Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.... When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura - who can see ghosts - is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in Shade.
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For the first little bit I was a little worried. Aura, the main character, is 16 and head over heels for her 17-year-old boyfriend, Logan. He's in a band and she's his biggest groupie, and listening to a groupie gush for nine hours wasn't what I signed up for.
Luckily, that's just the intro. There's not much about the plot in the blurb up at the top here, so I'll add a little more background info. Sixteen years ago, "The Shift" occurred. For no reason anyone understands, everyone born "post-Shift" can see and hear ghosts, and the world is full of them. Ghosts can't pass on to the next life if they have unresolved issues, and Aura's aunt is a lawyer who deals exclusively in cases designed to help ghosts find closure. In the US, a new government agency exists to help contain problematic ghosts, and they're hot to recruit the first post-Shift children as they approach 18. Government agencies obsessed with containment might cause a few raised eyebrows, but after all, it's 'for the children.'
Aura helps out at her aunt's firm sometimes after school, translating for the adults who can't see or hear the ghostly clients. Mostly she's annoyed by ghosts and would rather hang out with her friends, moon over her boyfriend, and try not to notice the cute new boy at school. She knows she was one of the very first kids born post-Shift, but somebody had to be.
That's where the book starts out, anyway. But then someone she cares about dies, and that changes everything. What happens when the ghost of someone you love is in danger of being branded as problematic, and that government agency is paying more attention to you than you'd like? What started out as a groupie book ended up being a fresh take on a love triangle, and I'm very interested to see what happens next!
The narrator was great. She juggled American and a Scottish accents pretty convincingly, and reads very well.
Overall, interesting teen romance, but I will warn that this was on the racier side of teen paranormals! Sex, drugs, and drinking come up regularly. If I had one complaint, it was that at times this seemed to be trying a little too hard to seem edgy.
- Alexis "In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!"
I bought this based on the reviews -- but was very disappointed in the quality of the book. It is really for the young adult audience, which I didn't realize. Very much a supernatural romance for teenagers.