Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of Salvation

5th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of Salvation

Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of SalvationThis Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: April 1st 2014
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover | Buy the book! | Goodreads

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined...

 

I must confess, I’d scheduled this before I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of it, but I still wanted to showcase it in case you hadn’t heard about it.

This will be Jeri’s contemporary debut and since I already love her Shade series I knew I’d want to read this one. I love the “Rush” (aka Rapture) idea! Can’t wait to read it. :)

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About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Bitsy Words: Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready

6th May 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready

Bitsy Words: Bridge by Jeri Smith-ReadyBridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #2.5
Published by Curtis Brown Digital
Pub Date: April 22nd 2013
Pages: 65
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Logan is barely seventeen, and barely dead. To find eternal rest, the ghost rock star must make peace with his brother Mickey, before his guilt over Logan’s death drives him to suicide.

Krista sees ghosts everywhere, but never the one she needs most. A chance boardwalk encounter with Logan turns her Senior Week party into a rescue mission. Can her own grief give her the strength to save Mickey’s life?

Loaded with bonus material, the “Bridge” ebook is the perfect introduction to the young-adult Shade trilogy—a tale of ghosts, music, and everlasting love.


"Bridge" was originally published in the YA paranormal anthology Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

"Bridge" the ebook will include Lots o" Logan in one place:
•The story "Bridge"
•Lyrics to "Forever," the song he wrote and sang for Aura on the tear-jerkingest page of Shade (listed on GR as Shade #1.5)
•Logan's deleted interludes from Shift (listed on GR as Shade 2.1), including an EXCLUSIVE "Outro" that shows what Logan thought of Zachary when they met.
•BRAND NEW BONUS MATERIAL:
1. Heart-to-heart interview with Logan and his brother Mickey, the other major character in "Bridge." The brooding, tortured Mickey has never before spoken in public, and this interview will be EXCLUSIVELY available in this ebook.
2. Actual scanned images of Logan's songwriting journal as he was writing "Forever."

"Bridge" is the first in what has been dubbed the "SHADEboys Trifecta of Awesome," continuing with "Shattered" (Zachary's novella, listed on GR as Shade #3.5) in May 2013 and Martin's as-yet-untitled short story in August 2013 (listed on GR but not numbered yet).

I’ve always known this story would be sad, which is probably the reason I put off reading it for so long, but I’m so glad I finally got to it. And it was sad, but it was also like exhaling. I felt like I could let go of some of my worry for Mickey, and I feel like I understand him so much better now. I didn’t know it was written in verse! That was such an awesome surprise! And it was the perfect way to tell this story, especially since it deals with Mickey and Logan, who totally know about verse. Their story flowed so perfectly and beautifully. I really can’t imagine it written a different way and having the same emotional effect. It’s seriously perfect, I tell you! Also, it only made me love Mickey more, hehe. Must read for any Shade series fan.

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

26th Apr 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-ReadyShine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #3
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 399
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

Jeri Smith-Ready completely surprised me with Shine. So much happened! And nothing was left hanging! I seriously was in awe of just how much story was told in this last book. All the twists and new developments…all the closure. Just…wow.

Lets talk a bit about the closure. And by closure, I mean Logan. I have seen some people worried that they won’t like this book because Logan is not in it, but he is, you guys! Maybe not the way you want him to be, but his presence is very much felt. He is remembered, thought about, talked about…he’s mourned. That’s what we get to do for the people we love after they die. He wasn’t going to end up with Aura…ever. He died! I hope I don’t come off as mean or insensitive by saying that, but it’s the truth. And trust me when I say that I, too, loved Logan. So! Love him and never forget him. I know I won’t.

Aura grows into such a strong heroine in this book. She takes the lead and takes charge of so many situations. I was so, so proud of her. She’s always been smart and brave, but she shines in this book.

This series overall has tons of truly touching moments, but Shine completely stole my heart. Especially the Zachary and Aura together moments. They made my heart smile. Or anytime that Logan was brought up. And, oh God, those Zach moments when he’s finally back home. In THOSE Zach moments, I wanted to reach into the book and hug him. Our poor Zachary! He truly goes through the ringer in this book. Could more things happen to one person in one book?! He very much deserve the smexy moments in this book after all he goes through. So did Aura.

So there’s smexy times in Shine. *grins* And it is honest and romantic and real. No fading to black and waking up with feathers all over the place. I was so happy with how it all happens.

