Haze (The Rephaim, #2)
"But what if we can’t find Jude?" He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. "We will.""How can you be so sure?" I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember. "Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to." Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye. That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed. But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive. And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.

Haze (The Rephaim, #2) Details

TitleHaze (The Rephaim, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2013
PublisherText Publishing
Rating
GenreParanormal, Angels, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Haze (The Rephaim, #2) Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.It’s pretty crazy that I find this series *too* fast-paced. I literally have to will myself to slow down as I’m reading because, the faster I read, the less I’ll remember about the book when I finish it.In HAZE, the sequel to SHADOWS, Gaby and her crew are looking for Jude, her twin brother presumed dead. Except, they don’t think he died after all, seeing that Gaby’s memories cannot be trusted. I liked this a little more than the first book to be honest. It would be great if this 3.5 stars.It’s pretty crazy that I find this series *too* fast-paced. I literally have to will myself to slow down as I’m reading because, the faster I read, the less I’ll remember about the book when I finish it.In HAZE, the sequel to SHADOWS, Gaby and her crew are looking for Jude, her twin brother presumed dead. Except, they don’t think he died after all, seeing that Gaby’s memories cannot be trusted. I liked this a little more than the first book to be honest. It would be great if this series got better with every volume, because that would mean after the fourth book I’ll be in love with this series. I’m still not too fond of the characters in this series, but I feel as if this sequel permitted me to understand them better, especially Rafa. Not fan of the romance, again, but that is definitely because of how the relationship between Rafa and Gaby began. Maybe when she gets her memories back, my opinion will change?Gaby gets stronger in this. Obviously, in SHADOWS, she just learned she was a descendant of fallen angels, so she wasn’t too skilled at defending herself. Sadly, she's still unable to shift - which is the angels’ way of transportation by choice - but that can come in time. Lazy group. No, but really, I would love to be able to materialize myself wherever, whenever.I’ve already started SHIMMER and I foresee a lot of action as well. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Deborah Obida
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf @ page 49Gaby is still whiny, indecisive and annoying, Jason is still secretive, Mags still one dimensional and Rafa is the only character I like, but the book is written in Gaby's POV and I refuse to put myself through the torture.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines I was really excited for this one, especially since I loved the first book, Shadows.Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's suffering for Second Book Syndrome? Whatever the reason, I wasn't quite as blown away this time around.Don't get me wrong, this was still a good read, but it just felt like there wasn't much happening.The storyline seemed to be stuck in a loop.Rafa wants to find Jude, but Gaby is too freaked out by what they may 3.5 starsAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines I was really excited for this one, especially since I loved the first book, Shadows.Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's suffering for Second Book Syndrome? Whatever the reason, I wasn't quite as blown away this time around.Don't get me wrong, this was still a good read, but it just felt like there wasn't much happening.The storyline seemed to be stuck in a loop.Rafa wants to find Jude, but Gaby is too freaked out by what they may find, so she keeps making up excuses to stay in town for one more day. Rafa gets mad, but agrees to wait. Mildly interesting stuff happens that usually ends up in some sort of battle/brawl/fight.Lather, Rinse, Repeat.Same thing goes for whatever mysterious thing happened between Gaby and Rafa before she lost her memory. She wants him to tell her why he's so reluctant to act on his feeling towards her, and all he'll say that if she gets her memory back, she'll be pissed at himLather, Rinse, Repeat.By the end of the book, I was ready to tear my hair out over both plotlines. Just get off your ass, and go find Jude, Gaby! And while you two are searching, fucking tell her what happened, Rafa! And while she finally did get off her ass, Rafa never would tell her what awful thing went down between them in the past.So. Guess we'll find out in the next book?Grrrr.There's a little bit more to the story, including Rafa's old teammates, hillbillies with RPGs, magic that can stop Rephaim's from shifting, and some fanatical crazy ladies from Jason's past.But none of it seemed to move the plot forward as much as I would have liked.At the end you get a few Big Game-Changers, but...since it does all happen towards the end, I can't say anything without spoiling the book.I'd say this is a decent second installment. There was nothing glaringly bad, and if it weren't for the GetOnWithItAlready stuff, I would have liked it more.But it didn't turn me off of the series, so I'll definitely read the next book if I get the chance.I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nomes
    January 1, 1970
    I loved paula's debut, Shadows, so, so much (despite it not sounding like a me kind of book). It was addictive and intelligent and sexy as anything. I was stalking my mail box for the sequel to arrive and, you guys, the wait was more than worth it. I loved Haze even more than Shadows. Straight up: I read this within a 24 hour period, finishing it at 4am. Those are the kind of reading memories I love, being so into a book I cannot turn my light out until I turn that last bittersweet page. Haze I loved paula's debut, Shadows, so, so much (despite it not sounding like a me kind of book). It was addictive and intelligent and sexy as anything. I was stalking my mail box for the sequel to arrive and, you guys, the wait was more than worth it. I loved Haze even more than Shadows. Straight up: I read this within a 24 hour period, finishing it at 4am. Those are the kind of reading memories I love, being so into a book I cannot turn my light out until I turn that last bittersweet page. Haze leaves off straight after the events of Shadows and I was instantly pulled back into Gaby's world. The plot takes you to places you will not expect. Not just in terms of plot twists and revelations but Weston manages to incorporate so many vivid and unique settings -- from fictional Pan Beach (Queensland coastal town) to Dubai, to the island of Patmos, to Melbourne, to the cornfields of Iowa and beyond... I felt like I was travelling the world, the sights and sounds are dazzling. (Also! Bungee jumping in Switzerland. I KNOW.)This Aussie book has everything I love about Aussie YA: there is something in the water and Weston has so tapped into it. Her characters are three dimensional. The prose is eloquent without being flowery. Weston writes with so much vitality, life springs from the pages. The dialogue is snappy and authentic. Emotions run high and ring true. The action is swift and tense and believable. There's a lot of arse-kicking, on both sides. The danger is real, the stakes are high and the Rephaim deliver. I'm still reeling...Rafa. [Let's take a moment here to pause...]He brought the swoon in Shadows, smouldering and sexy and dangerous and completely enigmatic. In Haze, Weston turns the heat up *fans self* while also peeling a few layers back. There are these little peeks into his soul, when his guard is down, that show so much more than meets the eye. I mean, could he get any hotter? Those glimpses of vulnerability and compassion slew me. Gaby and Rafa are everything I love about romance. They are still sizzling on this crazy slow burn which just kills me. Sparks fly and the sexual tension is palpable. At the same time, Weston shows seasoned restraint, she adds depth, creates tension, gives these delicious moments to get your pulse racing and then amps up the mystery between them again. She knows when to tease and when to reveal and it's a delicate, maddening perfect dance between those two and the readers. There are so many shades of grey in Gaby's world. Who can she trust? Who was she before? Her relationships with the other Rephaim are constantly shifting. I love that. I love how Weston keeps us on our toes with the history and loyalties between Gaby and everyone else. My favourite plot-lines are concerning Gaby and her past: her brother and her search for him. Rafa and their history. In these moments I ache for Gaby, tough but vulnerable, lost and thrown into this crazy world of non-stop action. She barely has a chance to come to grips with everything amongst the chaos that is erupting around her. I want so much for her to find her answers, to find her happiness, to feel like she has a place in her world. The rights to this four book series have been sold to both the UK and the US. I am so pumped there are still two more books to come. I have no idea where Weston will take us next but I know I am so on board with whatever she has planned. I cannot recommend this series enough. p.s. Be on the look out for more Foo Fighters.p.p.s. That cliff-hanger! Way to end on this crazy, adrenalin moment...
