Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Shade, #2
Release Date: April 28th, 2011
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
In the second book of the Shade trilogy from Jeri Smith-Ready, Aura is torn between the two boys who hold her heart—and determined to unravel the secrets of the Shift. 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 at her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. She’s not the only one seeking answers, though, and danger grows as she discovers new truths. Who can Aura trust with her secrets? And to whom will she give her heart?
Thoughts: WOO, I'm on a roll. I finished this book in like 4 hours or something? Can't believe it. xD
I just had to read this book straight away after the ending-that-doesn't-even-deserve-to-be-called-an-ending that happened in book one. I simply just could not deal with waiting. I would say this book is better than the first one, but at the same time, it's, well . . . not better. If that makes any sense. Let me clarify.
Hokay. So. The book starts off exactly where book one ends—obviously, cause the ending for that was practically as if the author just decided to stop writing—and we get this little moment at the beginning of the book where . . . well, I can't say, but it's huge. And kinda depressing. Meanwhile, Aura's and Zach's relationship becomes confusing as hell and—oh, who am I kidding, I didn't give a crap about those two being together. TEAM LOGAN!
Anyways, yeah. Most of this book is filled with Aura and Zachary and them fighting and making up and blah blah blah. Aura could give two shits about Logan at this point. But besides the romance and the angst and stuff, they make some pretty interesting discoveries about the Shift and even some bits about Aura's parents, including her father. I do hope there will be more info on them in the third book, though. I want all my questions answered.
The reason I couldn't give this book five stars was, again, the romance. Oh, and don't even get me started on the major Second Book Syndrome that this book has. -_- UGH. For those of you who don't know, that's basically when the love interest gets all kinky with another girl and the heroine has to go through with it and shit.
Zachary asks Becca—the school bitch (of course)—to the prom, and soon we get a barrage of scenes where Aura gets whiny and jealous about them being together. And during prom night, shit really hits the fan. Zachary goes as far as almost having sex with Becca. We even get a detailed scene of this—well, just the sounds, since it was from a phone call that Becca set up.
But yeah, it was really annoying, and Aura forgave him way too quickly, cause before prom night, there were so many scenes where Aura and Zach were all over each other and even officially dating. They break up for a stupid reason, yeah, but still. GAH. They're so annoying. Do you see why I'm Team Logan? I feel like I'm the only one immune to Zachary's sexy accent.
Anygay, that's the only reason I couldn't give the book five stars. That, and also the major insta-love between Aura and Zach. Oh, and ALSO, a very disturbing and unexpected scene that involves Dylan. I was like "what?" and I have no idea why the author even put the scene in. For drama I guess?
I wish there was more of Logan, but *sigh* what can you do about it? :/ He's dead. I don't think he'll even be around at all in the third book. Which will really piss me off because I don't ship Aura and Zach at all. Not even a little bit. And if most of that book is just them making out, I could just puke murder. I WANT MORE LOGAN, DAMMIT.
I teared up at the end. That's all I'm gonna say. Anything else I say will spoil everything. But I can say that it wasn't a cliffhanger, not really.
I really really like this series. A lot. But I won't read the third book right away because, well . . . because of how this one ended. The ending is really really sad, and it confirmed the fact that something will be missing in the third book. *sniff sniff*
But yeah, I definitely think you should read this series. But I will warn you that it's more character-driven than action-packed. A lot of relationship angst and teen drama and all that. But the characters are likable (at least for me) so that helps.
And, once again, LOGAN. Just . . . Logan, okay?
Okay, I'm done. I promise.