Love triangles & ghostly teens

I gotta admit I’m a fan of urban fantasies where the heroine has a thing for one guy, and sticks with him over the course of the series. Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine & Jill Kismet series, and Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series immediately spring to mind. But that said, I don’t mind love triangles… so long as the heroine doesn’t keep vacillating between one guy and the other, keeping them both on tenterhooks and never making a decision. That drives me batsh*t crazy up the wall! I kinda want to insert myself into the story and be that BFF who gives the heroine a sound shaking and goes, “Make a decision already–even if it turns out to be the wrong one! Sheesh!”

When I’m reading YA, however, I tend to be a little more lenient. I mean, we’re talking teens for the most part. And anyone who’s got a teenage daughter knows how painful crushes are, and how often that boy they were pining over who was The One is forgotten once they spot the next hot prospect. I’m not saying that teenage girls are fickle — that would be their hormones! And the fact that sometimes they’re so in love with the “idea” of a boyfriend, and what their “ideal” boyfriend should be like, that they can’t see the really nice guy who’d do anything for them, who’s right under their noses.

So if I’m reading a love triangle in a YA, and the female protagonist is flip-flopping between two boys, I’m far more forgiving than I am with adult stories. Which brings me to Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, the sequel to Shade. Without getting too spoiler-y, I loved that the author has her female protagonist, Aura, caught between Logan (who just happens to have died and become a ghost!) and Zachary, but before I could get tired of Aura trying so desperately to choose between them, it was resolved in a very satisfying way… and by that I mean Aura chose the boy who was right for her for all the right reasons.

BTW, if you want to know how on earth Aura can interact with a ghost and not have it be totally naff, then you have to check  out Shade and Shift. (And I think you’ll appreciate the clever twist that has Logan temporarily able to become somewhat more than a ghost, a twist that ends up having far-reaching ramifications for Aura.)

Here’s the blurb for Shift:

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past — the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets… and her heart.

If you visit Jeri Smith-Ready’s website, you can read excerpts from both Shade & Shift.

And with that, here’s my reading list for February — oh, and by the way, Happy Leap Day, everyone!

  • The Castaway Bride by Kandy Shepherd
  • Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • Blood of Eden by Tami Dane
  • Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
  • Making It On Broadway by Roz Lee
  • Divorce, Interrupted by Jill James
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Vampire Knight 13 by Matsuri Hino
  • Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
  • Bound by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
  • Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
  • Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
  • Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare



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