Spoiler-Free Review : Shadows by Paula Weston (#1 Rephaim)
I received a copy to review through NetGalley.
I'm going to start this of by saying that I enjoyed this book, but not right from the start. However I think because it was my first every time reading an ebook that I was still trying to get used to that factor and it made it harder for me to get into the book itself. Also, Shadows was the first angel book I've ever read, though I do own the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick and they are on my TBR. Though by the time I got around half way through I was racing through the pages with an urgency to find out what was to come.
I'm going to start off with the character Gabe/Gaby. She was the main character and everything was centred around her. The whole book was written from her perspective, which I found just added more to the story.
I did like her character, but at times I just wished she would hurry things up and decide what to do because it felt like quite a few parts dragged on way to long. However, I found her to be a really strong character, despite how much she's been through and there's a lot more to come.
Gaby is overcome with grief, and she's continuously grieving throughout the book. She's grieving for the brother she can remember but also for the one she can't. As she's grieving, there is obviously going to be mentions of how she's feeling and what she's thinking, but I think Paula used the perfect amount of this, therefore not making it overwhelming but then again also making sure that there is enough to make the reader feel a connection with her.
Let's talk about Rafa! Rafa is an angel and is determined to help (sort of) Gabe. I know that a lot of people who have read Shadows have instantly fallen in love with Rafa, but I didn't feel that way as I found him to be controlling and at times condescending. He did have his moments in which I really loved him but they didn't come as often as I had hoped. Quite a lot of the time though he just seemed to be a controlling prat, but I think he made up for that when he basically saved Gabe's life. I may not have totally liked him, I lacked a lot of trust with him, but I think the book needed a character like him, therefore it ended up working quite well.
Maggie I found to be quite a sweet, average character. She didn't really stand out, but then again
she didn't fade either. She was just there I guess. There was one thing which I didn't like about her and that was the ending. With everything she had been put through and had to overcome, I found that her reaction was a bit unrealistic as she just forgave them straight away.
I didn't like Daniel. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. I found him to be even more of a prat than Rafa. One of the main words that spring to mind when I think of Daniel is arrogant. He's like one of those high school boys, who thinks he's so great just because he may be popular. Anyway, he definitely wasn't one of my favourite characters, however just like with Rafa I think he made the story better.
I did definitely enjoy this book, but I didn't really properly get into it until about halfway through, which I found to be quite disappointing as I had such high hopes.
There was a lot of action throughout the book, especially in the last 1/4 of the book. Also, there was great lot of humour as well. One of my favourite parts was :
"I want you to stop acting like a teenager."
I back away from him. "I am a teenager!"
"No you're not. You're a hundred and thirty-nine years old."
Rate : 4/5
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