Burn by Paula Weston
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Tundra on June 7th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Burn by Paula Weston is the final book in the Rephaim series and I have been waiting, waiting, waiting to get to read this book. I have loved it since Jaime told me about Shadows, book one. If you haven’t started this series (WHAT??) go get Shadows now. Then pick up the other three so you can read all of them back to back. For those that have not yet read this book, or potentially any of the others, you may not want to continue reading this review. I am going to do my best to not spoil anything but can’t promise anything.
Gaby’s story has been developed so well over the course of the first three books and diving into Burn, I was immediately pulled back into her world. I thought the way that Weston structured the story was perfect. Sometimes I struggle with the flipping back and forth in timelines only because tend to get invested in the timeline I’m reading and all of a sudden I have to adjust to another timeline. I didn’t find this to be a problem for me in Burn. Right from page one, Weston delivers a mix of the current state as well as all the backstory we were missing because Gabe was missing them so as it all comes back to her, we get to find out ALL THE THINGS!! No…I’m not telling you what but trust me, it was well worth the wait.
In this book we get the usual cast of characters – Rafa, Jude, Jason, Daisy, Maggie, Daniel, Nathaniel, and demons. There are a bunch more but I can’t list them all here. One of the things I have been waiting for throughout this series is more information and interaction with Semyaza and the rest of the fallen angels. The story comes together completely and we find out what Nathaniel was thinking when he did what he did and how they all ended up where they are in this book.
Since this is the final book I can’t say much about what actually happens but I will say that the growth I saw in all of the characters was fantastic. Gaby and Jude / Gaby and Rafa didn’t go back to hating each other when everything came back to them which I was super happy about. As Gaby realizes who she was when she was Gabe, she makes the decision to not be the person she was back then. Don’t get me wrong, she is still tough and smart and cares a lot about the people around her but she comes to realize her pride isn’t worth giving up her friends and family.
A good portion of this book, outside of the relationships, is the group preparing for the impending demon attack at Pan Beach. There is a ton of action and eventually fighting and I loved every minute of it.
While all the other books tended to leave me on a cliff at the end, this one wrapped everything up fantastically. All of the questions I had were answered and I had plenty of Gaby and Rafa swoons. I can’t say much else without potentially ruining everything but what I will say is that Weston did a wonderful job of keeping me interested in the series from the start of Shadows. I am absolutely going to be looking forward to what Weston writes next. If you like a story that includes mystery, fallen angels, swoons, friendships, and just a fantastic story, you should pick this series up immediately.