Shine

Shine

by Jeri Smith-Ready

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ISBN-13: 9781442439450
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jeri Smith-Ready is the author of the Shade trilogy for teens, and her adult novels include the WVMP Radio series for Pocket and the Aspect of Crow trilogy for Luna. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and a retired racing greyhound. Visit her at JeriSmithReady.com or on Twitter at @JSmithReady.

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Chapter One

My phone glowed bright in the dusk-drenched cemetery. But the words on its screen filled me with a dark, heavy dread.

FLIGHT 346: NO STATUS.

I reloaded the web page for my boyfriend Zachary’s flight, then forced myself to look away. Calm down, Aura. But the black-on-white words left an afterimage floating in my vision.

NO STATUS. Blink. NO STATUS. Blink. NO STATUS.

To obliterate the image, I focused on Logan’s headstone beside me. His birth and death dates were etched in granite, seventeen years and one day apart. But the stone would never mark the date and time most important to me and to everyone Logan had haunted.

June 22, nine p.m., when he’d passed on for good. Five minutes ago. After eight months as a ghost, Logan had finally found peace.

A feeling I wouldn’t share until this stupid airline’s flight-status page started making sense.

The silence was getting to me. On this hot, still evening, no breeze stirred the trees. The two violet-hued ghosts wandering among nearby graves didn’t speak to me, maybe mired in memories of their own lost loved ones.

I plugged my earbuds into my phone, which automatically started the music player. It shuffled to a Snow Patrol song Logan and I had always adored: “Make This Go On Forever.” For the year Logan was my boyfriend, and for the last three months when we were just friends, Snow Patrol was always our band.

“The final word in the final sentence you ever uttered to me was ‘love.’ ”

My throat lumped as I realized that lyric was true.

“Don’t forget me, okay?” Logan’s golden-white glow expanded, erasing the violet from his ghostly form.

I laughed, because it was ridiculous. “I’ll never forget you. I’ll never forget your voice or your face or your dumb jokes. And I’ll never forget your love.”

He’d hushed me then. I’d thought it was because I’d gotten too cheesy, but now I realized it was because this song lyric had come to life.

Logan filled the silence with one last “I love you, Aura.” Amid a final ethereal embrace, his light faded, then winked out.

It already seemed like hours ago. Fear was replacing the peace Logan had left behind. Staring at the phone screen that gave me no answers, I felt more alone than ever.

The bouquet of white roses I’d brought seemed to glow against his dark gray headstone. I pulled out a single bloom to keep for myself. A stray thorn scraped my palm, leaving a thin red stripe but no blood.

The song’s last, quiet chord seemed to call to the handful of stars appearing above. They were a pitiful showing compared to the silver-studded sky blanket Zachary and I had lain under last night.

Hmm. Our star-gazing field was only a half hour from this cemetery north of Baltimore. I longed to return to the field, to feel close to Zachary. But first I wanted to be sure his flight had taken off.

My voice mail alert bleeped. I sighed at Aunt Gina’s half-hour-old message. Why couldn’t she nag me via text like everyone else’s mom did?

The music stopped while her message played:

“Aura, it’s eight thirty. Don’t forget we’re getting up at five a.m. for your DMP interview, and we still need to go over what you’re going to tell them about Logan’s concert. I don’t want to be rehearsing in the car on the way to headquarters.”

“Fine.” I deleted the message and returned to the browser, which I refreshed again.

This time nothing happened. The status page for Zachary’s flight was now blank.

“Damn it!” My outburst drew the attention of the nearest ghost, a boy near my age wearing an old-fashioned high-school football uniform, the kind with leather helmets. Since ghosts are captured in the happiest moment of their lives, this guy could’ve been older than his apparent seventeen when he died. I imagined his “best day ever”—winning the state championship while his favorite cheerleader shook her pom-poms just for him.

The song switched to the swelling opening strains of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” The drums slapped my brain and the guitar crunched my nerves.

Propelled by the music, my longing took on an edge. Zachary had been unofficially deported for causing trouble for the Department of Metaphysical Purity. We’d sworn to meet up in Ireland for our birthdays in December, in defiance of every obstacle. But I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever see him again.

Hell, I didn’t even know if his freaking plane had taken off. All I knew was that in the airport, he and Logan had met for the first and last time.

In a fresh browser window, I brought up the airline’s home page again, then thumbed in 346, Zachary’s flight connecting through London on his way to Glasgow, Scotland.

