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Shadows (The Rephaim #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,908 ratings  ·  470 reviews
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 dr
Paperback, 388 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Text Publishing (first published June 1st 2012)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 12, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Angelfall and Unearthly
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Isamlq
"He was blond, not dark."
"I wasn't talking about his hair."

4.5 stars! November 14, 2012 - My happy day for hot, kick-ass angel goodness! First, I found out that Angelfall is on track to become a movie, then I finished reading Shadows a few hours later and found it to be amazing. My head is this close to exploding from the excitement.

So I picked this book up because I'd heard that it was almost as good as Angelfall. The comparison alone made me want to give it a shot, but I didn't think that S
Oh, so did I mention my favourite read in June was a paranormal YA book?

For this contemporary girl, I am surprised by how much I fell in love with this book. (Although it shouldn't have surprised me, as author Paula Weston has the loveliest online presence. That, coupled with the publisher being Text Publishing*, had me diving into this book the day it turned up in my mailbox).

[*Note: Text Publishing are an Australian publisher which consistently publish brilliant and unique YA books, such as Le
*strums guitar*

*clears throat*


La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la, laaaaaaaa

La la la…la… la?



*stands up*

*smashes guitar*

(hint: metaphor)
Oct 09, 2012 Maggie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Mands
One of these days, the Rafa in a book will refer to a capri pant wearing, wedgie picking Spaniard and not an angel.
On second thought, I'm cool with the gorgeous, heavenly version.

Shadows was a solid introduction to the Rephaim series and to debut author Paula Weston. It had an engaging cast of characters, including a loyal friend named MAGGIE :), and plenty of action and mystery to keep you on your toes until the end of the book. Did I mention the angel pashing? If I didn't, it's only because
Dec 21, 2012 Jasprit rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jasprit by: Sam, Nomes
Shadows is what I would call a top class book with its frantic pace, vibrant characters and gripping story line it’s not your typical angel book. Gaby barely remembers anything before the accident with her twin brother Jude. After months of trying to make a new life for herself without her brother, she’s thrown another bombshell, the life she thought she believed she led is not true either, her supposed memories of her life and relationship with Jude couldn’t be more wrong. But the dreams she’s ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Trinity rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Trinity by: Nomes
If you told me last week that I'd be fan-girling over a YA urban fantasy series I would've stared at you blankly then hurled a copy of Friday Brown at your face. *Quietly eats hat*
I loved this book.
And it's an angel book. *ducks* I know right?

So let the gushing commence!

From the first paragraph I knew I'd love this book. Knew it because it smacked with flavours of Kirsty Eagar and Vikki Wakefield and I was immediately at home. The prose in this book is stunning with that gorgeous Aussie
I'm telling you, I've been breathing this book, not just reading it.

You might know that I love to read in one sitting, so when I like a book I take it in my hands and don’t let it go until I reach the very last page. I finished this one in the morning, and you can bet that I had a very enjoyable night.

When I started reading it I had no idea what this story was truly about because I stayed away from spoilers and anything that could have ruined my experience. All I knew was that it’s been highly
Okay listen up, forget everything you think you know about Angels and Demons. That's right, pack it all up in that box you have in your brain and tape it shut. Now throw it out. I can assure you that after reading this book you won't need any of that information because this book, Shadows, is by far THE book to read if you are an Angel and Demon lover like myself. Shadows is beyond explosive with a kick ass heroine, an amazing storyline with incredible mythology, and a romance sure to heat up ev ...more
Kat Kennedy
Shadows is the kind of thing that’s just up my alley. A kick ass protagonist, nephilim, enough sexual tension to cut the cheese. Wait, I think I’m getting my sayings mixed up…

At one point I shook my iPad and was all, “Do you or do you not have memory issues?!” then I yelled, “You’re not my supervisor!” over and over again because it just felt right.

You're not my supervisor!

I know amnesia is complicated and how much memory is lost works on a case by case basis and all that jazz, but Rafa was dropping tantalizing hints an
3.5 stars You might not know this about me since I don't review them but I'm a huge Urban Fantasy fan--check that, a huge adult Urban Fantasy fan. I've never found a YA Urban Fantasy that came close to what I considered belonging in the genre (or particularly enjoyed any of the ones that kind of sort of came close.) Let's just say that before today, my Venn diagram of my love of Urban Fantasy and YA had no overlap.

