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March 14, 2016

Review: Shimmer by Paula Weston - As addicting as ever

Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)

Title: Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)
Author: Paula Weston
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication date: March 8th, 2016
Genre(s): YA/NA, Fantasy/Paranormal 
Source: Publisher
Pages: 416

Gaby thought her life couldn't get more complicated. She's almost used to the idea that she's not the teenage backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim--a 139-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.

The Rephaim series keeps getting better by each new book. This is the third book in this series and I honestly can say that Weston doesn't seem like she'll be slowing down. The plot twists and intertwined storylines and characters are just done so well that I can't help but obsess over this series even after I finished the book and also while waiting for the next one. This is not your typical angel story.. any preconceived opinions you have about YA angel books? throw them out because this series will shatter them for you. I am confident enough with this series to put out such a statement on my blog. 

This will be a spoiler free review of this third book in this series. However three books in and I can tell you I really don't want this series to end. The next book, Burn, is the last one and I personally don't want to think about what'll happen after I'm done. No more waiting for the next book, no more of Gaby, Rafa, and Jude.. and no more of the fantastic secondary characters and the witty banter between everyone. This book does not only have a very original angel paranormal plot line, but the characters are what make this series so memorable and addicting to me, as a reader. 

Gaby is one of the most authentically kick butt characters in YA I know.. she isn't kick butt because she's physically strong, or because she's a 'feminist' but she's kick butt because she's independent but isn't afraid to ask for help when she needs it. She's kick butt because she's smart, rational (most times), and puts her family and friends first. She's kick butt because she doesn't think sacrificing herself is the answer to everything (I'm looking at you dystopian female protagonists), and she is a girl who isn't afraid to be just that, a girl. I love her relationship with her brother Jude, and I love her relationship with Rafa (and boy do we get many entertaining scenes of those two during the series). 

The plot line is about the fallen angels, the offsprings of those fallen angels, and the need for redemption.. however it's not that dark or complicated. It honestly reads like a movie. There is never a dull moment when it came to the plot and I honestly can't recommend it enough because I have not read a series that had the complete package. This is the third book and I really like the pacing of the whole paranormal/fantasy plot line progression doesn't leave room for any boring parts or lull. I can't recommend this series (and this book) enough. Honestly all three books, Shadows, Haze, and Shimmer have been excellent.. I can't really tell you which I liked more because I enjoyed them all immensely. If you are looking for an older YA/NA paranormal addicting series? this is the one for you. 

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant review Juhina, I absolutely love this series so much too, that I know how you feel about letting these characters go, let me just say Burn was an incredible read too! I can't wait to see what Weston has to offer us next, as she is one heck of a talented author!