by Paula Weston
Tundra Books | June 7th, 2016 | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Once upon a time, angel books are a dime a dozen. And even though it’s been reinvented in every conceivable way known to man, it wasn’t long before I got over it. I can only stomach so much forbidden love between an angel and a human. Gabriel and Michael have been cannoned to within an inch of their lives that I could no longer tell whether or not they’re God’s or Lucifer’s instruments. So yeah. I was over it.
I’ve always been a fan of Aussie authors and their contemporary fiction so I’ve never really strayed from that genre. I was
easily coerced to read Shadows back in 2012; the postage I paid was astronomical. But I had no regrets. In strange ways books find their way in your shelves, that’s how Shadows came into mine. I was full of cynism at first (along the lines of, not another angel book! ). But two chapters in, I knew I was going to have a life-long relationship with Paula Weston’s Rephaim series.
Soon after their reunion, Gaby’s and Jude’s memories came back with a vengeance. Events that led them to how they were separated played out like a reel of film in Gaby’s forgotten life. Some revelations may be hard to stomach, but they’ll both be powerless to stop the onslaught. Ultimately, all they’re looking for is a way to live without the threat of a war that could end their existence. Along the way, they learned more about their parentage and the secrets Nathaniel and The Garrison has hidden from the sons and daughters of The Fallen.
This is the End
If you haven’t read these books yet, then I envy you. Not only because you’re about to discover a brilliant series whose main M.O. is to give readers heart palpitations, but because you will not have to wait for installments. Paula Weston knows how to reel her readers in, and depending on how you feel about cliffhangers, be warned that she is the reigning queen. Truth be told, I waited until Burn came out last year (Australian release) before I gave in and read Shimmer. I just couldn’t handle the wait.
Alas, all the books are here. This is the end of the line. It’s been four years since I discovered this series. Four years of waiting for answers. And the one thing that I dread the most was exactly as painful as I thought it would be. I wanted to know the wedge that created the separation between Gaby and Jude. I wanted to know why Rafa insisted that if Gaby knew the truth, she’ll hate him forever. Those answers were a little tough to read. But I persevered. I can’t believe this series happened in a span of a week! A series years in the making. Talk about painstaking plotting.
The Rephaim series filled me with hopeless dread. Each book gave relief but exacted a different kind of torture for another year. It is the kind of series any book lover could obsess about. Every single installment gives you a flavourful bite, but you’ll be ravenous for a bigger piece of the pie. And yet, even with my irrational fear and dread of reading the books, I couldn’t stop. Overall, I’m sad this series is over because I feel like their lives are just starting. I wouldn’t mind seeing them do banal things instead of kicking ass day in and day out.