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~READ E-PUB ♰ Shade ⚒ Best Birthday Ever At Least, It Was Supposed To Be With Logan S Band Playing A Crucial 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 LastLogan S Sudden Death Leaves Aura Devastated He S GoneWell, Sort OfLike Everyone Born After The Shift, Aura Can See And Talk To Ghosts This Mysterious Ability Had Always Been Annoying, And Aura Had Wanted Nothing Than To Figure Out Why The Shift Happened So She Could Undo It But Not With Logan S Violet Hued Spirit Still Hanging Around Because Dead Logan Is Almost As Real As Ever AlmostIt Doesn T Help That Aura S New Friend Zachary Is So Understanding And So Very Alive His Support Means To Aura Than She Cares To AdmitAs Aura S Relationship With 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 This book is what I would call an Awkward Reunion Its like meeting someone you haven t seen in a really long time and acting really formal and too sweet with them I mean, I really tried to like this book Honestly But there was just something sofake about the writing I felt like Jeri Smith Ready was trying too hard to sound like a mourning teenager in love who wants to do things her way She tried to emulate how teenagers act and speak and think but the fact is, people don t act like this, at least not so many people What I m trying to say is, all the personalities were purely fantasized Nothing felt realistic about it And it certainly didn t come out right on paper.Aura is my primary example of a character gone wrong No matter what she did, I just couldn t understand what she was about She was a mystery and not in a good way Too many mood swings and strange statements made her seem all over the place Yes, of course she would be all over the place from losing her boyfriend but its the things she would say that put me off She made teenagers look vain, then strong, then angsty, then obsessive, it was too much I can t like a character if I can t understand her.Then there s Logan Okay, the part where he died was incredibly sad, I ll give him that but his personality is disgusting Seriously How can Aura like a guy whose as whiny, bratty and selfish as him It makes no sense to me He claims he loves her and wants to make love to her, then gets drunk and goes to do cocaine in the bathroom WHAT THE HELL I swear, there was nothing redeeming about his personality Every moment when it seemed as if he would end up caring for Aura or his family or something, boom He d throw a hissy fit, get jealous, try throw things aroundhe seemed like a two year old to me then a caring boyfriend.There was nothing romantic between them Once again, I feel as if Smith Ready forced the romance into the writing There was either something between Aura and Logan or something between Aura and Zach who by the way is the most random character to ever show up in a book Seriously, this kid just popped out of nowhere and he s not very realistic either Honestly, this love triangle thing that writers are obsessed with has got to die Its getting old, especially when writers can t even it write it correctly.Overall, as you can see by my rant, I did not like this book I tried really hard I honestly did The style was enough to keep me going almost halfway through the book but not to the end If all the books in the world were to suddenly spontaneously combust and this would be the only book left, I would be hesitant to pick it up again There were too many issues with this book so it ll be a long time before I so much as look at the cover.Rating 2 out of 5 Stars This book could have very nearly been a disaster It could have taken the sour young adult fantasy route that I m experiencing and these days It even had the dreaded love triangle But, I was pleasantly surprised in the end.This books is about a girl, named Aura the name made me cringe , who can see ghosts Which is not unusual because everyone born after the Shift can see the violet figures of people who once were The night of his 17th birthday, Aura s boyfriend, Logan, dies He isn t completely gone though, and haunts her whether she wants him to or not Then enter Zach the sexy foreign exchange student who has a secret nearly as big as Aura s own.This book moved quickly and fluently, without just being comprised of action I was sucked in nearly immediately I was reading this on my laptop, so I began taking my laptop everywhere The writing, while not particularly stunning, was fluidly done.The characters were strong Aura, the main character, was no Mary Sue Assertive and passionate, she was quick witted enough to hold her own in the tensest conversations Logan was perfect in that he wasn t perfect He had a temper, but was overall very sweet Even though he was dead for 90% of the novel, he managed to develop through out the story And then there was Zach Oh My God I think I m in love All foreign exchange students are sexy, but a Scottish one melts Smith Ready must have dived into the deepest parts of my psyche, because he is a man of my dreams And the love triangle was well done All the emotions Aura felt were believable, and I think readers will be conflicted as to whom to favor.This was a smart paranormal read The plot was original without being completely out there It was exciting and entertaining, with plenty of unanswered questions left at the end Once the sequel comes out, I guarantee ya I ll be one of the first in line Oh, and I thought