The site paused, searching, searching, searching. . . .

My grip on the phone grew slippery with sweat. I fidgeted with the seam of one of my worn black Skechers.

What was I worried about? Was I creeped out by the headstones’ lengthening shadows and the slow pacing of the ghosts? Like everyone in the world born after me, I’d lived with ghosts my whole life. They never scared me, unless they turned into the bitter, toxic versions of themselves known as shades, which were still pretty rare.

In the corner of my eye, something moved, dark and gray. I yelped and spun around, yanking out my earbuds. A squirrel skittered away to watch me from the top of a low-set headstone.

“I gotta get out of here,” I muttered. “This place is making me crazy.” Clearly, since I was now talking out loud to myself.

My phone buzzed, making my heart leap. Maybe it was Zachary with news about his flight.

But then it warbled the ring tone assigned to my best friend Megan. The screen said TIFFANY. I’d replaced my contact names with code versions after the DMP had confiscated my phone last week. Last night Zachary and I’d bought new phones, both red, to communicate solely with each other.

“Hey!” I answered. “Guess who I saw at the cemetery?” Everyone, including me, had thought Logan had passed on at his farewell concert two nights ago.

“Are you still there?” she blurted.

“I was about to leave. Gina’s bugging me to—”

“But you’re not driving now?”

“No,” I said impatiently. “Aren’t you gonna guess who I saw?”

“Aura . . . you don’t know, do you?”

“Know about what?” My laugh was nervous, even though Megan was known to go Maximum Drama over celebrity breakups and cafeteria gossip. “What happened?”

“You’re sure you’re not driving.”

“Megan! What?”

She paused for the length of a shaky breath. “What was Zachary’s flight number?”

The world stopped. Even the nearby ghosts seemed to halt in their tracks.

“Why?” I whispered with what felt like my last exhale.

“It just came on the news. A London flight out of BWI. It took off at eight thirty and—it went down. Flight 346.”

My body went numb. My eyes fixed on a stranger’s grave across the lane. A pensive angel stared back from her perch on a rose-marble headstone.

“Aura? Are you there? Was that his flight?”

I could barely feel my lips part. “Uh-huh.”

“Oh my God.” The last word was a squeak.

I swallowed, ready to topple. “Did they—were there any—” The word “survivors” wouldn’t come.

“They’re saying there was an explosion. It came down in—” Her voice broke. “Aura, I’m sorry. It came down in pieces.”

