Shade (Shade, #1)
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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Jen
This book far exceeded my expectations. I assumed this would be a dark tale of ghosts and what not, with your obligatory love triangle and a heroine without much of a personality. What I got was a dark tale of ghosts and what they could become, Shades. I also got a tragic, vulnerable relationship between a heroine with depth and personality, and an aspiring musician whose parting came too soon. And GOOD LORD, it was heartfelt and it made me cry.



Jeri Smith-Ready could teach an AP course on makin...more
Circus Princess
Get ready for some extreme raving/unhealthy obsessing. Enter... IF YOU DARE!! *cue cheesy over used Halloween organ music*

Oh, Jeri Smith-Ready. After reading this book, I have automatically added you to my Exclusive List of Epicly Fantabulous People, even before I knew much about you (of course you proved to be awesome when I did eventually look you up). Because, let's face it: No one can write a book that amazing and not be epic. It's just not possible.

Brief summary(In my own words):
Okay. So in...more
Morgan F
This book could have very nearly been a disaster. It could have taken the sour young-adult fantasy route that I'm experiencing more and more these days. It even had the dreaded love triangle. But, I was pleasantly surprised in the end.

This books is about a girl, named Aura (the name made me cringe), who can see ghosts. Which is not unusual because everyone born after the Shift can see the violet figures of people who once were. The night of his 17th birthday, Aura's boyfriend, Logan, dies. He is...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City. Rating 7/10 on the blog.

Nearly sixteen years ago the 'Shift' happened. And every child that has been born since can see and communicate with ghosts. The world is divided into two sub sets, post and pre shifters, those who can see & those who can't.

The Shift has changed everything. Ghosts can now testify in their own murder cases. Certain building & rooms in your house have to be 'black boxed' so that ghosts cannot go into them. Red has become the al...more
Annie Brewer
Jan 26, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Annie by: Goodreads
Every now and then there comes a book that will touch your heart all the way to your soul and leave you breathless. Or in this case sobbing til your eyes fall out. Well this one did that for me. Or in this case, had me crying through the entire book. This book hit a little too close to home for me. I feel so numb. I knew this was gonna be a sad story before I even opened it, but I was never prepared for the heartwrenching effect this really had on me, or the fact that I cried through the entire...more
~Tina~
(3.5 stars)

Wow! Now this is supernatural on a whole new level!!

Since the Shift, everyone under the age of sixteen can see and talk to ghost who haven't passed over. Aura is one of them, and while it may be slightly annoying, it's something she's learn to deal with.
So what happens when her beloved boyfriend Logan, who got the break of his life on his birthday, suddenly dies and becomes a ghost in all his violet glory?
Aura has to convince him to move on before he becomes a Shade, only she may not...more
Lindsay
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

This book is what I would call an 'Awkward Reunion'. Its like meeting someone you haven't seen in a really long time and acting really formal and too sweet with them. I mean, I really tried to like this book. Honestly. But there was just something so...fake about the writing. I felt like Jeri Smith-Ready was trying too hard to sound like a mourning teenager in love who wants to do things her way. She tried to emulate how teenagers act and speak and think but the fact is, people don't act like t...more
Lisa O.
So I have this huge Post-it note I made on my computer with all the things that are wrong with this book. In fact, I pretty much hated it up to 3/4 of it. Now I find myself at a total loss for words, because, incredibly, I realized I actually liked it.

Shade is set in a world where ghosts can be seen walking around. Not by everyone, though. Only by people born after the Shift, a date when unexplainably something changed in the cosmic order of things and newborns start to acquire this terrible abi...more
Kristi
Shade is one hauntingly awesome debut that will leave you craving the sequel as soon as the last page is read.

I don't really know what to say... I mean it was fabulous, it was one of those 'wow' reads. Where you don't see the last page coming because you just want it to keep on going... where you read the last sentence and immediately need the next novel... 'wow'

I really think Shade, as a paranormal novel, is going to stand out among the throngs of vampire, werewolf, and angel books. Although th...more
Darcy
I really loved this book, for me it didn't really read as a YA/Teen book as the subject matter is pretty weighty. What I found most intriguing about this book was the world and the way it was set up.