Not anymore! Shadows is the most successful Urban Fantasy** YA I've ever read and
Summer {is puntastic}
Check out my interview with Paula Weston on my blog,

*Recieved from Netgalley*

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

My faith in the PNR genre, namely angels, has been restored. First Angelfall, and now this beauty?

There are two things I learned by reading Shadows:

1) Never, ever, doubt Aussie authors. Man, I’m so close to moving to Australia, just so some of those magical writing abilities these authors seem to have can somehow rub off on me.

2) Don’t judge a book by its cover—
Shadows is Australian author, Paula Weston's, debut novel and it's part of a series. Gaby Winters is eighteen years old and moved to Pandanus Beach, Queensland, nine months ago, after the death of her twin brother, Jude. She's been plagued by dreams involving killing hell-beats alongside a mysterious guy. But then the guy from her dreams shows up in town, his name is Rafa and he claims to have been Jude's best friend. Gaby's about to find out that her life as she knows it is now over.

I'm always
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 3.5/5

For being the offspring of angels, the Rephaim sure are a bunch of asshats. This is one of the rare books for me where the writing is great, the plot is free of holes and the mythology well-explained, yet I still ended up despising almost every single character. Essentially, I have no complaints about this book except for the fact that I started up disliking and ended up absolutely hating and distrusting almost every single male in this book.

I am by no means a prude, but I av
Paula Weston
Feb 02, 2012 Paula Weston rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I have to give it five stars, don't I?? :)

Plus, I couldn't stand looking at the blank stars for four more months before reviews (hopefully) start coming in...
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads

Thank you Text Publishing for sending me this copy.

'And I'm so cold, I can't draw breath. My body feels like it's being stretched and compressed at once, and my head swims. At last, I pass out.'

For a long stretch of time, I was commencing my belief that I'd never read another clichéd angel book again. And I'm believing it as this was no trite paranormal book. With the lightening reviews I've seen from my fellow bloggy friends, I headed into this book wit
When it comes to Australian Literature, no one ever has to tell me twice to pick up a novel. I truly believe that there is something down in Australia or some magical trick professors are teaching their writing students because no Australian novel, to date, has ever failed to keep me thoroughly entertained, captivated, and in awe. I am happy to report that Shadows by Paula Weston is no different. While its cover is not one of my favorites, its characters, dialogue, and rather unique plot defin ...more
Gaby Winters is hiding; hiding from her grief and anger, her parents, her life and from missing her dead brother, Jude. And as far as hideouts go, Pan Beach is a pretty nice one. Even better is that within a few days of arriving at this seaside town, Gaby met and befriended Maggie, a local beauty still reeling from her own loss and looking for a roomie. And working at the local library isn’t such a bad way to keep productive and avoid constantly thinking on the car crash that killed Jude, and le ...more
Ash Wednesday
7/5/13: Galley available for request at Netgalley: here. Gooooo!

6/11/13: Buddy re-read with Ace, Amanda and Khanh.

Still as yummy as I remember and definitely a much needed refresher for Haze. I didn't really notice the steam in this one from the last time I read it but holy hell there was some sexy.

First read: 1/30/13
4 snark-tastic stars.

I like stalking my friends' favorite shelves for my next read when my feed goes a bit meh. This one I plucked from Joan's and after reading the Ange

What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself, your heart, and world is shattered? Everything you’ve ever felt and survived is called into question. How do you wrap your head around THAT?

Gaby Winters moved to Pan Beach to get away, to start fresh after the loss of her brother. A year after the accident and the shocks just keep on coming though. One giant jolt of emotion arrives in the form of a gorgeous, cocky, infuriating mystery named Rafa. A guy that Gaby has been dreamin
Jacob Proffitt
While the world was okay (neither terribly original nor terribly derivative), I found I just couldn't bring myself to care much about Gaby (correct me if I'm wrong, but I read that with the hard "a" of Gabe-y, which I find to be the least attractive shortening of Gabriella I've ever heard). And while I thought the pace was unbearably slow, with info-drips like Chinese water torture, my real problem is that Gaby couldn't be arsed to care about a) the danger she's in, b) the danger her presence pu ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 15, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE OF Y'ALL
Here's what you need to know:

Gaby lost her brother in an accident. Ever since then, she's been plagued with visions that involved a bar fight where she had to fight monsters instead of the drunken disorderlies. Along side her is a charismatic man with green eyes but even that couldn't turn her nightmare into a dream. Turns out, the man in her visions is as real as it gets. At first, Rafa gave her hope of remembering everything she'd lost - he claims to know her brother, Jude. She was already dra

Me, keeping this short would go along the lines of ‘Read this, for it be made of awesome.’ But then I start thinking about what had me reading nonstop for a couple of hours so that I find myself grinning over what I loved.

