Welcome to my first ever Spotlight Saturday where every Saturday I’ll be shining the spotlight on a book by an Australian author that I think is worth the read.
Today I would like to shine the spotlight on Paula Weston’s ‘Shadows: The Rephaim book 1.’ since it has been released this month in the UK.
It is one of the best YA books about angels that I have read. It is so much better than Lauren Kate’s Fallen series and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series. If you are looking for an angel book that is different, that stands above the rest, then this one is for you.
Claudia Gray called it ‘Scary, Sexy and Suspenseful’ and she is right.
I loved this book. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop and finished it within two days. It was fast paced with plenty of action.
Gaby Winters has escaped to a small town to try and cope with the loss of her twin brother, Jude. But everything changes when Rafa, the guy Gaby has been dreaming about, shows up claiming to be her brother’s best friend. But she doesn’t remember him.
Suddenly Gaby finds herself being confronted by people she doesn’t know, who know her. They all thought she was dead and they don’t seem too happy she’s alive. Gaby is in everybody’s bad books for something she can’t remember doing. And they want answers. Answers Gaby doesn’t have.
When her best friend is kidnapped, Gaby will do anything to get her back. Along the way she discovers there is a battle going on between Fallen Angels, the Raphaim and demons, and she plays a part in it.
I loved Gaby. I loved her reactions and her humanness. She is brave, but able to admit that she’s scared. She is thrown into some crazy crap and is just trying to deal the best she can.
Rafa was totally swoon worthy. He was so hot. I loved him. I loved his cocky attitude, it was one of the best things about him.
This book was full of well-rounded, real characters, with even minor characters having lots of personality.
It’s got angels, it’s got demons, it’s got hot guys, it’s got sword fighting and it’s got a strong female lead. What else could you ask for?
(Just as a warning, it is for older readers and does have a fair amount of profanity.)
It was a great read and I highly recommend it to readers who like their YA with more mature, older teen characters, and if you like books about angels.
5 out of 5.
It will be available in the US later in the year.