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Seventeen-year-old Perry Teasdale is a dreamer. She’s not the kind of dreamer who waltzes through fields of wildflowers, twirling her skirts in a starry-eyed daze; or the kind who aspires to be the biggest rock star the world has ever known (not that she’d complain, if that accidentally happened). She’s the kind of dreamer who can’t get a decent night’s rest, because her s Seventeen-year-old Perry Teasdale is a dreamer. She’s not the kind of dreamer who waltzes through fields of wildflowers, twirling her skirts in a starry-eyed daze; or the kind who aspires to be the biggest rock star the world has ever known (not that she’d complain, if that accidentally happened). She’s the kind of dreamer who can’t get a decent night’s rest, because her sleep is flooded with scenes from other worlds—ones that seem as real as life itself. Mind-blowing dreams may sound like loads of fun, but when they start to bleed into Perry’s waking hours—confusing the line between dream and reality, and keeping her in a sleep-deprived fog no amount of caffeine can cure—Perry’s not exactly thrilled. Try as she might to shake the dreams from her mind, they keep gaining speed, growing ever more vivid and intense…until that hazy boundary between real and imaginary fades away, and Perry is forced to consider the impossible: Her dreams seem real, because they are. When disaster strikes, sending Perry’s newfound normalcy into a tailspin, she takes the only logical path left: a whirlwind tour of the multiverse, scouring an ever-growing assortment of alternate realities for the missing piece—the missing person—to put her life together again. Along the way, Perry enlists the help of an ancient wise woman (who may be a tad homicidal); a nerdy-in-all-the-right-ways mathematician (who knows all of Perry’s secrets, even before introducing himself); and a sword (because you can never go wrong with a sword). At times hilarious—at times heartbreaking—Shift is sure to be, well, one of those two things.


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Seventeen-year-old Perry Teasdale is a dreamer. She’s not the kind of dreamer who waltzes through fields of wildflowers, twirling her skirts in a starry-eyed daze; or the kind who aspires to be the biggest rock star the world has ever known (not that she’d complain, if that accidentally happened). She’s the kind of dreamer who can’t get a decent night’s rest, because her s Seventeen-year-old Perry Teasdale is a dreamer. She’s not the kind of dreamer who waltzes through fields of wildflowers, twirling her skirts in a starry-eyed daze; or the kind who aspires to be the biggest rock star the world has ever known (not that she’d complain, if that accidentally happened). She’s the kind of dreamer who can’t get a decent night’s rest, because her sleep is flooded with scenes from other worlds—ones that seem as real as life itself. Mind-blowing dreams may sound like loads of fun, but when they start to bleed into Perry’s waking hours—confusing the line between dream and reality, and keeping her in a sleep-deprived fog no amount of caffeine can cure—Perry’s not exactly thrilled. Try as she might to shake the dreams from her mind, they keep gaining speed, growing ever more vivid and intense…until that hazy boundary between real and imaginary fades away, and Perry is forced to consider the impossible: Her dreams seem real, because they are. When disaster strikes, sending Perry’s newfound normalcy into a tailspin, she takes the only logical path left: a whirlwind tour of the multiverse, scouring an ever-growing assortment of alternate realities for the missing piece—the missing person—to put her life together again. Along the way, Perry enlists the help of an ancient wise woman (who may be a tad homicidal); a nerdy-in-all-the-right-ways mathematician (who knows all of Perry’s secrets, even before introducing himself); and a sword (because you can never go wrong with a sword). At times hilarious—at times heartbreaking—Shift is sure to be, well, one of those two things.

47 review for Shift

  1. 4 out of 5

    M.A. George

    Who, me, biased in my five-star rating? This story has been a long time in the making, but I'm thrilled to finally see it ready to leave the nest. Perry is a protagonist full of sass, who will do anything to save the people she cares about, and I hope readers will adore her as much as I do. Mark your calendars for June 1st. Thanks for reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Myndi

