Book Review of Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title:  Shift

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date:  May 3rd, 2011

Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal

*If you have not read Shade this may contain spoilers*

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  I am going to preface this review by mentioning the first book in this series, Shade (review here), because it was so fantastic I was afraid Shift was not going to live up to it.  I am happy to be completely wrong, I don’t know how she did it but Jeri made Shift even more addictive than Shade!  I was once again sucked into this world and could not leave until I read it cover to cover.

So, onto the story.  We rejoin Aura a couple months after Logan has turned into a shade.  She is desperately trying to bring him to her and turn him back into a ghost.  She is not sure what type of relationship she is looking for from him, but she knows she needs to figure it out if she and Zachary are ever going to have a chance at any kind of relationship.  Watching Aura sort through her feelings between the two boys made me ache for her.  Her heart is torn between them, the boy who holds her past and the one who could be her future.  Her struggle is not easy, but she did not just go and pout or sulk in a corner, she does finally confront her feelings and decides where she belongs.  I appreciated her indecision in the begining because it is not a simple choice, but I was happy that Jeri did not drag this dilemma out for the entire book.  We get to see her choose and be happy in her choice.  There are struggles along the way, but they are believable and did not leave me frustrated.

While Aura is searching through her heart for answers, she and Zachary are also searching for their significance in this world.  In Shift we get several pieces of the puzzle put into place and delve further into both of their pasts.  Some of the revelations definitely took me by surprise, but in a “Omg, did that just happen?” fantastic way.  Once the answers are in front of you it makes sense and fits, I just did not see them coming.  I love the mystery that shrouds the births of Aura and Zachary and can’t wait for the next book where we will hopefully get the entire truth revealed to us.

And what Jeri Smith-Ready book is complete without sweet music laced into it?  I love discovering what bands she was going to mention or what songs the characters are currently listening to.  I always bookmark those pages and look up the bands later if I have not heard of them before, because I know they are going to be awesome.  Music is vital to many of the characters in this series.  Getting to know their likes and dislikes always reveals more about who they are, and therefore the reader has more insight into the characters makeup.

While I am firmly on the team Zachary side of this love triangle, I can appreciate Logan’s struggles.  He is just trying to navigate his afterlife and find out where he belongs.  His turmoil does start to spill over into the lives of everyone he was close to though and it causes a lot of problems.  In Shift we get to explore more of the relationships between many different characters whether they were friendly or romantic. It was interesting to see how much one life really can affects others.

Overall, this series is just amazing!  I sat down to start this book and could not get up to do anything else until I finished.  I was completely engrossed from start to finish in this captivating world that Jeri has created.  I cannot wait for the third installment, Shine, which is due out next year.  If you have not read this series, you really are missing out.  So do yourself a favor and go see what I am gushing about and read this series!

FTC:  I received a finish copy of this book from the publisher.

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