Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shift Blog Tour: Review + AWESOME EPIC GIVEAWAY!



Welcome to the next stop in Jeri Smith-Ready's Shift Blog Tour. Today, I'll be reviewing Shift for you. If you don't know (???), Shift is the highly anticipated sequel to Shade. At the end of my review, I will be announcing an amazing, ridiculously epic giveaway. If you've been to the other tour stops, you might have an idea of what it is. But before we get into that, let's talk about Shift!

***Fair Warning. For those who have yet to read Shade, this might be (probably will be) spoilery. For those who have read Shade, but haven't read Shift, you're good!***



Shift takes place literally right where Shade ends. As if being a teenager in general wasn't complicated, Aura also has to deal with the possibility of her ghostly boyfriend, Logan, shading. If that wasn't enough, Aura also can't hide her growing affections for Zachary, finding out what really happened to her mom, and the added bonus of discovering why she was the first to Shift, and Zachary was the last to not.

One by one, Aura slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind the Shift. Her personal life, however, begins to take a turn for the worst. Forbidden romance, unexpected love interests, government agents, an insane amount of heartache, and girls who just suck all play a role in this breathtaking, edge of your seats, thrill ride. Be warned, once you start, you may never put it down.

Please excuse the excessive fan-girling, but I have to tell you how much I loved this book. I seriously couldn't put it down. Every time I thought "okay, this is going to be the last chapter I read before bed", the author throws in another twist or turn. One thing led to another and before I knew it, the clock struck 3:30am, and I still had six more chapters till the end.

The pacing in Shift is, quite frankly, flawless. I absolutely loved the description and details Jeri displays not only in the setting or the characters themselves, but also the emotions. I swear, one minute I was giggling, the next I was swooning, and then, out of nowhere came the heartache. Don't worry kiddies, this is a repetitive cycle so be sure to have your fun hats on and hanky nearby.

For those who know me, you know I'm a mega huge Zachary fan. He's everything I love about a swoon-worthy boy and more. Even when he makes mistakes (and trust me, he will make a few doozies), I can't help but love him. His heart is always in the right place, and he will do whatever it takes for Aura. And if I wasn't a Zachary fan before, that lake scene sure would have won me over. You'll see what I mean.

Don't worry Logan fans. He's in there, too, but I can't go into details about Logan without possibly spoiling it. Just know he's in there. Oh, and keep an eye out for an unsuspected boy who may turn out to be something more.

Overall, Shift is a spectacular sequel you don't want to miss. Many of your questions will be answered, just to be replaced with more intriguing, better questions. I'll be honest, I didn't cry the first time I read Shift. I was too busy rushing through, wanting so badly to know what would happen next. But the second time I read it? Wow. I knew what was going to happen, yet I still bawled like a baby. Thus, word of advice? When you go to pick up your copy of Shift, be sure to also grab a box of tissues.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

Leave a comment below to enter today’s drawing. There will be two winners.

The Prizes:

*Winner # 1 gets a signed copy of SHIFT, plus a shiny "Celtic bookmark," courtesy of Jeri.



*Winner #2 gets an unsigned copy of SHIFT, courtesy of Jeri’s publisher.

Additionally all commenters will be entered into a draw to win the Grand Prize - annotated copies of SHADE and SHIFT, an early copy of SHIFT (book three of the series, of which there will be no other ARCS) and an iPod Shuffle!

Open to international entries! Winners will be drawn after 24 hours.

Author Bio: Jeri Smith-Ready’s next release is SHIFT (May 3), the second in the YA ghost trilogy that began last year with SHADE (which just came out in paperback April 5). She loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at www.jerismithready.com, or better yet, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jerismithready) or Twitter (@jsmithready), where she spends far too much time.

***Special thanks to Jeri Smith-Ready and Karen from For What It's Worth for putting this whole thing together***



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94 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review Lena !!
    This giveaway is so awesome !! Thank you so much !! It is so nice to make it international !! I love these Celtic bookmarks and I can't wait to read this series !!
    My email adress is : ninie2310@hotmail.fr !

    Thank you ;)

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  2. Great review! I'm a huge fan of this series and I almost died after I read Chapter One of Shift! So good!

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  3. OH MY GOSH! This is the most epice giveaway ever! I love the celtic bookmarks!

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  4. I finished Shift this morning and you're right: it's amazing! I was already a huge fan of Zachary, but the lake scene you mentioned? SWOON! I'm so sad my egalley expires May 3rd... Else I would really go back and read both of the books again, this time more slowly.
    Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Omg this is just awesome! I really need to read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway! would really love to win and read it.