    What an amazingly creative world this author has created with this book. Seriously, it blows my mind the way authors minds work. I love the idea of multiple universes and people who are the same or similar in each of them. Even more than that, I love the idea of people who can travel among those universes and carry with them the knowledge of each one. How amazingly unique and complicated. I love the author's use of language and math and science in the story. Perry is a fantastic character. She's w What an amazingly creative world this author has created with this book. Seriously, it blows my mind the way authors minds work. I love the idea of multiple universes and people who are the same or similar in each of them. Even more than that, I love the idea of people who can travel among those universes and carry with them the knowledge of each one. How amazingly unique and complicated. I love the author's use of language and math and science in the story. Perry is a fantastic character. She's witty and strong and smart. She doesn't take any crap and I really enjoy seeing strong female characters in works of fiction. Especially works that are, or can be Young Adult. I adore the idea of encouraging our young women to be strong and smart and that those qualities will make them more attractive, not less so. Max is an amazing character as well. I love that the "hero" in the story is a smart "geeky" guy instead of a jock or burly muscle guy. In fact, the burly muscular guy is the one that's cast in the most unflattering light. I like that pretty much every aspect of this book showcases intelligence as a virtue. In addition to all of that, the story itself is very riveting. I was drawn in from page one and had a lot of difficulty putting the book down. *I was given an advanced copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Ms. George has become one of my favorite authors. She just keeps getting better and better. This time we have brother and sister Ezra and Perry. Ezra is in college and Perry is a senior in high school. They are best of friends who lost their parents and live with Aunt Jess. Perry has super vivid dreams that feel like they actually happened. She is also an artist and draws her dreams, which the pictures are all over her bedroom wall. Then one weekend she and Aunt Jess visit Ezra in college and sh Ms. George has become one of my favorite authors. She just keeps getting better and better. This time we have brother and sister Ezra and Perry. Ezra is in college and Perry is a senior in high school. They are best of friends who lost their parents and live with Aunt Jess. Perry has super vivid dreams that feel like they actually happened. She is also an artist and draws her dreams, which the pictures are all over her bedroom wall. Then one weekend she and Aunt Jess visit Ezra in college and she meets Ezra's best friend Max who looks super familiar to Perry. Ezra reveals to Perry that they are not regular humans but people who can shift to different scapes. Not different planets or time travel but different varieties of their realities. So in other words, they are living simultaneously in different scapes experiencing different lives. I read a book once that we have lives that are parallel with the one we are aware of. Some past lives might start a few years before our current lives and continue past this life we are aware of. More and more I believe it. Lately there have been books I have read that have not come out yet and I know exactly what is going to happen. Not by guessing but I know exactly what the characters are going to say, where they are going to be and what they are going to do like I have read the book before. So this theory that Ms. George has presented that some of us could be living in different scapes and living different lives makes sense to me. Ms. George does a fantastic job giving life to the characters, she totally sucked me into their lives and made me stay up WAY past my bedtime to finish this book. I have read all of her books and I think this is my favorite so far. What a fantastic story and fun characters. I loved how spunky Perry was, how she spoke her mind and didn't seem to let anything get her down. Well done. Do not miss this book if you like this type of genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. How could I resist? I love Ms. George's writing. The minute I open one of her books I know I am in for a fun ride. Shift is no exception. I added to my sleep deficit by spending too many hours after bedtime looking for a good place to stop reading for the night. But I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters in this story. I finished Aqua, which I also loved, a bit ago and couldn't wait for more. My biggest disappointmen I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. How could I resist? I love Ms. George's writing. The minute I open one of her books I know I am in for a fun ride. Shift is no exception. I added to my sleep deficit by spending too many hours after bedtime looking for a good place to stop reading for the night. But I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters in this story. I finished Aqua, which I also loved, a bit ago and couldn't wait for more. My biggest disappointment was that this book is a stand-alone. I love a long and deep series. But for those that don't like that this will be more up your alley. Still, I won't rate this lower than five stars as it kept me going. I can't wait for more!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kitlina

