Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Shift (Shade #2) by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: May 3, 2011 from Simon Pulse
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"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?"

My Thoughts:

I don’t know how Jeri Smith-Ready does it, but Shift was another one sitting read book. Shift enthralls you from the very first page to the very last. The plot, characters, and writing are all superb and the ending will leave you dying to start Shine (which I did immediately by the way.) Oh yea, in case you were wondering there is much more Zach in Shift, so that is yummy… I mean fun.

Aura shows a great deal of growth over the course of Shift. She begins to come to terms with the fact that Logan is dead and that things cannot go back to the way they were when he was alive. She stops dwelling so heavily on the past and begins looking toward the future. However, this is Aura, so of course things are never easy. Just as she begins to choose the future she wants, things get in the way. The reader will really feel for Aura; seriously my heart hurt a lot during this book.

Zach is back in full force in this book, and boy oh boy do I adore him. He is not perfect, but I like him more because of that. While I may love him, he still made some choices in this book that made me want to smack him upside the head. Then we have Logan, who I like but I just don’t adore him like I adore Zach. Logan is just too clingy and whiny for me. I also think he is a bit self-centered, but then again that is just him. I love that both boys in this book are genuinely likable, because it makes the love triangle much more interesting. I also love that neither one is perfect, they both made mistakes, and there were moments where they both made me shake my head. It is more believable this way, rather than there being the one “perfect” guy up against the other guy who seems to just be in the way.

Aside from the lovable boys, the plot in Shift is great. It is fast paced and will keep you guessing. More and more about Aura’s past is coming to light and of course the DMP are beginning to get way too interested. It is becoming clear that Aura being the first is not coincidence and that there are some things that come along with that. These are the kind of things that need to be kept secret from the DMP. Then we have Zach who is a walking BlackBox and well things are just not simple at all. Then there is also the mystery of her father and well that one was a whopper.

Shift is the kind of book that can break your heart one minute, but have you smiling the next. It manages to combine the paranormal with humor, real life situations, and heartbreaking moments. You will become engrossed in the story and the world around you will cease to exist. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning in my quest to finish this book and I do not regret it.

All in all, Shift is a great story and a great second book in the Shade series. This series is very original and captivating and something that you need to pick up soon. 


  1. I love books you just can't put down! And this Zach guy, uh, *wiggles eyebrows* sound yum!! :)

    Ha ha I really need to start this series!

    Great Review girl!

    Magen Corrie

  2. GAHHHH....I still need to read the first of this series! I've heard so many amazing things about it...and I just love the sound of this one! Can't wait to hopefully start soon!

    AMAZING Review, Teresa!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

    1. You have to read it soon! I am still mad at myself for waiting so long to start this series!

  3. What a great book. I think my favorite scene from the entire series is when Dylan talks to Zach on the phone, in the limo, after the Prom. So happy you're loving the series!

    1. That scene is brilliant! At the same time though, I was screaming inside waiting for Zach and Aura to cut it out!


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