the cover was ugly, but that besides the point. Fuck, this tore my heart out I love these lyrics, so beautifully haunting and heartwrenching I HATE ZACH Logan will always have my heart Zach can shove his accent up his ass I can t read the rest of this series, and I won t Nope, I m not supporting Zach I hated him the minute he stepped onto the page What a shame because I enjoyed Shade Merged review Every now and then there comes a book that will touch your heart all the way to your soul and leave you breathless Or in this case sobbing til your eyes fall out Well this one did that for me Or in this case, had me crying through the entire book This book hit a little too close to home for me I feel so numb I knew this was gonna be a sad story before I even opened it, but I was never prepared for the heartwrenching effect this really had on me, or the fact that I cried through the entire book that my head felt like it was gonna explode and my eyes felt like they were swollen shut It was as bad as Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, in which I cried pretty hard too But this one, just broke me I had snot coming out of my nose and I couldn t see straight half the time I wanted to curl up in a corner and sob for hours So let s get on with this review before my mind obliterates into dust.SYNOPSIS 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 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 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 heartand clues to the secret of the Shift.I was stoked to finally get my hands on this My nook broke and I couldn t purchase it or read it yet and everytime I went to BN, they were out of the paperback copies I started to get frustrated Then the morning my nook arrived, I wasted no time buying it Though I didn t start til the next day Oh Jesus, this was a very hard book to read So many emotions swirled around inside my body, frustration, devastation, joy brief, but it was there ,love, hope, despairbut most of all heartache Lots of it I think the reason I took so hard to this book was because it made me think of my ex boyfriend from when I was 13 He was the love of my life, my first love, first kiss I loved him and we were best friends and we talked about the future alot His life was taken so suddenly when he was 16 He died in a car accident after letting his drunk friend drive them home after a party and they crashed into a telephone pole I was devastated when I found out He left his little brothers behind, my heart ached for them They were so close We were all so close This book brought back all of the emotions I felt that night I can relate to Aura and it sucks Even to this day I think about him You never forget your first love Not ever I feel her pain, though I can t see him Bummer Both lives were taken too soon because of one stupid mistake In the book, it was so fast I barely had time to blink my eye But then again, that happens in real life as well The Plot The plot was so interesting to me I found the whole shade and shift thing to be very unique and fascinating I for one, believe in ghosts Call me crazy, but I think when we die.our spirits live on Some people claim to see ghosts, so it makes me wonder why some can and some can t Maybe the people open to this sort of thing can see I don t know I just wish I coulod see my dad sometimes Or maybe even Justin and ask him why he was so stupid to be drinking and driving home with a bunch of drunk guys, we may have ended up together But then again, it would probably freak me out too I ve just always found ghost stories fascinating, and this one was brilliant The fact that these kids born at a certain time can see them and the rest can t I loved it.The Characters Aura I was happy with the dynamic of most of the characters Like I said earlier, I could relate to Aura I really enjoyed her character and I ached with her through the entire book It was not easy losing someone you love and then have people blame you for it Some people are so heartless and it pisses me off But she handled it all with grace and dignity She was strong and I wanted to reach out and hug her and cry with her I really felt connected to her and I hated that she was hurting so much.Megan I loved her character She was Aura s best friend and she was always by her side through her everything She even stuck up for her to all their classmates when rumors were spread about how Logan died I was so happy Aura had someone like her She was a very strong secondary character and I look forward to seeing her in the other 2 books.The Keeley brothers Oh how I love thee They had such a tight bond with Logan Mickey the oldest brother playing in Logan s band was also Megan s boyfriend He reminded me of my ex s middle brother My heart ached for him too He couldn t see Logan as a ghost but their younger brother Dylan could Poor kids It was so sad, so heartbreaking Ahhhhh, I just can t stop the tears from flowing as I am writing this review.Zachary Yea, I have nothing to say about him He is an exchange student from Scottland and he has an accent Yea whatever I don t like him He swoops in there like he s all Superman to the rescue Blablabla I don t care He doesn t belong with Aura Period.Logan Oh Logan, how you broke my heart to pieces God, why did you have to be so stupid I love you anyway, please come back in the next couple of books I can t say anything else, my heart is aching at the loss of