Pub: May 1st 2011
Review Copy: Personal ebook (Kobo Vox)
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.
**This review is mildly spoiler-y **
In this, book three if the Shade trilogy Aura and Zach finally uncover the truth about the Shift and the role(s) they played in it. I was happy with the way this story played out. It made sense (as much as the shift could make sense I guess, being that it's pretty mystical). Aura continued to be a strong, intelligent and independent (but not stupidly determined) girl who is easy to root for. What I always liked best about Aura was that she’s someone who makes mistakes, but they are mistakes I would make too. I’ve never had to cringe at anything Aura was doing because I hated how stupid she was acting. I never stopped thinking Aura was awesome and really, if she’s not awesome, what’s the point?
Book two, Shift ended with Zachary and his family being deported back to Scotland with the promise of meeting up in Ireland for the solstice. Aura also said her final goodbyes to Logan who finally (and sadly for fans) passed on. In retrospect I’m glad Logan left in Shift as there was so much happening in Shine and Logan’s goodbye to Aura deserved the proper ending they had in Shift. Shift was still very much Logan and Aura’s story and Shine is the book that finally gives Aura and Zachary the chance to have a full relationship.
There is a lot of action in Shine and some shocking moments, but since it’s been out as a teaser since before Shine came out it’s not a spoiler to mention that the books kicks off with the exploding of Zachary’s flight. (He’s not on it). What happens to Zachary sets up Aura on a quest to destroy the DMP (Department of Metaphysical Purity) and to expose the dangerous secrets she discovers. The remaining Keeley siblings and Aura’s friend Megan are there to help when the government decides to use the plane crash as a catalyst to enforce a mandatory post-shifter draft requiring them to work for the DMP.
Aura is eventually reunited with Zach (who has suffered some scars during his time with the DMP) and together they try to figure out the mysteries of the shift and their possible role in ending it. Things get pretty crazy and they are being hunted by multiple groups of questionable sanity and legitimacy. While this is going on they also manage to “increase the intimacy” of their relationship with steamy results and discover some crazy stuff about shades. The action is pretty much non-stop throughout the book but especially towards the end.
All in all I was really happy with the ending. Shine wraps everything up nicely (and with LOTS of excitement) and leaves the characters in a place of hope for the future. Aura and Zachary are right where you want them to be. I couldn’t have asked for more.
For more information about The Shade Trilogy check out Jeri Smith-Ready's WEBSITE or the Kilt and Keeley FANSITE