That's all I got for an intro into today's read-along guest post. HOLLA. (Read-Along reading schedule can be found here.)
Hi, everyone! Welcome to the second day of the Shade series read-along! I absolutely love this series, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this particular section of book one, Shade.
But first, here’s a little about me!
I’m Alyssa, of The Eater of Books! blog. I’m currently a high school senior in Maryland, and I’ll be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall to major in environmental engineering. I’ve loved reading ever since I learned how to read, and I can’t imagine NOT loving books! I’ve been familiar with the Shade series ever since the first book, Shade, came out! The setting of the series is in my home state, and SO CLOSE to where I live in Maryland! That was enough to pull me in, and I am so glad that I decided to read Shade. This series is definitely one of my favorite Young Adult paranormal series.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jeri in met 2012 at Constellation Books, for the release part of Shine, the last novel of the series (picture above!). I can honestly say that she is a fantastic and lovely person, and she has so much patience! She answered every single one of my ten thousand questions, even when some of them didn’t make any sense!
I haven’t been blogging for very long – I officially started blogging in December 2012. However, I’ve been in the blogging world for many years, and of course, in the reading world for many more. I love blogging about the books I read, and I feel right at home with the book-blogging community.
So, down to business! I hope you all enjoy chapters’ 12-18 of Shade! Here are a few questions to correspond with the chapters:
(Beware! There may be spoilers within the questions, and the discussion!)
1. What do you think of Aura’s insistence that Logan would never turn shade? Do you think she is being naïve, or do you think she is denying something that she knows is a possibility?
2. What do you think of the growth of Aura and Zach’s relationship? Which side are you currently with – Logan or Zach? And how about that birthday outing?
3. What do you think of Zach’s revelation to Aura, about being born in the same minute?
4. Gina changed Aura’s non-red sheets, as we find out at the end of Chapter 18. What do you think Aura will do about this? How do think this will affect her relationship with Logan, and with Zach?
I absolutely love and hate this particular section of Shade, for many reasons. I believe that Aura doesn’t want to let go of Logan, and in that sense, she is truly naïve. Her naïveté is irritating at times, but it is only expected of a grieving girlfriend, right? But I still can’t wrap my head around why she insisted on lording over Logan for so long. No matter what people say, there is ALWAYS a physical aspect to a relationship, and Logan can’t provide that for her anymore. I think she needs to move on.
I am “Team Zach” – at this point, and beyond. Zach is so sweet and wonderful, and while he isn’t perfect, he also isn’t selfish. He’s seen Aura through her darkest of times and he stuck with her. I think that counts for a lot. And he has a Scottish accent!
And the plot thickens! I love that readers get clued in A LOT more in this section of the book. The “Last” and “First” concept is mind-boggling, but awesome. It explains a lot!
And how about Zach’s favorite song! “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie actually wasn’t a song I was familiar with, until I read this book (I know, shame on me!). It’s a beautiful and haunting song! Go listen to it HERE if you haven’t already!
And that’s my take on Shade’s chapters 12-18! Please feel free to leave your thoughts and points of the discussion in the comments. I’ll be around on Twitter as well, sharing my favorite quotes of this particular section of the book, using the hashtag #ShadeReadAlong.