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Review: Shift

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready is the second book in the Shade series. It was released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 384 pages.

Goodreads description:

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.

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Since Logan turned shade it was almost as if time stopped for Aura. Her life was on pause as she waited for him to come back to her. Calling out for him, hoping that somehow he could hear her call. That once again she would be enough to bring him back.

Logan had been her entire life, her past and her future. And even though she might have been ready to let him go, to let him move on so that she could finally learn how to live her life without him, she never wanted his existence to be in the dark, as a shade.

But when he finally answers her plea, his return brings with it a complication that she never would have thought possible. One that puts Aura in danger, raising questions that cannot safely be asked, and one that can change everything.

And this time Logan’s return will force Aura to choose between the boy she has always loved and one that could become her future.

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Shift is the electrifying, gripping and absolutely heartrending second book in the Shade series. The mystery, the action and the love story will keep readers hanging on to the author’s every word and unable to break away until the story’s conclusion.

Shift picks up where Shade left off. It is a few months later and Aura is still reeling from just how wrong things went for Logan. She has put her life, and Zachary, on hold, until she can find Logan and figure out how she can save him.

But when he does return, she realizes that she will need Zachary’s help to figure out just what Logan’s return means and to finally get answers to the questions about what significance, if any, her and Zachary’s births had on the Shift.

With time running out, Aura must decide who to give her heart to or risk losing both.

Jeri Smith-Ready has done an exceptional job of building on the story and characters she introduced in Shade, and further developing and bringing to the forefront a couple that had been previously in the background.

The author takes readers further along on Aura’s journey as she attempts to unlock the secrets of her and Zachary’s existence while trying to break away from a past that doesn’t want to let go.

Shift is a story that will keep readers so immersed in the plot that only as the tears begin to fall will they get pulled away from this beautiful tale. The ending offers a number of possibilities for the next book and will give readers some closure, but they will definitely be left wanting more.

The third book in the series, Shine, is slated for release in 2012.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

Let me just start by saying that I am a die-hard fan of this series and the author, so be warned that there may be a little gushing below.

As much as I wanted to read this sequel, I didn’t really think it was possible for it to top the first book. I loved Shade, fell completely in love with Logan, and was a total sobbing, heartbroken mess after I read it.

But oh I love this one so much more. I didn’t think the author could possibly make me cry for Logan again and again. I thought my heart broke just that one time, but she managed to break it again.

I am one of those sappy romantics that like to believe in love eternal, and that even death will not break that bond. So, of course, I’m a total Logan fan and think that Zachary has always been in the way. And yes, I do cheer every single time something gets between him and Aura.

I know it’s completely not realistic for Aura to be pining over a dead guy, but there is magic involved in this story and I will just keep the hope alive that things will work out with Logan for as long as I possibly can.

Aura is much more practical than I think I could ever be in that same situation. But I am rooting for her to find happiness, even if it isn’t in the end with Logan. (Did I actually say that?)

Whatever direction the author takes with the characters I know will be the right one, even if it’s not my perfect ending. But until the final page of the final book, I will keep that torch burning for Logan.

I read this book in one sitting. I think it’s taken me longer to write the review than to read the book, actually. And I cannot even begin to do justice to how awesome and amazing and utterly devastating this story (and series) is.

I can’t believe there is another year until Shine is released. I don’t want to have to wait that long to see these characters again in my mind. So I will be re-reading this series.

I always love it when I discover a new author and series. I am so happy that I picked up Shade a year ago, even if I didn’t think it was a sub-genre I would like. The story wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. It was so, so, SO much better. And any time a story can make me sob like both these books have, they are my perfect reads.

Favorite passage:

I looked at his face as his gaze flicked back to meet mine. He held it, held it, held it, while my entire body turned to flame.

A note from my inner Geek: I love that this author added this tiny little detail that I think is cool, but may probably shoot me to the top of some Geek list somewhere. Zachary was the last person born before the Shift. His name starts with the letter Z. Aura was the first one born after the Shift. Her name starts with A. I know. I could have kept that one to myself.

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To read an excerpt of the first chapter of Shift on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

If you haven’t yet read Shade, the first book in the series, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from the author’s website. For a longer look, the publisher is offering a peek at the first 99 pages HERE.

If you want to read a short prequel from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

This review is based on an eARC I received as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program.

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