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The Shade Trilogy, #1

I was enthralled by this story and thought that the author did an excellent job of world-building. The rather spooky world that these kids inhabit seems very believable and the story unfolds in an elegant sequence as more and more is revealed about the circumstances behind Aura’s birth. The intense emotionalism displayed makes this a tear-jerker but is not overdone with so much angst that one loses the rapport with the characters. I am glad that I am over seventeen because although I can understand the joy of being able to communicate with a loved one who has died, I think that one also struggles for closure as is aptly demonstrated in this book. A great start to a fascinating series but keep the tissues handy and be prepared to want to immediately start reading the sequel, “Shift”.

“Shade” by Jeri Smith-Ready is the first book in her mesmerizing young adult ‘Shade Trilogy’. A poignant and imaginative book that presents a world that has become divided into those who can see ghosts and those who can’t. The criteria for the division is birthdate and Aura seems to be the very first person to have developed this ability. A tragedy suddenly changes her life and she throws herself into a research project that may shed light on the Shift which allowed everyone under the age of seventeen to see ghosts but only in areas that they visited while alive. A new boy at school named Zachary is fascinating, not only because of his Scottish accent but because he seems to know more about the Shift than the ordinary teen but Aura is torn about her feelings for him. Together they embark on a journey that may alter the way everyone views the Shift but there may be even more significant implications for the ghosts themselves.

Book Blurb for Shade

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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.50