September 16, 2011

Paranormal Books amidst piles of Fantasy, wait WHAT?!

On the iPod: I Miss You - Blink 182

Hola, blog readers, I recently started this one book like a while ago and finished it just to forget it because 'lo, I slept most of the summer (besides blogging and the YAcT) so it's about time this book got reviewed.

Goodreads summary:
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.

Oh god, Shade was such an emotional book for me that it's really nice to find a paranormal book that wasn't really fun and comical in a sense, as much as it was dealing with the emotional backlash of losing someone AND still have them without you, but not with you.
Crazy right?!
Well, Shade's about Aura Salvatore and her boyfriend, Logan (the geek and the rocker love) with another twist thrown in; teenagers or those born *after the Shift* can see ghosts while their parents have to rely on BlackBoxes (<--the salt against the ghost). So, one day when Logan's off after a concert and he and Aura are, um, going to consummate their love, he dies. Yep, but he's still here in the world living as a ghost. And then you throw in Zachary, who's so understanding, and kind, and incredible and alive, well then, you have yourselves a quite thoughtful Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/YA that's really beautiful and all I can say is, pick up a copy for yourself. Jeri Smith-Ready wrote a flawless and timeless book that deserves this:
Shade also has that very *doomed relationship* (between Logan and Aura) feel to it, and I loved it. It also included a decent love triangle because it had a purpose (le gasp! it's true though). I'd say Shade deserves a 10/10 on the WondefulbookshelfofJaz scale.
I'm pretty sure that's a first here.
I love claudia so much. ohh jinksy!

p.s wanna know more about Jeri Smith Ready and her schmazin' books? Go here!

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