Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Shadows (The Rephaim #1) by Paula Weston

Release Date: January 3, 2013
Publisher: Orion Children's
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

Love. Nightmares. Angels. War. A fast-paced, compelling debut novel from a fresh new voice in YA.
It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.
It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.
Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.
Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust?

I loved it! I opened it up expecting it to be a vanilla romance about angels falling in love with humans, and what I got was a really cool story. And yes, it all started because a few angels were getting some sweetsweet lovin' from human women, but that's where the similarities to my original expectations ended.

Gaby is 19 and living a small beach town in Australia that she has no real ties to. She just wandered into it after waking up in a hospital, and sort of decided to stay for a while. She only vaguely remembers the car accident that took her twin brother's life, and she tries not to examine the rest of her past too closely. Her parents were distant, which was the main reason she and her brother took off to see the world on their own, so there's no real home she feels she can go back to and lick her wounds. However, she has found a good friend in her roommate, Maggie, and she's been slowly coming to terms with her new life.

Everything changes one night when she meets a stranger ( a HOT stranger) at the local bar. He insists that they know each other, and that he was her brother's best friend. It isn't until he shows her the pictures he has on his cell phone of Jude (her brother) and himself, that she starts to believe him. Except the timeline is off. She and Jude had been traveling together since they were 16...so when did he have the time to hang out with this guy? There are other things that don't add up, like why does this guy act like she's going to take his head off. Literally.

I usually try not to give any spoilers, but the blurb hints at it anyway. And besides, this is the part that sucked me in and made me pay attention.
It turns out that almost every memory she has is a false memory, implanted by...? Yeah, who knows?! Not only that, but her entire personality is totally different from what it used to be. Somewhere inside Gaby is her alter-ego, Gabe, an ass-kicker that makes grown men wet their pants!

There's definitely more to it than even that, but I think it would be much better for you to find that out on your own. This is one of those books that I want to tell you more about, but I'm afraid I'll ruin the reading experience.  Even if angels aren't your thing (they aren't mine), definitely don't miss out on this one! 

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Talk Supe said...

This sounds a lot like Adornetto's Halo series. It was good until the series ending. I hope this one stays in the right lane.


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