By: Melanie | July 8, 2015 | (56) Comments

Review: Burn by Paula WestonBurn by Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim, #4
Release Date: June 24th, 2015
Genres: YA, Action, Paranormal
Pages: 432
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 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 »

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. 

(And yes, I AM QUOTED ON THE COVER OF THIS BOOK. WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING!??!?! And on the reprint of Shadows for that matter omfg.)

~Thank you Text Publishing for this review copy!~

5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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56 Responses to Review: Burn by Paula Weston

  1. So great to hear you loved this one Melanie! I’m all for supporting Aussie YA authors, plus it’s so nice to have an Australian setting as well. I love witty banter as well, so this sounds like a series for me! I’m hoping to start it really soon, brilliant review 🙂
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  2. Naban says:

    *Hangs head in shame with the words “What am I doing with my life? I clearly haven’t lived yet because I haven’t picked up this series!” echoing in the background*

    Heh, dramatic. I really should start this series though because aussie authors, yay. Lovely review, Mel! 😉
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  3. MELLLLL YAY AGAIN FOR BEING QUOTED. :)) That’s so awesome!

    I’ve only ever read a handful of angel books, and I’ve disliked most (all?) of them. So I’m SO stoked that this one is different and edgy. All characters are badass? WITTY, GIGGLE-WORTHY BANTER? Can this book (or the whole series, for that matter) please float into my hands???
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    • Melanie says:

      AND THANK YOU AGAIN, AIMEE *showers you with my love* Yeah, I haven’t had much luck with angel books but Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and The Rephaim? BOTH EQUALLY EPIC.

  4. OMG that is so cool! O_O

    I’ll definitely try this series out some time. 🙂
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  5. Johanna Richards says:

    Still can’t get over that you got quoted on a book cover. Wait… let’s make that TWO now (wow girl!!). So proud and congrats once again 😀

    I have ordered Shadows online and can’t wait to read it! Can’t wait to read this series for myself and all the awesomeness it contains. Great review Mel!!

  6. I’m really excited to hear you loved this book so much, Mel! You can’t imagine how excited I am to read this one, especially now that you mentioned how you get answers to all the loose ends. They were driving me crazy in book 2!
    I love that there are so many swoony moments and banter between Gabby and Rafa!
    Can’t wait! 🙂
    Lovely review, Mel!
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  7. Frannie Pan says:

    I was kind of uncertain because I never liked books with angels (besides Shadowhunters, but that’s more about demos really xD) but I’ve heard AMAZING things about this series and everyone seems to love it!
    Plus, there are a lot of books out now, so I could marathon all of them xD
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    • Melanie says:

      THAT’S THE SPIRIT! xD Yeah, marathoning is a very good idea because there’s a lot of unanswered questions and waiting for them to come out is pure agony so…

  8. Congratulations. That is amazing to have you a comment on the praise, it awesome in the book but the cover wow. I started this series and I adored it, I can wait to continue it. I’m so glad it held strong for you too. Lovely review Mel! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh what the… MY COMMENT JUST DISAPPEARED WHAT IS THIS MADNESS??!?!? Anyway, I am so glad that you’re enjoying this series so far!! And thank you so much <33

  9. Melliane says:

    wow it looks good! I didn’t know about this one and it’s the first time I hear about the author but I’m glad you had such a great time and I confess that I’m curious now!
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  10. Congrats on being quoted – that’s awesome!

    As for the series, glad you like it so much. I need to read more Aussie Authors/Books. Sounds like a good one.
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  11. AHH! CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING QUOTED! What an honor! And, of course, so well-deserved too! ♥

    You know how suspicious I am of angel books, but I’m definitely going to have to consider giving this one a try. It sounds absolutely amazing and you can’t do wrong with witty banter, badass characters and beautiful writing, right? xD Thanks for sharing and fabulous review! ♥
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Zoe! I totally died when I found out about it ahah. Yeah, not a fan of most angel books I read but this series is a hidden gem *nods*

      Thanks, hun <33

  12. I’m so happy to hear that this series continues to be an amazing read for you! I’ve read only the first book, SHADOWS, but loved it and thought the writing was fantastic with its unique take on angel lore and a kick-ass heroine. I need to get back to this!
    Terrific review, Melanie 🙂
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  13. Lexa Cain says:

