Book Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

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.

Hardcover: 367 Pages

Series: Shade#2

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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~~ Spoilers in red! ~~

The second novel in the Shade trilogy focuses far more than I expected on the romance aspects, but we still get a ton more details and information on the mystery of the Shift and if they’re not absolutely true, they’re working theories.

If I was expecting half of the big reveal, I certainly wasn’t expecting her father to be Anthony, her aunt’s Gina ex love. I’m not sure if this will have any relevance plot wise or if it was just for shock value, but still.

As far as the romance goes..beware, all-encompassing spoiler up next.


spoilers.I understand why people would be pissed off by the turn of events and by Aura being a little too much of a social butterfly if you get my meaning, but it was all oh so very expected, especially with Logan, when he turns solid/human. Afterwards, even though Aura still loves Logan, I liked that she was strong enough for her resolve: to be with Zach and only him.  So it wasn’t a huge surprise that she forgives him, even after prom.

And Dylan, sweet Dylan. I guess I can see that too, her ex dead-boyfriends little brother, who’s there for her when she realises Zach might have just been cheating on her, who just told her he’s got a crush on her.  She’s tipsy and vulnerable and later in the book the explanation that they’re using each other to be close to Logan wasn’t so far-fetched for me.  end spoilers.


Some of the turns and twists were painfully obvious for me long before they got obvious for Aura, like Logan’s inability to be around her after she was just with Zachary, but that didn’t take away from the awesomeness of this book.

I liked all the characters, especially Aura and Dylan. Even though he’s not one of the major characters, Dylan played a fairly big part in this second installment and because of Ready’s genius, it wasn’t uncomfortable.  He was just a kid in Shade, Logan’s little brother who viewed his big brother as a hero and spend too much time playing video games. In this book however, you can see he’s changed, grown up, maybe forced by the aftermath of Logan’s death.

And the ending was beautiful. Bittersweet.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

    • Thanks 🙂
      Yeah, I was thinking of what I could do, I wish I could use the spoiler tags from GoodReads but they don’t work here.
      I always feel a review is kinda moot without the slightest spoiler of the plot/characters/etc, but some people don’t like even those so that’s why the red.

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