Series: The Rephaim #2
Published by Text Publishing on May 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 have stopped. But now they have become reality. Gaby is one of the Rephaim - a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist, and they are hunting for her.
All of which is still keeping her up at night. Bu 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?
Of course I want to know if Jude’s alive. Of course I want to find him. How could I not? But Rafa talks about it as thought it’s some easy two-step process: search for Jude, find Jude. But what if we don’t find him? What then?
Please note: This is the second book in the Rephaim series and so contains spoilers for the first, Shadows. You may wish to read my review of that book instead.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I finished Shadows earlier in the year, but it somehow got shoved down in my review pile. I’m so glad I made the effort to dig it out again because I am loving this series so much! In general I’m not such a huge fan of Angel stories, but this one is very well-written.
The story does meander about in this one, with Gaby basically trying to find any excuse to put off going to Melbourne to look for her brother Jude. There are plenty of distractions to get in the way, including bar brawls, a “job” in Los Angeles with the Outcast Rephaim plus some strange goings on in rural Iowa. At one point I was thinking “Could you guys just stop squabbling and GET ON WITH IT?” Having said that, all those extra events gave the story plenty of momentum and it was very difficult to put the book down.
I was a little confused by Gaby and Rafa’s hot-cold relationship. One minute things are heating up and they have some very swoony moments, then they are just friends again and never mention what happened. I hope they work it out because wow, their chemistry is amazing, but I have a feeling that once Gaby gets her memory back, it’s really going to hit the fan.
Once again, it was the interactions between the characters that I loved – the Aussie-ness of the dialogue made it all feel like something that might happen up the road from me and the Queensland setting was right at home!
I’d certainly recommend this series to Aussie readers looking for an Angel book with a difference. I’d be interested to know what international readers think of this one – some of the cultural nuances may be lost. Either way, get a hold of it and try it out. With that cliffhanger ending, I’m definitely going to be looking forward to the next book!
Once again, there’s plenty of swearing in this series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
– A fair bit of beating around the bush in the first half but wow, I’m loving this series.
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