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Shadows (The Rephaim #1)

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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 really liked it
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
*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)
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
Kat Kennedy
Oct 05, 2013 Kat Kennedy rated it liked it
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
4.5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

I loved it! I opened it up expecting it to be a vanilla romance about angels falling in love with humans, and what I got was a really cool story. And yes, it all started because a few angels were getting some sweetsweet lovin' from human women, but that's where the similarities to my original expectations ended.

Gaby is 19 and living a small beach town in Australia that she has no real ties to. She just wandered into it after waking up in a hos
Oct 09, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it
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 becaus
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
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Dec 21, 2012 Jasprit rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Paula Weston
Feb 02, 2012 Paula Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  (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...
So when I first started the book, I thought it was generally OK. I liked all of the characters, especially Gaby. I wasn't completely sure why everyone was so obsessed with this series until I found out that Gaby was an angel. Now, there are some angel books that are hits and some that are misses for me. But I have to say, once I got to the part where she found out that she was an angel, something just clicked within me and I started liking this book. And it just got better from there. I love Rap ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, aussie, 2012
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
Summer ✿
Sep 18, 2013 Summer ✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the paranormal genre who want something fresh
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—
Sep 13, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2015 Keertana rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, swoooon
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
4.5 stars So, um, yeah, I totally read this book in one sitting today. Lunch? Dinner? oh yeah, totally forgot to have those. I seriously did absolutely nothing today except read this book.

I wanted to post reading updates a couple times, and I told myself I’d do it as soon as I hit a lull in the book. Um, yeah -- that never happened.

The amnesia angle in this story was gold, man. I mean, yeah, it was frustrating as hell sometimes (especially when you know that several of the mysteries could’ve be
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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
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
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 An

Since there are already countless great and informative reviews out there on this book, I'll keep this one short.

There's really just one thing I feel the need to say:
If you find yourself as turned off by the writing in the first few chapters and the terrible, insta-lust infested first encounter between Rafa and Gaby as I was, and you want nothing more than to kick this book to the curb: don't yet. Just take a deep breath, grit your teeth and push through. It gets better - a lot better, in fact.
Jul 01, 2015 Gökçe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Başlarda kitabın diline alışmakta sıkıntı çektim ama ilerledikçe onu düşünemeyecek kadar kendimi kitaba kaptırmıştım. Eğlenceli, temposu yüksek bir kitaptı, Gölgeler. Özellikle Rafa'ya bayıldım ! Adam çok komik ya.
Sis'i büyük bir heyecanla bekliyorum !
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
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Wow. Just wow.

Shadows was nothing short of incredible. Mixing the age old angels verses demon mythology, strong and sassy characters and an intense, slow burning romance. Deliciously so. It follows the story of Gaby, mourning the loss of her brother almost a year prior and attempting to find normalcy in the coastal Australian town. Gaby is a brilliant character, relatable, likable and adds sass to the storyline. She and best friend Maggie are a formidable pair and have a wonderful friendship of
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
Jul 01, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, cover-me

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
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 15, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2015 Rozhin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
من نمیفهمم وقتی نویسنده یه ایده به این باحالی داره چرا یه خورده به خودش زحمت نمیده که یه ذره بیشتر پردازشش کنه یا اتفاقات داستانو بیشتر کنه یا هرکاری کنه یه داستان قوی بنویسه با اون ایده ی خوب
خوب این چی بود:|
زمینه ی اصلی داستان که همون داستان کلی مجموعه رو شکل میده خیلی قوی و باحال بود اما خود داستان کتاب خیلی ساده بود!
خیلی خیلی ساده بود! بعد نثر کتاب هم با تعداد زیادی فحش امیخته شده بود و یه سری چیزای دیگه که این امریکایی ها بهش میگن درتی تاک خیلییی ازار دهنده بود:|

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Danielle (Love at First Page)
***Series (books 1-3) Spoiler-Free Review***

Friends have been pushing this series on me for the last year or so, and I'm so glad I finally listened. I was supposed to spread my reading out over the month of April, but I think it took me two days to read the first book and just a day each for the last two. Seriously, I couldn't put them down. I had to know what happened next. Which is the reason I've now found myself in #readerproblems hell: there's still one book left, and Shimmer (book 3) left
Aug 15, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it

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
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I'm the author of the Rephaim series.

I'm also an avid reader and blogger, a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories, a closet comic reader and TV addict...and I'm borderline obsessed with the Foo Fighters.

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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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