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  • Jasprit
    January 1, 1970
    Haze was one of my highly anticipated reads of the year. After devouring Shadows, I just had to be back with these wonderful characters in this majestic world once more. When I found out Haze was going to be pushed back to October in the UK, it took me less than a minute to decide that I needed a copy in my hands right now and so was quick to order my copy from Fishpond. And let me say ordering my copy early was so worth it.It seems like everything that happened in Shadows happened over a long Haze was one of my highly anticipated reads of the year. After devouring Shadows, I just had to be back with these wonderful characters in this majestic world once more. When I found out Haze was going to be pushed back to October in the UK, it took me less than a minute to decide that I needed a copy in my hands right now and so was quick to order my copy from Fishpond. And let me say ordering my copy early was so worth it.It seems like everything that happened in Shadows happened over a long period of time. But in Haze we soon come to realise that Gaby discovering who she really is and everything kicking off takes place in just one week. If Gaby thought everything has been turned upside its head, things were about to get a lot more crazy. In Shadows we’re left with so many unanswered questions with Gaby not able to remember a single thing before her accident, we’re also kept in the dark about what’s going on. The cryptic vibe still continues strong through Haze, every moment I felt as if I was about to discover something new people started clamming up. I found this at the same time both hugely frustrating as I needed to know the truth especially about Rafa and Gaby before now, but with Weston holding things back from us, I was even more enticed by the story.The sole search of Jude in Haze is kind of turned on its head for a while (view spoiler)[it’s not until 2/3’s of the story that Gaby and Rafa finally get back on track with this mission (hide spoiler)]. But everything that they had to deal with which turned things on their head was pure brilliance. There was many returning characters from Gaby’s past which made things more confusing for her but also several startling discoveries along the way too. At times I did want to get back on track with Jude, but these small stories which emerged along the way built up epically to the big climax at the end.It was wonderful being back with such a fantastic set of characters once more. I had grown so fond of Rafa, Gaby, Ez, Zak, Maggie and Jason in Shadows so it was great seeing just how they far had come in Shadows. Especially with Gaby, she was thrown into this truly unbelievable world, but once again she took it in her stride. There was not one thing she would do to discover the truth. Her relationship with Rafa was once again a complicated one, but Weston was able to take it up a whole another notch with the swoon! Their entire relationship was riddled with so many unanswered questions, but it’s like there was a magnetic force field between them that couldn’t keep them apart no matter how hard they tried. Rafa once again easily confirmed why he is one of my favourite fictional crushes; he easily won me over and made my heart melt with his tender moments, but also made me smile with his cocky nature. There are some interesting characters which emerge in Haze and it’s interesting to see how everything will play out and where everyone stands in this epic battle that's still to come.Haze goes to show just how follow up books should be done. Weston laced Haze with gorgeous settings, with us being taken from one place to another in a whirlwind of shifts. But also a great amount of mystery, romance and non-stop action. The way this series is going so far I know for sure I will be pre-ordering my copy of Shimmer.
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  • Ash Wednesday
    January 1, 1970
    SPOILERS AHOY FOR SHADOWS, MATEYS! 3.5 STARS "If they’re demons, what does that make you lot?" Rafa taps his sword hilt. "The bastards who know how to kill them." Rafa likes his testosterone sandwich with a dash of cheese. Just a dash, nothing more.I've been fortunate enough to have picked my way to the more decent angel books out there and Paula Weston's Rephaim series is definitely one of the better ones. The first time I read Shadows I was taken by the witty characters, a strong, likable SPOILERS AHOY FOR SHADOWS, MATEYS! 3.5 STARS "If they’re demons, what does that make you lot?" Rafa taps his sword hilt. "The bastards who know how to kill them." Rafa likes his testosterone sandwich with a dash of cheese. Just a dash, nothing more.I've been fortunate enough to have picked my way to the more decent angel books out there and Paula Weston's Rephaim series is definitely one of the better ones. The first time I read Shadows I was taken by the witty characters, a strong, likable heroine and the mystery surrounding Gabe and Jude's accident. The second time I read it, I got a better appreciation of the bigger story arcs: the Rephaites pursuit of the Fallen and the friction between the Outcasts and Nathaniel's crew. Seeing as how difficult it is to get a copy of this book, I'm still trying to convince myself that what I read was legit. But since I got it from amazon… I guess I'm gonna have to blame my emotions towards this book on Middle Book Syndrome.Haze starts off a week after the end of Shadows where Gabe and Rafa plans to go to Melbourne to look for Jude. A trip I'm sure everyone who has read the first book is raring, dying to go to.A trip that happens roughly at the 75% mark.I wouldn't have minded this had the earlier 74% given me something that moved the existing story arcs along. Unfortunately, this was spent piling in new details, revisiting characters I didn't care for in the first book and introducing new concepts which I'm sure would make the next books more interesting, but for the here and now… it kinda sucks. Unlike the clean and simple nature of the first book's plot, this one had webs and mobius strips of plots and subplots interrelated that even for someone who has just re-read Shadows got too much to keep track of.It felt like instead of pursuing a single story line (say the search for Jude), a lot of new subplots got in the way. That trip to Melbourne had a hell lot of pit-stops, none of which satisfied my already rabid curiosity. Sure Jason's Iowa discovery was fascinating and I really wanted to know more about the Outcasts and how they operate but I just ended up seeing them as ribbons that weren't pretty enough to make the pink elephants in the room disappear. There was also one too many summarizing of the events up to a certain point, as if making sure you're keeping up with everything this book is throwing at you. I think at the 80% mark there was still some summarizing going on. I appreciate it when done once but done repeatedly it bogs down the narrative especially if in full detail. Glossing over them would've sufficed the third time. On the Gabe and Rafa front, their relationship continue to evolve and gain some depth and their chemistry still works for me. I like how they're independently strong and given how violent things could get, there's none of the romantic coddling you'd usually expect from PNRs. When Gabe gets hit, Rafa won't be rushing to her aid, he'll be cheering her on to hit back.On his own, Rafa still had a bit of snark in him but also gained some softness with his intensity. On the other hand, I still find Gabe likable enough though her thoughts towards Rafa are considerably less PG-13 here than in the first book but not to the extent that she loses her self in all the warm fuzzies. Rafa glances at me as we walk. His hair looks fairer out here in the sunlight. Right now I’d like to run my fingers through it, get a good handful, and smack his head into the brick wall we’re passing. Mya finally got introduced here and I'm surprised how easy she was to take as opposed to what I was expecting. As opposed to Jason who just ended up as the plot device to pile in the confusion into the clusterf*ck. He's sort of that guy who invites the weird strangers in to the party who end up drinking all the beer.Overall this book had its moments but seeing as this is the 2nd in a 4-book series, my gripes shouldn't really be gripes at all... for someone who has all 4 books on hand already. But since I'm moving along with the series as it progresses this was a bit of a disappointment and felt a lot like a bridge to something... more. Thankfully, some of the issues in the first book did get resolved here (and when I mean some, I mean one) and some got at the very least half-answers but not without uncovering more questions. The climax initially felt a bit redundant for me until that nasty 96% bit which sets us up for the next book, confuddled, anxious and very impatient.And just because I couldn't resist:(view spoiler)[ "Gaby... I'm not going to talk about the past anymore, okay? Whatever this is, it starts now." (hide spoiler)]------------------- WTF?! This was out since May 22?! while I was faffing about and existing in the real world? You know what this means, right?1-click that mother and re-schedule everything else.Prioritize.
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous! Well this felt like one of the best sequels so far…It’s been a while since the last time I was so lost into a story that I couldn’t put it down. It’s been quite a while since I first read the first book in the series too, but it didn’t feel like time has passed at all. I could easily pick it up from where it ended and enjoy this next part of the journey.The first book was a bit more action driven than this one. There were many unanswered questions and something had to make up for Fabulous! Well this felt like one of the best sequels so far…It’s been a while since the last time I was so lost into a story that I couldn’t put it down. It’s been quite a while since I first read the first book in the series too, but it didn’t feel like time has passed at all. I could easily pick it up from where it ended and enjoy this next part of the journey.The first book was a bit more action driven than this one. There were many unanswered questions and something had to make up for those. This time around is all about building relationships and character development.We learn more about the other characters and how they interact with Gaby, we learn more about her strength coming back to her and the way the part-angels can fight together, we learn more about their disappointments, their past together and what they want for the future.The story is less about the past catching up with Gaby though, and more about the need to find her brother – but also how scary this is for her, because what if she never finds him, or what if she does but he is not the brother she remembers, or what if he is really dead, what if she loses him all over again?Hope is a dangerous thing and Gaby knows is. So she busies herself with keeping her friends safe while also hunting for clues and she tries to put herself together before she can face the truth of what happened a year ago.Now, of course you won’t get all the answers you might expect, but that is good because there is another book in progress that will do just that. Also there is quite a cliffy going on at the ending that might leave you just a bit open-mouthed – and I might confess that I don’t like cliffhangers, not when I have to wait a long time for my breath to catch again.This review and more at: ReadingAfterMidnight. ____________________________________________Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO)____________________________________________
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Haze, book two in Paula Weston’s Rephaim series, was addictive, action packed, and frustrating as all hell!The questions, conflicts, and action continue for Gaby, Rafa, and the entire half angel-all angel-hellion crowd. Twists and turns. Clues and confusion. But for me, this book was not as much fun as the first. The same half-answers, interruptions, and evasiveness that created a swirl of suspense and fun frustration in book one, came across as annoying this time out. Lots of avoiding and Haze, book two in Paula Weston’s Rephaim series, was addictive, action packed, and frustrating as all hell!The questions, conflicts, and action continue for Gaby, Rafa, and the entire half angel-all angel-hellion crowd. Twists and turns. Clues and confusion. But for me, this book was not as much fun as the first. The same half-answers, interruptions, and evasiveness that created a swirl of suspense and fun frustration in book one, came across as annoying this time out. Lots of avoiding and stalling! EVERY time someone brought up the past or got a little something, something *eyebrows waggle* going—they would get interrupted! Every time! Someone would bust in the room or change the subject. Even a major point to this whole journey was put off for most of the book. It’s such a fine line between suspense and stalling. Ms. Weston swerved over the line for me. But all that said…I still felt consumed by this story. For some reason, angel stories have always captivated me. The history, strength, pain, and passion burrow under my skin like nothing else. And these characters have definitely gotten to me. Strong characters that pull and punch at my heart and gut with fierceness. Fierce energy, emotion, and action. These scenes, possibilities, and characters linger in my imagination. Rafa is my favorite though. Some of the small glimpses we get of an unguarded, emotional Rafa took my breath away. His relationship with Gaby is the focal point for me. They have such a complicated, volatile chemistry. It’s addictive! And I need more."I know things are messy with us, but do you really think I could just walk away from you?” This time he doesn’t look away. “Do you really think I’d let you?”Need book 3 right now!
