Hello, friends! It’s been one year since I participated in the blog tour for Paula Weston’s Shadows, and now I’m excited to help kick off the tour for the next installment in the series, Haze. Check out my review below, see what character I got from the fun character quiz, follow the rest of the tour stops through the Tundra Books blog, and happy reading Haze!
Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.
With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.
She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him?
Paranormal books aren’t my thing at all anymore, but then something like this series comes along that makes me think, “Well, maybe you’re wrong.” There are many layers to enjoy in Paula Weston’s writing, but here are a few highlights from Haze for me:
• While Haze picks up right where the first book left off, Paula Weston allowed the reader a recap of the events from Shadows. Recaps are usually something that bug me, simply because it’s time to move the show along, but I think it really worked in this case. The story and mythology of The Rephaim is complex, and this catch up served as a reminder that Gaby, the main character, is also trying to get a grasp on everything. However, while Gaby is understandably overwhelmed at times, I felt that Paula Weston had me quickly wrapped in this world again and I was eager to find out where Gaby’s story would go next.
• Gaby is the kind of protagonist I love to read about. I enjoyed her a lot in the first book, but she was simply amazing here. Though she’s still trying to understand her own identity, come to terms with her past, and figure out the situation with her brother, she shows so much determination. Naturally, she does have her moments of uncertainty, but she always comes out a much stronger person. As the series continues, I am certain that Gaby will be a force to be reckoned with.
• I’m basically over the ~bad boys~, but Rafa grew on me in this book. He displayed different facets of his personality and I really enjoyed the tension between him and Gaby. Much more, though, I love that Paula Weston didn’t allow their relationship to overtake the story. Since Gaby’s past and identity is so important, I enjoyed how it continued to be the central focus of their relationship, with little extra good stuff here and there.
• Paula Weston has created a fantastic setting with rich characters. The leads are engaging, but the minor characters shine as well. Though this series is truly Gaby’s story, I feel that Paula Weston has managed to layer her writing to make every character be distinct, adding such an interesting dynamic to every point of the story.
Overall, this series continues to be a standout. There’s a certain energy to the atmosphere, characters, and writing that makes this so different from other paranormal series and I’m looking forward to seeing where the course of Gaby’s story goes next.