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Shine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Xenatine More than 1 year ago
This book was just AHHHHHmazing. From the emotional rollercoaster to the beauty of Ireland and Scotland to the insane action and drama....it was top notch. I have to admit, I love my sensitive, tortured boys. Sucks for Zachary, but it makes me love him that much more. It was a perfect ending to a unique story. I was so happy to see all the characters get to make an appearance in this book and it will be so sad to say goodbye to them. Loved it.
HackaroosReviews More than 1 year ago
Goodreads Description: 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. So I just finished this book at 1:30 am. I'm still not completely over it. Seriously. This entire series has had me from the get go and I am so head over heels in love with it. This book was the perfect ending to this series. So. Completely. Perfect. I cannot stress to you enough how big of a fan girl I am with this. What did I think? I have to say a special thank you to Andrea at The Bookish Babe and Jaime at Two Chicks on Books who encouraged *cough "pressured" cough* me to read this series. This has become one of my all time favorite series. Having said that, on with my review... I will try to do this with at less spoilers as I can but if I ruin something, I'm terribly sorry! From the very first chapter, Jeri had me freaking out. Seriously. It was pretty crazy there for a while. Once I started reading, I could not stop. We leftShiftin a somewhat happy/sad kind of state. Things were starting to look better even though it hurt. Quite a bit actually. I am a true Logan fan. I loved him from the first book and I've loved him throughout. One of the best parts about this book is that everyone is finding some semblence of peace with Logan. It made me smile and catch a few stray tears. I love Zachary too. Yes, he was awesome in the first two books, but guys, he was unbelievable in Shine. In a totally epic way. He was just the perfect guy. For everything. He was the strength that Aura needed. Not that Aura wasn't strong. But in the first two, you only got a small taste of what a powerhouse she can actually be. In Shine, she breaks through with flying colors. It was so awesome to see because I KNEW she had it in her. I knew it in my core that this was going to be her book. This book has it all. Suspense, action, emotion (soooooooo much emotion), and plenty of romance. Everything is written so beautifully. You feel EVERYTHING. I'm tearing up right now just thinking of some of the parts. *sniffles* I cannot stress it enough that Jeri Smith-Ready is truly brilliant. Her writing is uncomparable and completely touches your heart. You literally go through every emotion in her books. Especially this series. All I can truly say is wow. Jeri Smith-Ready blew me away. SIDENOTE: I also read Bridge in the anthology Enthralled where it was a Mickey & Logan story while reading Shine. Holy crap. Reading that short story while reading this book, made it's effect so much more I could hardly stand it. Favorite Quote: Our own journeys to peace would last us the rest of our lives. But I felt one certainty as surely as I felt the earth beneath my feet. This song was one of that journey's largest steps. -Pg 234
jpg238 More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading an ARC of Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready a couple of months ago. I read the book in one sitting, not able to put it down because I just *had* to know how Zach and Aura's story would end, but also because it was just that good. My thoughts upon that first read: I loved every single word, even the ones that made me cry. Now that I've had a chance to re-read this exceptional book, I thought I'd expand on my earlier thoughts. Shine has it all: intrigue, mystery, suspense, love, heartache, resolution. It's a brilliant ending to an amazing series. I don't want to give too much away for anyone who hasn't read this amazing series (and if you haven't GO, read them NOW!), but if Shade is Logan's book and Shift is Zachary's, then Shine is most definitely Aura's book. All three are told from her point of view, but Shine really lets Aura ... for lack of a better word, shine. From the first chapter to the last Jeri takes the readers on an emotional roller coaster of a ride and you'd better hang on because there are twists and turns and ups and downs that will have you gripping your seat. Shine had me laughing and crying and holding my breath - sometimes all at the same time - as the story unfolded and we finally learn the mystery of the Shift. And while Zach and Aura are trying to solve the mystery of their births and how they (possibly) caused the Shift, their relationship grows. Zach and Aura have been through a lot already, and Jeri puts them through even more in Shine, but somehow they manage to come through it - their relationship stronger than ever because of what they've gone through. Jeri has been teasing her online readers with bits and pieces of the castle scene(s) since last summer and let me tell you - it's even better than you think. Many YA authors tend to gloss over sex scenes, but Jeri handled it perfectly. It was beautiful and poignant and sweet and funny and so ... well, just so Aura and Zach. All your favorite characters (Dylan, Megan, Siobhan, Mickey, Connor, Gina, etc.) are present. Yes, even Logan. For all those Logan fans out there, don't worry, Logan is very much present in this book and Jeri weaves his parts seamlessly throughout the story, from beginning to end. I think that's one of the things I loved most about Shine. Because even though Logan is gone, he is still so much a part of the story. We also get to meet a few new characters as well. Simon and Martin in particular stand out. If I'm ever in the need of a spy to watch over me, I'll take Simon in a heartbeat. And I loved Martin!! I can't wait to see more of him in Zach's book "Shattered" which comes out July 31st (if I'm not mistaken). My first impression still holds: I loved every single word, even the ones that made me cry. Jeri has written an exceptional ending to what is definitely one of my favorite YA series. I'm sorry to see this series end because I'll miss the characters and the world she created for them, but I'm grateful for an ending this good.
