Series: The Rephaim, #4
Release Date: June 24th, 2015
Genres: YA, Action, Paranormal
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Suddenly, Gaby remembers everything.
For a year she believe she was a backpacker chilling out in Pandanus Beach. Working at the library. Getting over the accident that killed her twin brother.
Then Rafa came to find her and Gaby discovered her true identity as Gabe: one of the Rephaim. Over a hundred years old. Half angel, half human, all demon-smiting badass and hopelessly attracted to the infuriating Rafa.
Now she knows who faked her memories, and how—and why it’s all hurtling towards a massive showdown between the forces of heaven and hell.
More importantly, she remembers why she’s spent the last ten years wanting to seriously damage Rafa.
*This review is spoiler-free for the entire series. Spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags*
It is Paula Weston’s fault that I haven’t done anything productive lately. Yup that’s right, I’m putting ALL the blame on her. I’ve been stuck inside this world that Weston’s created and just can’t seem to get out. SEND HELP.
So. If you haven’t heard of/read The Rephaim series, I highly recommend you reconsider all your life choices and ask yourself: what am I doing with my life? I clearly haven’t lived yet because I haven’t picked up this series! This series is set mainly in Australia (AND DID I MENTION AUSSIE AUTHOR) and only takes place a little over a week (!!), which follows backpacker Gaby who was in a car crash that supposedly killed her brother a year ago. However, a guy called Rafa comes into town and tells Gaby that her past isn’t what she thought was, and that she isn’t just a backpacker living in the forever sunny Pandanus Beach. Nope, she’s actually more than a hundred years old and totally knows how to kick some demon ass. The Rephaim has totally grown onto me. I picked up the series just prior to book 2’s release and now here I am, singing this series’ praises and still helplessly stuck in Gaby’s world. You want an angel series that is actually badass and thrilling? Here you go.
I feel like I know each and every one of these characters better than the back of my hand. Paula Weston excels at creating characters, and not just main characters, that are worth rooting for and are wonderfully well rounded. Each character here has a story, a backbone – Gaby, Rafa, Jude, Jason, Daisy, Mya, Daniel, Ez, Zak etc., and Weston doesn’t let that go to waste. Gaby just clicked with me from the get go. She’s witty, sarcastic and she’s got a quick tongue. She’s definitely developed since book 1, particularly mentally. View Spoiler »And I honestly just love that despite she got her memories back, she’s the best of old Gabe and new Gaby. I think her having amnesia was a good thing because it made Gaby relearn from a new perspective on life. « Hide Spoiler
And of course, the Rafa and Gaby banter is just as brilliant. It’s impossible not to giggle when reading their dialogue – it’s refreshingly witty and I cannot get enough of it. I honestly wouldn’t mind if someone gave me a whole book of just Rafa and Gaby doing back and forth dialogue. The romance department certainly wasn’t lacking either. Reading this book involved a lot of swooning and I loved that Rafa and Gaby actually talked their issues out LIKE THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING ANGSTY TEENAGERS I’M SO DONE WITH IT (and well, they are both over a hundred so…).
Burn only spans over one day and I loved how much detail Paula Weston put into this book. She ties up all the loose ends and burning questions from the previous books so smoothly, and personally I find it quite insane how neatly everything just linked up. I do have a small issue (that clearly wasn’t worth taking off any stars for) was mainly to do with the ending. View Spoiler »While it’s great and all that no one precious dies and everyone can live happily ever after, it is a little bit unrealistic. If this was a gritty contemporary book, I certainly would’ve taken a star off but I feel like considering this book for what it is, all the characters seriously deserve something that is close to a HEA. AND THAT EPILOGUE. SO FREAKING ADORABLE O.O « Hide Spoiler
It’s no doubt that I’ll be rereading this series some day. These characters have all found a place in my heart and it’s a story I won’t be forgetting for a long time.
~Thank you Text Publishing for this review copy!~
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