May 9, 2013

Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready Review

Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
(Shade #2.5)
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse; e-book
Logan is barely seventeen, and barely dead. To find eternal rest, the ghost rock star must make peace with his brother Mickey, before his guilt over Logan’s death drives him to suicide.

Krista sees ghosts everywhere, but never the one she needs most. A chance boardwalk encounter with Logan turns her Senior Week party into a rescue mission. Can her own grief give her the strength to save Mickey’s life?

Loaded with bonus material, the “Bridge” ebook is the perfect introduction to the young-adult Shade trilogy—a tale of ghosts, music, and everlasting love.

A lot of times I read a novella and I find myself wanting more.  I wish that they were longer, and that I feel that that character's story is not complete.  But this was not the case with Bridge.  Bridge tells the story of Logan and Mickey and their road to forgiveness.

It has been just a little short while since I've read Shine, the last book in the Shade series.  But reading this novella really made me remember how much I absolutely loved this series.  Jeri Smith-Ready captures teenagers so well.  She is amazing at writing teen dialogue.  Our site owner Jessica and I have both said that her characters sound like everyday high school kids.  And that's actually not very easy to capture.  Some young adult authors aren't very good at writing current teen slang, but Jeri is really a master at it.

Logan is actually not one of my favorite characters in this series, but Mickey is.  And I've always wanted to read more about Mickey, but since the Shade series is told from Aura's point of view, and her and Mickey weren't around each other much.  So it was nice to see Logan's interaction with Mickey.  But without a question this story is clearly Logan's.  The way it is written, it just screams Logan.

This ebook is definitely worth it's money for any fan of the Shade series.  Not only do you get Logan's story, but you also get a bunch of cool bonus features.  There is a character interview with Logan and Mickey that was done by a Shade fansite, plus you also get a glimpse at some of Logan's song lyrics.  This is exactly what I want when I buy an ebook, and it makes me eager for Zachary and Martin's soon to be released ebooks!

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