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  • Keertana
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsDear Paula Weston, I hate to break this to you, especially since your novel has already released in many parts of the world, but I think you forgot to write an ending. Do you mind sending me those missing pages in the mail? Or will you accept chocolate chip cookies in exchange for Shimmer? Would a few of my limbs entice you instead? Sincerely, Willing to Do ANYTHING For the Ending of This Book Haze is undeniable proof that Middle Book Syndrome is a thing of nightmares - one that Rating: 4.5 StarsDear Paula Weston, I hate to break this to you, especially since your novel has already released in many parts of the world, but I think you forgot to write an ending. Do you mind sending me those missing pages in the mail? Or will you accept chocolate chip cookies in exchange for Shimmer? Would a few of my limbs entice you instead? Sincerely, Willing to Do ANYTHING For the Ending of This Book Haze is undeniable proof that Middle Book Syndrome is a thing of nightmares - one that can clearly be avoided by Aussie writers. With her sophomore novel, Weston has crafted a sequel that is stronger, darker, richer, and all the more enticing than her stunning debut ever was. Shadows is a promising start to a new series, but that's all it is: a beginning. With Haze we are finally allowed to delve deeper, not necessarily into the foundation of this world, but rather its characters, which, in my opinion, always makes for a much stronger story. If Haze has any glaring flaws - beyond its lack of an ending, of course - it is that the crux of this novel only emerges well after the first-half of the book. In other words, Gaby and Rafa's quest to find Jude only really begins there. And yet, this book is all heart-pounding action and sexual tension, two aspects that are guaranteed to keep you flipping the pages frantically. (Or, you know, re-reading those paragraphs with a shirtless Rafa.) What I loved about Haze, from the beginning itself, was that it immediately solidified our bond to Gaby. While I sympathized with Gaby's predicaments in Shadows, I can't claim to have truly known her mind and heart. In Haze, however, Gaby has become as dear and close to me as a sister. Not only is Gaby still adjusting to the shocking fact that her memories are not real, she is also coping with the hope that Jude may be alive and, moreover, he may be different from the Jude she remembers. As such, Gaby doesn't jump at the chance to find her brother like Rafa does, and her hesitations are so palpably believable that you cannot help but want to prolong the inevitable search as well. Quite thankfully, the events in this book are by no means unnecessary or filler. Instead, the plot focuses on finding a way to keep Maggie safe, which unearths a whole trove of Jason's past and hidden secrets even the Rephaim don't know about. It took me by surprise that Jason wound up playing such a huge role in this installment, but in retrospect, it makes the most sense. After all, unlike the other Rephaim Jason has living family members and his past is not only different, but unusual, from that his fellow brethren have shared. Thus, getting to know more about him, and his relationship to Maggie, was a pleasant spin. Maggie, too, comes more alive in this book. We finally see, not only how much she means to Gaby, but also how much Gaby means to her. Although both girls are facing new and life-changing revelations about themselves and the people they knew, their friendship endures. YA suffers from a dearth of realistic friendships, but I truly loved the manner in which Gaby and Maggie managed to remain close, all while moving apart from each other and into their own roles, at the same time. I would be lying, though, if I said Haze was as good as it was without the presence of Rafa. Shadows established a murky commencement of the relationship between Gaby and Rafa. I, for one, was a little skeptical and worried about Rafa's continued insistence that Gaby remain in the dark about their past relationship. In Haze, however, not only is Rafa a kick-ass fighter, but he is also incredibly tender and understanding. It was those moments that made me fall head-over-heels for him. Yet, Rafa isn't simply the romantic interest of this tale. As a character, he brings a load of baggage to the table, working through his own inner demons, and we finally glimpse a sense of how difficult the past year has been for him without either Gaby or Jude. And this Rafa, the real Rafa, is a shocking and beautiful sight to behold. I love that Rafa and Gaby work through their relationship in this book. Actual, live conversations side-by-side with the raging sexual tension made this romance shoot up to become one of my favorites. It still remains merely an aspect of this series, and never an overwhelming majority of it, but it simmers and sits, boiling in the back of your mind and your heart. If you haven't already picked up Shadows, I'm not sure what more I can say at this point to convince you to do so at once. Paula Weston is Australian. Surely that's enough? Plus, the sequel is much better novel, full of close friendships, tight bonds, and simmering romance. I savored this book, reading only a few chapters a day because I didn't want to leave this world. It is so rarely that I ever enjoy a series to this extent, and those are the books to watch out for and cherish. Needless to say, Haze is one of the best books I've read this year and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to devour it. Paula Weston - my chocolate chip cookie offer still stands. Meanwhile, excuse me while I scrounge for money to pre-order Shimmer. I doubt I'll get a good night's sleep until that book is in my hands.
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  • mich
    January 1, 1970
    So. Much. FRUSTRATION!!!!I need some freakin ANSWERS!
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 4.5 starsThank you Text Publishing for sending me this book. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. '"Yeah, she can still fight," Rafa says, stepping between them and me. "So I'd think twice about taking her on. And if you still think it's a good idea, you'll have me to deal with as well."' I was talking to my friends the other day about my hostility and malevolence towards angel books and explained to their unbookish minds that they were See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 4.5 starsThank you Text Publishing for sending me this book. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. '"Yeah, she can still fight," Rafa says, stepping between them and me. "So I'd think twice about taking her on. And if you still think it's a good idea, you'll have me to deal with as well."' I was talking to my friends the other day about my hostility and malevolence towards angel books and explained to their unbookish minds that they were all cliche, calculable pieces of poop and that they should run away as soon as they catch a whiff of these putrid 'angelic' books. I would like to take that statement back as I do believe I've been mistaken. Everyone, meet my favourite paranormal book of 2013, Haze By Paula Weston! The stunning sequel to the much loved Shadows, is filled with heart-racing action, enthralling plot lines and some very kick-ass characters that certainly kicked me into dazeville. Jude might be alive. Gaby's supposedly dead brother for almost a year could still be alive somewhere. Ever since the nightmares stopped, Gaby's been living in one. Now accepting that she is one of the Rephaim, Gaby, ventures through the new aspect of life in combat and a tense search for her long lost twin. But is Jude really alive? Or was it another trap? Our beloved protagonist only becomes more spunky and kick-ass. With the action diving right in near the beginning, we can easily discern her character development that blossomed till the very end. What I mean by this is, as Gaby's memories had been all removed and replaced, she urges on her combat instincts and can sometimes recognise her old life. Her strong-will pulls throughout with great velocity and only produces a better and more loveable (if that's even possible) female character. Sometimes, I just want to grab Maggie and give her a nice long hug. She deserves one a million. Not only is she not trite like our other clueless best friends' of the MC, but also she was extremely determined and sympathetic. Exactly what I used to expect from YA books before a sea of clichés overthrew them and abolished them. She was somewhat intertwined with the plot and was the axing best friend that empathised and laughed with Gaby. The dialogue Paula places in is perfect modern colloquialism that seemed to unravel itself like ribbon- so seamless and enjoyable. This friend relationship is one of my favourites. What unfortunately took down half a star was the romance. I've become more wary of it ever since the end of Shadows. Rafa, on whole was loveable, in fact, he's our sexy angel, with satirical remarks and a touch of arrogance that I surprisingly relished. However, it wasn't anything to do with these deadly characters, it was more about the consistency and my confusion. There were widens outbursts of kissing scenes then they'd abruptly start ignoring each other. This chemistry was rather underdeveloped but still bearable and likeable. Once again, our plot and consistency never fails. Paula has magnificent writing techniques that manage to grab our attention so swiftly by building up the tension in every line, then, bombard a unexpected twist. It's like a domino sequence, placidly but occasionally have an abrupt bump to jolt us readers back aware. Moreover, Haze is the first book to make me feel nauseous. Well, in a fantastic way. The writing here is so vivid and bold, when I read a certain fighting scene, I literally couldn't keep reading as I felt like I was the one being jabbed with a knife. And felt these sensations of numbness and jelly-ness on my hand. It was exhilaratingly gross. Filled with combat, character development and even some idiocy/humour, Haze is the perfect angel book I've ever read and I truly deem that if you have not read this series, you are missing out on too much. Read it and never regret it, you'll be addicted.
