Review: Shimmer by Paula Weston

ShimmerTitle: Shimmer

Author: Paula Weston

Series: The Rephaim #3

Genre: YA Paranormal

Summary (from Goodreads)

Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim – a 140-year-old half-angel – whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.

It’s a race against time – and history. And it may already be too late.


I came into this expecting it to be the finale. I don’t know if I’m more disappointed or pleased that it wasn’t.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and Weston doesn’t disappoint in this instalment. Unlike the previous two, there isn’t much actually happening – a lot of tense waiting around and arguing, but the all out action of the previous two novels was replaced with more of a psychological thriller style. So much hinges on the idea of what is ‘right’ to do – a complicated thing when the Angelic Garrison that supposedly speaks for God isn’t being very chatty.

The moral questions were fascinating ones – Nathaniel as a character is brilliant, because he’s an Angel, and therefore should be right in everything, only he’s fallen, so you know his judgement isn’t exactly pure. He’s wonderfully difficult to read and anticipate, and as the guy smack bang in the middle of all the good guys, he’s a delicious source of conflict – sometimes as unlikeable as the demons knocking on the doors with rocket launchers (incidentally, that whole sequence caused the child inside me to squee in delight – I’ve always questioned why these paranormal creatures don’t just shoot each other.)

So, although the pace is a little slower, and Rafa is incapacitated for much of the book, this is still a tight, tense little thrill ride. And though a part of me was disappointed that this wasn’t the finale, and I wouldn’t know what finally became of Gaby, Rafa and the game, I really can’t wait to see where Weston takes the story for the final instalment, and I’m pleased that there is one more to go.

This is a series that should definitely be getting more attention. Unlike so many YA Paranormals out there, it deals with weighty issues, using characters that are likeable but fallible and realistic, and with complex politics, morality and concepts to really dig your teeth into. 2015 and book four feel like a very long way away right now!

Rating: 4.5/5


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