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The Shade Trilogy, #2

“Shift” is a wonderful young adult paranormal tale that returns one to the eerie world that is populated with children who can interact with ghosts. The author has done a fantastic job of creating a sometimes frightening society that is attempting to understand the significance of the phenomenon known as the ‘Shift’ even as she tells the story of a pair of extraordinary yet ordinary teens. The poignancy of the relationships that Aura has and loses form a realistic counterpoint to the paranormal elements that give this story such individuality even as the reader is inexorably drawn into the emotional and angst-filled life of a high school teenager. Another fantastic addition to an inventive series peopled by intriguing and charismatic beings.

“Shift” by Jeri Smith-Ready is the second book in her ‘Shade Trilogy’ series which is set in a world that is divided into those who are young enough to see ghosts and those who are older and cannot. Aura and Zachary have the distinction of having been born on either side of the time that divides the world and their uniqueness complicates their relationship to one another. The continued presence of Aura’s previous boyfriend provides even more puzzles due to his conversion from ghost to angry shade to ghost and Aura and Zachary struggle to deal with the complications of typical high school rituals even as they research the phenomena which started with their respective births. A search for Aura’s roots has unexpected consequences but also results in significant progress in the investigation itself. An enthralling sequel that will make one immediately reach for the final tale in the trilogy, “Shine”.

Book Blurb for Shift

In the second book of the Shade trilogy from Jeri Smith-Ready, Aura is torn between the two boys who hold her heart—and determined to unravel the secrets of the Shift.

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one at her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. She’s not the only one seeking answers, though, and danger grows as she discovers new truths.

Who can Aura trust with her secrets? And to whom will she give her heart?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.50