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  • Nic
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! The second instalment in this series didn't disappoint. Actually I think it was even better (just slightly though). I love the writing and the way the story flows. There is always something going on without it feeling rushed. And the characters are the type that you admire and would love to hang out with if they weren't always getting themselves into dangerous situations (especially Rafa). And talk about a cliffhanger ending. I need the next book like yesterday. Overall, I wish I could Loved it! The second instalment in this series didn't disappoint. Actually I think it was even better (just slightly though). I love the writing and the way the story flows. There is always something going on without it feeling rushed. And the characters are the type that you admire and would love to hang out with if they weren't always getting themselves into dangerous situations (especially Rafa). And talk about a cliffhanger ending. I need the next book like yesterday. Overall, I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, it is just that good!
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  • Isamlq
    January 1, 1970
    So I’m split once again, loving how we have more of Rafa, how hot then cold then hot he could get, (almost like Barrons of the Fever fame.) But this book suffers what plenty follow ups do: there’s nothing really happening in this one. Could this have been a novella? Perhaps, as the bulk of the changes take place at the tail end and prior that, it’s all about how Gaby’s confused and conflicted (but not to the same degree as she was in Shadows.) The question then becomes do the good bits So I’m split once again, loving how we have more of Rafa, how hot then cold then hot he could get, (almost like Barrons of the Fever fame.) But this book suffers what plenty follow ups do: there’s nothing really happening in this one. Could this have been a novella? Perhaps, as the bulk of the changes take place at the tail end and prior that, it’s all about how Gaby’s confused and conflicted (but not to the same degree as she was in Shadows.) The question then becomes do the good bits compensate for what it lacks? Rafa fans would say YES; I say, not quite. Specifically, I would have loved a bit more action-sequency moments. I would have loved a bit more of something That said, we do get tons of background on the who’s, the what’s, and even the how’s. Plus, the big surprises close to the end? Big they were. Now, haters of cliffies, you may loathe this one… personally, it was a great ending… how with one thing resolved, we’ve another thing to contend with. And this thing between the two leads… I’m split on that end too! Because with no one saying anything that’s real, I’ve come up with ALL KINDs of theories to explain why they were and why Rafa is the way he is. O.o My brain has taken me place, is all I’m saying.The good:>Rafa.>Rafa>Way awesome cliffy!The bad:>Cliffy! (Because I’m contrary like that.)>Nothing much goes, that is till we get to the very last couple of chapters.
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  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    January 1, 1970
    ***Series (books 1-3) Spoiler-Free Review***Friends have been pushing this series on me for the last year or so, and I'm so glad I finally listened. I was supposed to spread my reading out over the month of April, but I think it took me two days to read the first book and just a day each for the last two. Seriously, I couldn't put them down. I had to know what happened next. Which is the reason I've now found myself in #readerproblems hell: there's still one book left, and Shimmer (book 3) left ***Series (books 1-3) Spoiler-Free Review***Friends have been pushing this series on me for the last year or so, and I'm so glad I finally listened. I was supposed to spread my reading out over the month of April, but I think it took me two days to read the first book and just a day each for the last two. Seriously, I couldn't put them down. I had to know what happened next. Which is the reason I've now found myself in #readerproblems hell: there's still one book left, and Shimmer (book 3) left us with the worst cliffhanger imaginable. Is it any surprise that I'm paying $33 just to have the shortest amount of wait time for the release of Burn? Reasons to love The Rephaim series:1. A unique paranormal/mystery story line.The series centers around Gaby, a girl who thinks she's a teenager who survived the horrific accident that killed her twin brother, only to be told that she's a century-old half-angel with both missing and false memories. What's more, her beloved brother Jude may not be dead after all. While Gaby is determined to find him at any cost, she's also thrust into an unimaginable world she can't remember. Rafa, another half-angel, is the one who first realizes she's not dead and finds her, but he's reluctant to give her any details about their shared personal history. Ten years ago, the Rephaim race split into two opposing groups - with Gaby on one side, and Rafa and Jude on the other. The three of them used to be close, but something tore them apart that caused Gaby to remain at the Sanctuary and the boys to leave with the other Outcasts. Then, one year ago, right before the "accident", Gaby got in contact with Jude again... and the other Rephaim believe they found something key to their lifelong mission (of finding their Fallen fathers) but were keeping it a secret. In other words: now that she's "back from the dead," no one trusts her. Though Gaby's muscle memory starts to return - she's still awesome with a katana - she can't remember her past or what happened. Rafa won't tell her about their fight, either, because he doesn't want that division to come between them again. Normally, these "in the dark" plots frustrate me, and believe me I am dying to know everything, but I like that secrets are slowly being revealed for both Gaby and the reader. It makes her entirely sympathetic, and it's like looking at a scrambled puzzle with fresh eyes. There are things Gaby, Rafa, and the other Rephaim weren't even aware of before the start of this series; without Gaby's memory loss and subsequent search for the truth, they may have never gotten new answers. I love all the details added to this story, especially in regards to its angel mythology. It's brilliantly woven into a plot that's fast-paced and gripping.2. Gaby vs. GabeI'm fascinated - and slightly (okay, very) nervous - about the Gaby of now and the Gabe of before. They seem like two very different girls, and it has me going crazy trying to figure out why she appears to have a completely different personality. Gaby is loyal and protective but also stubborn, somewhat reckless, and anti-authority. Countless times the other Rephaim have told her that the "old Gabe" would have never behaved the way she does. It scares me because, once she gets her memories back, will she stop being the Gaby I've come to know and love? Because that Gaby... she is an amazing heroine. I'm not sure how someone should respond to a situation like this, but Gaby's reaction is totally admirable and realistic. There's uncertainty, doubt, and fear, but she always pushes through and trusts her instincts. What's more, she wants to prove herself - but to prove herself as Gaby. She doesn't want to be anyone but herself. I love this about her, and I can only hope she doesn't change.3. Chemistry like whoa.The romance between Gaby and Rafa is my new favorite thing. I can't stop obsessing about it. From the moment they "first meet", the tension and chemistry between them is incredible. They have this push-pull dynamic that is sexy and fun, but it doesn't take long for that to turn into something deeper. I hate to say that they have this undeniable connection, but it's the truth; they obviously get each other in a way Gaby understands only on a subconscious level. They're it for each other, as cheesy as that sounds. Yes, their history is shrouded in mystery, and it's killing me not knowing why they've been at odds for the last decade. What did Rafa do to make Gaby so angry? But while Gaby most definitely wants to (and has a right to) know, I love that she doesn't let it get in the way of what they currently have going on. Each book their relationship grows stronger and their trust runs deeper. They have moments that are charged with sexual tension and heat, and moments that are unbearably tender. It's the Gaby and Rafa show and I'm just over here eating it up like it's my last good meal. And, yeah, Rafa is my new book boyfriend. I think his feelings for Gaby are so obvious and true, and that is something I can never resist. Plus, he's just swoony as hell. Of course, all these happy good feelings can take a major dip here shortly. That's the fear with the final book in a series: it won't meet your expectations. And it's especially nerve wracking with this series because everything rides on what happened in Gaby's past and how she'll react to it in the present. I think Gaby and Rafa will find their happy ending, but I have this sense of dread about how they'll get there. The bits and pieces we've gotten about who they used to be don't exactly give me much confidence, but I trust (hope) that Paula Weston has a few tricks up her sleeves.Angels, mystery, missing memories, sexy & triangle-free romance, a fun supporting cast, and some blood thrown in for good measure... you really can't go wrong by picking up this series. Just throw in a few prayers for me when I get the fourth book in June. :)This review can also be found at Love at First Page.