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Shadows by Paula Weston
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Jun 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: australian-author-illustrator, young-adult-novels
Read in June, 2012

This is a YA paranormal novel about a girl called Gaby who has been in a car crash where her twin brother Jude was killed. She has travelled north to a coastal town to try to rebuild her life and her memory. She has vague recollections about her brother and about the crash, which haunt her. She lives with a waitress called Maggie and is sort of at the beginning of a relationship with a barman called Simon, but her life has a very temporal feeling to it.

Into this life walks a very sexy and self-assured guy called Rafa, who weirdly looks exactly like a person who is in a recurring dream she has of an horrific murder scene in a nightclub where hell-beasts rip people apart and she is in the middle of it all beheading the beasts with a sword.

She writes this dream down and enters it into an online competition. What she doesn’t realise it that this is a very dangerous thing to have done because Gaby is actually a ‘fallen angel’ who has been hidden away to keep her safe from a ‘war’ that is going on between different groups of fallen angels.

Rafa calls her Gabe, and claims to have been Jude’s best friend, even though Gaby has no memory (apart from the dream) of Rafa. He has come to find her because he wants to know what has happened in the car accident but of course Gaby has limited memories. Rafa doesn’t believe that Gaby doesn’t know who he is, and so begins the mystery of who Gaby is.

A series of people, supposed friends or enemies all turn up in Pan Beach looking for Gaby, and she has no memory of any of them. The two groups both want Gaby to be on their side.

Weston has cleverly taken a character from the Book of Enoch called Semyaza who is the baddie of the book (pg. 71-72, pg 83) and who is trying to kill Gaby.

First book in a series. Definitely for older readers as it is very violent, but it’s a great read and I was hooked and I want to read the rest of the series.

Very engaging characters, and a wonderful puzzle of who Jude is – and how and why he actually died.
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