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  6. Those bookmarks are sooo pretty!!! I haven't read Shade, but it sounds good, so I will have to get my hands on it! Thanks for the chance! :)

    Phanee
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  7. Great review! I also adore Zachary and I thought that this sequel took everything good about Shade and made it even better; can't wait to pick up my hardcover!

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  8. I really have to read Shade. I heard so many great comments about it. I need to get my copy soon, so I can read both of them!

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  9. Awesome review, I can't wait to read Shift!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  10. Thanks for the awesome review! Dying to read Shift hehe. Maybe this time I can actually figure out what team I'm on lol.

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  11. Thank you so much for the chance to win. *fingers crossed*

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  12. Now I have to read Shift. It seams like a marvelous book with twists and turns. I loved this review.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  13. Thanks for the review and for making the giveaway international! Looking forward to reading this :)

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  14. Wonderful review!!!! Thank you for a great giveaway!

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  15. Ahhhh, you tease!! I think you've just gotten me fifteen times more excited to get my hands on Shift. It sounds like such an amazing emotional rollercoaster - love, laughter, heartache? I'm in love already. And Team Zachary, represent! :D

    Love your review, can't wait to read this!

    Thank you for the giveaway! <3
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  16. YAY--thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to own a physical copy of either book. Also, I'M SO WITH YOU ON THE ZACHARY THING. :D *suh-woon!*

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  17. Great review and great giveaway!! debrasbookcafe@aol.com

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  18. awesome giveaway! Thanks for making it international!

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  19. Great interview. And I love the celtic bookmarks! ^_^
    Enter me please for this giveaway, thank you

    Ren
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  20. enter me pls :)

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  21. Thanks for the review and for an international giveaway!

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  22. Awesome giveaway :)

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  23. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!!! I haven't read Shade but this series sounds very interesting.

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  24. Whoa, that Celtic bookmarks look so good! Thank you for this giveaway and for making it international :)

    Syki
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  25. I'm enjoying this blog tour so much! Thanks for all the awesome giveaways :)

    Loved the review!

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  26. Great review and thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  27. Oh wow!
    l loved Shade!!
    Please enter me!
    *fingers crossed*
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  28. I love this series! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity!

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  29. Thanks so much for the giveaway! And your review makes me want to read SHIFT even more (if that's even possible)

    -Lisa B.
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  30. This is so epic, indeed! What a fantastic giveaway :)

    I'd be so psyched if I win!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  32. Oh, my goodness. This is the most awesome giveaway ever! I LOVE IT! Thanks soooo much for the giveaway. It's incredible. :)

    Sophia L.
    I'm a follower.
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  33. Thanks for the awesome review, Lena--I'm overwhelmed! And thanks for hosting me today on the tour. Hope everyone's having lots of fun.

    Good luck in the drawing, all! :-)

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  34. oh yay! thanks for the chance
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  35. Awesome giveaway!! I would love to win!! :)

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  36. OMG!!! excellent review and fantastic giveaway
    thanks
    I'm a follower
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  37. LOVE this giveaway!! I met Jeri at one of the Smart Chicks Kick It tour stops, it was awesome!! I LOVED Shade and now I can't wait to read SHIFT! I hope i win =)
    I'm a follower!
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  38. I read Shade and it is one of my favorite books from 2010! I would LOVE to win Shift and continue the series!
    I'm a proud follower.

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  39. Wow!!! Those celtic bookmarks look great and don't forget the book!! Thanks for the giveaway. :D

    GFC Follower

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  40. Just want to thank you for the warning about it being an emotional rollercoaster. I like to be prepared for those kind of books :) Can't wait!!

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  41. OMG...how have I never heard of this series? I SOOOO want to read each one of these books!!! (My daughter just asked if she can enter on her own. LOL!)

    Thanks for offering such a fantastic giveaway! One book is fabulous. The whole series is like getting an early Christmas present...or a Mother's Day present to myself! =D

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  42. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  43. I can't wait for Shift! Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! :)

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  44. Thanks so much for the giveaway! The prizes sound awesome. :)

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  45. Great review! I'm glad you hinted at the boy who no suspected could be more. His bit was so crazy!!! I was freaking out as I read (and maybe cheering a bit for him too!). And the lake scene... geesh!! It'll about give someone a heart attack!

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  46. I will admit I have not read the review yet. I have not read this series, but will definitely add it to my TBR list. I will come back and read this review after I read Shade. The prizes are awesome. Thanks!!

