Shift (Shade, #2)by Jeri Smith-Ready Published 03 May 2011
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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.
"Shift (Shade, #2)" Reviews
1.5 stars The first book in this series was really entertaining. I liked the concept of a world in which kids born after a certain time period could all see ghosts, as well as the idea of exploring how difficult that reality might be for both the ghosts and the ones they leave behind. Aura's boyfriend Logan made a stupid mistake and paid for it with his life, leaving her full of guilt and unresolved feelings. In both the previous book and in this one, she has to find a way to help him come to terms with his future as well as coming to terms with her own. Complicating matters is the handsome Zachary and the Department of Metaphysical Purity, both of whom want Logan gone for good.
With such an interesting set-up, expanding on the story that began in Shade should not have been particularly difficult. But when 75% of this sequel is spent on the ridiculous back and forth relationship of Aura-and-Logan and Aura-and-Zachary and then Aura-and-[spoilers removed], the direction has officially turned from intriguing paranormal series to annoying romance series. I'm one who actually doesn't mind the dreaded love triangle as long as it's handled well and it's not too drawn out, but the events that happen in this book are absolutely ridiculous. And gross. There are more details in my status updates if you care to see them, but suffice to say that in the space of a few weeks, Aura [spoilers removed] and there are two hugely, hugely icky moments (between her and one of her partners and between [spoilers removed]) that will turn off a lot of women who read this. Or they should, anyway.
I am so disappointed that the author not only chose to spend so much time on the romantic complications in this book, but that she also chose to put in such unforgivable scenarios, all of which could have easily been avoided. I am especially frustrated because there are some nice moments in it involving a brief, bittersweet journal entry that Aura finds as well as some gallant behavior from [spoilers removed]. I also think it's pretty ballsy that the author pushes the boundaries a little as far as the sexual intimacy between teens goes, without going overboard. It's just too bad that it's spread around with so many partners in this book, and in such an off-putting way. I really don't know if I'll be checking out the next book in the series, but I probably will just to see if it continues on this hideous path. I'm a glutton for punishment that way.
Oh, and by the way? Reading through 36 pages of an unhappy prom (and more pages wasted on talking about it and shopping for it) does not make for good entertainment.
This review also appears in The Midnight Garden.
really really great book!
OK..Now before you think I'm a hater and go ballistic on me I'm going to explain WHY I gave this book a two star rating instead of three stars which was what I originally planned on giving it. I will have some spoilers but I will block those out for those of you who have not read it.
First off let me start out by saying I loved the first book of this series. Especially since it got review from PC Cast one of my fav authors, I was excited to get into this series. I'm definately pro-logan of course, something about the guy that always gets shafted that I'm drawn too or whatever the reason. However, I was willing to give Zachary a chance and even liked him somewhat in book one. NOW, in Shift we go deeper into why the actual shift happened, what happened at newgrange with Aura's mother, who her actual father is and all the romance drama just comes between. I REALLY did enjoy finding out more about newgrange and Eowyn the only character that really still has a mysterious vibe and doesn't annoy me at this point.
In the book, Aura finds out that [spoilers removed] big shocker? I wasn't that suprised however when she [spoilers removed] from Eowyn the actual shift interested me more then the drama between Her vs. Logan vs. Zachary. Let me start off by saying I REALLY wanted to like Zach but if you read the book then you know how he gets incredibly whiny and annoying. There are parts of the book that literally had me saying WTF!!?? Aura are you braindead? This is why Zach is the most retarded guy on the planet. He [spoilers removed] Which to be honest is understandable. Then [spoilers removed] I mean can anyone say HYPOCRITE? like its ok to un-ask you but not her cause he'll be the bad guy? But its ok to hurt the girl you supposedly "love" AND go out with another girl. If I were Aura I would be like its either me or NOBODY.
Does Zach take this as a hint? OH NO...it gets worse. Zach [spoilers removed]
I apologized to Zach fanatics out there but after this book I'm more pro-logan then ever. Atleast for Logan he did not eye other females, he truely was about aura always. And is always there when she needs him not running away to "protect" her bullcrap. I will still buy Shine to see HOW the series surely out of the curiosity about the shift and her mother's past history. Anything else purely just makes me wish you had a stronger, wiser main character. But that can obviously never happen. Although I'm sure Zach is going to remain faithful and so in love in the next six months away from Aura. I have no doubt about that HAH!.
And that is why I gave my 2 stars. Disapointed is the word for it. If you read my long essay kudos to you =)
Shift was just an okay read for me. The concept is unique and I love the paranormal element of the storyline. The writing was fast paced and full of suspense. However this time I felt that there was too much relationship drama and it annoyed me to the point I thought about giving it up. Just when you thought things would settle down with Aura and her love life and new problem would appear and completely overwhelm the story. Very disappointing :(
Rating PG-13 for subject matter
Thumbs Up 5 glowing stars
Overall: Love it!
Characters: As great as before.
Plot: Talk about a roller coaster ride.
Page Turner: Yes, definitely.
Series Cont.? Yes, absolutely.
Book Boyfriend: Still Zach
SUMMARY (50 word or less)
This is up to be one of my favorite series ever. What can I say but this book is full of drama. My mouth was gaping opening for most of the book unable to accept all that I was reading/hearing. Jeri Smith-Ready sure knows how to add shock value!
To see my full review, book boyfriend pic, check out my blog post.
Khistine Hvam did a fab job with this story. It’s been a while since I listen to this one, but I do remember her great Scottish brogue for Zach. I also remember really enjoying this story thanks to Jeri Smith-Ready writing and Khristine Hvam in reading.
A good sequel, I didn't love the romance in this book because it always felt like Aura wasnt considering both boys feelings and just really self centred which is a shame cause I love Aura and think she is a strong character.