Early Review of Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Title: Shine

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Release Date: May 1st, 2012

*If you have not read Shade or Shift this may contain spoilers.*

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I have been a fan of this series from the very beginning, so when I won a contest for a copy of this book I was so excited! I was very anxious to see how this series would wrap up and where Aura’s story would take us next.

We pick back up with Shine pretty much exactly where we left off in Shift. Aura is saying good bye to Logan and Zachary is heading back to Scotland. This is where I can’t really sum up anything else without ruining the story. The first few chapters of this book had so much going on and so many revelations I was completely glued to the pages! Jeri set a fast pace right from the start and I could not have put this book down even if I tried. Jeri recently posted the first chapter on her blog here. I don’t know how you could read that and not want to continue. It certainly got my attention, my mouth was gaping open and I was not too happy with Jeri at the time. It did however make it impossible to turn away from this story. And Jeri definitely won me back over as I progressed through Shine.

Let’s talk about something besides the plot because I don’t want to spoil any of it. It will be a lot more fun when you discover it for yourself, I promise. In Shine we are seeing the world once again through Aura’s eyes. Poor girl has not had it easy lately, she has the DMP after her, her ex-boyfriend died, became a ghost, became a shade, and then became a ghost again so he could move on and her current boyfriend is going back to Scotland and has no idea when he can come back to see her again. Not exactly living the good life, but she is making the best of it. Aura has always been a character that I could see myself being friends with. She does get down sometimes, but she has every right to be with the situations she finds herself in. She is a fighter though, especially when it comes to those she loves. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and I truly admired that about her. All these qualities continue on in Shine and I loved being with her on this final journey.

As for Zachary, he has always been there for Aura and I thought I knew who he was from the previous books, but certain events in Shine have massive repercussions on his life and my heart broke for him at points. His undying faith in Aura helps him through, but he will always be changed. While hard to read at times, I enjoyed exploring his character more and understanding who he really is. I know there is a short story coming up that focuses on him and I will be eager to read that and learn even more about him.

The action in this book was pretty much non-stop. The pages were filled with suspense and intrigue. Aura could not go anywhere without fear of the DMP or some other organization tracking her down to try and capture her. For a large portion of Shine she is trying to lie low and keep off the radar, but she is never quite sure what awaits her around the next corner. The many twists in the plot kept me guessing until the end about what would happen. Jeri knows how to build suspense and I enjoyed that aspect of the book almost as much as the relationship between Aura and Zachary.

Speaking of Aura and Zachary, we get just the right amount of time spent with them as a couple as well. You are not smothered with the romance, but there are moments where I got a little teary eyed because of the raw emotion expressed on the page. The love these two share for one another is an all-encompassing passionate affair and the genuine adoration I felt coming from them left me breathless. They have been through so much and I really just wanted to see them happy. They do face a few more obstacles in Shine, but I think they were all very realistic and vital to the development of this relationship. Aura and Zachary overcome their problems together and through the journey they become closer to one another. I soaked in every minute spent with them and just hoped that they could come out of this whole mess stronger and with a strong sense of who they both really are.

Overall, I can’t think of one negative thing to say about Shine. Jeri gave me everything I wanted and more in this final installment. I went through every emotion while reading Shine and cannot recommend this series enough. If you have not read this series than go out and get the first book, Shade, right now and start. If you have read the first two then completing the journey with Shine is an absolute must! It was the perfect ending to this series and I am left completely satisfied.

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2 responses to “Early Review of Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

  1. Wonderful review! Congrats on winning a copy! This is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I love this series and this book can’t get to me fast enough! 🙂

    • Thanks Amber! I was so psyched too! I love Jeri’s books, and Aura and Zachary are just so cute. 😉 I hope you love it when you finally get it 🙂

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