SHADOWS by Paula Weston


From the "Rephaim" series, volume 1
Age Range: 14 - 18
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Mysterious Rafa arrives, putting everything and everyone 18-year-old Gaby knows at risk.

Following a brutal car accident and the death of her twin brother, Jude, Gaby settles in a small beachside town in Australia, hoping to recuperate. Unfortunately, sleep brings brutal dreams, filled with death, hell-beasts and a mysterious guy with green eyes and a wicked sword. When the stranger shows up in the real world claiming to know details about Gaby and Jude that she cannot remember, she is both intrigued and furious. Rafa is hardly trustworthy, but when other strangers arrive and abduct Gaby’s roommate, he may be her only ally. While they plan a rescue, Rafa tells stories of fallen angels and their offspring, the Rephaim. He claims there are nearly 200 half-angels, among them himself, Gaby and Jude. This familiar story of otherworldly creatures walking unnoticed among humans is at best frustrating and at worst ghastly. Some gravitas is attempted by including quotes from ancient Judeo-Christian texts, but any spiritual or historical value is quickly lost in the avalanche of profanity, sex and gore. The inclusion of graphic torture scenes might make even the most ardent paranormal-romance fan think twice.

Generic and grisly. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-77049-547-0
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2013


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