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Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

Love. Nightmares. Angels. War. A fast-paced, compelling debut novel from a fresh new voice in YA.

It's been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.
It doesn't help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who's been appearing in Gaby's dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.
Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth - and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.
Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly - who can she trust?

My thoughts
I must admit that usually I am not a fan of books involving angels. I often find them to be too preachy, too religious and quite honestly I don't have the patience to carry on with them and had sworn off them completely. This book however changed my mind.

For me what set this apart were several things

Firstly I really liked the main character Gabe. I really enjoyed getting to know her and explore the world around her and found it effortless to read her story.

I loved the action in this book. The story, while based on angels, wasn't floaty and lovely. The action was kick-ass and pacey. I was engaged from the first page to the last and needed to know what happened next to the point she I ended up staying up late at night to try and get it finished.

I loved the revelations. The story itself isn't what it first seems which was brilliant. It meant as a reader you were always guessing and kept on your toes. The story itself had its own satisfying conclusion which kept me happy as a reader but also left open ideas for book two which has made me keen to carry on the series but without that gnawing frustration that you've only been told half a story.

A fab book. One of the best angel books I've read if not the best which brilliant characters and its own take in the genre which I had previously sworn myself off.