booglebum More than 1 year ago
This book is beyond perfect. If you enjoyed Shade and Shift, then you'll love this book. I love this book. I love this series. I love Jeri. It is amazing. JUST READ IT.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyFrom the beginning, the Shade series has had a strong sense of direction, a clear endgame that has allowed readers to fully immerse themselves in Aura¿s ghost filled world. In a word, Jeri Smith-Ready established trust between herself and her readers, and in SHINE, she rewards that trust with a completely emotionally and intellectually fulfilling conclusion. I loved every single moment.One of the many things that makes the Shade series so fantastic is the very honest and occasionally messy portrayal of teen characters. So often in YA fiction, issues get sanitized or glossed over. Neither SHINE nor the preceding books in this series shy away from the raw and emotional scenes that give these characters breath and life. There is nothing gratuitous about anything in this book, but when characters screw up, we see it. When they have to face the unpleasant consequences of their actions, we see it. Likewise when new experiences occur, we don¿t get the everything-is-perfect-right-away scene. We get the pain, the awkwardness, the shyness, which makes the whole thing more tender, more sweet. How good is a book when you¿re already bemoaning the fact that it¿s the last one by the end of the first page? Expect emotions to run wild while reading SHINE. Outrage at the increasingly totalitarian actions taken by the DMP, exhilaration when Aura and Zach are finally reunited, grief filled heartache at last moments and remembered memories of Logan, bittersweet goodbyes, tragic losses, and hope so bright and shiny you can almost taste it. SHINE is everything I wanted it to be and more. I only wish it didn¿t have to end.Very few YA series earn readers love so completely with a debut, fewer still take that love and fan it into a blaze of emotion so intense that it burns a permanent place in your heart. The Shade series does that. Every page is better than the last and SHINE is the almost painfully perfect ending to one of my all time favorite YA series. Make plans to hit the bookstore on May 1st. You won¿t regret it.Sexual Content: A non graphic sex scene, several implied sex scenes
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It has been a stressful ride for Aura since the moment her boyfriend died but she is finally at the end of her journey to discover who she is and why she is that person. After some highly stressful events in the states with Zach by her side they finally get to go investigate what really happened between their parents and the events that caused the Shift overseas.SHINE started off with a bang and ended with closure. Zero time has passed between the end of SHIFT. Aura and Zach are still in danger and continue to be in danger throughout the whole book. An unexpected ally helps Aura in her time of need. Logan is finally truly gone and It was definitely time for that. I liked that Aura's friends are still very much involved in the final book. There is a ton of Aura and Zach romance and it was great to watch them together as they committed to each other. There is plenty of action and suspense and the pacing was perfect.Jeri did a fantastic job in closing out the series in a way that left me feeling satisfied and the story complete. Your heart will sore, it will break and it will cringe. This is a great series to add to your TBR pile if you have not already read it.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Skjdfadjgasdngjlskjfjsdakjl! There, I got it out of my system. Now I can go into this review with a (semi) level head.... I love these books, so naturally I was both excited and sad to start the last of the trilogy. Holy WOW did the author do a fantastic job!I'm not going to say anything about plot, because it would be very easy to spoil. I can tell you though, you will not be disappointed. I was not really prepared for how quickly the action takes off and how intensely your emotions will be tested and played with. I liked it, definitely, but as a warning - huge things happen within the first couple of pages. I don't want to say that this book takes off where the other left off, but rather that it goes right into the action.Another thing to mention is that there are quite a few intimate scenes in the novel. I am not opposed to this, I just find it fair to point out that things do get a bit graphic. I make note of this just because readers may not be expecting it (I sure wasn't) because throughout the first two Aura always stopped things for one reason or another. I assumed that Shine would be no different. I assumed wrong.I really do not have any criticism with this novel. At first I was a bit annoyed that Aura figured things out so quickly when those connections would have never been made in my brain. Once I decided that she was just talented, I could not find a single thing that I didn't like.This installment quickly catapulted the series even higher on my favorites list because of how well the story wraps itself up. I mean that ending - perfect! I don't think I've ever been so happy with the conclusion of a series. As odd as it is, I really hope that the world is never revisited (with spinoffs); Aura's story is started in Shade and ended in Shine- it is perfectly completed.This review has been less of a review and more of a fan-girling opportunity, but I hope you get the picture. If you've read the first two, I recommend you run (don't walk) to get your copy on May first. If you haven't read the series, you are being a bad cookie reading this review! (But you should definitely pick up Shade).