you and your beautiful singing voice I wanted to jump in the book and save you SOB SOB SOB I am not sure what else to say honestly My head is in a fog, I can t think straight I did love this book eventhough it took all the energy I had But it was worth every single tear, and believe me.there were alot I can t read Shift right away, I will wait a week to read it I definitely recommend this series though Just be sure to keep a dozen boxes of tissues handy for all the snotty tears that will come pouring out FIVE out of FIVE stars FAVORITE QUOTES I know you re worried, Logan said You think the second I sign a deal, I ll turn into some kind of man slut He put his hands over mine, pressing my palms against his chest You ve always been the only one, and you always will be Aura, he whispered, I wish I could wipe away just one of your tears Then I d feel like a person again Like I m something than a bunch of light Honestly Logan shrugged I didn t know it could kill me If I d ever heard that, I forgot it a long time ago But I knew it was dangerous Then why take the risk Stone asked Logan turned his head to look at me Because she was worth it The phone in my hand buzzed Logan had just texted I Love You so cute how he never abbreviated it He leaned in Kiss me, one last time I called up a distant memory of his lips against mine But this time, I kept my eyes open When he pulled back, Logan passed his hand over my hair Don t forget me, okay He whispered against my mouth Wait for me, Aura. 3.5 StarsThis review can also be found at was born after the Shift, which means that she can see ghosts She wonders why the Shift actually happened in the first place, and she wishes that she could reverse it so she could live without having to listen to ghosts tell her their stories or demand justice all the time.When her boyfriend Logan suddenly dies, Aura is devastated But because of the Shift, she finds herself able to talk with him, spend time with him, and pretend that he s still truly here with her With the new boy, Zachary, being so supportive of everything that s going on, her feelings become conflicted and she s not sure if she really wants to be with Logan any The idea of many people being able to see ghosts seemed very original to me Upon reading this book, I can say that I was very interested in the theories that Aura had concerning the Shift, and I want to know what caused it I think that was my favourite part about this book However, I feel like the way that the world had evolved after the Shift didn t seem to really add up to me I understand taking measures to keep ghosts out of public areas, I understand making new police or government forces to keep ghosts in line But the way that people acted when their loved ones died seemed not to match up with what they had discovered.You d think that after learning that ghosts and an afterlife of sorts exists, people would be calmer concerning death Yet, the culture surrounding death didn t really change, people still found themselves absolutely devastated and stuck on their personal beliefs surrounding death This didn t make sense to me, and unfortunately it made the world that Aura lived in seem a little less real to me Aside from that, I found it unrealistic how quickly Aura developed a crush on another guy after her boyfriend passes away I mean, not only is she upset about his death, but she actually can still hang out with him and have some sort of relationship with him So why would she start having all these feelings for Zachary She barely knows him, yet she s getting butterflies in his presence Meanwhile, she supposedly loves Logan with all her heart, and he s still there This didn t add up to me either.I m not sure if I ll read the sequel, but I might decide to because I want to know about the Shift As I mentioned, this was the best aspect of the book, in my opinion I can only hope that the world and character s relationships will start to make sense to me in the next book If you want a book about ghosts with original ideas, you ll like this one If you re interested in romantic YA books, this novel is for you. So I have this huge Post it note I made on my computer with all the things that are wrong with this book In fact, I pretty much hated it up to 3 4 of it Now I find myself at a total loss for words, because, incredibly, I realized I actually liked it.Shade is set in a world where ghosts can be seen walking around Not by everyone, though Only by people born after the Shift, a date when unexplainably something changed in the cosmic order of things and newborns start to acquire this terrible ability Aura is 16, she is born on the day of the Shift and has a side job as a translator for ghosts in court cases One horrible day, her boyfriend Logan, a pre shifter musician on the verge of stardom, suddenly dies and the life she knew starts to crumble to pieces, revealing a series of mysteries that are destined to change her life for good.I chose to read Shade because the ratings were pretty high and the reviews extremely good but, as I started it, I was immediately annoyed new mysterious guy in school Check heroine with paranormal abilities Check love triangle though with a ghost Check science project Bloody check.Yes, another of THOSE books.Further, I thought the ghost thing going SHADE was a bit lame FYI, a ghost goes shade when he becomes bitter and can t solve things he left unresolved in life and, apparently, makes post