Author: Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim #2
Date: October 2013
Source: ARC from publisher
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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.
Reviewed by: Mary
Paula Weston understands. She knows we don’t want to miss a minute of Gaby and Raffa, so Haze starts almost immediately where Shadows left off. There’s no downtime for the Rephaim.
Which means like Gaby, we’re also thrown headfirst back into the action, and I think I ended up liking Haze much more for it because it didn’t have the getting settled and getting to know you feeling of the beginning of the first book. With Haze, Weston focuses a little more on Gaby’s relationships with the men in her life. She’s accepted she’s a fallen angel, now can she cope with the possibility that her brother Jude is alive? ANd can she deal with whatever happens with Rafa when she also doesn’t know what else happened with Rafa before she lost her memory?
Of course, the book doesn’t focus solely on the men in Gaby’s life, there are plenty of interesting relationships with other women as well, and Maggie continues to be a favorite of mine. Ez and Taya also develop into more complete characters, and I enjoy every moment of their appearances.
On top of all the interpersonal history she can’t remember, Gaby also has to deal with a new faction in the war between angels and demons, a creepy human religious cult. And did I mention that Raffa’s “ex-girlfriend” Mya is on the scene now as well? You thought Shadows was rough on the poor girl.
The humans who play into the story fascinated me, but we’re left with mostly unanswered questions about them and I really hope they become even more important in the next two books and we learn more. Though I would also like the plot of the next book to not hinge on a random centuries old secret Jason has been hiding. I’m sure Raffa agrees.
Mya, however, I probably agree with Gaby on, which is no surprise considering the book is from her point of view. We have several characters trying to tell us that Mya is more than she appears, and that she’s actually quite good at certain things, trying to win us over and explain why they put up with her immaturity and bullying. But at the end of the day, she does exactly one good thing, and a few okay things with bad motivations. She also does a number of harmful things that are selfish and rude, so I really want her to shape up or turn out to be a bad guy, and quickly.
The last few chapters of Haze are big, but talking about it without spoiling anything is impossible. So I’ll sum up and say everything changes, and it’s both horrible and fantastic and I desperately want the next book.