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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Aura has been trying to move forward with her life since her wannabe rock star boyfriend Logan died. Because Logan is still around, switching back and forth between a shade and a ghost, Aura is having a difficult time sorting out her feelings for Zachary. Just when Aura is ready to commit to being with Zachary, Logan becomes solid again for a short time and Zachary seemingly gives up on ever getting together with Aura. While Aura is trying to make sense of her love life, she and Zachary discover some shocking truths surrounding Aura’s birth mother and the Shift.

I debated whether I was going to continue on with the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. The concept is fascinating and has a different feel to it than a lot of the other YA paranormal/urban fantasy series that I read, but I have a really strong dislike for Logan. In Shade (the first book in the series), I just couldn’t see why Aura was so in love with him. I’m happy to say that in Shift Aura is ready to let him go because she has fallen in love with Zachary. There were some really great moments between Zachary and Aura, and I loved that he stood up for himself while Aura was still undecided. Zachary isn’t perfect, but he is definitely a lot more mature than Logan.

Part of the reason I think I liked this book so much better is because Logan didn’t have as much page time. Even though I still don’t like him, he has finally grown up a little–it’s just too bad that he had to die to gain some perspective.

Shift convinced me that this is a series worth reading. I love the set up for the next book, in which we’ll more than likely learn new information about the mysterious circumstances that brought about the Shift. If you haven’t read the first book, Shade, you’ll definitely want to do that before reading Shift. Though Jeri Smith-Ready does give a bit of a recap of the first book, it isn’t enough to keep new readers from getting really lost.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.