5 stars to Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston

Published November 8, 2013 by katheryn13

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.

 

Review: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM SHADOWS AND ALSO…SOME FROM HAZE. SORRY.

Wow. Just. Wow. 

I finished Shadows, as you well know, with nothing but praise. The next day I went out and got Haze, the sequel. And boy, was I not disappointed! I just can’t wrap my head around how great this series is. To me, it tops many other angel/demon books I’ve read and then some. 

I still have a book hangover, and am finding other books just can’t cut it. I know that’ll pass, but ugh. I need Shimmer NOW!

Gaby Winters is no longer the normal girl she thought she was, and she delves deeper into who she is as Rafa, Jason and Maggie try to find Jude. We finally meet Mya, whom I was worried would be a pain in the ass, but actually she isn’t so bad. I’ve warmed to Taya, and I really liked Ez and Zak. Those two are just so brilliant.

To find Jude, they follow a lead to Melbourne, but before that they get caught up in a few problems such as bar fights. The guys Rusty and Mick, who got mauled by a hellion in Shadows want to start a war, not knowing what they’re actually up against. Rafa and Co try to explain but naturally things go to shit.

Mya bribes Gaby into doing a job, but this scene seemed a bit misplaced to me, as though the author was just trying to fill space. Nevertheless it added tension and some action. Not that there’s a lack of that in Haze. In fact, there’s plenty of fighting and badmouthing between each character. Rafa and Gaby’s weird relationship  seems to get even more complicated, as Rafa won’t tell her why they fell out before she lost her memory. 

It’s hard not to spoil this next part as I’m sure you guessed that they find Jude, and it’s nice to finally meet the (imaginary) face behind all that Gaby has said about him. Surprisingly he takes the news of his heritage a lot easier than Gaby ever did.  

Things go wrong when Daniel goes sniffing around where he’s not wanted, and after a bad incident in a farmhouse, the team just seem to be falling into trap after trap. It’s actually quite sad. 

As with Shadows, Simon irritated me senseless as did Daniel in some parts. Rusty and Mick also got on my nerves. 

Over all, a wonderful sequel to one of the best series I’ve ever read. I assume you’ve read Shadows if you’re reading this, but if not, GO READ IT! 

Kat

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