Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

79%

47 Critic Reviews

I closed the book with a happy sigh feeling that everything had been addressed and all the bases had been covered.
-Buried in Books

Synopsis

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

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.
 

About Jeri Smith-Ready

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Jeri Smith-Ready is the award-winning author of the Shade trilogy, the WVMP Radio series, and the Aspect of Crow trilogy. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats. Like many of her characters, Jeri loves music, movies, and staying up very, very late. Visit her at JeriSmithReady.com or follow her on Twitter at @jsmithready.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Simon Pulse. 418 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 47 | Positive: 45 | Negative: 2

The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Jun 01 2012

The closing third of this brilliant trilogy, treating girls in love with ghosts with inestimable sincerity, and providing a great fantasy read easily able to break out of that subject's typical audience.

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Nocturne Romance Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Nocturne Reads on Apr 28 2012

At the conclusion I was left emotionally gratified and saddened to say goodbye to these wonderful cast of characters and FYI ... Have a tissue ready!

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Michele B on May 11 2012

Shine was perfect... anguish, heart-break, triumph, and a complete and utterly heart-melting love story. And as I turned the last page, I felt both sad that this journey with Aura, Zachary, Logan and company was officially over but at the same time, perfectly content with how it ended.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Shanyn on Jun 24 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready built up everything that was resolved in Shine throughout all three of her books. ... This is hands down one of the best trilogies/series I have ever read.

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The Bookish Babe

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 16 2012

In SHINE, Aura reveals an amazing inner strength that I always felt was there, but never got to see fully unleashed.

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Me, My Shelf and I

Good
Reviewed by Amber on Mar 29 2012

SHINE was a very detailed, fast paced and deeply entertaining ending to the SHADE series.

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My Books. My Life.

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on May 24 2012

I waited for Shine with what Ben described as Harry-Potter-level anticipation. ... I was not to be left wanting.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Sophie on Jun 22 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready pulled it out of the bag and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect finale.

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Hobbitsies

Good
Reviewed by Hobbitsies on Apr 30 2012

Literally jaw-dropping. And Shine had the perfect ending.

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A Bookworm's Haven

Good
Reviewed by Meaghan on Apr 27 2012

Jeri gave me everything I wanted and more in this final installment. I went through every emotion while reading Shine and cannot recommend this series enough.

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The Starry-Eyed Revue

Good
Reviewed by starryeyedjen on May 10 2012

There were cataclysmic events that led to great discoveries, and I had so much fun on the ride.

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Pure Imagination

Good
Reviewed by Lori on May 24 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready is the queen of writing awesome sexy scenes. Zachary is Scottish too….She’s just trying to kill us, isn’t she?

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Reading Writing Breathing

Good
Reviewed by HD on May 14 2012

Overall, I am incredibly sad to see this trilogy go, but I could not have seen it ended any better than it did with Shine.

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Urban Fantasy Invasions

Good
Reviewed by Stacy UFI on May 03 2012

SHINE started off with a bang and ended with closure.

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I Eat Words

Good
Reviewed by Britney on May 01 2012

The powerfully described characters, the unique story, and the beautiful setting descriptions are tied together with interlocking red, violet, and white ribbons.

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Gone With the Words

Good
Reviewed by Jess on Apr 26 2012

There’s smexy times in Shine. And it is honest and romantic and real. ... It has earned a permanent spot on my favorites shelf.

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Eve's Fan Garden

Good
Reviewed by Kate on May 21 2012

There is so much more to love about this book and this entire series, but you’ll have to go pick it up if you want to see for yourself!

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Gypsy Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Ashelynn Hetland on May 10 2012

Shine was amazing and epic and I wanted to reread it after I finished it (at 2 AM!)

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My Overstuffed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Jun 12 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready has mastered the act of writing words that can bring out your emotions and rip them to the surface for all to witness.

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Creative Deeds Reads!

Good
Reviewed by Creative Deeds on May 16 2012

There are so many messages and lessons to be learned in the Shade Trilogy.

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Books Complete Me

Good
Reviewed by Kendra on May 01 2012

There were parts that made me grin like the Cheshire cat.

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GReads!

Good
Reviewed by Ginger on Apr 16 2012

It has adventure, mystery, angst, emotion, romance, and yes.. even that musical element I adore so much in books, too.

