Once again, I am proud to take part in Paula Weston's Rephaim Book Tour. I enjoyed Book #1 and Book #2, so of course I'm thrilled to share with you my thoughts on Book #3. Follow along with the rest of the blog tour!
Publish Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Tundra Books
Series: The Rephaim, #3
Source: From publisher for honest review and participation in blog tour.
Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.
She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim - a 140-year-old half-angel - whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.
But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.
It’s a race against time - and history. And it may already be too late.
I was so excited to get the email announcing the blog tour for book #3. And when the book arrived in the mail, I was eager to pick it up, and start back into Gaby and Rafa's adventures. Then I realized that it had been a while since reading Haze, and lo and behold Gaby and Rafa are separated! What?! I had forgot this crucial part, and while it made me sad for just a moment, I was eager to see some ass-kicking to get Rafa back! (And we know from the first two books, that ass-kicking is a HUGE part of Paula Weston's series.)
Thankfully, we're given a character cheat-sheet at the beginning of the book, and I admit I found myself using it more than I thought I would. A few times I found it a little confusing with the plethora of Rephaim and Outcasts and characters in general. But by the middle of the book, I was more comfortable and aware of who's who.
Throughout Shimmer, the main focus seems to be getting Rafa and Taya out of the Iron room they're locked in but we also get to learn a lot about some characters and a little more into the mystery that is Gaby and Jude and their memories. Becuase of this, Rafa is not in the book as much as most of us were hoping (I know, right!? We all love Rafa) but this is important to the series. We see that while Gaby does rely (just a little) on Rafa, she can and certainly does hold her own when it comes to basically everything. She is definitely a YA heroine that sticks out and Paula Weston can be applauded for making such a strong, independent female protagonist.
There's never a dull moment, with twists and turns and captivating scenes. To be honest, I did find Shimmer to be lacking in overall thrill and excitement compared to Shadows and Haze, but I feel it was a crucial part in the series, and the cliff hanger we are left with at the end?! Woah. I cannot wait to see what happens in the final installment of Paula Weston's Rephaim Series, Burn (which you can except to come back sometime in June and see what I thought of it!)