Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Shade Trilogy, Book 3

Description (taken from Jeri Smith-Ready's website):
No other love has burned so bright

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 that 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.

Hmm, I think I liked the first two books in this series more.  Maybe it's the long time I waited to read the finale, or maybe it's because we're done with the love triangle.  For whatever reason, I don't know.

In a world where kids born after a specific date can see ghosts and those ghosts have the potential to use these kids, you can see where issues could arise.  Where people could be scared enough to react in ways that dehumanize the living.  Welcome to Aura's world.  And various companies will stop at nothing to gain control of the situation.

And as always, we have Zachary: the love interest.  As much as I loved Logan, Zachary was alive and well enough to love more.  But it seems like this book was more about nurturing their love than it was about solving the mystery of the Shift.  I guess I wanted more historical aspects and more solving-the-mystery action.  Don't get me wrong because that stuff is in the book.  It just takes a major back seat when it comes to Zachary and Aura's love for each other.

It was a great ending to a fun trilogy.  I just wished I had read this one sooner...

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge and TBR Pile Challenge

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