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review 2016-01-01 00:00
Shadows
Shadows - Paula Weston This was an odd read for me. I couldn't put it down and read it almost in one sitting. I just didn't love it though. It's one of those books that's fun to read but you wouldn't want to read it again. I think my opinion is a bit skewed because I've finished [b:Haze|15765699|Haze (The Rephaim, #2)|Paula Weston|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1365437783s/15765699.jpg|21469797] and [b:Shimmer|18211884|Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)|Paula Weston|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404186213s/18211884.jpg|25634116] was a DNF. I can't help but look at this book with the other two in mind as they were both underwhelming to say the least.

But don't get me wrong, the story was as interesting one....

Gaby has reoccurring nightmares about her and a stranger fighting demons and hellhounds. One day this stranger shows up in her town and all hell breaks lose. She can't figure out if he's a friend or a foe. Then other strangers begin to show up and Gaby is under a constant threat by people that all claim to know her. The problem is that she's never seen these people before in her life...


My problem is that I didn't connect very well with the characters. I did like Rafa and I found myself reading this mostly to find out what was going on with him. I also kept waiting for something exciting to happen. I just knew the author was setting us up for something major and that's why I kept reading on. But there were no heart stopping moments and not even any "ohhhh and ahhhhs". It was bland with a promise for more.

I guess I just feel lead on and a bit cheated.....

I did love the atmosphere in this story. The setting was in a beach town, which made me feel at home because I'm a major beach bum. I'm not familiar with Australia (the location in the book) but there were a lot of little cute things in the story like....

"Shit!" Rafa's voice is sharp. Simon slams on the brakes. A wallaby is standing in the middle of the dirt track, eyes glassy in the bright headlights. Mesmerized, and measuring us".


I think I'll finish this review off with an extremely awkward wallaby gif. That is a wallaby, right?
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review 2015-11-21 14:16
Review: Shadows
Shadows - Paula Weston

I initially snagged a copy of this title from Netgalley. It's one of those books I've heard of and probably had on my TBR list at some point but never got around to reading it. Since it was available on Netgalley (either with read it now or auto approval, I can't remember) I figured great time to give it a chance.

However, by the time I got round to reading it, the file was badly corrupted, words missing, letting missing and it made the whole narrative rather confusing. Unfortunately the title had already been archived, but I liked enough of what I read so I purchases a used paperback copy from Amazon.

I honestly don't quite know what to make of this novel. I didn't love it, but I didn't flat out hate it either. I'm rather ambivalent on it, really. On the one had, the dialogue was snarky and delicious, and I really did love the angel/demon mythology. Not something particularly new in its concepts but the way the novel was told took a familiar concept and made it its own with a fresh and different take. My problem was it was lack of emotional depth and the characters.

I failed to connect to any of the characters. Most of them felt rather two dimensional, I wasn't blown away by anyone, really. I found the storyline interesting enough, the main character Gaby is struggling to get over her twin brother Jude's death, she has a good, supportive best friend, Maggie, whom she lives with. Gaby has horrible dreams about battling demons in clubs and writes pretty gruesome short stories about it. Which attract some unwanted attention when weird things start happening at a local bar they hang out in.

One of the guys in Gaby's dreams is literally there at the bar. He talks to her like he knows her and knows her well, and Gaby's world is thrown into chaos when more people show up to more or less do battle with her. All these new people are pretty thrown when Gaby remembers nothing about them, and apparently knows nothing about her true self. Or what she really is.

Which is where the angel mythology comes into play. I really did like the world building. It takes familiar concepts of fallen angels and Nephilim and gives them it's own twist. And as I mentioned the dialogue between the characters was brilliant. Snarky, snappy, and wickedly fun. Even though Gaby's going through some immense changes in discovering everything she knew was a lie and two different groups of paranormal beings are now trying to force her to remember things she can't....there was something missing for me.

The actual plot of Gaby trying to ascertain what the hell was going on was what kept me reading, but I felt nothing for character or the background histories we learn as the story progresses. There were some truly epic action scenes throughout the novel, and one bit of pretty hot romance towards the end. I did kind of like that the romance angle wasn't really played out that much throughout the novel. it certainly came into the story when Gaby learns who she was with before she lost her memories and why different people were surprised to see her with one guy instead of the other.

I don't see myself racing out to buy all the other books in the series immediately, (unless they were on sale somewhere maybe) though I am probably curious enough to continue the series at some point, if only to find out of Gaby ever recovers all her memories.

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text 2015-08-06 23:13
New Series Books Releasing Today
When An Omega Snaps (A Lion's Pride) (Volume 3) - Eve Langias
Burn - Paula Weston
Ever After High: A Semi-Charming Kind of Life (A School Story) - Suzanne Selfors
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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text 2015-06-02 00:12
My Reads for the Month of May
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel
By Paula Weston Shadows (The Rephaim) [Hardcover] - Paula Weston
Torn Away - Jennifer Brown
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) - Moira Young
End of Days - Susan Ee
Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker
Unleashed - Sophie Jordan
Don't Look Back - Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

4.7 Stars

 

Shadows by Paula Weston

3.4 Stars

 

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

5 Stars

 

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

4.7 Stars

 

End of Days by Susan Ee

6 Stars

 

Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

5 Stars

 

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan (Review to come)

3 Stars

 

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout (Review to come)

4.2 Stars

 

I read a lot  of good books this month, I finished up a fav series (Penryn and the End of Days) and I started a couple of promising series too ( The Book of Ivy and Dust Lands), and  I shed some tears with a couple (Torn Away and Ten Tiny Breaths).

 

2,905 pages read for the Month of MAY

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review 2015-05-10 06:07
"Bedding her? For fuck's sake, we're in the twenty-first century. Your wardrobes's caught up---don't you think it's time the rest of you did?"
Shadows - Paula Weston

Book Title: Shadows 

Author:  Paula Weston 

Series:  The Rephaim #1

 

 

❖❖Why I picked that quote:  It made me laugh.  Oh yeah, there's a lot of swearing in this book, but a lot of words are the English version.  No one I know calls anyone an arsehole, but they sure do in this book.❖❖

 

 

 

 

My Rating

 

Plot:  3.6/5  Maybe things should have been put in a different order.  I'm not sure, I just know I wanted something more.

Characters:  3/5  I had a hard time connecting with them, and didn't really do so until the last quarter of the book.

Theme:  3.7/5  

Flow:  3.7/5   Conversations were hard to follow. 

Originality:  3.2/5   I've personally not read very many Angel books, but I know it's been done a lot.

Book Cover:  3.5/5 This new cover is definitely better than the original one.

The Feels:  2.7/5  A little lacking.

Ending:  3.5/5  I would have liked it to be a little longer.  Parts of it were good.   Cliffhanger:  for sure a "to be continued".

 

Overall Rating:  3.4/5 

 

Will I continue the series:  Maybe 

 

Synopsis:

 

It’s 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?

 

My Thoughts:

 

I think I read somewhere that this was a good book to try if I enjoyed Angelfall (Pennryn and the End of Days).  I don't think it really even compares to Angelfall.  But, that is probably what makes Angelfall so good, because there is nothing quite like it. 

 

It has it's good points and it's not so good points.  I feel for the most part, that it wasn't enough story for me.  I don't know if I got enough from it to want to continue. 

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