Shade, by Jeri Smith-Ready (Simon Pulse, 2010)

Aura was the first person born after the Shift, the first of a new generation able to interact with the ghosts of the restless dead. She thought she’d learned how to cope, until her boyfriend Logan dies abruptly and refuses to move on. Torn between loyalty to the still-present Logan and attraction to the still-living Zachary, Aura’s got boy problems like you wouldn’t believe, especially as Logan’s discontent threatens to turn him into a destructive Shade. Worse still, Aura’s investigations into the circumstances of her birth suggest a stranger link to the Shift than she ever could have dreamed. Smith-Ready’s first YA conjures up an interesting setting built around an intriguing mystery, and it’ll be interesting to see where she goes with this.

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