This post by Saleana is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, much like the chapters she has covered. Thank you for a beautiful post, Saleana, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (Go jump on Twitter and wish our girl a happy birthday!)
Hi all! Saleana here (aka @synfulsaleana99) to take you on the journey of chapters 5-12 of Shift. Thanks to the Kilt & Keeley lovelies for putting this together.
This is me with Zachary Logan the Scottish Sheep in a custom Kilt I made for him.
And before you yell at me…I know, I know it’s a decent sized chunk of this book that we’re going over today, but I asked for this day of the Read-Along specifically because today is my birthday! YAY!
And I figured there is NO OTHER WAY I was going to celebrate the big 2-1 without Team Kilt! I love all my of my Team Kilt Clan and I adore chatting with them on Twitter. I love reading (that’s a shocker right?) and I also like to paint, sculpt a bit, play some guitar and violin and just laze about on the interwebs.
Now! On to Shift! (Contains Spoilers!) Here’s how this is going to work ya’ll. I’m going to give little summaries, some will go into more depth than others, for each chapter and some discussion questions are thrown in there. These are a little more personal because this chunk of the book is quite moody. So, comment with your answers, or journal about them, blog about them whatever. If you guys really want to share with me, and bounce ideas back and forth then you can always email me at Saleana.firstname.lastname@example.org or blow up my Twitter account. I love you guys! Here we go.
So, we start off with Mickey and Siobhan singing and at the end they sing “The Parting Glass” and I really love this song. There are a few versions that are out there, but this one has always had a special little place in my heart:
Side note: Dylan mentions a didgeridoo, and I had no clue as to what the heck that was. It’s this:
I say we all start a Team Kilt Didgeridoo Club, thanks Dylan.
Question Time: Mickey and Siobhan seem to cope with their grief through music. Do you think that they should just cope how they want to, or do you think that they should talk it out (like they HAVEN’T been doing?) How do you guys cope? Quietly and to yourself, or with friends and family?
Then Aura gets pissed off at Logan because he showed up when he wasn’t supposed to.
“Way to go, Logan. If you weren’t dead, I’d kill you.” Our gurl is ready to kick some ethereal ass. *snaps*
Then a bunch of reporters show up and Aura fudges some translations.
Then Logan wants to form a new band, because music is Logan’s thang, but this whole afterlife thing would have a huge effect on Aura, so naturally she gets pissed. So we leave chapter 5 with Aura loving Logan, but not liking him.
Question: Do you think Aura’s being a dickwad right now or do you think that her anger is well-placed? Dick move for not trying to help her now-dead-sorta-ex-boyfriend or “you go girl” moment?
Aura and Zachary. In a field. Alone. Tension. Stars. Yum. Or, not. They get into a little tiff, since Aura is kinda high strung at the moment and Zachary, our King of Patience steps forward and all gets cleared away.
Question: What do you think of Aura right now? “Slutty” or “Human?” Personally I don’t think that the word “slut” has a place in this world. Emotions are meant to be felt. You can’t always control them. Aura is human and is doing the best she can and coping as best as she can. What do you think though?
The kiss. The first kiss. Put the fan on ladies and gents. It’s pretty steamy, even though both of them are freezing their butts off. But! Zach asked Becca out to prom and she said yes. What to do now?
Afterwards, Aura heads back home and Logan is there. And he feels weird, right after Aura was with Zach. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Logan starts to bug out because Aura is “different” and leaves.
Aura and Zach have this little staring love fest thing going on at school. A secret love fest that is. There’s even a love note involved.
“Aura, I dreamed of you last night. You slept in this castle, surrounded by ghosts who all wanted your time, who all wanted your eyes on them. But none came into your room, because I was sleeping beside you. And when you woke, your eyes were only on me.
Someday I’ll take you to this place. I promise I’ll keep away the ghosts.
I’m torn between “awwww” and “sexxxxay.”
Then Aura asks Dylan to prom…Mickey is a douche to Megan and we’ve discovered that Dylan is a complete geek.
Question: Awesome that Aura asks out her ex-bf’s little bro to prom, or creepy? Or creepy cute?
Aura’s gramma is awesome.
*When Aura mentions Zach*
“He’s not Italian.”
“Hmph.” She thumbed stray dark blond curl back under her hairnet. “Well, I guess you gotta try the rest because you settle down with the best.”
(Being an Italian woman myself….I concur.)
Zach invites Aura over.
Logan pops in.
Logan wants to know if he fits in Aura’s life now, and figures out that Zach and Aura are sorta a thing. (I cried a little here, I’ll admit it.) Aura is finally realizing that Logan is gone and can’t be there like she needs him to be.
Question: Are you pissed at Aura like I was the first time? I mean – Logan DIED! Come on! How could she do this?! Or, are you like me now? Well, life goes on, people change, things change. Love changes. She’s HUMAN for f***’s sake. Let the girl live.
Aura heads to Zachary’s place and Aura tells Zach that Logan wants to meet him. Aura and Zach go through Aura’s mother’s journal and some pieces start to fall into place. Mystery is coming together! Or….getting more complicated.
And Zach’s dad comes home, and he’s sick. Really sick. L
Then Logan freaks when he sees Aura because we find out that Zachary’s anti-ghostiness has been literally rubbing off on Aura. Eerie no?
What’s more eerie is that it seems like Zach’s dad has the same(ish) cancer that Aura’s mom had before she died. Dum, dum dummmmmm.
Aura tells Zach about the essence rubbing off on her. And they have another kiss (apparently the perfect one yet.)
The ghost that Aura had an appointment with freaked out, so it’s true. Aura becomes a bit like Zach when they get close. Therefore a minor shitstorm ensues and Aura and Zach break up even though they’re not really together, at least not in public anyway, because of prom.
The word “eleven” always makes me think of Zach. Because he’s Scottish. Because of this video
This chapter however, is anything but fun. It’s serious because Logan and Zach meet for the first time. This is pre Zogan days guys so they’re kinda at each others throats. Except they’re in different rooms. Words are said and Logan kinda shades out and poofs away. It’s a tense and confusing time. Put the book down and take a breath.
A favorite line of mine: from Logan.
“I thought tonight I could prove I was the better guy for you. I thought I’d prove that I loved you more, and you would-“ He set his elbow on the back of the couch and rubbed his mouth. “But a jerk like me can never compete with someone so fucking pure of heart.”
Question: How are you feeling right now? Proud of Logan for admitting that he might not be the best for Aura right now? Angry at Aura for making Logan hurt? Sad for Aura and Zach? There are a lot of emotions going on right now. How are you feeling, sorting them out? Yes we’re just the readers but we’re right there in those pages with these characters. That’s why we’re Team Kilt. We feel along with them.
The chapter ends off with Aura and Logan discussing a way for Logan to come back to life for the one night of the solstice without everyone freaking the hell out.
I leave you guys on a sadish note (in the book at least.) Megan and Aura are picking out prom dresses and Megan reveals that her and Mickey’s relationship isn’t doing so hot. She also confesses that she thinks it sucks big time that no one has really paid attention to her. She lost Logan, she was his friend and she needs someone.
“Maybe we never should’ve kissed those Keeley Boys.”
Question: Have you ever had a moment in your life where you thought: this is it? If I do "A", then "B" will happen, but if I don’t do "A" then my whole life will be completely different? It’s a big thing to think about.
Ok! That’s all there is from me! This was great fun! Thanks so much for having me and I hope that you all have a great day. I’m going to go snarf down some of my birthday cake now…that is if there’s any even left.