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.
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An incredible finale that pulled at my heart-strings and kept my heart racing!
Interest in the book
I adored the first two books in the series, and I’m really impressed overall with the story arc, characterization, world-building and action. And the emotion! I’m pretty sure anything Jeri Smith-Ready writes is worth reading.
The author opens the book with a bang and I was thoroughly immersed back into the Shade world from the very start. But what a crappy way to open the story! I shake my fist at thee, Jeri Smith-Ready! *fist of doom* Heh. Just kidding. Kinda.
I guess I have to mention Aura since she is our protagonist, though I really want to talk about Zachary! *grin* Aura is a mature, level-headed young lady who loses her cool every once in a while and reminds us what it’s like to be human. She is fiercely passionate about those she loves, even those she has lost. She speaks out when others are being wronged, and don’t even think about locking up her boyfriend in some backwoods secured facility! Aura really um, shined in this book. She utilized her uniqueness to help others, in many different ways. An admirable young woman, indeed.
Zachary! #TeamKilt! Oh my. What an incredible character, full of depth and dimension, passion and courage. My heart bled for this lad in Shine and I was ready to jump through the pages and console him. His experiences are left unsaid but implied, and the aftermath is heartbreaking. Lucky for him, however, he has a young lady to stand strongly at his side. Why he chose Aura over me is still difficult to comprehend, but I get it, I get it. They are connected and their stars have aligned and all that astrological stuff. I must admit that their romance is beautiful in its simplicity, honesty and innocence.
I adored Dylan, Logan’s younger brother, in this installment. So very much. He put aside his own feelings and really stepped up to the plate. His courage, selflessness and compassion were admirable and I wanted to hug him in every scene. I want to hug him now. The entire Keeley clan is pretty stellar, as is Meghan. All the characters in this book are damn relatable and real.
I guess I can’t write this review and leave out Logan. I admit, he isn’t one of my favorite characters in this series. His spoiled, selfish antics got to me in Shade, but then we got to see a more compassionate side of him in Shift.
Did I mention I adore Zach?
Holy research, Batman! I am amazed, over and over again, at the amount of research that Jeri Smith-Ready must have done to write this series. And how wicked interesting it all was to read and discover. Granted, it’s fantasy, but she still had to research Irish and Scottish lore, Gaelic language, Astrology, the physical landscape and settings, etc. Plus she put her own spin on ghosts and the afterlife. She really wove a pretty creative and intriguing plotline together that was full of intrigue and mystery. Wicked impressed.
A beautiful ending to a fast-paced, hold-on-to-your-heart-strings mystery that will keep you glued to the pages and pleading for another book. *Ahem*Dylan*Ahem* (We DO get a Zach novella this July though!) Characters that jump off the pages and into your heart, an intricate mystical mystery that you investigate and uncover along with the characters, and some damn good emotional output. Oh, and cute boys in kilts, people!
I have to thank Jeri Smith-Ready for my little slice of fame in the Acknowledgement section. A plethora of readers and I were mentioned because we are devout #TeamKilt fans. Til the end.
Instead I crawled next to him, snuggling close. “Zach, wake up.”
I pressed my mouth to his in a full, deep kiss.
“Second thought, not sleeping.”
Have you read this series? Do you like ghost stories? What sounds appealing or unappealing about it?
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