Review: Shadows (The Rephaim #1) by Paula Weston

Author: Paula Weston
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publication Date:  January 3rd 2013 
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)


It's been 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?
*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
A year has passed since Gaby Winters last saw her twin brother. That day was the day he was decapitated in a car crash with her in it. She has isolated herself in Pandanus Beach while she tries to surpass her grief.
It doesn't help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hellish creatures allongside a man she doesn't know. When Rafa comes to town and she notices he's exactly like the man in her dreams and he tells her stories about her brother that don't make any sense.
She's forced to accept that all she knew about herself is a lie and her life is all full of fabricated memories and that maybe her nightmares are hiding the truth. She has to find out who is Rafa and the Rephaim!
This book was so much better than I was expecting! I love books who talk about Nephilim, demons and demon hunting!
The main characther, Gaby, is so strong and fierce, and really rises up to the situation, even when her life is turn inside out. Her relation with Rafa is also very funny to read about, they have a very interesting dynamic and you're always learning new things about them.
This story is so good because it isn't unreal, it has so many common world elements that it feels real and it feels like you're living it as you're reading it.
A book that makes your mind wonder and your heart flutter without missing the sad parts of the story that are essential to keeping it real! I advise this book to everyone!


  1. This book was much better than I was expecting as well! I went out and bought the second one, but I haven't gotten around to it yet lol.

    1. I had to finish the series so this week I read them all! You're going to love them!

  2. OHHH I love books that make my heart flutter, thanks for the great review Ana! BTW I tagged you in the Fall Time Cozy Book Tag over on my blog HERE

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