[641]: Burn by Paula Weston



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.

  • Soooo…you’re saying I should read this!

    I remember when angel books were all the rage. Vampires books and love triangles and forbidden love stories that were mediocre at best flooded the shelves at that time too, so I was really reluctant to give the more heavenly influenced paranormal fantasy novels consideration. I sort of assumed they were basically the same stories as those vampire books but with a different paranormal being. Buuuuut, every once and a while, I stumble across a blogger who has an angel story they rave about, and I feel like enough time has passed that I could maybe give one a try. Perhaps I’ll keep an eye out for Shadows during my next library visit…

  • YAAAAAS! I knew you’d love it Joy! It was amazing wasn’t it. I was scared to pick it up too because so often anticipated finales tend to really let me know but it was so much more than I’d expected. It’s one of the very few recent angel themed series that I’ve actually enjoyed even though it’s typically not that unique. That writing just sucks you in. Thrilled you enjoyed it Joy, brilliant review <3

  • I do remember when angel books were all the hype, but I haven’t really heard of this one until now! I love Aussie authors too–this one should be an amazing read. I need to get my hands on this one soon. Great review!!

  • I had to skim this one because I haven’t read the first yet, but I’m glad you really enjoyed it Joy! I’m always up for angel books that are actually good lol.

  • You’ve been reading so many books you love lately and that is brilliant ;D I am so glad that this ending brought about all the things you could want to see in the end of a novel and managed to do it amazingly well too. I can’t wait to start reading these.

  • This series has been getting all the amazing reviews! I so need to get on it 😉

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  • How have I never heard of these books? I’ve read my share of angel books and some I’ve liked. Sounds like these are pretty great. Glad it was a great one for you!

  • I really need to restart this series. Maybe I’ll download it this week!

  • So now I think I am fully convinced in trying this series, because I’ve been hearing so many things about it. Also what is the first book in this series? Ahhh I will have to look it up! I thought it was Burn, but it probably isn’t hahaha 🙂

    Awesome review Joy! I’m so glad you loved these books! My friend mentioned that it kind of borders between YA and NA, which is another reason why I’m super interested.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I haven’t read that many angel books, but I get what you mean about certain topics just being done to DEATH. This sounds like one really great series though. I’m sorry it’s over for you, but yay for loving it!


  • I’m reading more YA this year it seems and I’m enjoying the genre again. I hope my library has this

  • I haven’t had a lot of luck with Angel books. I haven’t read this series and I think I will be adding it to my TBR list. I think I should pick a time when I can binge read the whole series since it sounds like it would be that kind of situation. Great review!

  • Jazmen

    When I was looking for something to read on instagram, the publisher actually recommended me this book–and I just knew I would pick it up. BUT, I haven’t. I love angel books, not all of them but the few I have read. If you feel this strongly about it, I just know I have to check it out! Thanks for this review, Joy!

  • I do hate waiting so it would be good not to have to

  • It sounds like a good thing you tell me about these books now since all the books are out. I don’t have to be tortured as you were… but it was a delicious torture to be sure. 🙂

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Oi! I am SO over angel books too, but with such high praise for you, and our tastes that usually run very similar, I’ll have to discover these asap. I understand your envy, that’s how I feel about people who have yet to discover Mira Grant.

  • I’ve seen some rave reviews for this series here and there – overall, it seems to be an under the radar gem! Will definitely keep an eye out for it. I don’t know what it is about Australian authors, but they are just consistently brilliant!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    YES, I completely agree! What wouldn’t I give to have books of these characters just grocery shopping or playing beach volleyball? I adore them so much and am so sad to see this series end but this was such a perfect ending and the series hasn’t disappointed at all, which I adore. I can’t wait to see what Weston writes next! Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • Once again, wonderful review! Never heard of this series before. But from your review I’m beyond intrigued. Seems like such an interesting story with great characters.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I CAN’T WAIT TO BINGE READ THIS SERIES JOY!!!! I’ve heard so much about it from all my most trusted blogger friends, but I’ve held off because of brutal cliffhangers. But now I can dive in and experience the AWESOME. So excited:)

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  • “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.” LOL. You’re line about envying people who haven’t read this series stuck a chord, because I love that feeling of the first read-through. Yeah, you’ve totally convinced me! I’ll pick these up as soon as I’m able.

  • I really don’t need to add another series to my list. But now I’m curious, since you loved this one so much. I haven’t picked up an angel-themed book in a very long time (I think Hush, Hush). I’m glad this last book lived up to your expectations.

  • Eee, lovely review Joy 😀 SO glad you loved this book. <3 YAY! I must read these books soon. I'm so excited. And I do own them all. Got the last one about a year ago, lol. I do think I will love them too 😀 Just need the time to read four books in a row, haha. Soon, I hope 😀 And aw. I aaaalways want to read about my characters just being in love and such 🙁 Never happens. Sigh. Everyone should have to write long epilogues, with the couple being in love, lol. Thank you for sharing sweetie 🙂

  • I’ve read the first two books in this series and absolutely loved them, so I need to get back. I’m so nervous about what caused the distance between Rafa and Gaby! SO NERVOUS, because I’m worried that my illusion of this OTPest of the OTP will be shattered. I’m happy that you found the series to be terrific though and it makes me eager to jump right back into the series!
    Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I hear you are being so over them but it’s nice to know there is a good series out there still. I just might have to try them. 😉