Monday, September 12, 2011

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release: 3 May, 2011
Pages: 384 (hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Bought & Publicist
Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.
Sexy, mysterious, exciting and filled with surprises - Shift has it all. The story begins with Aura being a bit (okay, extremely) bummed out regarding what happened to Logan previously. It isn't until a few chapters later where the Aura that I adore comes back - her sarcastic humor never ceased to amuse me. But, there are still of troubles, whether it's with boys or even with the DMP. Smith-Ready excels at creating genuine and honest chemistry (both friendship-wise and romantic) between characters, but only one of the lovely guys who adores Aura truly fits with her the best, and I loved seeing this relationship grow. 

In between typical (and not so typical) teenage drama lies a mystery that will captivate readers entirely. The significance of Aura and Zachary's births, Aura's mother, The Shift, Stonehenge, one downright shocking secret, and so much more....the closer Aura came to discovering everything, the more hooked on the story I became.

Shade delivered compelling and realistic characters, Shift came through with plenty of seductive secrets, and I have no doubt that Jeri Smith-Ready is going to give readers something spectacular with the next novel,  Shine.

Highlights: Many of the characters grew in this installment. And Smith-Ready made a kilt sexy...which I didn't think was possible. Smith-Ready ends the story nicely, but leaves quite a few tantalizing hooks to keep readers curious for the third novel1. All in all, these books are must-reads, so go check out the first novel if you haven't already!

Lowlights: Despite the incredible chemistry2, the boy drama got to be a bit much every now and then. I wanted to shake some sense into quite a few characters! 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Other reviews in this series:
Shade (Shade #1)

1 No joke. I'm dying to know what happens next. I would consider trading my sibling for a copy of Shine, and I'm fairly sure that wouldn't be entirely legal.
2 And yes, there are plenty of super-sexy moments. And a couple might be for more mature teens.



  1. I have this one but haven't read it yet. I really enjoyed Shade so I'll have to get to this one soon. Great review!

  2. I agree the boy drama was ramped up a bit more in this one, especially when bachelor #3 entered the picture briefly, but other than that I loved it:) I need Shine asap, there's so much good stuff going on in this series!

  3. I still need to read Shade! Eep! Shift sounds so good, though! I'm glad the second book in the series is just as fun as the first. Great review, Lea! :)

  4. YAY I'm so happy you are loving this series, it's a fav of mine :D

  5. Great review -- I really liked this one, too. Fabulous chemistry (ooh, there's just nothing like a lovely Scottish accent, is there?) and I do love a sarcastic character.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  6. I'm going to have to track down a copy of Shade--this sounds like so much fun!

  7. I keep hearing about this book! I must read it!

  8. I pretty much agree with everything you wrote...including trading my sibling for a copy of Shine (not that anyone would be interested in my sib).

  9. Great review! I can't wait for the next book and what happens to Logan.

  10. This one seems to have come out of nowhere for me. One moment, no one is really talking about it, the next, everyone is buzzing about how awesome it is and how hot men in kilts are. I guess I better jump on the bandwagon then!