Publication Date: 2nd July 2012
Stand alone or series: The Rephaim #1
Pages: 352 pages
Book Received from: Paula Weston (Author)
First Lines: I'm running along the boardwalk, wind and sand stinging my arms.
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?
Shadows is the first book in The Rephaim series. A few things stood out the most for me. I'm loving that the characters are all on the high end scale of YA. Think 18/19 years old or so.
I'm happy to say I'm finally coming across some more Australian YA Authors work and I'm loving it. It's strange but awesome having paranormal activity happening right here. I think I felt closer to the story and Gaby than I have with some characters in YA and the fact that I could relate to alot of the dialogue and actions made her as a character come alive.
Rafa was an interesting one though. At first I'm unsure if he's there to help or hinder with Gaby and the further I read, the better I was at working him out. I'm definitely hoping he'll be sticking around and making himself more known in future books :)
There are quite a few questions left hanging after finishing the book. I'd love to let you all know what these questions are but I don't want to spoil it for others. The one thing I can say is I'm looking forward to more encounters with hellions and demons. Ez and Zak were instant favourites of mine too.
I found Shadows to be a very promising start to what I hope will be an awesome series, and from what I've read we are looking at roughly 3 or 4 books to the series so far. Thanks to Paula Weston's website. Can't wait for Haze the second book in The Rephaim series to be available.