    "I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review!" This book guys, OMG this book. How in the multiverse did you think of this Ms. George? How are your neurons wired? How can a mere human make something so amazing? Are you sure you don't reside in some parallel universe? It is rare that I find a book that changes my perspective on life. I have a hard time finding my words right now since I just finished it. This is a book that I want to live in. I loved the characters throughout t "I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review!" This book guys, OMG this book. How in the multiverse did you think of this Ms. George? How are your neurons wired? How can a mere human make something so amazing? Are you sure you don't reside in some parallel universe? It is rare that I find a book that changes my perspective on life. I have a hard time finding my words right now since I just finished it. This is a book that I want to live in. I loved the characters throughout the multiverse, I loved the plot, I loved the struggle, I loved the love. There is not one thing I didn't love about this book. I even loved Thaelia, if that's not love, I don't know what is. Amazing concept, witty banter, transcendent friendship. This is a book for all ages. I highly recommend it for ages 13+ and even lower, it will be such an eyeopener for young minds. I figure there was so much effort put into this book, it turned up brilliant. Everybody should read this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    First off I want to say thank you so much to the author for providing me with an ecopy in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by it. This book is told from Perry's POV so you learn what is going on when she does. Even though she is clueless as to what is going on she is such a strong, fierce, badass woman and I love seeing female characters who can take care of themselves and aren't afraid to put people in their place if need be. Max First off I want to say thank you so much to the author for providing me with an ecopy in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by it. This book is told from Perry's POV so you learn what is going on when she does. Even though she is clueless as to what is going on she is such a strong, fierce, badass woman and I love seeing female characters who can take care of themselves and aren't afraid to put people in their place if need be. Max is the hero of the story and I love how he is smart and geeky and not your typical jock type hero (which is fine as well) but it's nice to have the "underdogs" come out on top. Y'all know if there's a romance present I have to talk about it. While the romance in this could probably pass as cheesy I absolutely loved it. It was so cute and adorable even though I highly doubt any guy in the real world would do/say the things Max did I still couldn't help but root for them. The word building was amazing. You would think with all the different worlds that are mentioned you would get confused but I didn't. The author did an amazing job a differentiating between each of the worlds you visit and paints a very clear picture of each one. The one thing that bothered me is that it ended abruptly in my opinion. The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger or anything I just felt like it could have used more. If you haven't read this book yet I would definitely recommend it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I was sent a copy of this book to read and review by the author and it was AMAZING. I’m not just saying that, I promise. I am BLOWN AWAY by how outstanding this novel was. I laughed, I cried, I fangirled. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!!! I was engaged from the first sentence to the last. The characters and the sibling relationships were AMAZING. The writing was beautiful and flawless!! There wasn’t much of a plot as this was a very character-based and world-based book, but it really wo I was sent a copy of this book to read and review by the author and it was AMAZING. I’m not just saying that, I promise. I am BLOWN AWAY by how outstanding this novel was. I laughed, I cried, I fangirled. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!!! I was engaged from the first sentence to the last. The characters and the sibling relationships were AMAZING. The writing was beautiful and flawless!! There wasn’t much of a plot as this was a very character-based and world-based book, but it really worked! And the concept of the different Scapes and Shifters?? SO FREAKING INCREDIBLE! I loved everything about this book, and I NEED MORE of Perry and Ezra and Max and Kellen!!! And Thaelia of course ;) I highly recommend! Check out my blog for a full review!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    An alternate-worlds novel, and a good one. Once I'd suspended my disbelief about identical people being born in extremely different worlds (there's a kind of gesture towards making this vaguely plausible, and you really have to accept it in order for the premise to work), I didn't find anything else that was hard to credit in a plot-hole sense. The plot moved along nicely, in fact, driven by a quest that was fresh and original, with a cast of appealing-but-flawed characters led by the first-pers An alternate-worlds novel, and a good one. Once I'd suspended my disbelief about identical people being born in extremely different worlds (there's a kind of gesture towards making this vaguely plausible, and you really have to accept it in order for the premise to work), I didn't find anything else that was hard to credit in a plot-hole sense. The plot moved along nicely, in fact, driven by a quest that was fresh and original, with a cast of appealing-but-flawed characters led by the first-person viewpoint character, a determined, capable, snarky young woman. Overall, highly enjoyable. I received a copy from Netgalley for review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosetta Overman

    The beginning of Shift is confusing, please don't let this turn you off, it's meant to be that way. I loved this book, even when I found myself lost, I enjoyed the narrative. Perry has a strong voice and the story itself moved swiftly despite its length. At the end, I found myself wanting to know more. I loved the multiverse idea and how it was utilized throughout the books. Each world felt different enough that getting them confused would be impossible. Impressive, considering how many of them The beginning of Shift is confusing, please don't let this turn you off, it's meant to be that way. I loved this book, even when I found myself lost, I enjoyed the narrative. Perry has a strong voice and the story itself moved swiftly despite its length. At the end, I found myself wanting to know more. I loved the multiverse idea and how it was utilized throughout the books. Each world felt different enough that getting them confused would be impossible. Impressive, considering how many of them there were. I would've liked to have learned more about Nalya and her brother Kellen, but the three main characters were solid. Unlike in many YA novels, the romance felt authentic, like it truly had transcended across universes. (And there was no love triangle, which is always a plus.) A fun, action-packed story that has me hoping for more delving into the other worlds depicted.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zili

