Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade paperback coverI have read Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready and have good news- Logan was not as annoying as he was in Shade (see my review). PHEW. And the plot was forwarded, rather than stalling out as some middle books do in trilogies. Two good things to report on regarding this ghosts/conspiracy/ancient temples-esque series.

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).

Originality: 7. I still think the whole Shift conspiracy is cool. I read this so fast, however, that I am not sure I working with all the information to totally understand. OOPS. I also find the stories about Stonehenge-y ancient sites as solstice calendars fascinating. Because the history of science and technology is fascinating.
Absurdity: 5. Do handsome Scottish boys really show up and share feelings in high school? I wish that had been the case in Connecticut. WHERE WERE THE BOYS WITH SWOON WORTHY ACCENTS!?
Level of Paranormal Romance: 6. Nothing like having your dead boyfriend suddenly become corporal to encourage paranormal makeout sessions. But I have to deduct points for the ‘swapping’ of paranormal ghost powers when Aura kisses a certain someone else. If I had cool paranormal powers no way I would want to ‘share’ them. Is that shallow? Hmmmm but even if I was  a selfish magical person that accent might sway me….
Level of Harry Potter-ness: 4. Middle of the road YA PLUS a Goth/Mumfords and Sons element. How do those two things mix exactly?.....oh, and it is all set in Baltimore. Lets get to to the UK already.


  1. I haven't read this series yet, but I totally enjoyed your review. I've known a few foreign boys in my time... I prefer cowboys.

    1. Do we need to go back to how I felt about Texas Gothic? I am Pro-Cowboy.

  2. Let me just take another moment to indulge in the Baltimore shout-out. Yep. Just letting that one sink in.

    I've been fortunate enough in my adult life to befriend (and ummm, befriend a whole lot more) some fancy accented fellas. Let me just say... there. is. nothing. better. Nothing at all. For reals.

  3. So this cover model is clearly on a ton of YAF, right? This is the Pandemonium/Delirium girl and I've seen her on a few others. Am I nuts??


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