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    *** 5 millions stars ***Have you ever felt this pure happiness mixing with a bit of melancholy after reading a very good book? I'm sure you know what I mean... Of course, if you love books as much as I do, you must have already experienced this feeling that make you utterly exciting when you think back on all the things you loved in the book you've just read... This certainty you've never met so wonderful characters... This sadness after the last page, even if you know there is a next book... *** 5 millions stars ***Have you ever felt this pure happiness mixing with a bit of melancholy after reading a very good book? I'm sure you know what I mean... Of course, if you love books as much as I do, you must have already experienced this feeling that make you utterly exciting when you think back on all the things you loved in the book you've just read... This certainty you've never met so wonderful characters... This sadness after the last page, even if you know there is a next book... Well, "Haze" did that to me. Yeah, right now, I'm feeling very happy because I know I've found my new fav' series but I'm also feeling a bit sorry for myself because I only have two books left before I have to say goodbye to a compelling story enlighten by some of unforgettable characters...But better not to think about that right now... This time will come quickly enough...I must admit I knew before I begin I would love this book; if you remember, the first book took me completely by surprise few weeks ago... Why? Because for the first time in my life, I loved a book about angels. "Shadows" was the paranormal book I was waiting for a long time: fun, fast-paced, addictive, intelligent and sexy. Not surprising I was exciting to see if the sequel will entertain me as well.‘You believe what he’s saying—that they’re demons?’Simon nods.‘Like, from hell?’‘No,’ Rafa says, ‘from Comic-Con.’ He shakes his head. ‘Yes, from hell.’Obviously, I've seen nothing because you know what? That second book is even BETTER!! Oh. My. God. Yes I loved everything in this sequel. In one word, this book (and this series) equals perfection. Don't need to say much...Haze resumes exactly where Shadows ends and I was instantly pulled back in Gaby's world. It's been a long time since I haven't been so glad to go back to a character. I loved the fact Paula Weston doesn't waste any time and connect us immediately with her story and her characters. In fact, it's pretty hard to talk about this book 2 because I've already said a lot in my review of book 1 : how much the story please me, how much I enjoy Paula Weston's writing and, above all, how much I completely fall for the characters and their relationship. Combine this to the fact I can't really talk about the plot because of spoilers... And finally add to that, in any case, none of words I could say will make justice to this excellent book. See? Hard time...However, I can talk about my feelings. And the least I can say that they are numerous and strong. I laughed, I cried, I was thrilled, frustrated, confused and consumed. As "Shadows", "Haze" is a perfect mixing between romance and paranormal; it represents perfectly all the things I love in a book: a well-thought plot, an action-packed story, and a magnetic and sexy relationship between two characters.“How can you be so sure?" I badly want to believe him, but this is Rafa. The guy who's all action and no plan.His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don't remember. "Because I'm not smart enough to give up, and you don't know how to.”Indeed, here, Paula Weston deepens her story with brio. She manages to increase her plot in a clever way; she adds some new elements without disclosing much in order to keep her suspense. For sure, the author has a real writing gift because I've never, ever, felt bored, even when she drives me anxious about revelations. She introduces new characters I was willing to meet, bring me to some place I was curious about, manages to surprise me and entertain me with some of action-packed scene. ‘”Yeah, she can still fight,” Rafa says, stepping between them and me. “So I’d think twice about taking her on. And if you still think it’s a good idea, you’ll have me to deal with as well.”‘But I truly think Paula Weston is even better when it comes to make us feel along her characters. It's confirmed here : I connect pretty well with Gabe and I am totally in love with Raffa by now. Needless to lie, what I love the most is this series is the relationship between the two of them: it's complicated, mysterious and sexy. I love how they bicker all the time; how they care for each other, how they want each other without admit it frankly... Their chemistry takes a new step in "Haze" and I definitely can't wait to read more about their love/hate relationship. I'm very curious to solve the mystery around their common past..."Rafa glances at me as we walk. His hair looks fairer out here in the sunlight. Right now I'd like to run my fingers through it, get a good handful, and smack his head into the brick wall we're passing"Well, I must admit I have a big book hangover since I read the last page. Particularly given what happens in the last chapter... I'm pretty sure my heart and my brain will be under stress in the entire third book. Be sure I will come back soon with "Shimmer"!In the meanwhile, I can only encourage you to discover this series...
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  • Joy (joyous reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Reading Haze is like eating a bowl of pistachio nuts. Peeling the shell is frustrating as hell, but man, are they ever tasty. Paula Weston’s version of angels is the stuff to fear, romanticized, and hero-worshipped. Whatever it is, she’ll have you reading like the devil’s on your heels.Shortly after Shadows ended, Gaby is even more sure of her identity. Regardless of her past, the life she woke up to is still teeming with trouble. The need to find her brother remains the guiding light that keeps Reading Haze is like eating a bowl of pistachio nuts. Peeling the shell is frustrating as hell, but man, are they ever tasty. Paula Weston’s version of angels is the stuff to fear, romanticized, and hero-worshipped. Whatever it is, she’ll have you reading like the devil’s on your heels.Shortly after Shadows ended, Gaby is even more sure of her identity. Regardless of her past, the life she woke up to is still teeming with trouble. The need to find her brother remains the guiding light that keeps her going every day. Though, there’s a tell-tale fear in her heart that going to Melbourne may lead to more heart break. Rafa will not let her give up, however. Jude is alive, he’s sure of it. But Gaby’s reluctance to go to Melbourne puzzles him to no end.Gaby knows that as soon as they find Jude, more Rephaims and demons will be gunning for them; enemies who are only interested in finding out what the twins got up to before their memories were wiped. In the meantime, She is more than determined to find out what happened between her and Rafa. Even if everyone had warned her that whatever it is, it will break the feeble truce they’ve somewhat established since their reunion.There are only a few series I could list where I could say, with fervent candor, that I would kill anyone, sleep with anyone to read its subsequent offerings: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, The Others by Anne Bishop, and The Rephaim by Paula Weston. And every time I get the books in my hot little hands, I get an overwhelming feeling of equal parts excitement and genuine trepidation.I sometimes don’t know what to do with myself.On the one hand, my yearlong craving would finally be sated. But on the other, I knew that I could be setting myself up for a crushing disappointment. To be perfectly honest, Haze was frustrating. Gaby’s reluctance to go to Melbourne and Rafa’s stalling tactics about what really happened between them before she lost her memory, contributed to this fact. In addition, the innate spark between Gaby and Rafa is slowly intensifying to an excruciating crescendo; truly, an explosion in the making. So while I’ve tried my best to savour Haze, I was a demon possessed trying to see its end. Rafa’s cursed tongue was even more infuriating this time around – which made him even more attractive – if you can believe it.The story didn’t move as fast as I expected it to. However, it didn’t lack for action and suspense. In fact, this is the type of read where my heart was consistently knocking back on my chest. The thing is, Rafa, Gaby, and the gang has enemies left and right. You don’t know when they will strike next. They also don’t know where to lay their trust; the doubts and suspicions were unrelenting. By midpoint, I was ready for Gaby and Rafa to get to Melbourne already. But bumps kept getting in the way, including a nearly impossible rescue mission in exchange for Jude’s laptop.At the end of the day, Paula Weston has me by the nose. I read at a frenetic pace and had to constantly fight off the urge to skim to get to the juice of the story. I was an addict who couldn’t stop reading. I do have Shimmer waiting for me but I heard some murmurings of an epic cliffie. I don’t know if I can handle that kind of aggravation excitement right now. I think I’d much rather wait until Burn comes out.
