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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 309 pages
  • 167 x 218 x 28mm | 395g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • 1416994068
  • 9781416994060
  • 490,057

Review quote

"[SHADE IS] a fully satisfying read, with well-developed, believable characters. Smith-Ready changes the world completely by simply changing our ability to see."
--STARRED REVIEW from Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

12,892 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 35% (4,558)
4 32% (4,075)
3 22% (2,806)
2 7% (882)
1 4% (571)

Our customer reviews

In SHADE by Jeri Smith-Ready, Aura was born post-Shift, which means that she can see ghosts and Shades (ghosts who have gotten really mad). She hates being able to do this and would give anything to stop it. Until her boyfriend Logan's birthday comes around, and instead of it being a great day, it turns horrific when he dies. But since she can see ghosts, she can still see Logan. So it's almost like having her boyfriend still there - but not quite. Aura meets a new friend, Zachary, who understands what she is going through and is a big piece to the Shift puzzle. But with both Logan and Zachary in her life, which one will she turn to in the end? I thought this book was so unique. The premise that people born after the Shift can see ghosts is so creative! I was hooked on the story right from the beginning. SHADE brought out a lot of emotions in me. There were times when I was saying "How can she do that when Logan has only been dead for a little while?" and then at the end, I was definitely teary eyed. The book ended on a cliffhanger. I want more! I want to know what happens next! And there are still so many questions that I have. Who are Aura's parents? Why was she the first baby born after the Shift? And a bunch more that I don't want to say so I won't spoil the story. The sequel, SHIFT, comes out in May 2011, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!show more
by TeensReadToo
Tear jerker. Character development is good and right at the start I could really sympathize with the female protagonist for the pain she was going through. The author gives us characters who lingers in my head long after I finished reading the book. The author also weaves a convincing world where ghosts feels real to the reader. I would give the "suspension of disbelief" a 4.5 out of 5. The story itself though does not seem to have any clear structure where there is a central conflict and a climax. I'd give the story a 1.5. The book feels like a simple retelling of events. I didn't want a history class, I want a story with a beginning, middle and an end. The end therefore did not sufficiently close the story because there wasn't much of a story dilemma to close with. And it was sort of a cliffhanger. I would give the ending a 2. The author knows how to play emotional manipulation with the reader though and I cried at the end. But this does not compensate for the fact that the story lacks a strong dilemma centrepoint. I would give the storytelling quality a more
by Cherry
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