by Paula Weston
Read: August 7 - 8, 2013
Published: (AU) May 22, 2013 by Text Publishing
Published: (US) September 9, 2014 by Tundra Books
Source: International purchase from Fishpond
Category: PNR, Angels, NA
Series: The Rephaim #2 (four books total. Shimmer comes out in Australia in July)
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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.
Note: Haze is book 2 in the Rephaim series. My thoughts may contain spoilers for Shadows. See my review of book 1, HERE.
Haze is a rush from start to finish. It begins soon after the end of Shadows, and I daresay it’s even more exciting that the first book in the Rephaim series. Haze features more action and intrigue, and it amps up the tension big time. I wasn’t sure how Paula Weston would pull it off, but she does with exclamation points!! Haze also incited lots and lots of one of my favorite bookish related activities: discussion.
Although I find the overarching Fallen angel/Rephaim plotline to be interesting enough, I think what sets this series a part for me are these dynamic characters and the complex relationships between them. I’m totally caught up in all of the drama, confusion and pain over Gaby and Jude’s disappearances and then Gaby’s reappearance sans memory.
While I had a bit of trouble warming up to Gaby in the first book, I fell hard for her throughout book 2. She's incredible. I was right there feeling everything along with her: trying to find herself in a world she doesn’t remember, struggling to manage all the differing opinions about herself, and attempting to connect who she is today with the person everyone else tells her that she was before. I think Gaby’s struggle with identity is the most moving part of this book. While I’m really eager for her to regain her memory, I’m also nervous for her. What will she remember and how will it change the awesome person she’s become? Although there’s no way to tell what Gaby was really like until she remembers, it seems like her loss of memory has enabled her to regain some of the humanity that she’d lost over the years.
And then there’s Rafe who not only has gotten even hotter as this series has progressed (romance fans, do yourself a favor and pick this series up!), but we see so much more of him emotionally in Haze. We see Rafe’s tender side and how much he’s truly started to care for Gaby, but also his own agony over losing Gaby and Jude. What I love about Rafe is that he’s very protective of Gaby, while at the same time he’s pushing her to be stronger and more confident in the person that she is. The two of them have an amazing dynamic that is also brimming with tension. You thought it was high in the last book, but the fire between Gaby and Rafe just gets hotter. Of course, the big question is what will happen between them when Gaby regains her memory.
In my opinion, Haze is paced perfectly, even though the major plot action picks up well into the second half of the book. Weston took a lot of care to match the action with the growth of her characters, and both are done incredibly well. We also get lots of awesome revelations, as well as many details that we’re just starting to piece together. I know you’re all wondering about Jude, but all I’m going to say about him is READ THE BOOK. If you’re wondering about Mya. She’s in here too. Thankfully, she's one area where we get some clarity, and I will just say that I was pleased with the information.
The end of Haze is crazy! Knowing ahead of time that it was going to be a cliffhanger helped me deal with it. I’m excited for book 3, but I wasn’t freaked when this one was over and I didn’t have it in hand. Perhaps you will not agree, but I think the end is the perfect set up Gaby’s continued growth in the series.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Medium/High