In this world, something happened during the winter solstice 16 years ago. This shift makes everyone note the time in pre-shift or post-shift. Those that have been born post-shift can see ghosts and interact with them. The ghosts for the most part are good and need help to move on, but sometimes the...more
Jena
Wow. Just wow! Shade is a whirlwind of emotions in one book. Love. Is all I can say.

Shade starts off with Aura, who since the shift can see ghosts. Aura is special though, she was first. That doesn't stop her life though, or her love for her amazing, sexy, singer boyfriend Logan. So when Logan tragically dies she's thinks it's all over, until she realizes that Logan is still with her in ghost form. As more mysteries unravel, she becomes close to Zachary, a green eyed, Scottish cutie. Together th...more
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.

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Finally, a book that's hyped for a reason. Kind of.

Going into this book, I didn't expect to be that impressed. The reviews were pretty mixed and it just didn't seem all that interesting. But, I always give into hype and I consider this series to be one of the most hyped YA series' out there, so I gave it a shot. It turned out to be a very entertaining read.

In the world of this book, something happened several years ago called...more
The Bookologist
Shade is an exciting paranormal read that'll sweep readers off their feet with a heated love triangle with a chilling--although sometimes confusing--plot. The characters are relatable without being generic. Smith-Ready provides readers with a winding road of twists and turns that satisfies the readers' hunger for a thrilling mystery.

The world that Shade happens in, is completely different to what we are used to. There, many things that are impossible for us are made believable in Shade's setting...more
Jennifer
I have been told to read this book a million times! I kept meaning to but then it kept getting pushed back. I am so glad I finally buckled down and got it. I seriously balled my eyes out! What an emotional roller coaster!

Everyone born after the Shift can see ghosts. Aura was born one minute after the Shift, about sixteen years ago. Aura works for her aunt helping out with ghost rights but she is rather annoyed by ghosts. She wishes she could end the Shift. But when Logan, her boyfriend and the l...more
FreakChiq
It was the big finale of the YA Crush Tournament (hosted by The YA Sisterhood) and Jace was up against someone I’ve never heard of before—a Scotsman named Zachary Moore. I was sure the win was already ours. I mean, it’s Jace we’re talking about, and we, Jace fans, love him as much as he loves Clary, if not even more. But what I believed would be an easy-peasy match, turned into an exciting and intense duel that made me really curious. Who is this guy that has so many devoted fans? I needed to fi...more
Sarah
Like everyone born after the Shift Aura can see ghosts - everywhere she goes there are ghosts trying to talk to her, asking her to do things for them. All she has ever wanted is for them to leave her alone - that is until her boyfriend Logan dies. She'd rather have Logan's ghost in her life than lose Logan completely but it isn't easy having a boyfriend who you can't touch - can't kiss. Then Aura meets Zachary, a new student at her school who has been assigned to help her with her history projec...more
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5

Jeri jumping jacks, this book was awesome!

I picked it up in recommendation without knowing what to expect. To be honest, neither the cover nor synopsis really caught my eye. But I just adored it.

From the very first page, Shade sucked me into a fascinating world where every child born after the Shift (which occurred sixteen years ago) could see the violet ghosts of those unable to pass on. Every little detail was amazing and believable! Jeri Smith-Ready managed to create one of the mo...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
5 Stars - I’ve been trying to write this review for a couple days now and the words just don’t want to come to me. Not because this book was bad, it was far from it. It was amazing. It’s not often that I find a book that I love a much as this one – examples of books that fall in this same category for me would be Shiver, The Twilight Saga and handful of other books out there.

From the dark, beautiful and mysterious cover to the fact that anyone born post Shift can see and talk to ghosts…. To our...more
Andrea
Nov 08, 2011 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
In One Word ~ Overwhelming

Honestly, one word could never do SHADE justice. It was also: Astonishing, Shattering, Breathtaking, Beautiful, Funny, and Sad. Does that just about cover it? Not a chance.

