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Product Details

  • Series: The Rephaim (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770495479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770495470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up-Gaby has survived almost a year since the car accident in which her twin brother, Jude, was killed and she was severely injured. She's put together a quiet life for herself, living in a small beach community where she shares a little cottage and works in the library. But she suffers from violent nightmares that make no sense. When a character from her dreams appears in real life, Gaby's world is turned upside down. Rafa claims that he, she, Jude, and many others are Nephilim (briefly mentioned in the Old Testament and in the Book of Enoch), the offspring of fallen angels who chose to leave heaven and mate with mortal women. As more and more Nephilim start to appear in Gaby's life, it becomes clear that she's in the middle of a battle between two warring groups. At a disadvantage due to a lack of memories of her life before the accident, she has no way to know whom to trust. With the violence of her dreams invading reality, it becomes evident that her life depends on figuring that out. And the suggestion that Jude may still be alive provides the motivation Gaby needs. This fast-paced first novel, with its mix of realism and the paranormal, is a gripping read, and the occasional Australian slang shouldn't trouble American readers.-Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“This fast-paced first novel, with its mix of realism and the paranormal, is a gripping read….”
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The jam packed action scenes.
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She was just a really likeable character to me, and I rooted for her from the very beginning.
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Overall Shadows was a really good read and I can’t wait to read the sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Savant on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Angels have been done. They've been redone. Beat down. Glorified. They've been ruined.

Then, from the dark recess of the terrible angel books, come a few that deserve absolute recognition for being awesome. For me, those include
Angelfall and most recently, Outcast. (Yeah, short list.)

Obviously, for any book to be remarkable, they must have not only a well-built story, but also damn good characters. And I think this goes double for angel based books. Cause, like I've said, they've been done and must be reimagined each time. And with Angelfall and Outcast, they each have their own spark that separated them from the rest.

The same can be said for Shadows. But Shadows has something those other two books don't. The author is Australian. And from my experience, an Australian author has never let me down. (Seriously, what the hell is in the water over there that sizzles with creativity?) And I knew that I had to have this book.

And I'll be damned if I wasn't blown out of the water time and time again during my time reading this magnificent, kickass book.

There isn't a single thing I didn't love about this book.
The setting.
The characters.
The snarky one liners.
The jam packed action scenes.
The wit.

Seriously. Everything hit the mark perfectly and I couldn't have dreamed of something better.

Gaby sticks to her guns even while trying to wrap her head around the new revelations in her life.

Rafa. Oh dear. Doesn't get much better than him, people.

Daisy is by for one of my favorite characters that this book is littered with.

Not once while reading could I guess what was going to happen next. It was a complete surprise every time, and drew a few gasps from me.

Now, I have to wait for the next book. I'm not a very patient person, but all good things come to those who wait, right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Disquietus on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It’s no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with books featuring an angel theme. With a few exceptions, I mostly love to hate them. I was pleased to discover that Paula Weston’s Shadows is one of those very rare exceptions.

I really enjoyed Weston’s writing style. Overall it hits that perfect balance between descriptive and concise that I love so much. Descriptive enough that I could easily visualize the characters, setting and action, but not so flowery that the important details got lost in the padding. There were definitely moments when the writing was just a little too simplistic, but it never felt juvenile. The world building was solid, and offered a unique twist on the Nephilim/Rephaim lore. While most angel-themed books tend to center on the Nephilim, I have yet to come across one that approaches it at the angle Weston does and I’m extremely excited to see where she is going with it. Another plus in the writing column is that all of the characters were well developed, and likable for the most part.

I enjoyed Gaby’s attitude and sense of humor and I’m intrigued by the Gaby that we don’t know, the person she was before the accident that killed Jude and took her memory. At times she walks the edge between likable and irritating, but she never crosses it. While she sometimes does and says things that I found to be frustrating, she always managed to redeem herself in my eyes. I liked that she is older than most YA heroines, and that while she spends most of the book in the dark about her past, she never came off as weak or frail. While she isn’t the badass that the other Rephaim say she once was, she worked with what she had and I found that admirable. While I enjoyed seeing her in action, my favorite Gaby moments were the ones where she was thinking about Jude.
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By T. Geo on August 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Started this in the morning and finished it the same afternoon. Not sure why this book hasn't been on my radar sooner but I'm so glad I found it. Right from the start all the great characters stand out, Gaby- the main character who discovers she doesn't know who or what she really might be, Maggie- Gaby's best friend who takes care and watches out for Gaby, Simon- bar keep at the local watering hole who has a crush on Gaby, Rafa- a mysterious guy who shows up in the bar claiming to be Gaby's dead brothers best friend and these are just the characters you meet in the first ten pages, many more show up in this book. Yes I have read other fallen angel/demon books and this stands out as one of the best. Definitely a page-turner with lots of action, bad guys and swoony boys. The best part of finishing this book is that I currently have Haze, book two to read and I'm immediately starting it.
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This is book is YA, paranormal/scifi/fantasy and has romance. It is an easy read and really well written and I loved it! It had everything I want in a paranormal young adult read. I could not read it fast enough, yet did not want it to end because it was so good. It has mythology that reminds me of Jamie McGuire. The storyline is not the same as any book I have read from her, but there are some similar mythologies and Jamie McGuire has written some paranormal YA romances that I loved. If you like YA, fantasy and/or paranormal romance, then this book has something for you to enjoy. A few moments made me teary, some made me laugh; and every page kept me eagerly reading and engrossed in the storyline. Here's hoping book 2 does not disappoint! I give this book an above 5, meaning 5 stars is not enough to express how much I loved it!
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