4.5 stars to Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston

Posted 25 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim – a 140-year-old half-angel – whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.

It’s a race against time – and history. And it may already be too late.

 

Review:

 

I have loved this series from the beginning, and I can’t get over how brilliant it is. Fresh and generally well written, the characters are both likeable and complex, and the fact it’s not a generalised YA (I think it’s NA…maybe?)…makes me love it even more. There’s no element that is focused on more. I mean, the romance – yes, it’s there, but it’s not full focus. The angels – yes, they’re there of course, but hot damn they’re not the main story and then you have the history between each and every character, and the fact that Gaby and Jude lost their memories.

 

Essentially, this series is about them. And how they’re thrown into a world they’d supposedly grown up in but then something happened, they don’t know what, and suddenly their memories are gone and they’re torn apart. A year later, they find each other again with no clue as to who these Rephaim are that have found them.

Rafa and Gabe…Okay so now, at the end of Haze we find Rafa gets taken by the Gatekeepers and in Shimmer we discover just how much torture him and Taya, another character also taken, have had to endure.

Gaby is freaking the hell out and I can’t say I blame her. What’s worse is the Five, which is to say the ones running the Sanctuary – Nathaniel, who is the leader – won’t come up with a decision on whether they should go and rescue Rafa and Taya.

I love the interaction between Gabe and the other Outcasts and that she’s not entirely on any particular side. She’s doing things for HER and not for anyone else. Whether that makes her selfish, who knows. But she knows what she wants. Mya is another character I came to like – even though, I know, she’s a total bitch – and she has such a technical back story it’s confuuuusing!

The Outcasts want to fight with everybody and the Rephaim are just as antsy, having the Outcasts stay on their premises. It’s all very tense. The plot manages to have the characters grow and eventually they all figure out a way to work together, even if that means not getting the approval of Nathaniel – who, it turns out, has been lying to them about their heritage.

On top of the action, there’s also some HOT loving going on (no spoilers) and I just…*fans self* Wow. I can’t wait for the fourth book. I can’t remember if a title has been released, but I already know it’s going to be a killer book and I will be super sorry to have it finish. 🙁

This is definitely a series that comes around once every few years and damn….I LOVE IT!

 

-Kat

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