Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
The Shade Trilogy Book #3
ISBN:  1442439459
ISBN13: 9781442439450
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Publisher

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.

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.

I gave it 4/5 stars