By: Jeri Smith-Ready
Reported by: Julianna Helms
Source: Paperback from publisher and author
Release date: 5/1/2012
Disclosure: I am friends with the author, but that of course does not influence my opinion in any way.
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.
-Summary from Goodreads
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There's a very distinct reason why the Shade trilogy is one that I fall in love with again and again: its intensity is unmatched, of both romance and need.
I think... I thought about this book a lot after finishing it, because I didn't know how I felt. Was I content? Of course. Was I angry? Perhaps. Was I depressed? Yes. But now I realize that my mixture of emotions were really my way of denying that this old friend of mine is done. Finished. (There's still Zach's novella Shattered coming this summer, of course, but you know what I mean.)
"If you ask me how I'm doing, I would say I'm doing just fine. I would lie and say that you're not on my mind." -Not Over You, a song by Gavin Degraw.
If you mentally replace "you" (except the first "you") with "this book," then that's the perfect description. I'm a bit crushed, honestly. It's been so long since I've actually finished a series, since now so many books are series and we're still waiting for the next installments. I've forgotten how it feels like to lose such a dear friend, one who you could count on for years. They don't disappear, but now it's more like something that you try so hard to grip and understand, but can't anymore; they're like liquid water: unholdable yet familiar.
Of course, this won't be a sufficient review for #TeamKilt until my GIFs start stealing the page, no? Ah, here goes! (Note: Click on the GIFs to view them in a larger size.)
|I received Shine in the mail.|
|The beginning: Are you freakin' KIDDING me?|
|WHAT IZ THIZ MADNEZ.|
|*finds out certain stuff* HUMPH! I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT!|
|OH OH OH.|
|That guy reminds me of Dylan...|
|No caption needed.|
|It's the climax!!! O.O|
|WAT JUST HAPPENDZ.|
|YOU GO, AURA!!!|
|That is me, in response to your intake of sharp breath at my last GIF.|
|AHAHAHAHA I SCARED YA!!! :D I was KIDDING! (maybe...)|
|So yeah, that's me at the end of the book.|
|And Jeri Smith-Ready has therefore succeeded.|