Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blog Tour: Burn by Paula Weston

Blog tour organized by Tundra Books
See the full schedule HERE

Burn is the final installment in the Rephaim series that began with Shadows. It's been a rush of a journey, and I still cannot believe it's over! 

Check out my thoughts on the first three books in the series, ShadowsHaze & Shimmer.

NOTE: If you have not started this series yet, this review contains spoilers for the previous installments (including the book description). I recommend you start with my thoughts on Shadows. 
by Paula Weston
Read: June 24 - 26, 2016
Published: June 24, 2015 by Text Publishing
Source: Paperback purchase 
Category: Angels, Demons, YA/NA
Series: Rephaim 4/4
Suddenly, Gaby remembers everything.
For a year she believe she was a backpacker chilling out in Pandanus Beach. Working at the library. Getting over the accident that killed her twin brother.

Then Rafa came to find her and Gaby discovered her true identity as Gabe: one of the Rephaim. Over a hundred years old. Half angel, half human, all demon-smiting badass and hopelessly attracted to the infuriating Rafa.

Now she knows who faked her memories, and how—and why it's all hurtling towards a massive showdown between the forces of heaven and hell.

More importantly, she remembers why she's spent the last ten years wanting to seriously damage Rafa.
Aaaaahhhhh. Let's take a moment and admire all four of the Rephaim series books together and the long journey we've taken to get to the last installment. I can't believe we're at the finale already. I've been desperate for this time to come, and also dreading it, because it means everything is over now *sobs*. But, really, look how gorgeous those covers are. You definitely want all four of books for their covers alone, and thankfully, the story found within these pages is completely addicting too. 

My favorite aspect of this series has always been the characters and their relationships with each other, and that stands through the final installment as well. I've fallen in love with Gaby, Jude, Rafa and everyone else, and I've become completely invested in their lives. Especially Gaby's search to discover who she is and where she fits in her world. I've been consumed right along with Gaby as she's sought to reconcile her past self as Gabe with present self, and it is in Burn that answers finally come to her and to us. Who was she before? Why did she leave the Sanctuary 11 years ago? And what happened a year ago with Jude that led to her memory loss and disappearance? It's all in here, and answered in a clear and satisfying way, including a fair bit of flashback. Some of the past moments were difficult to relive, and I ached right along with Gaby as I relived them with her. But it was such a relief to finally know everything, and very rewarding to see how far the characters have grown and changed since then. 

But it is not just the past that Gaby and friends have to contend with in this installment. A demon war is coming to the shores of Gaby's idyllic beach town. And the Rephaim are still trying to locate the Fallen. This story is intense in places, balancing out the emotional, relational aspects with danger and high energy battle scenes, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next and how it all would go down in the end.  

Burn wraps up the series well, in a way that is satisfying but also leaves room for more stories. Although I want to give these characters some peace for a while, I'd love to see them again one day. And if not, I can imagine the adventures they'll have ahead. The entire Rephaim series comes highly recommended from me. I dare you not to become addicted from the very beginning of Shadows to the end of Burn.
Love Triangle Factor: None in the series (But these two have a messy past that is finally explained in this book).
Cliffhanger Scale: Series end
About Paula Weston
I'm the author of the Rephaim series.

I'm also an avid reader and blogger, a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories, a closet comic reader and TV addict...and I'm borderline obsessed with the Foo Fighters.
Find the author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway 1: Finished copies of Shimmer and Burn by Paula Weston

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  1. Eee, gorgeous blog tour post Lauren :D SO glad you liked this final book. <3 YAY! I own all four. And must read them one day. YAY for no triangle :D And yay for loving the characters so much. <3 Sigh. I have heard such great things about this series :) I muuuust read it this year. Hopefully :D I hope I will love them too, like you. <3 Thank you for sharing sweetie :)

  2. Lovely blog tour post! I'm super excited to read this series! I have the first two books and I definitely would love to get SHIMMER and BURN so I can marathon read this series! I've heard SO many lovely things about this series and I can't wait to read it!


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