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  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    January 1, 1970
    Re-read. Original review here. Prep for Burn. :D***God, I'm so glad I'm re-reading these all back-to-back because they are so fun and sigh-inducing and kickass and steamy! BUT, I'm also glad I'm done with this one because I'm just THAT much closer to Burn
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I go into the second book of a series, I have a nagging doubt that I just won’t enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the first. Paula Weston’s Haze, however, proves that there are exceptions to every case. This sequel to Shadows was just as remarkable of a book as its predecessor, or perhaps even stronger.This book was all about Gaby’s conflicted feelings. At the end of the first book, she and Rafa realize that because her memories were altered, it might be possible that Jude’s were as Every time I go into the second book of a series, I have a nagging doubt that I just won’t enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the first. Paula Weston’s Haze, however, proves that there are exceptions to every case. This sequel to Shadows was just as remarkable of a book as its predecessor, or perhaps even stronger.This book was all about Gaby’s conflicted feelings. At the end of the first book, she and Rafa realize that because her memories were altered, it might be possible that Jude’s were as well and that he is alive somewhere. Gaby has always been a strong girl, but it was interesting here to see more of her vulnerabilities. She clung to the manufactured memories that she had of Jude, and she was afraid of what she was going to find in Melbourne. So throughout Haze, she found ways to stall. This in reality should have frustrated me to no ends, but Gaby was a relatable character and it’s easy to see where she was coming from. Even when she was making decisions that had me feeling doubtful throughout the book, I understood her. To me, her ability to reach readers and make them understand her viewpoint were what made Gaby such a colorful protagonist.Then, there was Rafa, who was just as infuriating, attractive and genuine as ever. This guy continues to impress me even as he frustrates me with his unwillingness to open up to Gaby about their past relationship and what caused their divide. Despite that though, there was no doubt in my mind that Rafa was good for Gaby. He continued to push her, making her stronger, more confident and comfortable in her role as a Rephaim. The romantic tension between Gaby and Rafa was the highlight of the previous book for me. I love Paula Weston’s handling of this romance. It’s not completely there yet, but it’s bubbling in the background and with every intimate scene and conversation between the two, the tension, the sexual chemistry and the emotional attachment the two share seem to amplify. Though part of me was dying for them to get together already, the other part was also secretly enjoyed how slow developing this romance was. I ship these two hard, guys, and I just can’t get enough of them.Haze further explored the dynamics between the half-angels. There was some serious tension there as we learned in the previous book, and we get to see much more of their history in this installment, though we are still not privy as to what caused the rift. Paula Weston is amazing at characterizations and in Haze, she made me care for characters that I thought I was supposed to dislike. She helps you see why the characters are the way they are and it’s truly fabulous. The actual main plot in Haze of Gaby and Rafa going on a search for Jude didn’t actually set off until the last third of the book, but in no way does this mean the book was uneventful. In fact, we learn a ton about not only about the Rephaim, but also about Jason, Maggie and Gaby’s friend and Zarael and his demons. There were so many exciting and gasp-out-loud revelations made that had me flipping through the page of this book. Haze ends on one of the most painful cliffhangers that I have ever read, but it at the same time had me so excited to read the next book.I just can’t stop raving about how amazing Aussie YA is. I know you guys are probably tired of hearing me say it, but seriously if you have never picked up an Australian author’s book, do yourself a favor and change that. They are life-changing. Haze was a brilliant sequel and if the fact that it’s a YA paranormal book with angels and demons is off-putting, then I insist that you give this series a try because it will blow your mind away with how addicting, vibrant and engaging it is.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Haze by Paula Weston picks up right where Shadows left us. After meeting Rafa and discovering that she is part of The Rephaim – wing-less angels, Gaby took on demons and her past. She also found out that Jude, her brother, might still be alive. In Haze Gaby and Rafa travel around the country and overseas to discover the truth about Jude, with the help of some friends and some some not-so-friendly acquaintances.Here’s my excuse disclaimer: I am a note taker when I read, it helps me to remember Haze by Paula Weston picks up right where Shadows left us. After meeting Rafa and discovering that she is part of The Rephaim – wing-less angels, Gaby took on demons and her past. She also found out that Jude, her brother, might still be alive. In Haze Gaby and Rafa travel around the country and overseas to discover the truth about Jude, with the help of some friends and some some not-so-friendly acquaintances.Here’s my excuse disclaimer: I am a note taker when I read, it helps me to remember little details and things I want to mention, especially as I read quite quickly and it’s easy to forget things. But, I started this on my flight to LA and I took no notes whatsoever. I read about 30 pages before going to sleep. I did no reading during my first week in the USA, then read a bit more on my flight to Portland and then finally finished this book on my flight to NYC two weeks later. I also gave my copy to Maggie before I flew home, so I don’t have a book to refer back tp. So, this will be more of a mini review because it’s been weeks and I don’t usually take that long to read a book.Despite not having read Shadows recently, it was easy to jump right back into Gaby’s life. The beginning allows the reader time to catch up with a run-down of what has happened previously, which I enjoyed. Around a hundred pages in, the pacing picks up and it was here that I found me attention fully captured.Gaby is the same strong girl she was in Shadows, only this time she’s more capable having re-learnt some fighting skills. She’s hesitant to find Jude, worried about what he'll be like, if he'll remember her, and if he really might be dead.The tension between Gaby and Rafa was just as full on, if not more so. It’s clear they are both extremely attracted to each other, but Gaby hesitates and so does Rafa, worried that Gaby might regret any interaction between them if she finally remembers her past life.There were a lot of secondary characters to keep track of and this is the only thing that tripped me up, mostly because I didn't read this all in one go and I didn't take notes. I didn't find it overly confusing, I just found it hard to remember which ones were the good guys and which were the baddies – though in the world of the Rephaim, they can be both.The ending was intense, the pacing picked up even more speed and I was reading as fast as I could just to find out what was about to happen. The ending is not conclusive but this didn't bother me as it just makes me keen for the next book in the series!Two other things I loved: the Australian setting and the song title/lyric chapter titles.Haze is a great example of a sequel – the perfect amount of back story, plenty of action, romantic tension, mystery and a heart-stopping ending. I have no idea what Paula has in store for us, but I can’t wait to find out.International readers: The Rephaim series is being published overseas! Shadows came out in the UK last year via Orion, and it will be available in September via Tundra in the USA – keep an eye out for it! Thank you to the lovely people at Text Publishing for my review copy.
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  • Eunice
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsReview for both Shadows (The Rephaim #1) and Haze (The Rephaim #2)It has really been a very long time since the last time I started an angel book and I am really happy that when I finally decided to start one, a really fantastic and wonderfully written series was the one that landed on my lap. Rephaim was such an amazing series I definitely devoured in a very short time. I had a lot of fun reading this thrilling but beautiful world of half-angels Paula Weston created.In Shadows, we were 4.5 starsReview for both Shadows (The Rephaim #1) and Haze (The Rephaim #2)It has really been a very long time since the last time I started an angel book and I am really happy that when I finally decided to start one, a really fantastic and wonderfully written series was the one that landed on my lap. Rephaim was such an amazing series I definitely devoured in a very short time. I had a lot of fun reading this thrilling but beautiful world of half-angels Paula Weston created.In Shadows, we were introduced to this intricate yet very interesting world of the Rephaim. The concept was intriguing especially with how Weston made of with the circumstances of Gabe's character. We learned as she learned, and it was a wonderful way for us to get a good grip of the story and the world but still continued to make us intrigued and curious throughout the book. This one had me sitting on the edge of my seat with all the thrilling and gripping action scenes, discoveries and revalations. The characters too where easily likable and interesting. While I think the first book is a lot more plot driven and is more focus on building a foundation, the main characters especially Gabe and Rafa certainly did left a very big and lasting impression on me. So on to the next book, Haze, which I think made me more obsessed with Gabe and Rafa. Haha.This sequel is a lot more focused now on the character development but still didn't lose on providing an exciting and intriguing plot line. I think what made me loved this more was because I finally found a much deeper connection with the characters which brought me more appreciation to them. Although I do think that there aren't that much action on this one than the first book, the focus on the characters, the growth and improvement, definitely made up for it. We were also finally introduced to this one character that was only being talked on the first book. And I was very to have finally met him and that he didn't end up to be on the bad side. Now, the ending did leave us on quite a predicament but for some reason it didn't quite bother me, I had my full trust on the characters and know that everything will be alright on the next book. Although I did feel a little disappointed since I wanted a lot more of alone time between Gabe and Rafa. Haha. :)Overall, this series is absolutely now one of my favorite and best-read angel novels and I'd be definitely stalking this book and its author. I highly recommend this. With all the angle books out there, I assure you this one is without a doubt a hit to your reading experience.This review can also be viewed at Book Overdose
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Netgalley and Tundra Books for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.This series is seriously so cool! I thought I was kind of over the whole angel thing. I loved the Mortal Instruments series when I first read it (hey, I'm not ashamed!) until the fourth book, where it got pretty old. I read "Hush, Hush", and thought it bit, hard. I read "Fallen" and thought it was boring and stupid. So why do I love these "Rephaim" that Paula Weston My thanks to Netgalley and Tundra Books for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.This series is seriously so cool! I thought I was kind of over the whole angel thing. I loved the Mortal Instruments series when I first read it (hey, I'm not ashamed!) until the fourth book, where it got pretty old. I read "Hush, Hush", and thought it bit, hard. I read "Fallen" and thought it was boring and stupid. So why do I love these "Rephaim" that Paula Weston has created? I'm not sure exactly - it could be the Australian setting, or the characters (okay, Rafa is just, yum! Love him!!!) or possibly the world building involved. Maybe it's the writing! I love how it's been a year or more since I read "Shadows", and Weston is able to keep me in the loop, fill me in and remind me of the history of these characters, and not make me feel like she's dumping a whole load of crap on my head. I've read a couple of other sequels lately where I felt totally lost, and it made the reading experience confusing and much less enjoyable than it could have been, so I really appreciate Weston's ability to segue from one book to the next with ease. I'm not sure I got to know Gaby any better in "Haze" than I did in "Shadows", and that is one area I felt was lacking. Gaby still can't remember anything from before the accident, except the memories of her and Jude that were planted, which aren't even "real" memories. Although we do see her progress a bit in her fighting and shifting abilities, I would have liked to see more growth overall, if that makes sense. Like maybe if she remembered something about her former life. I don't know. I am, however, enjoying how her relationship with Rafa is progressing - there's still quite the mystery between them, and Rafa is definitely NOT spilling the beans. I want to know so badly how things end up between these two! I feel like this series is building steadily, and while it's true that not a ton happened here plot-wise, I don't feel like "Haze" suffered from that sophomore slump that many second books in a series are afflicted by. There was still a lot of action, a bit more romance, and some intriguing character interactions and developments. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next!
