Shade, I completely understand why the publicist thought I’d enjoy it.  It’s a creative novel that really sets itself apart from other YA paranormals that I’ve read.  I liked getting to know Aura.  She was strong, smart and resourceful.  Of course her teen angst over her relationship with Logan and their true love made me roll my eyes as it always does, but I thought her desperate efforts to hold onto him were believable. 

The other strain of the novel, where Aura explores her past and her mother, were what really captured my interest in Shade.  Smith-Ready has clearly laid out the groundwork for a complex and puzzling mystery.  Why did the Shift happen, and what did Aura’s mom have to do with it?  This aspect of the novel kept me engaged and reading, wanting to know more.

I really enjoyed Shade and will definitely be picking up its sequel.   It was simple and easy to read, yet Smith-Ready has set the stage for an explosive second novel.  If you enjoy paranormal YA, yet are sick of the vampires, werewolves, and angels, give this book a try and see if you find it as refreshing as I did.

Comments

  1. This name kept popping up but I didn’t know that much about. Sounds really good. I think I might try to read this one.

  2. This name kept popping up but I didn’t know that much about. Sounds really good. I think I might try to read this one.

  3. This one sounded really good at the TAC and the Books of Wonder event in NYC, but I keep forgetting to put it on my list! *off to do that right now*

  4. This one sounded really good at the TAC and the Books of Wonder event in NYC, but I keep forgetting to put it on my list! *off to do that right now*

  5. I don’t think I have ever read any of the paranormal YA out there, but my impression is that it is mostly a bunch of vampire and warewolf books, like you mentioned. It does sound like this one steps out of that box, and I am glad to hear that it was such an interesting and different read for you. I might be interested in staring here, and just skipping all the vampire and warewolf nonsense! Thanks!

  6. I don’t think I have ever read any of the paranormal YA out there, but my impression is that it is mostly a bunch of vampire and warewolf books, like you mentioned. It does sound like this one steps out of that box, and I am glad to hear that it was such an interesting and different read for you. I might be interested in staring here, and just skipping all the vampire and warewolf nonsense! Thanks!

  7. I am about halfway through this and enjoying it! I don’t know a lot about it so its really exciting to watch the story unfold. Glad you liked it!

  8. I am about halfway through this and enjoying it! I don’t know a lot about it so its really exciting to watch the story unfold. Glad you liked it!

  9. I don’t like too much paranormal, but I do think a little bit of it in a story can work well. It sounds like this one was well done.

  10. I don’t like too much paranormal, but I do think a little bit of it in a story can work well. It sounds like this one was well done.

  11. Thanks a lot for the review! I was a bit doubtful about the book. Only recently I have started on YA fiction again

  12. Thanks a lot for the review! I was a bit doubtful about the book. Only recently I have started on YA fiction again

  13. I have had my eyes on this book and enjoyed your review.

  14. I have had my eyes on this book and enjoyed your review.

  15. YAY! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I have heard great things about it. It’s lingering on my TBR, perhaps I need to bump it up.

  16. YAY! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I have heard great things about it. It’s lingering on my TBR, perhaps I need to bump it up.

  17. I agree with your review, the premise for Shade was definitely refreshing with all the other paranormal YAs being published today. However, I was disappointed that the author didn’t spend more time focusing on the mystery story line… what exactly caused the Shift, and what part did Zachary and Aura play in it??
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “Shade” by Jeri Smith-Ready

  18. I agree with your review, the premise for Shade was definitely refreshing with all the other paranormal YAs being published today. However, I was disappointed that the author didn’t spend more time focusing on the mystery story line… what exactly caused the Shift, and what part did Zachary and Aura play in it??
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “Shade” by Jeri Smith-Ready

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