shifters pass out and go out of their mind Shades are captured by the shady HA ghost police by means of a magic medallion and trapped, ghostbuster like, in a little black box If you don t want a ghost to haunt you in your bathroom while you re sitting in the toilet, you have to line it with obsidian Mh.My main problem with this book is that I had a hard time liking Aura When Logan dies, she seems to get over it very quickly, thinking too soon about Zachary It made me want to strangle her Your boyfriend dies, for god s sake, where is the grief, the mourning I just kept thinking what a selfish b tch she was, feeling attracted to Zachary and drawing star charts with him mere days after Logan s death Unreal Now, not liking your main character is not exactly a good sign in a book.But then, as I read on, I started to realize that I actually like the rather darker nuance that this book has there s drugs, there s drinking, not everything is perfect in these guys lives and I felt and connected to the characters It felt a bit like my teenage years, rather than the usual loveatfirstsight, illloveyouforeverandever routine.Thankfully there s quite a bit of character development also on Aura s side and I gradually started to rethink my opinion on her, even though I am still not completely convinced I m leaving her with the benefit of doubt for further developments There are quite a few threads left unsolved in this book, the mysteries surrounding Aura and Zachary s births are still pretty much undisclosed and so is Logan s role in the matter but I really think I ll pick up the next book in this series For me it wasn t bad at all, oscillating between a 1 and 2 stars for the first part but a solid 4 stars as the story developed So I m giving it a 3 and I hope that, from here on, the story will only get better Second installment Shift came out this month Give it a try.Follow me at NightReader 3.5 stars Wow Now this is supernatural on a whole new level Since the Shift, everyone under the age of sixteen can see and talk to ghost who haven t passed over Aura is one of them, and while it may be slightly annoying, it s something she s learn to deal with.So what happens when her beloved boyfriend Logan, who got the break of his life on his birthday, suddenly dies and becomes a ghost in all his violet glory Aura has to convince him to move on before he becomes a Shade, only she may not have the heart to let him goAfter reading SHADE, I felt reallytorn I didn t hate it, but I also didn t love it and I think that s where the rub comes in I liked it, a lot, but my expectations were a little to high for this one and while I thought it was amazing, I had a hard time understand some of the terminology, significance of the scene and the actions that the characters portrayed I didn t quite grasp this at once, so while this was an enjoyable experience, it was also mind baffling to say the least.The plot was one crazy brilliant concept to a very unique look at this particular supernatural paranormal and Jeri Smith Ready completely owned it Shades, Shifts, post shifts, pre shifts, PSAT s, DMP, MI X and Obsidian, are only a few terms that will blow your mind in this world Don t get me wrong here, I thought it was outrageously original and I applaud that, but at the same time I felt like I was walking on fuzzy the entire time I was reading and wished it was delivered a bit clearly I understood the initial nature of this book by the very end, but it didn t flow well while reading.Aura, Logan and Zack were a heartbreaking mix between haunting and longing They were fleshed out characters who have a tremendous amount of heart and soul.I love, love, Logan So tortured and unsure and there was a lot of sweet tender moments that tugged at my heart between him and Aura that made this even bittersweet But, while there is a love triangle here, it felt like a circle going round and round.The writing is remarkable and I read this in one sitting I clung to the pages in this wondrous world and even though there are still a lot of unanswered questions I look forward to reading the sequel as soon as it comes out All in all, I thought that Shade was mind boggling brilliant, freshly original and masterfully creative Highly entertaining I recommend this for any supernatural lover who is looking for a new twist. This book kind of made me angry I ll explain The problem is that it s centered around a really interesting and comprehensively drawn ghost mythology It made sense in context of the story, it was internally consistent, and it was a really cool idea I loved the way Smith Ready had the world remake itself around ghosts that everyone under the age of sixteen can see How a ghost can testify in a wrongful death case when he s the victim That s pretty cool.And most of the characters are complex and realistic Most of them are experiencing some form of grief, and the way it s written is really good When Logan dies, half of his family can see his ghost, and half of them can t Which would be harder To be the one who can keep talking to an insubstantial version of a loved one, or the one left out of that conversation I loved how Smith Ready showed that both would be incredibly hard, in different ways So why does this book make me angry Simply put, it s Zachary I hate love triangles in general anyways, but this one in particular is terribly, horribly out of place In a book that s meant to be about Aura s struggle