416 Pages (Hardcover)
May 1, 2012
In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.Skjdfadjgasdngjlskjfjsdakjl! There, I got it out of my system. Now I can go into this review with a (semi) level head.... I love these books, so naturally I was both excited and sad to start the last of the trilogy. Holy WOW did the author do a fantastic job!
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.
I'm not going to say anything about plot, because it would be very easy to spoil. I can tell you though, you will not be disappointed. I was not really prepared for how quickly the action takes off and how intensely your emotions will be tested and played with. I liked it, definitely, but as a warning - huge things happen within the first couple of pages. I don't want to say that this book takes off where the other left off, but rather that it goes right into the action.
Another thing to mention is that there are quite a few intimate scenes in the novel. I am not opposed to this, I just find it fair to point out that things do get a bit graphic. I make note of this just because readers may not be expecting it (I sure wasn't) because throughout the first two Aura always stopped things for one reason or another. I assumed that Shine would be no different. I assumed wrong.
I really do not have any criticism with this novel. At first I was a bit annoyed that Aura figured things out so quickly when those connections would have never been made in my brain. Once I decided that she was just talented, I could not find a single thing that I didn't like.
This installment quickly catapulted the series even higher on my favorites list because of how well the story wraps itself up. I mean that ending - perfect! I don't think I've ever been so happy with the conclusion of a series. As odd as it is, I really hope that the world is never revisited (with spinoffs); Aura's story is started in Shade and ended in Shine- it is perfectly completed.
This review has been less of a review and more of a fan-girling opportunity, but I hope you get the picture. If you've read the first two, I recommend you run (don't walk) to get your copy on May first. If you haven't read the series, you are being a bad cookie reading this review! (But you should definitely pick up Shade).
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