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I read this book with a bit of sadness knowing this would be the last book for Aura and Zachary. And man, the first chapter already had me crying. Logan finally says goodbye. What, you knew he would, but it's very bittersweet for both of them. And us, whether you were Team Logan or Team Zachary, unless Jeri Smith-Ready pulled a miracle out of her pen, Logan wasn't going to be winning the girl. He had her, he messed it all up, and he lost her. Now it's time to let go and let her get on with her life. It's also hard because Zachary and his family are on their way back to Scotland having been deported. Aura is really alone. Then, tragedy strikes and things get out of control and Zach disappears from everyone's life. They know where he is, but no one can see him and they can't get him released. And Aura is in as much or more danger from the DMP than ever. A lot of this book takes place with Aura and Zach apart from each other. Aura tries to figure out the Shade/Shift thing while trying to figure out how to get Zach back. Her aunt does all she can to help but the DMP is formidable.There are a lot of endings and beginnings of relationships in this novel and maybe it all has to do with Logan's death, how much it changed everyone's life and plans. Mickey just isn't the same without him. Dylan seems to sometimes want to take his place with Aura, but they know there is nothing but friendship between them. And then when Aura finally gets to see Zach, she finds a shell of the former Zach, a haunted boy, instead of the shining, happy Zach. And she doesn't know how to get him back.I loved that Zach was damaged in this one. Aura had been damaged in the first book and Zach had been the strong one. They were somewhat more equal in the second book, growing as a couple. But in this book, Zach needs Aura. And she knows it. Video Chats aren't going to help she has to be with him. And that's the other thing Jeri Smith-Ready does really well. Those awkward first moments. The first time.Just enough information, but not like we were prying. Even providing some levity to the situation. And then the need to touch each other and kiss and reassure and feel each other again and again after that first time. But there was more than that. There was so much real love written into those scenes, feelings, I wanted to be Aura! Of course, things can't be happily ever after, there was too much to do. Figure out the Shift, stop the ghosts, the DMP, make Aura and Zach safe. The list was endless and Jeri Smith-Ready continued the harrowing adventure, not letting the Aura and Zach rest until the very last few pages.I'll say that I closed the book with a happy sigh feeling that everything had been addressed and all the bases had been covered. I was happy with the way everything had turned out, but I sure wish there were another adventure with Aura and Zach in the works. Maybe solving some other kind of mystery.Thank you Jeri Smith-Ready for being so involved with your readers during the YA Crush Tourney, for writing such a great trilogy and for a very satisfying conclusion to one series that will go on my special shelf to be re-read again and again.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books!
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Note that this series review might contain slight spoilers for people who haven't read the first two books. The Shift is an incomprehensible and strange phenomenon that appeared exactly sixteen years ago. Since then it's been controlling the lives of everyone born after it, giving them the ability to see ghosts. The SHADE series introduces ghosts as a matter of course. They are a part of modern-day life after the Shift instead of some paranormal happening to fear. No people are being haunted. Everyone knows about them and they aren’t the scary spirits we know from other books, which got me interested to read SHADE in the first place. This series presents us with a not at all ordinary ghost story paired with scientific and cultish elements involving a lot of research about what's behind the Shift. Aura has an exceptional job, as a kind of ghost whisperer. She's supposed to hear out ghosts and work together with her lawyer aunt. Which teen wouldn't want such a job? In the beginning of SHADE she's together with her boyfriend Logan, a hot musician. And everything seems to be just cut out of a contemporary romance novel. He's celebrating his birthday, they're having a good time and are about to take the next step in their relationship, when.. yeah, when he's being a jerk and dies. His death had been announced in the summary, but I was shocked at the stupidity behind it. Now thanks to the Shift it is possible that he's coming back, even so for a larger part of the story. And with Logan, comes the music. You'll get to be a groupie and just enjoy the show with all the musical aspects Jeri Smith-Ready put into her story! In case you might be wondering - it is always one of the questions I am asking first - there is also a love triangle. Aura, Logan and Zachary. Those three have a lot of issues to sort out thoughout the entire series. As opponents, as lovers, friends and even variations in between. I often feel the need to choose between the boys who are fighting for the girl. In the SHADE series I was drawn to both of them, could equally understand their motifs and feelings for Aura. Logan's been there from the beginning and I so badly wanted him to find a happy ending, even as a ghost. Then there's Zach, the super nice and supportive Scottish beau who stole my heart with no effort. He just walked into the story and became an inseparable part of it. It's as simple as that! Aura & Logan as Aura & Zach have their sweet and sexy moments. Their relationships are steadily emerging, updating, changing. And I really liked the way their relationships and Aura's feelings took from the first to the last book. It always seemed like she was on a journey and in the end she's finally found her way home. Aura and Zach's fate - for various reasons - being so closely intertwined, adds a pretty nice touch to the story. Zach is the sweetest and it can't be summarised all that he’s doing for Aura. Their research and connection to the Shift makes up a large part of the story. There is much to discover! But their interest also turns them into targets. And soon they find themselves hunted down by a bunch of bad guys, which adds a kind of really good spy-action-thrill to the books. Whereas SHIFT didn't convince me at all, SHADE poses as a great start into this series. The second book was the most unappealing out of the three books, because the story and Aura don't seem to pick up speed, but take three steps backward, meaning her getting involved with even more boys. Please no! But I was relieved to find SHINE a worthy conclusion and the best book of the entire series. The Irish influences were pure joy to my heart. I've never even been there, but this country sure has something mysterious and compelling about it. Every time I see pictures or read about it, it feels like it's calling to me with its ancient history and culture. Aura and Zach travel the Irish landscape, explore the myths behind Newgrange and hopefully return with what they've come to find. Jeri Smith-Ready fitted their journey with a massive original and authentic atmosphere. 