Monday, May 7, 2012

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

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. (Goodreads Overview)

Jacque's Review:

For those of you who have read my review of Shade, you will not be the least bit surprised by my gushing review of Shift.  I am not usually one for over the top glowing reviews, even when I do give a book 5 stars, but I cannot help myself when it comes to the Shade Boys.

Jeri starts out this book with a captivating first two chapters.  I was immediately sucked back into the story and was shocked by the fact that I was once again brought to tears only 15 pages into this book.  I am not usually a crier like BookNerd Mary (not that there is anything wrong with that "sweetheart") but... I'm just not.  I think it has to do with the way Jeri allows her readers to connect with the characters not only through the books, but on twitter as well.  After months of conversations and chats with Logan and Zachary I feel like they are actually my friends.  What other fictional characters do you know who will allow you to discuss their books with them while you are reading?  NONE.  Not in the same way that Jeri has allowed her readers access to these AMAZING characters. 

The majority of the book involves Aura and Zachary working on a research project related to how the shift ultimately came to be.  Aura also spends a considerable amount of time trying to help Logan gain a sense of closure in his life, which will hopefully allow him to pass on.  Throughout the story it becomes increasingly clear that the knowledge and secrets they are discovering could ultimately put them and others in danger.  While Zachary may have been acting with the best of intentions, I DID NOT agree with some of his decisions.  Well...In one instance his actions were "dishonorable" to say the least, but I have forgiven him for this.

One of my favorite relationships that developed in this book was between Aura and Logan's younger brother Dylan.  He has grown up a lot since the start of the series and is considerably more self confident.  I do not want to give away any spoilers, but my favorite quote in this book was from Dylan.  WHEN you read the book, you will know exactly what I am talking about.  I emphasized the word when because I do not feel that IF applies in this case.  You really should read it, so it is just a matter of when you find time to enjoy it.

There are a lot of great authors and series that I have enjoyed over the years, but THIS series is an absolute MUST READ.  I was emotionally connected to this book from cover to cover and can't think of a single instance when I felt like the story was dragging or contained filler.  There are, however, a lot of unanswered questions that need to be resolved in the final installment in this series.  I am going to start reading Shine this evening and can't wait to discuss it with all of you.

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