Google+ Reading Teen: Shade by Jeri Smith Ready... Guest Reviewed by Carlsmilz

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shade by Jeri Smith Ready... Guest Reviewed by Carlsmilz

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 4, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1416994068

ISBN-13: 978-1416994060

Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces

From The Library School Journal

Jeri Smith-Ready
Gr 8 and up –Aura and her boyfriend are anticipating a special evening: it's Logan's 17th birthday, his band is playing an important gig, and they have intimate plans for the after party. However, things go horribly wrong when Logan drinks heavily, takes the cocaine that a record label rep gave to him, and dies. Logan is gone, but not really. Aura, like everyone else aged 16 and younger, was born after the Shift and can see and talk to ghosts. This ability has long annoyed her, and she has yearned to find out why the phenomenon happened so that she can end it. Now, still very much in love, Aura is ecstatic to see and hear Logan's spirit, though they can't touch. Then Zachary, a new boy, enters the picture and he and Aura discover that they share a mysterious bond: they were born one minute apart (he the last one pre-Shift and she the first after). Meanwhile, Logan's parents decide to sue the record label for providing their son with drugs, hoping that Logan will pass on if they win. If he doesn't find peace, he risks becoming a shade, a violent emanation considered a public-safety threat. This complex novel has numerous subplots. Occasionally, the chapters seem to take sudden turns from one story line to another, making the first-person narrative somewhat confusing. Nevertheless, the characters are interesting, and so is the clearly developed alternative world. Filled with romance and featuring a strong protagonist, Shade is sure to attract teens.

This is what Carly Micheal had to say about Shade. She has a fun blog Carlsmilz ~ YOU should follow :o) Follow her on Twitter, too.

To start off this book was not bad, it was a good read and I did enjoy it, but it was very sad at times. The detailing and the storyline of the book were very good, but it seemed rushed at the end. The meaning of a lot of the beginning after the love of her life dies and becomes a ghost ,which anyone under the age of 16 can see, is meant to feel bad for her, she was taunted and teased but we only heard about the taunting never got to experience them which was harder to get in depth with the book. It was a good read of a heartbroken girl given a second chance then having to decide what is not only good for her but for her dead boyfriend and now ghost. Give it a shot you may disagree, I give it about 3 stars. The story was good after all.

~ Carly Micheal

Thank you Carly for the wonderful review :o)))

~ ReadingTeen

*Attention Parents: This book was not reviewed by a ReadingTeen reviewer and so we do not have a full content review. Proceed with caution.


  1. Great review! But you have the wrong picture. That's not Jeri, that's Maria V. Snyder.

  2. Ooooops! Thank you Jessica, will fix it now.


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