Release Date: 1st June, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
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 her 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 the truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets . . . and her heart.
After reading Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade book, I really wanted to read its sequel. These type of books are perfect reads for anyone who is looking to start a new young adult series and while I may have enjoyed reading the first installment of this series, however I found the sequel to be rather . . . different. For some reason there was something missing in the storyline.
The thing is, I didn't like the characters in this book. At least not as much as I liked them in the first. The real problem was Aura's character. She's a lovely girl (I can see that) and all of her emotions are written well to a certain extent, but in SHIFT all she seems to think about is sex, sex and sex. Boys mostly. While it's quite normal for a teenager to feel these hormones running through them, but it could have been toned down a little bit. With Aura being so undecided on things - including the boys Logan and Zachary, and even a third boy who I don't care to mention - I unfortunately couldn't understand Aura's character nor did I like her in this sequel. Same goes with another favourite character of mine. You see, I used to love Logan's character too but then I switched sides and immediately became a fan of Zachary. But . . . as it turns out even he had his own complications and faults that I couldn't admire . . . so let's just say the boys irritated me so much to a point of no return.
Other than my dislike of Aura and brushing aside some personal issues of mine, I still enjoyed the book. But it just disappointed me. Sure, it was fast-paced most of the time, kept my interest and had plenty of enjoyable drama to read about, but probably the only good thing about it was that we get some answers from questions we had in the first book Shade. So fans of the first book, I recommend you this sequel because I've read a lot of reviews where people actually enjoyed this much more than me, so you might be lucky. However, my advice to you is to not expect too much from this book but for those who've read SHIFT, then I can definitely say that I'm still looking forward to reading the third book of this trilogy. I admit, the ending was not how I imagined it to be, but it still made me pumped for the final installment.
The Rating3/5 stars