Monday, 7 July 2014

Review: Shimmer by Paula Weston

Publisher: Indigo
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Rating: 8.5/10

Amazon summary:

Gaby thought her life couldn't get more complicated. She was wrong. She's not the teenage backpacker she thought she was. She is one of the Rephaim, descended from fallen angels. The brother she thought she'd lost is alive. And now Rafa - sexy, infuriating Rafa - is being held, and hurt, by the demons who want to get to her. Now Gaby needs the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all. It's a race against time. And it may already be too late. 


I think any readers of this blog know by now how much I adore the Rephaim series. It's intelligent, addictive and really well written for an older YA audience. Simply put: it's amazing. Shimmer is the third and penultimate book in the series, picking up exactly where Haze left off and continuing on a treacherous path that fans of Paula Weston are all too familiar with.

There's a lot going on in Shimmer, most of which I can't mention without spoiling the end of Haze. It's tense stuff, with Gaby and Rafa once again finding themselves in life-threatening situations that don't always have an easy solution. All the usual characters are back, including Gaby's brother Jude, and together the Rephaite and the Outcasts are literally in a race against time to put their world to rights.

Although Shimmer is yet another excellent instalment in the Rephaim series, every now and then it does read like a filler. The third book in a quartet always seems to be the most difficult because it's not setting the scene and it's also not an epic finale, it's somewhere in the middle. Despite all this, Paula Weston manages to avoid the majority of third book curses and keeps Shimmer exciting and almost on par with the ridiculously high standard of Shadows and Haze.

Readers of the Rephaim series will not be disappointed with Shimmer, though they might be disappointed (or sad/angry/distraught) to learn that Burn, the conclusion to the series, is not tentatively scheduled for publication until August 2015. That's over a year until we find out all the answers to our many questions - a year of waiting and wondering what will be revealed, who will die and how it will all end. All I can say is: BRING. IT. ON.

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