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Paula Weston lives in Brisbane with her husband, a retired greyhound, and a moody cockatiel. She reads widely, and is addicted to paranormal stories. Shadows, book one of the Rephaim series, is her first novel. For more information, visit paula-weston.com. The author lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with books featuring an angel theme. With a few exceptions, I mostly love to hate them. I was pleased to discover that Paula Weston's Shadows is one of those very rare exceptions.

I really enjoyed Weston's writing style. Overall it hits that perfect balance between descriptive and concise that I love so much. Descriptive enough that I could easily visualize the characters, setting and action, but not so flowery that the important details got lost in the padding. There were definitely moments when the writing was just a little too simplistic, but it never felt juvenile. The world building was solid, and offered a unique twist on the Nephilim/Rephaim lore. While most angel-themed books tend to center on the Nephilim, I have yet to come across one that approaches it at the angle Weston does and I'm extremely excited to see where she is going with it. Another plus in the writing column is that all of the characters were well developed, and likable for the most part.

I enjoyed Gaby's attitude and sense of humor and I'm intrigued by the Gaby that we don't know, the person she was before the accident that killed Jude and took her memory. At times she walks the edge between likable and irritating, but she never crosses it. While she sometimes does and says things that I found to be frustrating, she always managed to redeem herself in my eyes. I liked that she is older than most YA heroines, and that while she spends most of the book in the dark about her past, she never came off as weak or frail. While she isn't the badass that the other Rephaim say she once was, she worked with what she had and I found that admirable. While I enjoyed seeing her in action, my favorite Gaby moments were the ones where she was thinking about Jude. Much of the emotion in the book is centered on her heartbreak over losing her twin, and I wanted to cry right along with her at times. Jude came to life through her memories, and felt like another supporting character, which was excellent.

Shadows also has a great supporting cast of characters. I ADORE RAFA. Yes, I find it annoying that he is keeping so many secrets from Gaby and that he has a man-whore reputation, but I believe that underneath all the bluster and egotism is a genuinely good guy. I also really loved Maggie and Jason. I hope their relationship progresses and that we see lots of them in the remaining books.

I also really liked the way Weston handled the development of all the relationships in the book. Maggie and Gaby's friendship is a great, and I love how supporting Maggie is despite everything. Of course there were times I was frustrated with Maggie's over-protectiveness, but not so much that I ended up disliking her. And yes, I was sold on Rafa and Gaby's relationship from their first meeting. While I did have some concern about it turning into an insta-love situation, especially since Gaby was dreaming about him before meeting him and they were making out within an hour of meeting, but thankfully it never went down that road. The fact that they have at least a hundred years worth of history, even if Gaby doesn't remember it, makes me even more interested in seeing how their relationship progresses. I JUST WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING.

Of course there were characters I hated, particularly Daniel, Nathaniel and Simon. Daniel's brand of blind loyalty is always terrifying, especially when that loyalty is directed at someone like Nathaniel, who is obviously a lying liar who lies. Simon just irritated me in general, and came off as sleazy to the extreme, but that was probably just me.

Shadows is a solid debut with a unique premise and a fantastic cast of characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781770495470
Author:
Weston, Paula
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Author:
Paula, Paula
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Series:
The Rephaim
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.35 x 5.84 x 1.41 in 1.09 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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