Shade by Jeri Smith-Reay. This is a young adult dystopian novel.
5 out of 5 stars~Book Summary
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
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.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
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 Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. "Almost."
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
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 heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.
My Review (Terri )
This book starts off with the heart-wrenching death of Aura’s boyfriend Logan after we’ve just met him and fallen in love. He’s a bad-boy rocker and Aura and he had great plans that fail miserably. As Aura’s is picking up the pieces of her crumbling heart in walks Zach, the handsome transfer from Scotland. If his accent doesn’t make you swoon, then the rest of him will.
This story is a dystopian story because there is an event that changes the world forever. This event allows Aura to still see and sort of be with Logan when she should be trying to get over him. This event also connects Aura and Zach oddly enough.
The realism is this book makes it stand out above the rest. Yes, the paranormal ghost factor is in there. But the situations and storyline follow what real teens have to face in a non-smutty way.
Okay, so there maybe be a bit of a love triangle. Well, sort of. I mean one of the guys is death and a ghost. Not much competition if you ask me. Nonetheless, you'll have to read to find out. And for those that don't like love triangles, the lines are blurred on this one for the reasons I've already mentioned. So still give this one a try.
Jeri Smith-Ready crafts a story that touches on emotions and events teens may face. The reactions are true to life with twist you don’t normally see in young adult fiction. I feel for Aura and the choices she has to make understanding they can’t be easy. The train ride this story will take you on will be bumpy and fast, but still you will enjoy the ride.
Overall, I give this book..... FIVE SHINEY STARS!
My book boyfriend is Zach.