Jeri Smith-Ready is made of awesome. Trust me, she just is. If you haven’t had a chance yet to read her cheeky and campy WVMP series you are really missing out… and if you haven’t picked up her YA series Shade yet… well, something must be wrong with you. And the only way to correct that is by rushing out now and picking up this perfect trilogy.
Yeah, I said it. Perfect. You heard me.
*Spoilers if you have not read books 1 (Shade) and books 2 (Shift).
Shine starts out with a bang, literally. While the world reels over a national tragedy Aura is trying to get a grip on the facts behind the event… and all evidence points to the DMP. Aura has vowed to bring them down but they have decided to hit her with the biggest piece of leverage they have strategically… Zachary. Aura must figure out a way to get him back, solve the mysteries of Newgrange, and manage to graduate high school on top of everything. All in a days work for our favourite post-Shifter girl.
This is such a fabulous book… this is such an incredible trilogy. I’m sorry to see it end, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how Smith-Ready has closed the series. I loved every single bit of this book. I think the strength of Smith-Ready’s books lies in her remarkable characters. There’s such a resonance there, a heightened sense of self-possession that makes everyone truly believable. Watching the way that Aura and Zachary get through the circumstances presented to them in this book I can’t help but compare them to other YA couples on the market… and of how much better they are. Aura and Zachary approach everything with a realistic dignity that creates such empathy for the reader. There’s a perfect sense of “Yes, this is what this person would do. This is what I would do!” surrounding her heroines and heroes. It makes the mystical bits of her books better, the tragic parts sadder, and the loving parts more tender.
I adored Aura in this book, hell in this whole series, but this book is Zachary’s. Hands down. The challenges he is faced with do so much to round him out as a person… to make him whole. It’s in this book that we first see him how everyone is at one point in their lives – broken. This is the book for the Logan camp of fans who have been rolling their eyes at Zachary fandom. This is the book that he wins your hearts in, if he didn’t have them already. I loved that Smith-Ready gave us this window into his being; that she was willing to do this to a character. I loved seeing him at his completion since we’ve already had so much of Aura’s tragedy. Thank you for giving us this Zachary.
5 out of 5 stars to this book, and a solid love to the whole series. I can’t wait to see what JSR does next!
*Shine release May 1, 2012.