    I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review! I'm a huge sci-fi nerd and can talk for hours about the idea of a multiverse or metaverse. I'm always there with my hand raised ready to sign up for a new story that has anything to do with such a concept. Over the years I've read some wonderful parallel universe stories and some really terrible ones as well. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Shift and loved the idea behind it. Imagine if Parallel universes a real I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review! I'm a huge sci-fi nerd and can talk for hours about the idea of a multiverse or metaverse. I'm always there with my hand raised ready to sign up for a new story that has anything to do with such a concept. Over the years I've read some wonderful parallel universe stories and some really terrible ones as well. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Shift and loved the idea behind it. Imagine if Parallel universes a real and that infinite versions of people exist all at once. Now take it a step further and imagine if you could shift between these universes and explore the differences between them. What I liked about Shift is that we're not taking the usual time travel or different planet route into the multiverses or scapes, but using science and even dream recall hello Max. How awesome would that be?! When Perry and her Aunt go to visit her brother Ezra at uni, she's in for one heck of a surprise when she meets his friend Max. Max is quite literally the man of her dreams... Perry is a straight talking and creative YA lead. I wasn't expecting to like her as much as I did. Although I didn't always agree with her, I appreciated her strength and determination as well as her fab dream paintings. Max is nerd girl heaven. He's smart and adoringly charming - oh the cuteness!! We meet a plethora of characters along the way - it was certainly entertaining getting to met them all. The plot is fun and clever - the idea that they are living many different lives simultaneously is really intriguing and works well here. 4 Stars in my Sky! View on the blog here!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    *I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.* I found this book to be very enjoyable. It had a mic of adventure, romance, violence, and mystery. It took me a little bit to understand what was going on, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5 as it was confusing as they jumped into different timelines. Once I got the hang of it though I accepted it would take me a second to figure out where they were. I think having a thing saying where they were woul *I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.* I found this book to be very enjoyable. It had a mic of adventure, romance, violence, and mystery. It took me a little bit to understand what was going on, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5 as it was confusing as they jumped into different timelines. Once I got the hang of it though I accepted it would take me a second to figure out where they were. I think having a thing saying where they were would have been a little better, like a captain's log. What I enjoyed most about this series were the characters. They were all well-rounded, individual, and I could easily tell them apart. My favorite character was Max as he was adorable, geeky, and a gentleman. I don't want to give spoilers about him but I really liked his development and wish I could learn a bit more about him. I loved the timeline his "primary" is from though. As for the main character, Perry, I liked her but sometimes I was like OMG shut up and pay attention to the *can't say or it's a spoil*. But again, that was her personality and the author stayed true to that. I just know people like that and I sometimes want to put my hand over their mouth so I can hear what the other person is saying. The different world were awesome and I enjoyed how the author designed them and how Perry could transport and figure things out in each scape. I wanted to be able to travel just like that, it would be so cool! This made the book be one of my favorite worlds I would want to live in, as long as I was a shifter with Max. To conclude, I loved this book but the beginning was sort of confusing. I enjoyed the characters and the ending made me cry almost. Everyone who loves sci-fi should check out this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Buttercupp77

    This is an incredibly well-written read. The author creates a multitude of worlds - each of which is interesting enough that I would have read about it on its own - and yet the story is cohesive. The character development is very well-executed, which I think demonstrates the author's clear skill as the protagonists travel between worlds. There are a couple of characters that I wish had been better developed, but the ones that were most important to the story were exceptional, so I can overlook th This is an incredibly well-written read. The author creates a multitude of worlds - each of which is interesting enough that I would have read about it on its own - and yet the story is cohesive. The character development is very well-executed, which I think demonstrates the author's clear skill as the protagonists travel between worlds. There are a couple of characters that I wish had been better developed, but the ones that were most important to the story were exceptional, so I can overlook those about whom I was curious! Perry - the central character - is such a strong young woman who knows herself and holds her own. I wish more novels had female characters as strong and realistic as she is. There were a couple of loose threads that I wish had been tightened up a bit, but given the sheer volume to be addressed, I think the author did an excellent job with tidying up the plot. This was a thrilling read and I will definitely be checking out more of this author's works. (Honestly, I wish there were more about this world - I think there's a lot left to mine when it comes to these worlds, the themes, and some of the more mysterious characters). I received a copy of this novel through Voracious Readers Only.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Stump

