Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review: Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston

Release Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: Text Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Gaby Winters' life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.

     With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim - a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.

     She knows she's alive when she's meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn't she out there looking for him?

I was really excited for this one, especially since I loved the first book, Shadows.
Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's suffering from Second Book Syndrome? Whatever the reason, I wasn't quite as blown away this time around.
Don't get me wrong, this was still a good read, but it just felt like there wasn't much happening.
The storyline seemed to be stuck in a loop.
Rafa wants to find Jude, but Gaby is too freaked out by what they may find, so she keeps making up excuses to stay in town for one more day. Rafa gets mad, but agrees to wait. Mildly interesting stuff happens that usually ends up in some sort of battle/brawl/fight.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Same thing goes for whatever mysterious thing happened between Gaby and Rafa before she lost her memory. She wants him to tell her why he's so reluctant to act on his feeling towards her, and all he'll say that if she gets her memory back, she'll be pissed at him
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
By the end of the book, I was ready to tear my hair out over both plotlines.
Just get off your ass, and go find Jude, Gaby! 
And while you two are searching, fucking tell her what happened, Rafa!
And while she finally did get off her ass, Rafa never would tell her what awful thing went down between them in the past.
So. Guess we'll find out in the next book?

There's a little bit more to the story, including Rafa's old teammates, hillbillies with RPGs, magic that can stop Rephaim's from shifting, and some fanatical crazy ladies from Jason's past.
But none of it seemed to move the plot forward as much as I would have liked.
At the end you get a few Big Game-Changers, but...since it does all happen towards the end, I can't say anything without spoiling the book.

I'd say this is a decent second installment. There was nothing glaringly bad, and if it weren't for the GetOnWithItAlready stuff, I would have liked it more.

But it didn't turn me off of the series, so I'll definitely read the next book if I get the chance.


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