Hi everyone! After hearing so many great things about Paula Weston’s Shadows, I was excited to join the blog tour for its US release. Check out my review below, follow the rest of the tour stops through the Tundra Books blog, and pick up your copy of Shadows, available now!
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares. – Goodreads
Although I haven’t read too many paranormal books these last couple of months, I’m always willing to give another one a go in hopes that it’ll offer something refreshing in its storyline. I’ve read a few angel books and, for some reason, I’m always a harsher critic when it comes to these otherworldly beings. Most angel books end up on my “No thank you” list, but that wasn’t the case with Paula Weston’s Shadows.
The thing I loved most about Shadows is how many layers there were to uncover. The main character, Gaby, lost her twin brother in a car accident and, to add to that awful scenario, her memories have so many missing pieces. There was a lot of complexity to Gaby’s story and it would have been so easy to get lost along the way. However, Paula Weston navigated through her journey in a way that was both understandable and fast paced, leaving me eager to learn more with each page turn.
When it comes to most paranormal books I have recognized some formulaic elements, but Paula Weston was able to shake things up a bit with her take on angels. Not only that, but she definitely had a few twists up her sleeve when it came to her characters. There’s one character in particular that really surprised me with how important they ended up being to the story and I’m so excited to see how their role continues to play out in the upcoming books in the series.
As a protagonist, I really loved Gaby. Despite her hazy past, as well as the crazy world of angels (and demons) that she was thrust into, she was never weak. She had so much tenacity and a determination to be as strong as she was before — mentally for now, at least, as she hasn’t quite reached her full warrior potential. That said, Paula Weston definitely supplied plenty of hints of what Gaby is capable of and it’s going to be a real treat to see her continue to grow into that.
Shadows definitely has an edge that’s missing from a lot of paranormal books. To add to the mystery and action, there’s plenty of worldbuilding and character development to go along with those elements. Oh, and a little sexiness, too (yay for a slightly older age bracket for the characters!). In other words, Shadows has a little something for everyone and Paula Weston is sure to deliver more greatness in the next installment, Haze, next year.
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