to grieve the death of a loved one who isn t actually gone, the introduction of another boy is just a distraction This would be true even if I found Zachary dreamy, and honestly I don t like him at all Not even his Scottish accent can interest me in him It doesn t ruin this particular book, but the writing is on the wall for future books I don t want to see any of him or this love triangle, so I don t think I ll continue on with the series And that s why I m angry, because a really promising concept is going on the wayside because of a love triangle that includes a character I dislike. Shade was filled with intricate characters, a fun paranormal element and a story line that kept me glued to the pages Yet this book solidified my distaste for a particular trope, since it s done in a way I can t handle I know many people enjoy love triangles and I can too sometimes, yet I loathe when a heroine flips back and forth between liking the guys I become devastated when I see the boy I fell for get his heart crushed again and again But if you adore multiple love interests, where you don t mind who the heroine ends up with, then you may just fall in love with this story A hole opened up inside me, so raw I had to curl up on my side away from his light, pulling my good knee to my chest to ease the ache The hole gaped so big it seemed like I could crawl inside, let the darkness swallow all thoughts of the future that once stretched before us We had lost forever Everyone born after the Shift can see and talk to ghosts who have a violet hue, and Aura is one of them She s always been a little irritated by it, especially since she helps be their translator in court cases with her Aunt Aura and other kids her age and younger have to be translators because those born before the Shift can t see or talk to ghosts Yet this ability won t be a hindrance to Aura much longer because her boyfriend, Logan, is about to become one of them He dies within the first few chapters of Shade and even though I knew it was coming, I was still devastated when it happened I couldn t help it I wanted Logan back, even in violet See.doesn t this sound like a lot of fun A paranormal element that has become the norm in society, a boyfriend and girlfriend whose love doesn t diminish just because he has died Oh I loved all of this And I especially loved Logan He is the singer of a band and even though he can be a little obsessed about being in the public eye, his heart is always set on Aura Logan loves Aura with his whole heart, and even death can t change that He will do anything he can to make her happy, to show her how much he loves her and all of those moments..oh they were beautiful Yet I didn t always get those same feelings from her All I know is that I was ecstatically, painfully in love with him, waiting for him to slip away, leaving me with my palms singed from clutching a blue hot star No matter how many times his eyes found mine, or how brilliantly he smiled at me, I could still taste the bitterness on the sides of my tongue Because he loved the crowd than he loved any one person, even me He always would Aura has huge doubt monsters in her head in case that excerpt above isn t obvious enough Will her boyfriend love her less when he signs the deal with the record label, will he leave her for groupies This girl constantly doubted so much in her life And even though Logan proves himself over and over again even in death, it just never truly sinks in for her So when Zachary, a foreign exchange student, enters the picture after Logan has died and is still around.well let s just say I didn t get the warm and fuzziness for him Even though Zachary is sexy, nice and tries to help Aura with her grief, I just could never warm up to him If you re like me, then that s going to be a huge problem Because Zachary has a lot of mystery surrounding who he is and he becomes an integral part of this book and to Aura Aura, he whispered, I wish I could wipe away just one of your tears Then I d feel like a person again Like I m something than a bunch of light You can I reached into the space between our bodies Just follow me When Aura was leading on and then pausing with both boys time after time, that s when I stopped liking her I couldn t handle seeing my sweet Logan become devastated and have his heart ripped out so many times So to be honest, I was curious what path this series would take I was undecided whether I should stop or continue Luckily a friend lent me this trilogy so I skimmed a few parts in the second book and after what I saw in the second then I went right to the end of the third book I have NEVER done this before But I m so glad I did because I would have struggled with how this series progressed.So ultimately, I think it s all up to how you handle love triangles If you re like me and get attached to the first and become depressed when another is brought in and refuse to like them, then definitely avoid But if you have an open heart and have no problem caring for both of the boys then definitely give this trilogy a try It was a lot of fun And I didn t even get to talk about how Aura is trying to find a way to stop the Shift from continually happening to those that are born So yeah, lots of fun but so not the right trilogy for me This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Book Blog For of my reviews, please visit Such a sweet story And on a hot boy notea rocker and a Scot Whew