I debated writing this review. In some weird way, I wanted to take SHADE and the emotions it drug through me and just hold them tightly to myself, keep it private. Mine. But then I thought about the massive, and I mean MASSIVE amount of conversation that was started on Twitter with me simply saying th...more
Anastasia Hopcus
Shade was absolutely fantastic! I had a feeling I would love it before I even cracked it open; in fact, I was so convinced that I bought the book without even reading the first page. (Of course, I did have some reason for thinking this---I'd seen that a few bloggers that enjoyed Shadow Hills had also really liked Shade. I figured they must have impeccable taste. ;D I kid. Sort of.) Luckily, my instincts proved to be correct. As soon as I started reading Shade I was enthralled and ripped right th...more
Wendy Darling
Unexpectedly fun, with a unique paranormal mythology. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!
Krys

Wow. I’m just…wow. I loved this. It’s one of my favourite reads this year. Wow… can that be my review? Well, where to start then?

Aura has been fighting with her boyfriend, Logan, since almost losing her virginity to him. She hopes to rectify things with him soon. His band, The Keeley Brothers, is scheduled to perform a show soon where two record execs from rival companies are rumoured to show. Aura plans to smooth things over with him that night and give herself to him. Everything seems perfect,...more
Nafiza
Jul 17, 2010 Nafiza rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I didn't wade into this with many expectations - I had been disappointed before and I figured that going in without expectations would serve to lessen the disappointment were there to be any. The beginning was innocuous enough - where the romance is concerned there were two major players out for the affections of the lead. Troubling enough but then the heroine has feelings for them both. Add to that the fact that one of the possibles is dead...well, you know how tragedy reads. The story itself i...more
Jessica
You know when you start reading a good book and each page makes your heart race faster? You rush through a page just so you can turn it quickly to see what happens next? Then you have to turn back just to read it again and make sure you didn't miss anything? Well that is this book! I will say that it has been a while since I have read a book that made me feel so many different emotions at once. While reading this on my kindle I took notes along the way. Here is what I wrote "Full of romance, mys...more
Cheryl
Everyone born after the shift can see ghosts. Aura is unique. She not only can see ghosts but she is their lifeline to the present. This is cool but at the same time it can have its annoying moments like…when ghost appear unexpected and demand your help…or having ghosts yell in your ear, never giving you a minute of peace. Of course, Aura would never trade any of this, when her boyfriend, Logan ends up dead. It is up to Aura to help Logan pass through to the other side.

There is a new boy in tow...more
Thomas
Shade possesses all the qualities a good young adult paranormal book should have: a strong protagonist, an interesting premise, some suspense, and a touch (or in this case, a lot of touches) of romance.

The book is about Aura, one of the many sixteen-year-old teens born after the Shift. The Shift marks when babies began to see ghosts, in the form of purple clouds. Once the ghosts become angered, they turn into violent shades with the capability of damaging anyone born post-Shift.

On the night of h...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade was a book I saw on the shelves last year that I was not compelled to buy. I was just never curious enough about it. It wasn’t until this year, right before Shift (the second book in this series) was released that I noticed my fellow reader’s excitement. Then I bought it on sale, and there it sat, on my shelves...still not read. When I mentioned to Ginger of GReads! that I had Shade but hadn’t read it yet, she insisted I needed t...more
Jen
Prior to starting Shade, the only thing that I had heard about it was "Amazing", or "one of a kind"--things along that line. What could I do? Of course I had to pick it up! I'm always up for a good ghost story, especially with romance involved. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it, but there was definitely a lot of things I could complain about, such as the love triangle and the characters themselves. However, I loved the plot and creativity of Shade. My conflicting thoughts for Shade equal out...more
Yani
I started this blog last December, but before that I was so busy with school that I wasn't really reading many blogs either. So I guess around that time the world was buzzing about this book, and oblivious me didn't know anything about it until I got an ARC copy of Shift (book 2). With so many great books in my reading pile I put the ARC aside and thought to myself, "if I don't get to it that's okay." NO definitely not okay!! I am so glad my twitter pals where talking about this book, because it...more
Nic
I feel conflicted about this book. Parts of it I loved any other parts were just average. It was a unique story line but I didn't find it an engaging read until the last 100 pages. Then the book suddenly was fast paced filled with suspense and suprises.

I though the characters were very believable especially Aura and Logan. Logan is a character I thinks alot people will love. The sweet moments he and Aura shared pulled on my heart a little. Zach is a sweetie too but I think Logan stole the show i...more
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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has produced twelve published novels for teens and adults since 2001.

Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)
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