I honestly didn’t expect to see much of the Keeleys in this book, but was very happy they were. Meghan, too.  I’ve come to love all of them just as much as our main characters. I have a very soft spot for Mickey. I want to hold him and make him happy!! I was happy with how everyone ended up. Surprised a little, but totally get it. I think. :)

Oh, and I guess I should talk about the actual point of the story, which is the whole ghosts issue, right? Ok, well, color me surprised! I thought it was going to go a completely different route! But the actual resolution makes much more realistic sense.

And, oh my Ireland and Scotland! Jeri takes us on a little tour of places I dream of visiting one day. I want to go to the church pub and have a proper Scottish breakfast!!

While I’m sad that there won’t be anymore books featuring Zach, Logan, or Aura, I’m happy to still be able to interact with them on twitter. If you didn’t know, they all have twitter accounts! You can follow them at: @Salvatore_Aura, @moore_zachary, @keeley_logan. It has been such a cool experience following them. It really brings the story to life on a whole new level.

There are some series that end and leave you wanting…Shine is NOT one of those. It has earned a permanent spot on my favorites shelf.

And because I loved this book so much, I’m giving away my paperback copy, since I plan to get myself the hardcover. :)

Giveaway Now Closed.

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Tune in Tuesday: Transatlanticism + Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

10th Apr 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Transatlanticism + Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Tune in Tuesday: Transatlanticism + Shine by Jeri Smith-ReadyShine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #3
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

 

Having devoured Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready this weekend—and still trying to come up with a review that will do it justice—I couldn’t stop hearing this song on a loop while reading it. I just felt it was so perfect for Aura and Zachary in this book.

 

 

 

Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie

The Atlantic was born today and I’ll tell you how…

The clouds above opened up and let it out.

I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole.
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
Making islands where no island should go.
Oh no.

Those people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door have been silenced forever more.
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
Oh no.

I need you so much closer

I need you so much closer
So come on, come on

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Shine

28th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Shine

Waiting on Wednesday: ShineShine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #3
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Buy the book! | Goodreads

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

 

Oh, man, do I need some Zachary in my life!! I just know I’m going to devour this the moment I get it. Love this series!

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Fault In Our Stars | Thirteen Reasons Why | Shine | Shade

6th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Fault In Our Stars | Thirteen Reasons Why | Shine | Shade

A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

I LOVE THIS EDITION!! I can’t wait to show you guys some of my favorite book/songs combos. Some I will have mentioned before and some will be new. I hope you like all of them. :)

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenA The Fault in our Stars by John Green and Timshel by Mumford & Sons

Cold is the water
It freezes your already cold mind
Already cold, cold mind
And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance

But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand

And you are the mother
The mother of your baby child
The one to whom you gave life
And you have your choices
And these are what make man great
His ladder to the stars

But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand

And I will tell the night
Whisper, “Lose your sight”
But I can’t move the mountains for you

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and How to Save a Life by The Fray

Step one, you say we need to talk
He walks, you say sit down, it’s just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life

Shine by Lauren MyracleShine by Lauren Myracle and Pain by Jimmy Eat World

I don’t feel the way I’ve ever felt
I know
I’m gonna smile and not get worried
I try but it shows
Anyone can make what I have built
And better now
Anyone can find the same white pills
It takes my pain away
[…]
I never thought I’d walk away from you
I did
But it’s a false sense of accomplishment
Every time I quit
Anyone can see my every flaw
It isn’t hard
Anyone can say they’re above this all
It takes my pain away

Shade by Jeri Smith-ReadyShade by Jeri Smith-Ready and Existentialism On Prom Night by Straylight Run

When the sun came up,
We were sleeping in,
Sunk inside our blankets,
Sprawled across the bed,
And we were dreaming

There are moments when,
When I know it and
The world revolves around us,
And we’re keeping it,
Keep it all going,
This delicate balance,
Vulnerable all knowing

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would…

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything,
we’re glad for what we’ve got,
Done with what we’ve lost
Our whole lives laid out right in front of us

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would…

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything.

 

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

22nd Sep 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-ReadyShift by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #2
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 3rd 2011
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

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 by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Ok, so I picked up Shift right after finishing Shade. Good thing I had it ready to go (Thanks to Ginger of GReads!) because I was not through with these characters! Not by a long shot! I started the first 50 pages or so during my lunch break then proceeded to read straight through once I was home. I loved it!! But now I have to wait months for Shine!! *sobs*

Shift was focused on discovering more about Aura and Zachary’s connection to the Shift. It was also about helping Logan finally pass on since he wasn’t too successful in Shade. I love Logan, but I’m without a doubt Team Zachary. Besides being hotness personified, he is selfless, sweet, and caring. And the accent! *swoons* But our Zach isn’t perfect and I’m ok with that. I was happy that he finally blew up at Aura, she needed the wake up call, but I was so hurt about Becca! It was like he had done it to me personally instead of to Aura. I did eventually forgive him but the hurt remains a little. Aura’s doing way better with it than I am, that’s for sure.