    Fabulous review! It’s thrilling you’ve found a series you’re in love with — and having your quote on the cover ROCKS! 🙂
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  14. one of my favourite series! You are so lucky. 😀
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  15. I’ve heard so much hype for this series! I love anything fallen angel/supernatural/paranormal so I feel like I might like this series! Glad you enjoyed it! And it’s awesome to be quoted on a cover 🙂
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  16. Aentee says:

    I need to read more Aussie books, patriotism and all, so this one sounds fantastic! I still love angels, regardless of what’s happenedto the trend, haha.

    Being quoted on the cover is AMAZING, but you & the blog totally deserves the honour 😀
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  17. Hilary says:

    I’m so hesitant about this especially with my less-than-stellar reading experiences of angel YA novels (cough Hush, Hush) but FOR YOU, I’LL READ IT.
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  18. Christy says:

    Did you say Aussie author? Sold! Seriously, their writing is like freaking magic down there. I’ll definitely read this series. And congrats on the quote!
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  19. Nirvana says:


    ^who am I kidding, I love it when I get lost in a book and don’t want to leave that fictional world.
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  20. Haraiah says:

    I’ve waited so long for this book that I am so tempted to click the spoilers. I only read the sampler of Burn but it was enough to make me go insane. Mainly because I want to know what happens to Gabby and Rafa’s relationship. That is the biggest mystery I’ve been waiting since book 1 to be revealed and Paula Weston decided it’s best to end the third book with a teaser of it and put the details in the last book. Talk about torture. I’ve read the first three books so many times just because the wait is killing me.

    I’m glad you loved Burn. This is a series definitely worth going back to. Yay for being quoted! 🙂
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  21. I need to read this series…that. is. all.
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  22. I keep seeing you share your love for this series and it’s hard not get caught up with the hype! I have not read a remotely entertaining angel series so I can’t wait to start this one soon!
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  23. Wait, what? One entire book spanning over a single day? THE ENTIRE SERIES IN A WEEK? Wow, this is a first. I’ve always had a fascination with angels, and to see a really good angel book shining through like this…And did I see banter between the MCs? Okay, I just might read this. It sounds incredible, Mel.
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  24. Ugh, I’m not a fan of the angels (that Alexandra Adornetto book series scarred me for being so awful), so I never even bothered with this series. But, I’m so glad to hear that you loved it Mel! Yay for Aussie authors, and YAAAAAS to Aussie settings!
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  25. I remember that time when you tweeted about this series on Twitter, urging everyone to read it, and needless to say, on that same day I added it to my TBR pile 😀 I really need to read more Aussie authors; just sucks that you don’t really see mcuh of their books in our part of the world 🙁 AND YAY FOR GETTING QUOTED! That’s one of my bookish goals 😀 SOMEDAY!
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    • Melanie says:

      EEP, SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT!! Yeah, Aussie YA is so underrated in general 🙁 Oh yes, I’m sure you’ll be quoted with your hella fabulous reviews xD

  26. This is such a great review. Books that cover a short amount of time can go either way, I am glad that this book comes across as having a good amount of detail, but without pacing problems.
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  27. *breathes deeply*
    I have this book on my shelf. It’s currently staring at me. I’m terrified. I don’t want to be disappointed!! But your review gives me all the hope that it’s an amazing conclusion. I think I’ll be shutting myself in my bedroom all afternoon tomorrow to read this.
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  28. I’m always super curious about books that only span one day! It sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to start this series and discover the awesome banter and well rounded characters! I have heard so many raves about this series and I’ve got Shadows ready to go 🙂

  29. Rashika says:

    It’s so hard to believe I started this series only a couple years ago and it’s already come to mean so much. I am dying to read Burn and hopefully I’ll get the chance to do so soon!

    I am so glad you loved this book because now I don’t have to worry about the last book letting me down and I can read it and love it.

    YAY ALL AROUND except book that this series has come to an end.

    (I feel like a little kid right now because emotions)

    Lovely review, Mel!! 🙂
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