[622]: Shimmer by Paula Weston


The Mother of a Cliffhanger

Paula Weston knows how to write them and write them well. Practically every book in this series ended in the most painful way possible. Haze, in particular, was the most painful of all. So Shimmer started where Shadows ended – the Outcasts had no choice but to seek shelter at the Sanctuary while they figure out how to rescue Rafa and Taya from the Gatekeepers. For Gaby, it means that she might not have a choice but to ask for help from the same people who knowingly fed her to a hellion in the hopes of jogging her memory. Whatever their methods were, she knew that they have the angel-power to destroy the Gatekeepers and the iron room where Rafa and Taya were being held. Gaby has never been the most patient person, especially when waiting means knowing that Rafa is slowly being tortured to death.

The Sanctuary

In the cold mountains of Italy, Gaby and Jude will find out more about the women who built the iron room in Iowa. A secret society made up of women whose primary objective is to rid the Earth of rephaims by any means necessary. But the knowledge they unearth would bring more questions and traitors in their ranks. Regardless of what they find out, the rephaims would be more divided than ever.

Anxious Anticipation

By now I can say without a doubt that Paula Weston’s Rephaim series surpassed all the other angel series that I’ve held dear over the years. Angellfall by Susan Ee took forever to finish and when the series ender came out, it was big let down. Daughters of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was great, but the installments were painfully too long and was saturated by purple prose that they didn’t resonate with me at all. There’s not a lot of angel books series that I follow. In fact, these were it. So I was really hoping that the Rephaim series would come through. Well, it did. And all the familiar feelings of anticipation and nervous anxiety came rushing back as soon as I held the book in the palm of my hands. I knew she was going to take me for one hell of a ride.

While Shimmer wasn’t as action packed as its predecessor, it was full of revelations that made me hold my breath. My head spun with every discovery – end over end because I can’t figure out all the implications of each revelation. Ms. Weston knows how to make my heart pound even if her characters barely lift a finger. And with Rafa’s absence, she knows that she has to make it up to us somehow.

I knew she wouldn’t be able to resist torturing us again, so heads up, this ends with yet another cliffhanger. I sure am glad I have Burn sitting prettily on my shelf because I for one wouldn’t be able to resist taking a peek at what really happened before Gaby’s and Jude’s memories were erased.

Shimmer is the kind of book that will activate all your sweat glands, will give you heart palpitations and a feeling of restless wanting for the next book. You’ve been warned.



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  • I met Paula Weston last year and bought her whole series and was really excited to read it! And of course, I haven’t read it yet. But if you say that it surpasses all other angel books for you, that means a lot! I can’t wait to read this, glad you enjoyed it Joy!

  • I remember when I first started blogging Shadows was one of my first ARc approvals – what an amazing book too! The concept of angels and warriors and the twists and turns (plus, romance) were all there. I SO need to get back to this series, Joy. I so glad you’re enjoying it and I’m going to hunt these down and hopefully binge read them 🙂

  • Sounds like you got a lot of answers in this installment! Sounds like a great angel series… I haven’t read one in a while.

  • I won the first two books in this series, but haven’t picked them up yet. I’ve heard great things, though, so now that the series is finished I need to make it a priority!

  • I love books with angels,so I’ll give this series a try!

  • It seems like the majority of angelic reads you have been reading have only turned out to be okay. But this seems like an angel based series you really enjoy 🙂 Also, cliffhangers literally slay me! When it comes to a series like this where they feature a lot I just have to wait until all the books are published so I can binge read them and keep myself out of my misery of not knowing 😛

  • I do hate cliffhangers! It’s a very good thing you have the next one already! I know nothing about this series or author that I can remember anyway. Glad you are enjoying the series 🙂

  • I read the first one and struggled to finish, though it was during a horrid book slump. I’ve been wanting to pick it up again sometime. This may just prompt me to get my ass in gear!

  • I’m surprised by this book because I am not familiar with this series and today, I’ve read a lot of reviews for it and it’s all great ones! I don’t know how to keep up with all these great titles…

  • Might be something that I need to wait until the books are all out before I commit. 🙂 It does sound good despite the cliffie!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for sharing! I haven’t read that many angel books, but that’s great you found this one to be one of the best. I’m happy to hear the series is great as a whole too.


  • Don’t you just HATE cliffhangers?? I’m with you on that one girl! And now you have to wait ALLLL this time just for it to come out but it’s always worth the wait but it doesn’t make it any easier. It seems like this book and I would get a long very well since I’m all about the suspense and the mystery and this book seems to be chock full of it! <3

    Great review, love! <3

  • Sounds like a suspenseful read and glad you have the next one

  • I’ve heard so many awesome things about this series, I really need to pick it up one of these days. I’m glad to hear its surpassed all the angel series that you’ve read because I’ve been majorly let down in the angel department in the last few years,

  • I adore this series so much, Joy! I agree that these cliffhangers HURT so badly! I still haven’t picked up the last book, but I want to do a binge of the series this year and I’m thrilled that I get to spend some time with these characters.
    I’m also with you in that this is my favorite angel series!
    Great review, Joy! 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’ve been wanting to read this series forever because everyone seems to love it, but the cliffhangers have kept me from picking them up. Now that all the books are out though, I can binge read and those brutal endings won’t be quite as painful. Can’t wait to read Joy!!!

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  • kindlemom1

    I struggle a lot with angel series and I’m not even sure why but this sounds like one I need to take the time for, cliffhangers and all.

  • Jasprit

    I’m thrilled to see that you ended up loving Shimmer too Joy, the year long waits in between each book can be such a killer at times, but I’m glad that you’ve got Burn to jump into next. I always find it difficult to find a series that keeps me hooked throughout, but I’m happy to say these are my favourite yet! Lovely review! 🙂

  • Jazmen

    It’s funny. I was griping about needing something to read last year or so and the publisher recommended this book. I’m like love the idea but just never bothered. I am in no way bothered by cliffhangers. I actually like them when they’re done right. I think I need to experience these kinds of feelings. I’ll be looking to snatch this one up from the library soon!

  • I’m so not a fan of cliffhangers. It in’t bad if you have the next book waiting on you, but if you have to wait a year for the next book… The agony. I’m glad that you’re enjoying this books. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Yay 😀 Awesome review Joy. <3 So glad you liked this book. I own all of them. But have yet to start them.. soon, I hope 😀 I'm so glad you like these books. I'm super curious about them 🙂

  • Melliane

    ah cliffy… always a complicated thing…. it’s great that you had so many revelations here!

  • Most painful way ever?
    *hides, I can’t take it*