I felt so bad for Aura in this one! She has been through so much and it just feels like she’ll never have her happy ending…you know, until she does. Teehee… Jeri Smith-Ready does not shy away from the sexytimes and I really appreciate that about her writing. One thing I did not suspect was who Aura’s father would turn out to be. I love all the mystery surrounding Newgrange! I have now put it on my bucket list of places to visit one day.

My heart continued to break for the Keeleys, but I was glad that Logan was getting a chance to make things better for them…to whatever extent they can be ok after losing him, anyway. And whoa! What was that whole deal with Dylan!? That caught me off guard! Logan charmed me and tugged at my heart all the way to the end. One person who could make me laugh like no other in this book was Megan. Man, I love that girl!!

And so now, here I sit, with this bittersweet book, desperately wishing I had Shine in my hands already. This series is making my favorites list without a doubt, so if you’ve been putting it off like I was…don’t! Got out and get them now!

(If you want to see what I thought of the first book in this series, Shade, go HERE!)

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Tune in Tuesday: Existentialism On Prom Night + Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

20th Sep 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Existentialism On Prom Night + Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Tune in Tuesday: Existentialism On Prom Night + Shade by Jeri Smith-ReadyShade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a crucial 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 talk to ghosts. This mysterious ability had always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she could 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 relationship with 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.

 

Last week I read Shade and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready and I could not stop thinking of this wonderful song by Straylight Run that has always been a favorite of mine: Existentialism On Prom Night.

It just encompasses the essence of these books and the feelings I was left with after reading them. And the video is just amazing! I really love it. Take a listen and tell me what you think! :)

 

 

 

When the sun came up,
We were sleeping in,
Sunk inside our blankets,
Sprawled across the bed,
And we were dreaming,

There are moments when,
When I know it and
The world revolves around us,
And we’re keeping it,
Keep it all going,
This delicate balance,
Vulnerable all knowing,

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would,
Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would…

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything,
we’re glad for what we’ve got,
Done with what we’ve lost
Our whole lives laid out right in front of us,

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would,

Sing like you think no one’s listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would…

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything.

 

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

17th Sep 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-ReadyShade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Series: Shade #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Pub Date: May 4th 2010
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

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.

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 to read it and even lent me her copy of Shift (Thanks, Ginger!).

This book. THIS BOOK! Why did I wait so long to read it?!

Shade is unlike anything I’ve read as of yet. I mean…the boyfriend is a ghost! Yes, I know he hasn’t always been a ghost, but you can’t argue the unique predicament they’re in. And with all the true love, undeniable musical talent, and charming personality Logan has, will it be enough to compete with the flesh-and-blood Scottish hotness that is Zachary?? Well if Aura can’t choose, I sure as heck can’t! I’ll keep them both. :)

I loved (LOVED) all the musical mentions in this book. How did Jeri Smith-Ready know I have a soft spot for Celtic punk music?? The Pogues and Flogging Molly? Yes, please! I always say I’m Irish in my heart and I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day more than Cinco de Mayo (I’m Mexican, btw). Then, Snow Patrol and Death Cab for Cutie?! OMG, I wanted to crawl in this book and hug everyone! Those two bands twist my little heart like no other.

The mystery revolving the Shift and Aura and Zachary is very intriguing. I am beyond curious to see how it all ties together and the significance of it all. Now, the Keeleys; I don’t think there’s a family out there who has made me cry more than them. I was just so heartbroken for them! And can I tell you how much I thought I was just like Megan, HAHA. I was like, “Duuuude! I would so say/do that!” I loved her!!

Although this book did have some incredibly sweet and sexy moments, it was not a very happy book. It left me feeling melancholy, but not enough to discourage me from reading more. So, friends, it is time for me to leave you, for I have Shift waiting and I don’t think I can take it a moment longer without cracking it open.

 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

Award-winning author Jeri Smith-Ready lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Her plans to save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. To stay out of trouble, she keeps her Drama Drive strictly fictional. Her friends and family appreciate that.

When not writing, Jeri she can usually be found—well, thinking about writing, or on Twitter. Like her characters, she loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. She is represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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