Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shade (Shade #1)

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date/Publisher: May 4th, 2010 by Simon Pulse

Read: July 1st , 2012

Pages: 309-Hardcover


  1. Shade 
  2. Shift
  3. Shine


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.

What I thought:

In this world, people can see real ghosts. And not just one person, but everyone under a certain age. I liked that part a lot, no one character was singled out for being “special” or having to hide their gift of ghost seeing. Well, there was still the special First person, but that’s a bit different.

Aura was the first girl born after the Shift, and the oldest who can see the ghosts. They appear in a purple haze looking like normal people and are unable to move on from the world until their needs are met. The ghosts themselves can’t interact with other ghosts, can’t go anywhere they’ve never been in real life, and can’t enter rooms that are covered with Obsidian. They also dislike the colour red, so most young people wear that colour of clothes to keep them away.

Aura is celebrating her boyfriend Logan’s first gig in front of record labels as well as his birthday, and has finally decided she is ready to take the next step with him. He gets really drunk, and while mixing some things he dies. Through her grieving and seeing his ghost, she tries to move on past the rumours flying around while keeping in contact with him, but it’s hard when they can’t touch.

Zachary, the Scottish exchange student is then introduced along with his awesome accent. He befriends her, and becomes part of her school project, which involves studying the megaliths, like Stonehenge and what secrets it has. They become closer, and Aura is starting to wonder if she can resist moving on from Logan or not.

All this is wrapped around the mystery of what caused the Shift, what secrets her deceased mother was hiding, who her father was and what connects it all.

There is a lot more to the story of course, but there’s also a bunch of secrets revealed through it. I really liked this book, and though I’m not too fond of ghost stories I really liked this one. The Shades (the bad ghosts) weren’t creepy and I was actually ok with it all. I liked Aura, but I loved Zachary’s character. I wasn’t the fondest of Logan, but I did feel sorry for the guy, being dead and all.

A great start to a series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Recommended for YA readers who are fans of Paranormal & Romance.



5 comments on “Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

  1. I really loved this one, I loved all the rules about the ghosts, the rule about them not liking red is one I actually grew up knowing so that was cool to read about here. I enjoyed the world building and am curious to find out more about Aura’s mom and the Shift (haven’t read Shift yet). I feel sorry for Logan too but he’s a ghost, time for him to move on since he’s messing up my Aura/Zachary pairing.

    Scribing Shadow

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