Shadows – Paula Weston

ShadowsTitle: Shadows
Author: Paula Weston
Published: Tundra Books, September 2013
Source: bought a copy
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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.

After taking almost a year to recover from her trauma and grief, Gaby thought she could start over. But when people showed up, attacked her and demanded answers that made her doubt her own sanity, she was given no other choice but to work with a stranger named Rafa.  Could she find out the reason behind why she was being attacked?

The story seemed a bit confusing at first.  Our main character, Gaby, had holes in her memories.  When people showed up and offered evidence that contradicted with what she could remember, she didn’t know what to do.  It was quite devastating to watch her feeling torn, learning and realizing why she couldn’t trust her faulty memory.   Since no one knew what had happened to her, we were all in the dark.  I was eager to find out what might have happened and I sped through the pages without pausing.  And when I didn’t get the answers that I hoped to seek, I got hold of book two – although book two was awesome, I still haven’t received the answers that I wanted – bet I have to wait for the next installment.  *sigh*

What really stood out for me was the friendship between Gaby and her roommate Maggie.  Maggie was such a supportive, non-demanding friend that I could see why Gaby valued the friendship and felt protective of her.  I enjoyed reading their dialogue and it was fun to see how Maggie helped to add some fashion sense to Gaby’s outfit.

Honestly, I don’t know if I could trust Rafa.  Because Gaby couldn’t remember Rafa, she assumed he was a stranger, but we could all see that Rafa was holding back a lot of stuff.  It was quite annoying to see him only offer bits of info as he saw fit.  As of this stage, I think it’s still too early to say whether or not he was altruistic but at least I liked that he was helping Gaby.

If you like sword-fighting scenes, you must add this series to your read list – Shadows  and Haze  (book two) have some of the best sword-fighting scenes that I’ve ever read and I absolutely loved the heart-pounding moments when Gaby wielded her katana!!

Personally, I’d like a bit more reference to back up the bit about the Rephaim, the Fallen and the demons but overall, I’d say Shadows  offered a well-thought-out mystery with strong characters and addictive plots.  I’ll eagerly await the release of the next installment.


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  1. Sorry was confusing at first, but glad that you ended up enjoying.
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  2. This sounds really good. Maggie seems to be the friend that Gaby really needed too. Great review.
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  3. I’ve heard that this book is great and I think I’ll definitely have to give it a try! The friendship sounds awesome, along with all the characters. Amazing review 🙂
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  4. I’m so happy that you enjoyed this one, Henrietta! One of the best angel books I’ve read in ages.

    Lovely review as always! <33
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  5. I really liked this book, too!

  6. I’m so glad you enjoyed this overall, despite finding it confusing to begin with. It’s one of my favourites, and I thought book two, Haze, was even better. The ending does make waiting for the next instalment pretty excruciating though. 😛 Hopefully it will be worth it. Great review, Henrietta!
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  7. I loved this book. Its ones of the best angel ones I’ve read recently and since there are so many angel books around. This one really stood out for me. Especially Rafa. I felt really frustrated at first with Gaby’s character. How she couldn’t remember who she was. I always hoped that maybe she would remember all of sudden. Overall I loved it though. Great review Henrietta. 🙂
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  8. I’ve seen this series around some aussie blogs, but I didn’t even know it was out in the US. I need to read these, clearly, I love sword fighting and katanas, and the story sounds like an interesting and rather unique take on the normal paranormal novel. I’m glad you enjoyed this and the sequel. Hopefully you’ll get more answers and background information in the next installment. Awesome review!

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