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Dandelion Dreams

Below average
Reviewed by Kelly on Jul 31 2012

While I did enjoy continuing this story, I didn't feel it lived up to it's predecessors and my expectations for the ending of this trilogy.

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IB Book Blogging

Good
Reviewed by Bailey on Apr 16 2012

If I could, I would run around singing praises at the top of my lungs for this amazingly awesome book.

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What's on the Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 27 2012

We see so much growth and transformation in Aura. ... By far one of the best authors I've read when it comes to bringing a world alive and out of fantasy.

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Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Kelsey on Jul 30 2012

Probably one of my new favourite couples right now! You can’t beat an accent and Gaelic!

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Buried in Books

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Jun 13 2012

I closed the book with a happy sigh feeling that everything had been addressed and all the bases had been covered.

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Just a Booklover

Good
Reviewed by Jessica B on Jun 04 2012

The ending. I cried. Yeah, I get like that. I've loved this series since Shade first released, so saying goodbye to it was emotional.

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Realm of Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Sam on May 30 2012

Overall, Shine lived up to my expectations and provided a more than satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.

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The Reader's Antidote

Good
Reviewed by Nicole Mainardi on May 22 2012

What makes these books is the romance. Yes, Jeri really knows how to write a great action scene with plenty of suspenseful descriptions. But it's been all about Aura and Zachary.

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Book Overdose

Good
Reviewed by Eunice on May 20 2012

I really loved this series, it was beautifully written, remarkably unique and very captivating.

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YA Fantasy Author

Good
Reviewed by Rhiannon Paille on May 17 2012

I actually tweeted Jeri when I was finished the book, saying something along the lines of, thank you for giving the readers a realistic sex scene.

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The YA Sisterhood

Good
Reviewed by Amy G on Apr 26 2012

I loved that it made me ugly cry, scream in frustration, cheer my heart out, and feel completely satisfied when it was all over.

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Living Fictitiously

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly Callegan on Mar 30 2012

This was an extreme bitter-sweet read for us. Bitter, because we absolutely, without a doubt did not want this series to end; but sweet because of the perfect ending; the discoveries, the closure.

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Hope, Faith & Books

Good
Reviewed by Brittani on Aug 09 2012

...that's pretty cool that she gets to go to college out of the freaking country! This book is seriously amazing!!!! :D

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Book Love 101

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Jun 04 2012

I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. It was a love/hate relationship for me. It had it's moments.

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Paper Reader

Good
Reviewed by Kaye on May 27 2012

If you're looking to read a paranormal without instashipping, partnered with a well-researched and well-integrated premise and story then you'll definitely enjoy this series.

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Fictitious Delicious

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Apr 25 2012

SHINE is one of those books that, while you are reading it, the rest of the world disappears.

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Step Into Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Sana on Apr 13 2012

Aura, Zach, and Logan were such a joy to read about. I hope that maybe one day the Shade trilogy could be turned into a movie.

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Bringing the Epic

Good
Reviewed by Lynn Marie on Apr 02 2012

The stakes have never been higher, the journeys never farther, the love never deeper.

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The Fairytale Nerd

Good
Reviewed by JoAnne on Jul 20 2012

It has everything, suspense, humor, the right amount of cuteness, and the right amount of romance.

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Reading Away the Days

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Jun 06 2012

Shine was AMAZING. The series is so addictive, I couldn't put it down. It has everything a book could have, action, adventure, mystery, great characters, romance and so much more.

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Swimming in YA

Good
Reviewed by Jill Kaplan on Jun 01 2012

Altogether, I freaking loved Shine. It was breathtaking, and mind-blowing, ... mystical. It was the little details that made it so amazing.

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The Queen of Teen Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Katie on May 22 2012

I’d like to thank Jeri for creating such an amazing series and such fabulous characters that I’ve laughed and cried along with.

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Geek Chic

Good
Reviewed by Mag on May 14 2012

Get a copy of SHADE, or SHIFT, or SHINE, whichever one you haven't read, and READ LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! You will NOT be sorry!

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Hackaroo's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by thescarletnumbers on May 07 2012

This book has it all. Suspense, action, emotion (soooooooo much emotion), and plenty of romance.

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Kaleidoscope Reveries

Good
Reviewed by Litza Lou on Apr 30 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready is a freakin' genius with an uncanny ability to tap into the teen voice and experience so realistically.

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