Series: The Rephaim #3
Published by Text Publishing on July 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
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Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.
She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim - a 140-year-old half-angel - whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.
But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.
It’s a race against time - and history. And it may already be too late.
I love this series. How to write a review without gushing like a fangirl?
Please note: This is my review of the third book in the Rephaim series. I’ve marked spoilers for the first two books – Shadows and Haze, but If you’d like to remain spoiler-free, go check out my review of those books instead, or take my “TL; DR” version: This series is awesome!
Shimmer picks up just after the end of the events of Haze, with View Spoiler »the Rephaim back in the Sanctuary except for Rafa and Taya, captured by the evil Gatekeeper demons. Gaby is gradually learning about the life she used to lead before her memory was re-written. Now with her brother Jude alive and well by her side she is able to focus enough on hurrying things at the Sanctuary to get Rafa and Taya out of enemy hands. « Hide Spoiler
The events of Shimmer take place over just a couple of days so the pace is break-neck, but even though there isn’t a lot of action in this story, it certainly doesn’t feel slow at all. I had a lot of trouble putting the book down, and I put that entirely down to the brilliant cast of characters. As well as Gaby’s main story, each of the supporting cast have their own dramas, divided loyalties and degrees of willingness to step out of line. We only ever read from Gaby’s point of view, but the experiences of the other Rephaim and their human associates are played out as well. There are layers of intrigue and twists around every corner, making for a very tense read.
Gaby is such an awesome leading lady. Even though she and Jude still have no recollection of what happened to them a year ago to re-write their memories, they are both adjusting to their new-found lives surprisingly well. Not too well though – Gaby still has her moments of panic and I think that makes her story a little more believable (as believable as an angels/demons story can be, anyway!). I love that Gaby has now realised just what Rafa means to her, and will stop at nothing to rescue him. Their reunion is the sweetest thing!
I think one of the things I love most about this series is the language used. Paula Weston has used a very Aussie tone with the dialogue and the settings, and it almost makes the story feel local and familiar. It’s slightly strange when most of this book is taking place in Italy, but I still love it.
If you’re not a fan of cliff-hangers, well… this book has a big one. I’m not sure how long the wait for the last book, Burn, will be but I hope it’s not too long!
– One of my favourites series of the last few years, and it just keeps getting better and better.
The Rephaim series
|Book 4: Burn (2015)|