4/5 **** SHADE series - Purple ghosts, seeking love and mysteries in the heart of Ireland. This trilogy is very rock star! This is an entirely different kind of ghost story. It's funky, offers cultish references and a huge amount of musical support. There are governmental conspiracies and a bunch of really bad guys that are after Aura and Zach. Romance and action both guaranteed! Especially the last book in this series left me hoping to see a new book by Jeri Smith-Ready on my shelf very soon!
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
I just can't even begin to tell you how much I adore Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade series. I'm talking total and complete squealie fan-girl LOVE. It's a rare and wonderful thing when you discover a series that you can't help but bestow 5 huge bedazzled stars on each and every book. Once I reached the end of Shine, I knew that this was one of those times. Shine starts off with a big, emotional bang when Aura has to send Zachary off at the airport since he's essentially been deported back to Scotland with his parents. She soon learns that his travel plans didn't go off like they were supposed to, and now they both are in some serious trouble as the DMP and other interest groups have their sights set on preventing them from learning more about the Shift. Shine was different from Shade and Shift. Aura and Zachary have been through so much by this time, both individually and together as a couple. Not much of the story is set in their high school for a change, although much of the story spans Aura's senior year. The school parts are glossed over in favor of focusing on the drama surrounding Zachary's attempted return home and his and Aura's attempts to try and figure out her mom's motives for going to Ireland originally in the hopes that it could lead to them ending the Shift. Shine is definitely the heaviest book in the trilogy. That much is apparent from the very beginning when a major tragedy occurs that rocks Aura and her whole community (the entire country, actually) to the core. Aura and Zachary are faced with some serious challenges to their relationship too, and not just whether or not Aura may still be in love with Logan. This time around they have to battle thousands of miles of distance, government agencies threatening their freedoms and lives, and friendships and relationships crumbling around them. The best part about Shine is that despite all the craziness going on around them, Aura and Zachary have finally - at LONG last - come to a good place in their relationship, and it's the shiny happy good thing that the reader has to hold on to as we get through all the bad stuff. Zachary is at his absolute best. Please tell me that guys like him really exist out there. Because, he is so utterly amazing. He's protective of Aura and supportive and so so in love with her. He's still awkward at times, doesn't always say and do the right things. But, when it really counts, you just know he will do what needs to be done. And Aura - I have to tell you. She bugged the crap out of me in Shade. Her back and forth between Logan and Zachary drove me up a wall. She was unsure of herself and kinda mean at times and I hated that about her. Finally in Shine she has found her place and stays there. It's certainly not easy - hell, it's downright dangerous at times. But, she never wavers, and that absolutely rocks. Shine was dangerous and exciting and frustrating and heartbreakingly romantic. Aura and Zachary are one of my favorite bookish couples of all time. They are sweet and funny and completely solid. Jeri Smith-Ready's knowledge of Irish and Scottish mythology, dialects and customs once again is so apparent, and it adds so much richness to the story. She's an amazing writer, and definitely one of my favorites. Once again, I listened to the audio version of Shine, even though I own a signed hard copy, mainly because Kristine Hvam does an absolutely OUTSTANDING job narrating. If you've never tried audiobooks before, the Shade series is a great one to start with. Hell - even if you have, just please. Go out and read this series. It is so incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great end to the series. I loved it.
beanieboo78 More than 1 year ago
Ok I have waited over a year to read this book so it came as no surprise that I sat up til 3am to finish reading it. That and it was freaking amazing. Shine starts right where Shift leaves off.. and anything I write after that becomes one giant spoiler. Let me sum it up. There was chase scenes, fight scenes, death scenes, love scenes, happy scenes, sad scenes and OMG scenes. If you feel anyway connected to the characters in this book then you need to make sure you have tissues handy. The only thing I would recommend is that you read the three books together, or very close together just to get the full impact of the story. Since it has been over a year since I read Shift I was a little hazy on some of the details, but obviously it didn't impede my enjoyment. Even though I have just finished reading I honestly cant wait to re-read this series back to back.
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After the revelatiions of previous books, nothing in this book shocked or floored me. I felt horible for what Zach went through, but the ending was a little bit too easy.
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Im not gonna b ur mate!!!!!!
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Look in the first result. Please tell people about this in the morning. Because i might be in canada.