    "I received an ARC copy of this book." What a fantastic read. This book was so different. Had a strong female lead. She was smart and funny. I love when the FMC doesn't take any crap from anyone. Also loved Max. You have to read it to hear about him *sigh*.. let's just say I love nerdy. I just really loved this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Quenault

    Fantastic story with an original plot. A little slow to start, with the jumping around from ‘dream’ to ‘dream’, but once passed that a very good read. I loved that the protagonist didn’t immediately fall in love with the hero like in most stories of this type. I received a complimentary copy from VRO in return for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    H.S. Stone

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vesper Dreams

    August 30th.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was SOOO addicting! George manages to transport you to a whole new world where Perry, a shifter, can transport into different dimensions. Yet when tragedy strikes while in one, she must enlist some help along the way in order to save someone she cares about. The writing in this book is so witty and ironic and hilarious, that I was seriously laughing aloud through the whole book. Perry is a very likable protagonist. I literally could not wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next bec This book was SOOO addicting! George manages to transport you to a whole new world where Perry, a shifter, can transport into different dimensions. Yet when tragedy strikes while in one, she must enlist some help along the way in order to save someone she cares about. The writing in this book is so witty and ironic and hilarious, that I was seriously laughing aloud through the whole book. Perry is a very likable protagonist. I literally could not wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next because it was always more entertaining than the last. The other main characters of this novel are equally entertaining. I could not put this book down, I had to keep reading in order to find out what happened next. And boy, did this book deliver!! The plot line is intricate and intriguing and hooks you from the beginning. Nothing of this book is short of creative and amazing! I will be recommending this masterpiece to all of my friends and checking out her other novels ASAP because I'm totally sold on this author after Shift! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Meet Perry, one teenage girl with a vivid dreamlife. Until the reality hits that her dreams aren’t really dreams at all, but alternate realities in which she lives. M.A.George hits it out of the ballpark with this fantasy/scifi book that brings into question all of our realities. Are we really dreaming or are we visiting another Scape that we inhabit. It’s a crazy concept, but one that George handles with ease. Perry’s primary locale is right there in Oregon where she lives with her crazy Aunt Je Meet Perry, one teenage girl with a vivid dreamlife. Until the reality hits that her dreams aren’t really dreams at all, but alternate realities in which she lives. M.A.George hits it out of the ballpark with this fantasy/scifi book that brings into question all of our realities. Are we really dreaming or are we visiting another Scape that we inhabit. It’s a crazy concept, but one that George handles with ease. Perry’s primary locale is right there in Oregon where she lives with her crazy Aunt Jessamine. Her brother Ezra lives not far away on campus at Oregon State. Perry thinks she just has these life-like dreams that keep her sleepwalking through her days, but suddenly, it comes to her that she’s not just dreaming. The title of the book gives away the concept here. Perry is “shifting” through different worlds. She’s not the only one who can do it, but there are plenty in every world who can’t. Like learning a new language, Perry struggles to grasp these concepts. When something tragic happens in one of her Scapes, she doesn’t have time to ease into the Shifting. This tragedy has to be rectified quickly. George’s dialogue flows easily through the story. I found her descriptions of the different worlds captivating. The alternate realities are everything from caveman to space age. Fascinating yet familiar, everything is so well described that it’s easy to picture each place that Perry visits. I’d liken this book to traveling with the Doctor. You’re going to see a lot of new and fantastic things. Loved this book. Truly hoping that it doesn’t end at this one, because I can see where this world will lend itself to many future books in the multiverse. Perry and Max are both very likable protagonists. I’m wondering where they will end up next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hartwell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Review coming soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tobias Voleske

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mariela

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

  31. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Potter

  32. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  33. 4 out of 5

    James Robert

  34. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  35. 4 out of 5

    Alena

  36. 5 out of 5

    Rita Wray

  37. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Jordan

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kim hansen

  39. 5 out of 5

    Denise Higgins

  40. 4 out of 5

    Dale Wilken

  41. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  42. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

  43. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  44. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  45. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  46. 5 out of 5

    Calvin

  47. 4 out of 5

    Will Griesmer

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