SHADE — SHADE Trilogy Book 1

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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 more 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 more 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 heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.


2011 PRISM Award winner

1st Place in the Young Adult category of the 2011 Prism contest

Smith-Ready changes the world simply by changing our ability to see. — Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

SHADE is a hauntingly good story and an intriguing beginning to a new series. Jeri Smith-Ready proves again why she is one of my very favorite reads! — PC Cast, New York Times-bestselling author of the House of Night series

The perfect combination of mystery, ghosts and romance, SHADE left me breathless. — Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and CHASING BROOKLYN

Smith-Ready writes movingly and well about music, first love and the drama of having too much responsibility thrust upon your teenage shoulders. Her world is first-rate and every one of her characters rings true. — RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews

One of the best, most refreshingly original YA debuts I ever read. — The Book Smugglers (8 of 10 rating)

I really think SHADE, as a paranormal novel, is going to stand out among the throngs of vampire, werewolf, and angel books. Although this isn't the first novel I've read about ghosts, the story is incredibly unique and well done...Jeri Smith-Ready has made a fan out of me. — The Story Siren (5 of 5 Stars)

A gripping literary adventure that will keep the reader turning pages, shedding tears, and sighing with emotion until the very end! — YzhaBella's Bookshelf

A hauntingly, endearing supernatural novel. Jeri concluded the first book perfectly, [and] I am eagerly anticipating the sequel. — La Femme Readers (4.5 of 5 Flowers)

SHADE was perfectly paced...I was so glad when I found out that there actually were no boring parts. Whether it was the tension between Zachary and Aura, or the range of emotions the characters in Shade feel, I was constantly intrigued. — The Naughty Book Kitties

A fast-paced book with a heart-stopping plot line that will have readers craving for the sequel. — The Undercover Book Lover (A+)

It’s not often that I find a book that I love as much as this one – examples of books that fall in this same category for me would be Shiver, The Twilight Saga and handful of other books out there...Those last couple lines in the book--WOW, huge! For me even a little bit epic. — A Life Bound by Books (5 of 5 stars)

Aura was a amazing character. Not once did she annoy me!...The mystery and the entire concept behind this book was awesome. There wasn't a dull moment. — Pure Imagination (5 of 5 stars)

Jeri captured the emotional tidal waves that come with losing a loved one...SHADE is a terrific start to a great series. — Fantastic Book Reviews (5 of 5 stars)

Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time! Makes you want to flip the pages faster; then you need to catch your breath. Some parts I would laugh out loud, then get teary eyed at the next page...Jeri Smith-Ready knows what it takes to grab a reader. — Confessions of a Bookaholic (5 of 5 stars)

I haven't loved a fantasy/supernatural book this much in a while...The characters were brilliant, from the main three to the minor ones - I particularly liked that they were realistically flawed...the teenagers acted like normal teenagers. — Bloggers Heart Books

Loved: The complexity of the world, the plot and characters. No easy choices here. The ending - WOW. — For What It's Worth (3.8 out of 4)



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