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Shadeby Jeri Smith Ready
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Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Well, sort of. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 Loganand#8217;s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. andlt;Iandgt;Almostandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It doesn't help that Auraand#8217;s new friend Zachary is so understandingand#8212;and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 heartand#8230;and clues to the secret of the Shift.
"Sixteen-year-old Aura, the first child born after the 'Shift,' is in the vanguard of a change in human perception. Ghosts are now visible, everyday creatures, but perceptible only to those born after the Shift, creating a subtly delineated schism between generations. What the Shift was and why it occurred are still mysteries — very personal ones for unwilling pioneers like Aura. The uncomfortable questions turn excruciating when her boyfriend, Logan, dies of an accidental overdose. His ghost can give Aura some comfort, but it can't touch her or interact with the world the way the living Logan could — or the way a charming Scottish transfer student, Zachary, can. Though adult author Smith-Ready's occasionally racy YA debut resolves almost none of the issues surrounding the Shift, leaving the door open for future books, it is a fully satisfying read on its own, with well-developed, believable characters. Aura's grief, Logan's rage, and Zachary's wistfulness are expertly sketched. Perhaps even more impressive is the understatement of the paranormal premise — Smith-Ready changes the world completely by simply changing our ability to see. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.
Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her
first double espresso. A constant stream of caffeine has resulted in
six published novels, including Wicked Game and Eyes of Crow, which
have each won multiple awards in the fields of fantasy and romance.
Jeri will have her teen fiction debut in May 2010 with the Simon Pulse
release of Shade, a paranormal love story featuring a world of spirits
only the young can see. The sequel, Shift, will follow in 2011.
The next two years will also see the continuation of Jeri's fun and
sexy WVMP RADIO urban fantasy series from Pocket Books.
Jeri holds a master's in environmental policy and currently lives in
Maryland with her husband, cat, and the world's goofiest greyhound.
When not writing, she can usually be found--well, thinking about writing.
Find her at www.jerismithready.com or at ttp: //twitter.com/jsmithready.
Aura can see ghosts. Born after the Shift, a little-understood event that enabled younger generations to communicate with the dead, Aura is relentlessly pursued by these violet-hued spirits. They need help to pass out of this world and into the next. And some are so angry they are on the verge of becoming Shades, dark vortexes of energy. But Aura just wants the ghosts to leave her alone so she can spend time with her boyfriend, Logan.
When Aura is paired with a new foreign-exchange student to research the Shift for a class project, she is determined to ignore her partner’s sexy Scottish accent and discover the cause of the Shift so she can reverse it.
Then Logan dies a most untimely death. Forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and the dead, Aura is caught in a love triangle with her violet-hued boyfriend and her hot research partner...one of whom may hold the key to reversing the Shift.
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