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  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.divabooknerd.com/2015/08/d...Haze picks up within moments of where Shadows ended, with Gaby clinging to the idea of Jude being alive. Her relationship with Rafa is complicated, the two dancing around unresolved feelings while Rafa shelters her from the secrets of her former life. The memories of Jude she had clung to are all a ruse, someone having implanted a life that was neither true or her own. She's torn between wanting to find her brother and hesitant that he isn't the same Jude http://www.divabooknerd.com/2015/08/d...Haze picks up within moments of where Shadows ended, with Gaby clinging to the idea of Jude being alive. Her relationship with Rafa is complicated, the two dancing around unresolved feelings while Rafa shelters her from the secrets of her former life. The memories of Jude she had clung to are all a ruse, someone having implanted a life that was neither true or her own. She's torn between wanting to find her brother and hesitant that he isn't the same Jude her memories paint him as, even if he is alive. But that's the least of her worries when they discover an iron room that is able to trap the Rephaim, losing any advantage against Zarael's army they may have had. Where Shadows introduces the reader to the world of the Rephaim, Haze is explosive. The intensity between Gaby and Rafa, the anticipation of finding Jude, hoping to discover who implanted their memories and allowed both to grieve for the other, the simmering tensions between the Outcasts and Sanctuary and the mystery that surrounds Mya and what she is keeping from her fellow Outcasts.The Rephaim series is not only engaging, but beautifully written with a touch of Australian thrown in. From the scent of the eucalyptus to the surf coast of Pandanus Beach, there is something mesmerising about an urban fantasy set in your own backyard. Even being supernatural beings, Paula Weston has created the Rephaim as relatable rather than images of perfection we tend to see in most angel themed young adult. Characters are scarred, both physically and emotionally and the lines between good and evil are blurred within their own society. It's also sex positive, which is seemingly rare within young adult. An agitated character has no qualms about swearing when angry, and Paula Weston should be applauded for infusing much needed realism into what is generally a very demure genre.The Rephaim series is brilliant, swoon worthy, incredibly captivating and goes from strength to strength with each installment. Paula Weston has crafted the perfect urban fantasy slash paranormal romance series, and I'm completely and utterly smitten.
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  • Rochelle
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Shadows, and Haze did not disappoint. We are thrown back into the lives of Gaby and Rafa as they try and find Gaby’s brother – who up until a week ago she thought was dead – in hopes of finding out why she can’t remember her true past.I love Gaby and Rafa so much, individually and together. Gaby is so feisty and brave, but she is also not afraid to cry and show her humaness. And who doesn’t love a girl who can wield a sword?There are new characters introduced in this book, I absolutely loved Shadows, and Haze did not disappoint. We are thrown back into the lives of Gaby and Rafa as they try and find Gaby’s brother – who up until a week ago she thought was dead – in hopes of finding out why she can’t remember her true past.I love Gaby and Rafa so much, individually and together. Gaby is so feisty and brave, but she is also not afraid to cry and show her humaness. And who doesn’t love a girl who can wield a sword?There are new characters introduced in this book, fiery, feisty characters that you will love to hate that Paula is so good at writing. And like Shadows, there is plenty of heart-pumping, sword swinging action. And I know what you’re all wondering – what about the sexy Rafa and Gaby moments? All I’m gonna say is that you won’t be disappointed.You get to see more sides to Rafa in Haze, and it made me love him even more, he is one of the top book bad boys that you will read.There are lots of questions answered, but since there are more books to come their are still lots of questions to be answered. I am dying to know Gaby’s secret past, especially the part that involved Rafa.If you like feisty characters, heart-pumping action and sexy romance than this book is for you. Haze was a compulsive read – once I started I didn’t want to put it down and finished it in two sittings. I didn’t want it to end and then it did. And oh my gosh – THAT ENDING! Argh! What a cliff hanger! It had me gasping and crying and screaming because I NEED BOOK 3 NOW.Haze is a must read, on par with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series. I highly recommend it.*Like Shadows, this is for the mature teen and up, it contains profanity, sexual references, and violence.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I read Shadows, so I was worried that I would be lost in book 2. However, Weston graciously dropped some hints that allowed the whole story to come flooding back. I forgot how much I loved this series! I absolutely devoured this book in a matter of a weekend.Things I loved: The slow-burn between Rafa and Gaby, the growing complexity of the world-building, the introduction of more secondary characters for Rafa and Gaby to riff off ofThings that kept this book from being as It's been a while since I read Shadows, so I was worried that I would be lost in book 2. However, Weston graciously dropped some hints that allowed the whole story to come flooding back. I forgot how much I loved this series! I absolutely devoured this book in a matter of a weekend.Things I loved: The slow-burn between Rafa and Gaby, the growing complexity of the world-building, the introduction of more secondary characters for Rafa and Gaby to riff off ofThings that kept this book from being as great as the first: I don't know, but this one felt a little slow compared to Shadows. Despite more world-building, it didn't feel like that much really happened in this story. The first third of the book pretty much repeated itself: Rafa and Gaby have an awkward conservation about finding Jude, bar fight, Rafa and Gaby have another awkward conversation, bar fight. The structure of the story was pretty bland, to be honest. And ultimately, with the exception of (view spoiler)[ finding Jude (hide spoiler)] it didn't feel like much happened to further the larger story arc. However, that's pretty common for Second-Book-In-A-Series Syndrome. The author needs a book to reorient characters and start setting up the big finale. Here's to hoping that the spark is back in Shimmer! I have faith in Ms. Weston :)
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  • Mădălina Coman
    January 1, 1970
    There is no words that can describe my love for these books! I am so excited to go further and read the third one as well! I am emotionally tied to all of the characters and it feels the same like when I read The Mortal Instruments! I am talking about the same feeling of being part of something bigger than you, the feeling of actually being part of the action yourself! I am not done reading the series yet, but I totally recommend it to everyone! Start reading these books and you will find There is no words that can describe my love for these books! I am so excited to go further and read the third one as well! I am emotionally tied to all of the characters and it feels the same like when I read The Mortal Instruments! I am talking about the same feeling of being part of something bigger than you, the feeling of actually being part of the action yourself! I am not done reading the series yet, but I totally recommend it to everyone! Start reading these books and you will find yourself in the middle of a very tangled story with amazing characters that develop slowly page after page and makes you part of their long journey!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I have much to add that I didn't say in the first review! I still feel like this is a very solid example of the genre. I can, however, wait until the next book comes out in the US, instead of feeling like MUST GET MY HANDS ON IT NOW.I think there's just a bit too much action and too little character development for me to really fall in looooooove. Worth trying, though, if you like the genre.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    "If they’re demons, what does that make you lot?" Rafa taps his sword hilt. "The bastards who know how to kill them."Well written story--am enjoying my UF marathonRe-read September 2015--these books are so good--enjoyed them much more second time--have ordered the last two --excited to be able to finish the series
