Series: The Rephaim # 1
Published by Tundra Books on September 10, 2013
Genres: Angels, Paranormal
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.
And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.
Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?
Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, is a standout paranormal romance for fans of Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.
There’s great chemistry between Gaby and Rafa, in particular, and there are numerous well-fleshed-out secondary characters who seem likely to feature more prominently in the sequel. Several of these characters have motivations that don’t seem entirely on the side of good, but that only makes them more interesting.
I considered abandoning this story at numerous times, but I’m glad I stuck with it, because the last 25% of the book provided a very nice payoff. For the first 75%, however, the story dragged, and it felt like it was taking Gaby too long to piece her past together. When the action finally began, it did so with a bang, and the battle scene between angels on opposing sides and demons was exciting and suspenseful. We finally got some more information about Jude, and I’m intrigued enough to want to know what became of him in the sequel.
Note – I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review posted at Goodreads.