I enjoyed that they’re slightly older but not too old protagonists and with people like them, everything’s well, most everything’s upfront… less the drama, basically. So, New Adult is definitely my new YA. That it was a PNR had me iffy at first, but the way things were work
4.5-stars What to expect:

Rafa character rocks!
Gaby is a great heroine.

Well-Paced. Interesting World Building. Mystery.
Sizzling Chemistry. Sexy and Smart.

A fantastic start for the Rephaim series:)
#awesome hero # angel # demon #witty dialogue #slow burn
Sep 22, 2013 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone, Especially Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bones and Angelfall
Recommended to Stephanie by: Nanalla
9/22/2013 ETA:

Greetings, American readers, you can now buy Shadows, the first book in Paula Weston's awesome The Rephaim series on Amazon here:

and from Barnes & Nobles here:

5/15/13 ETA:
I just wanted to stop by and recommend this to all my people here again, because both this book and its author, Paula Weston, are awesome. Seriously! Read this ASAP. I am rereading Shadows again next week to fully prepare myself
Shadows by Paula Weston might be just another angel or nephilim book on the shelf, but there’s something identifiably different that sets it apart from the rest: it’s Australian, with a vivid Aussie atmosphere/setting and fantastic Aussie characters that you can’t help but smile or feel or be connected with as they’re so close to home (well, for those of us who are Aussie that is). Fans in need of another angel series after finishing Lauren Kate’s Fallen series will devour Shadows, eager for the ...more
Amazing. That's the word that comes to mind as I write this review literally minutes after finishing Shadows.

I loved every single page of this book, from the witty dialogue to nail-biting action. Every scene was just the right length and told me just enough to keep me satisfied and yet just little enough to keep me hooked with every page turn.

How refreshing it is to read a paranormal fiction that is not set in some gloomy town halfway between there and nowhere with snow and sleet and dreary days

I am quite a fan of Fantasy YA fiction, and there has certainly been plenty on the best seller lists in the past few years. So, perhaps I have been suffering from an overdose of Fantasy and started to find some recent reads a little formulaic?

Well, Shadows was an almighty breath of fresh air and panacea to my Fantasy funk. Laugh out loud funny in many places, the m
Serena (The Book Comedian)
Dropped at 56%

I kept thinking it was going to get more interesting or else I would have dropped it a lot sooner.


I would just also like to point out that this author really knows her way around a garden. She uses words like esplanade, camphor laurels, jacaranda tree, poinciana tree, blah blah blah, etc. etc.
Accomplished, assured and clever. We learn everything while Gaby learns it. The reveals are well paced with just the right amount of smoulder and sword-fighting in between.

Added bonus: Qld salty air and sea breezes.
Tamara AlKurdi
FINALLY! A book I liked!
There were a few things that needed improvement, like the fact that everything was rushed, the fact that every guy that had some importance had to be hot, that character language is trying to hard, world development was lacking just a bit, and that there's to little going on. It's funny because I normally judge a book but it's cover, then I'd judge the summary, after, I'd finally look at the reviews. In Shadows, the cover wasn't all that good, nor the synopsis. I thought
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“We're quiet for a moment. And then: 'Why did you call me Matt?'
'It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that I know you, I realise I should have called that character Dick.'
He laughs, and then the couch shakes. 'Honestly, Gabe, I forgot you could be this much fun.”
“I hear you've been with every Rephaite in a skirt.'
Crap. Where did that come from?
'Who told you that?' HIs smile shifts into something less amused. 'Daniel. Who else? The prick.'
'Is he a liar?'
Rafa leans against the pale wall. 'I haven't been with everyone.'
'What about Taya?'
'Hell, no. I'm no monk, but I have standards.'
I wonder what else Daniel was wrong about. 'What about me?'
Rafa's teasing smile doesn't quite reach his eyes. 'You had standards too.”
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