Publication Date: Came out in May 2012
Series: Shade (bk. 3)
Genera(s): Paranormal Romance/Sci-fi
Subjects: ghosts, supernatural, government agencies, love
Setting: Baltimore, Maryland and Ireland near New Grange
POV/Tense: 1st person POV past tense: Aura
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 399 pgs.
HC/PB: Hardcover and now in Paperback
List Price: $17.99/$9.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster: Simon Pulse
Summary/ product description: “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.”
My Review: I waited about 2 years and 2 months to read this book. It sat in my room for so long. So it’s been about 3 years since I read shift. I can remember about half of what happened, but that doesn’t matter because Shine was such an awesome, well-written finale.
Aura and Zachary are totally shippable and amazing main characters. There was just so much rolled into this book. The romance and travel and ghosts. Just so much to love. Zachary gets taken by the DMP and Aura is seeking a way to get him out. Logan’s gone, but we see his brother Dylan a lot, as well as his other sibling. Megan is also in the book a lot. All the characters are so interesting. I love the travel aspect to this finale. We get to see Ireland and various megaliths and ancient sites. Also, visit Glasgow, Zachary’s hometown.
Another thing I loved about this series was that it wasn’t just Paranormal Romance. It was sci-fi and semi-dystopian/alternate history. It takes place in old world in contemporary times, but the Shift happened about 17 years ago and that changed history, as we know it. Every one younger than Aura can see ghosts, and everyone older can’t. The DMP (The Department of Metaphysical Purity) is a government agency, like the FBI, but only for protection against ghosts. There’s Securilabs that made the blackboxes that ward off ghosts. Obsidian and the color red also ward off ghosts. The world building is awesome.
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this last book. It was one of the best finales I’ve read. I swear, if you have never read Shade, buy it or download it now. Any fan of paranormal or sci-fi YA books with female leads will love it. You’ll have to binge read the whole trilogy!
Cover Art Review: Bad cover. Sulfur yellow? Ick. I only bought this book because I love this series. I’m not a fan of cover models with their faces being the main subject of the cover. She looks like Aura, but the blue eye shadow is too much.