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  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. “But what if we can’t find Jude?” He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. “We will.” “How can you be so sure?” I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember. “Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to.” I seriously had to re-read this novel -- granted, I read it for the first time back in This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue. “But what if we can’t find Jude?” He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. “We will.” “How can you be so sure?” I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember. “Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to.” I seriously had to re-read this novel -- granted, I read it for the first time back in August -- in order to review it properly, and I still don't think I can adequately portray just how much I love this book...or this series, for that matter. It's been yet another month since my re-read, and I'm still having trouble gathering my thoughts. Why are the novels I love the most the absolute hardest to review? BUT...I have to do this now because my copy of Shimmer will be here in mere days, and I'll completely forego everything else to get to that book...including reviewing the previous book.It's kind of a well-known fact that contemporary novels from Australian authors tend to be very beloved among us readers, but now we're finally getting wind of some of the awesome paranormal stories they write, too. And I am hooked, guys. So much so, that I'm not satisfied borrowing from wonderful friends anymore or waiting for the US release date. No, I had to go and buy myself a copy of this novel -- and the next one! -- from an overseas vendor to satisfy my need for more Rephaim adventures, even knowing that I'll still have to wait another year or so for the final book in the series. I think my desperation for these books speaks volumes, but just in case that's not enough to convince you, I shall proceed with fangirling over Haze. Fair warning, though: this is the second book in the Rephaim series, so there are possible spoilers for Shadows .Haze picks up shortly after the events of Shadows, with Gaby having known that she is Rephaite -- a half-angel/half-human tasked with finding the Fallen and ridding the world of demons in the process -- for just about a week. The life she thought she knew isn't real. The brother she's spent the last year mourning doesn't exist. But there's a chance he's still alive, and now that they've established this possibility, Rafa wants to set out in search of him, like yesterday.And Gaby is just as excited at the prospect. But she's hesitant, too, to discover the demons of her past, the past she can't remember. And so she and Rafa set off in search of other demons...demons they can hunt and kill and cleanse the earth of...at least until she's ready to search for Jude. In doing so, she proves to her fellow Rephaim that she is not the Gabe they remember at all, that she has changed or at the very least no longer remembers who she was before. The amnesia plot was used primarily -- and well, I might add -- in the first book to help establish the world and conditions of the Rephaim by having the Rephaim themselves explain to Gaby everything that she would have already known as Gabe. In this book, Gaby's memory loss furthers the plot by elaborating on her past relationships with the other Rephaim, those whom Jude left the Sanctuary with a decade ago.It also adds more than a little tension to her relationship with Rafa. He still won't reveal what caused the big break, what drove Gaby and Jude to different sides, or why she and Rafa were basically enemies for the last ten years. But even though we get no answers in that respect, their banter and chemistry is still at an all-time high, fueling their actions and their passion, regardless of what they're doing. There are more than a couple of steamy scenes between these two, but there are tender ones, too, and I loved those just as much. “I know things are messy with us, but do you really think I could just walk away from you?” This time he doesn't look away. “Do you really think I'd let you?” However, Rafa grows agitated and frustrated with Gaby's stalling on the Jude situation, and though I'll admit it did slow the progress of the novel somewhat -- they didn't even set out in search of him until around the halfway point -- I understood Gaby's apprehension...and Rafa's, too. Neither knows which Jude they'll get, assuming that they find him at all. I think this might be the point at which Rafa and Gaby grow the closest, neither wanting to voice their fears but sharing them all the same. Their relationship is coming into its own, but it never overshadows the bigger picture.Suffice it to say, this book by no means suffers from the dreaded Second Book Syndrome. It's exciting and emotional and raw and packs an even bigger punch than Shadows did. It is pure excellence with none of that filler you find in a lot of sequels. It simply expands upon the things that were already so well done in the first book: the tight-knit bonds and friendships, the slow-burning romance, the kick-ass fight scenes, and Gaby's insatiable thirst for answers to her past. I could go on and on ad nauseam about this series, but really, the best thing I can suggest is picking it up and seeing for yourself just how amazing these books are. Once you do, it'll probably take you ages before you can form coherent thoughts about it, too. ;0)If I haven't sold you on this series yet, you really should visit the author's website. It hosts a bevy of information on the series, on the characters, and on the mythology behind it all. Plus, it's fairly entertaining. Just like the Rephaim series. You can also check out an excerpt from Shimmer here, assuming you're already caught up with the series.GIF it to me straigtht:
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  • Ananya Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Oooo frigging excited! This series keeps getting better. For me, it's the second best book containing angel-demons and their offsprings; of course, 1st is 'The mortal instruments' series by Cassandra ClareThis book is full-on package as it's previous one. I am soooo glad that I didn't miss it. It's addictive. Especially with such an ending. ps: already on with the next book.
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  • Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
    January 1, 1970
    I have this theory that either Paula Weston has had some past brawl(what do you call an aussie brawl?) with Melbourne and it deeply wronged her, or... she simply doesn't like Melbourne! Which is blasphemous in my eyes, but to each her own, I say! The characters(or one of them) has been dying, begging, prostrating to visit Melbourne since the last book but you know when they actually reach the palace of graffiti? When most of the pages have passed by. And then we stay there for no more than 6 I have this theory that either Paula Weston has had some past brawl(what do you call an aussie brawl?) with Melbourne and it deeply wronged her, or... she simply doesn't like Melbourne! Which is blasphemous in my eyes, but to each her own, I say! The characters(or one of them) has been dying, begging, prostrating to visit Melbourne since the last book but you know when they actually reach the palace of graffiti? When most of the pages have passed by. And then we stay there for no more than 6 pages(or something). Cheeses is so upset at these people! :( Haze picks off some days after the events of Shadows. However, the story doesn't move forward much. In fact, the plot is practically crawling towards whatever it is they should crawl towards. Nothing much really happens in this book, no new revelations are made, but instead we make several stops on the way to Melbourne and meet several new characters- some really cool, like Mya. On the other hand, Weston keeps the story from progressing with subplots that somehow come to interrelate with the entire story by one coincidence or the other. Frankly, I wasn't interested. There's entirely too less action. In this whole mashup, the original thread actually gets misplaced and mistaken a lot. The basic story from the first book was about this girl-angel and her brother mixing up shit and producing a stench of holy hell that draws out the bad and the evil, and they all want her.In this follow-up, we get zilch of actual information and the background. Even though, it's usually the second book that's built up as the Info-Dump Central. Moreover, the world-building is poor as ever. I don't really get a sense of this world, nor its mythology- something that bothered me in Shadows as well. More than half of this book is like the quests we have to finish in a video-game before we get to the actual enemy. Like, go get these antidotes from this guy, but first earn some money by defeating this monster that's been plaguing the poor villagers. Go meditate and get some training but look- your master's been abducted! Save them and unlock a secret weapon. And yada, yada, yada! The rest of the book is confounded angels, monsters and peoples, asking each other, what did they do? Tell me what did you do! You must or I shall behead you!!!Still, the distracting sequences and the deliberate hush on the story work its way toward a short climax, whose inadequacy is satiated by the epic ending.I'd say this series isn't for the curious or the impatient, which is weird because that's what I am like most the time. You see? This series has the power to temporarily change you. It will pressure the cat inside you into oblivion.And it's gonna be a bitch to resuscitate it.But enough of the grumpy!I still like The Rephaim series and it's partly for the characters. In the last book, I must admit, I absolutely didn't care for Rafa's relationship with Gaby. However, boy have my reservations been flipped! I believe there's much more development and chemistry in this installment. Like I mentioned before, Mya was an interesting character and I automatically took a liking to her. And Taya(and Simon but I don't really care for him) from the previous book also plays some part and gains personality. Nathaniel isn't there most of the time but still, I preferred him to Jason. Which brings me to~ Jason, why youz so bland in this rainbow of colorful characters? Why youz a tool and why youz introduce new subplots and threads that keep putting off my Melbourne trip?! Why youz keep annoying me like a fly trying to bugger its way into my soda and my custard! You evil, boring fly! I haz no love for you!Gaby has become admirable and worth rooting for, over the books. She has spunk, and while I do feel like throttling her every now and then, on the whole, her character is slowly working its way up to sheer brilliance.Anyways, folks. Let me just take a moment to convince you all why despite all its shortcomings, you should still try out this series and why I shall continue sticking for it.This series has dismal characters and kickass characters. When the end will come, this series is going to go off with two shits and a score of bangs. (I'm already missing the characters and I just finished the book.) In the meanwhile, this story is enough to keep you hooked, even if it takes tall, big and mysterious to a whole new level.(Book two is high time to unlock some secrets, methinks.) I won't guarantee it'll be an instant addition to your re-reads shelf; yet I do believe you are missing out on some smarmy and snarky angel-on-angel action, ie, Rafa. I'm expecting a lot from the next book[which, apparently is named Shimmer; I'm not exactly jumping in joy here] and you guys know what I want most of all? Cross-posted on Books behind Dam{n}s
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