    Melaniesimmons at hotmail dot com

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  47. Fab review! I can't wait for Shift! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! ;)

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  48. Sounds great would love to win!






    amanda.jane.jones@talk21.com

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  49. Phenomenal review ! I bet I'm gonna be just like you telling myself 'this is the last chapter before bed.' Haha xD

    ~Alison
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  50. Shade is literally my favourite book. I remember looking at it online and going...."hmm sounds interesting". I finished it in a day (something I NEVER let myself do...I always limit myself to only a few chapters a day to make them last longer, but I couldn't help it). This led to me read everything else that Jeri has done. Love it all! It was an incredible pleasure to meet her at the Smart chicks tour!

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  51. Thanks for such an amazing contest! Cant wait to read it and the book marks are awesome.

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  52. What a fantastic review! Thank you Lena for making my wait that more unbearable =) Actually, I am going to read SHADE for the upteenth time just to refresh all of my senses for the release on Tuesday.

    Jeri, this blog tour has been so much fun! Thank you for all of the give-a-ways and great conversation! Just a few more hours to go =)

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  53. Count me in, I cannot wait for Shift!!! I absolutely fell in love with Shade. :)

    Vivien
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  55. Those book marks are beautiful. I have one from the same place but it is more square and dragony. I love it. I had to hang it up. I was too loaf to use it.

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  56. I love the bookmarks!

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  57. Wow, just a couple more days until "shift" comes out. Can't wait! I think I'm a Logan fan myself, but love all the characters the same.

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  58. I can't wait to read Shift. I read Shade a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I'm dying to know what happens! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jessica Arb
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  59. Great Review! I absolutely LOVED Shade and an so looking forward to Shift! I'm already a Zachary fan, now I'm even more interested in the new book! Thanks for the great givaway!

    Melanie Stang

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  60. wow great review...and great giveaway!!!

    vidisha

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  61. Thanks for the chance to win and the review! I can't wait to read Shift :)

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  62. This is such a great series! Can't wait to read Shine! Thanks for the review and the contest! Count me in!

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  63. Thanks for the review and awesome giveaway!

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  64. Thank you for the review, the book sounds terrific. I can't wait to read Shade! edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com

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  65. thanks for the great giveaway. I can't wait for Shift!!

    -Lauren
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  66. Ack!! I cannot wait to read it, your review just made me even more anxious for it! Thanks for the giveaway!! =D

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  67. I have had Shade on my TBR for what seems like forever & now I'm dying to get Shift! Great review & thanks for the contest opportunity.

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  68. Sorry, forgot to list my email address in my comment.

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway, Lena!

    Those bookmarks are gorgeous.

    aine.onetwistedpixie at gmail dot com

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  70. Woah awesome giveaway!

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  71. Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! Those bookmarks look amazing!
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  72. Awesome review, I adored Shade and can't wait to read Shift, and I too love Zachary :)

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


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  73. Hi Lena

    Nice to meet you.

    Great review of Shift! I cannot wait to read this book. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway.

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    Mysteriousbooks

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  74. Great review! I can't wait to read Shift!

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  75. I'm so jealous that you got to read Shift already! But it's okay since you're awesome enough to have an amazing giveaway for it! :D

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  76. Great review! I really appreciate the recap.

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  77. Great review! Go TEAM ZACHARY!!!

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  78. Oooh, I can't wait to read this!! Thank you for the awesome contest!!

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  79. Great review! I'm a proud follower and i can't wait to read this amazing book!

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  80. I would love to find out what happens next in the trilogy!

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  81. I can't wait to read Shift! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  82. WEEE! Thanks for the giveaway! Phenom review too. Can't wait for this book. :)

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  83. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  84. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I just got a copy of Shade from the library. Can't wait to start.

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  86. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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  87. Great review! I'm reading it right now.

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  88. Gah, love your review. It totally captures what I loved about the book, and it makes me want to re-read both books, like PRONTO. And ooer, you just had to mention the lake scene, eh? =b

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  89. Thanks for the review. I loved Shade and cant wait to read Shift.

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  90. AWESOME bookmarks.. !! .. *I love celtic's stuff*

    thanks for Giveaway and making it internationally

    wish I'm lucky *cross finger*

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  91. Great giveaway - thanks for hosting. I am an old follower - please enter me.
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  92. This is so great! Shade was epic!

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  93. OMG thanx for the amazing giveaway and making it international :) cannot wait to read Shift! :D

    Rabiah
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  94. Thanks for the giveaway! Heard great things about the first book :)

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