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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 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 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 New Truths, She Must Decide Whom To Trust With Her Secrets And Her Heart 4.25 stars Book 1 in the series, Shade, ended on a bloody cliffhanger Which meant I had to begin reading this one kind of right away And duuuude, the first 100 pages or so were AMAZING So good I could barely stop reading In this book, as we find out in Book 1 after Logan fails to pass on and has turned into a Shade, he comes back to Aura after three months, and somehow changes back into a ghost And then, BAM , he turns into a flesh and blood human for fifteen minutes, during which Aura and him almost love their virginity.The plot does move at a pretty crack a lackin space, although it does grow a bit slow in the middle But not for long, though, and it totally becomes addictive a while later I mean, I did read this book in one day, ya know, so obviously it was super exciting All the stuff about the Shift we got to find out in this book was riveting So, let s see Logan did sort of annoy me in the chapters post the almost love making, mostly because he made it awfully hard for Aura to try and move on with a guy she really has a chance with She still loves him, obviously, but can they actually have a relationship based on conversations only and no touching only desperate wanting All this when ZACHARY is right there Aura could ve easily come across as slutty especially considering how she s kind of getting it on with Dylan, too, Logan s younger brother, and the only one on his family who can see his ghost and thus feels very close to Aura because of this , but somehow Smith Ready manages to make the reader totally empathize with her situation for the most part, anyway It was a bit head scratching y sometimes The character development in this book was truly quite great, and I felt, in turn, both charmed with Zachary and Logan and alternately pissed off Seriously, guys, at one point in this book I went like ZACHARY YOU BASTARD YOU COULD YOU OMGGGG I HATE YOU SO MUCH I CAN T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY THOUGHT YOU WERE A DECENT GUY BUT NOW I REALIZE IT WAS ONLY YOUR YUMMY ACCENT WHICH I NOW ABHOR no kidding, I got verrry emotional And then some chapters later I was all oh wow was I really that cold hearted and judgmental You poor thing, I totes get you know Sniffle The secondary characters were kick butt, too, especially Aura s best friend Megan She was a delight I d so kill for a BFF like her.This book also features answers to some questions that the first book posed even if not completely , so I was glad about that I was also tremendously pleased with the ending, even if it did tug on my heartstrings.Only complaint I never actually felt like I got to know Aura that well We never really explore her personality without regard to the dudes she s with so that aspect could ve been fleshed out. 1.5 stars The first book in this series was really entertaining I liked the concept of a world in which kids born after a certain time period could all see ghosts, as well as the idea of exploring how difficult that reality might be for both the ghosts and the ones they leave behind Aura s boyfriend Logan made a stupid mistake and paid for it with his life, leaving her full of guilt and unresolved feelings In both the previous book and in this one, she has to find a way to help him come to terms with his future as well as coming to terms with her own Complicating matters is the handsome Zachary and the Department of Metaphysical Purity, both of whom want Logan gone for good.With such an interesting set up, expanding on the story that began in Shade should not have been particularly difficult But when 75% of this sequel is spent on the ridiculous back and forth relationship of Aura and Logan and Aura and Zachary and then Aura and view spoiler Dylan hide spoiler 2.5starsWhat to say, what to sayOkay, to be honest here, I do like this series, it has all the elements I look for in a good read swoon worthy characters, a complex plot and strong writing and I simply adore Logan But This book made me dizzy and it felt completely different from the first With Logan it s he s a shade, he s a ghost, he s alive With Aura, she s basically messed up throughout this book and flip flops between Logan, Zach and even had a moment with another character I sincerely believe this girl doesn t know what she truly wants She says one thing and does something completely different and why oh why does everything end up with sex with this girl I get that part with Logan since he was her childhood friend turned boyfriend love of her life, but what was the rush for Zach andthe other character I get she s not in a good place right now but it s very hard to sympathize with someone who is hooking up all over the place And then there is poor Zach who has been competing with a dead guy ever since he meet Aura, but he still wants her but can t really be with her under some new circumstances and they have to obstacle out of it and then he has his own conflicting moments It felt like there was just to much drama, to much angst, and as much as I want to love it, I just didn t buy it Lots of high and low emotions running the book and romantic confusion conflict that are all over the place and I didn t know what to feel from one chapter to the next.With that said, I still liked Shift, but I didn t love it The plot was crazy, sure, but it s also unique and entertaining and has a great creative twist I also really liked the way it ended and content enough to leave it here, but since there is a thrid book in the works I know my curiosity will get the better of me and I ll end up checking it out Plus, Logan owns me and I wanna see if his story is truly done and kinda hope that he finds a way to come backfor good It s not realistic I know, but what is in this book A sap s heart wants what it wants shrugs Bottom line, while this book did upset me, there were a lot of moments that melted me as well I just wish I could have loved it the way I wanted too Arc provided by Simon Schuster Galley Grab really really great book