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Haze by Paula Weston #2 in Rephaim Series 4 Star Review — June 29, 2015

Haze by Paula Weston #2 in Rephaim Series 4 Star Review

Haze – The Rephaim Book 2

Paula Weston

4 Star Review

As soon as I finished the first book Shadows, I absolutely had to start Haze straight away.

PositivesI loved the first book in the series Shadows and my high expectations of Haze were delightfully warranted. Gaby was more confident and stronger in this book. Thankfully she still held her attitude which makes her a more interesting protagonist. Rafa’s bipolar moods were a bit hard to keep up with but it makes him who he is. In some ways you can understand his conflicting emotions and the reasoning behind them although we won’t truly understand it until we find out what happened between the two before Gaby lost her memory. The storyline had some very real scenes that bring you back from the fantasy world and grounds the story. I often found myself awkwardly smiling or laughing from the witty remarks of Rafa and Gaby which means reading this book whilst in the company of others may incur some strange looks.

NegativesThe cover of a book is always a huge part as to why you would select it in a sea of millions of other books. Even though I really liked the cover of Shadows this cover was not great. I understand they wanted to follow a pattern with the covers but to me it looked like a trashy guy in track pants and no top with a sword on his back. It was too badly photoshopped on to be believable. Not a great way to entice readers but the shadowy wings, similar to the first cover, improve it. As much as I enjoyed this book, I found that there were a few scenes that weren’t explained enough and it made some parts hard to understand. There are also a few concepts that are difficult to comprehend but you get the general gist of it all. The real reason that I gave it only 4 stars though, is that I felt the plot was lacking a bit. The build-up was great and I was completely lost in the story but then it didn’t seem to end well. It was as though I was missing the end chapters. It’s great to end in a cliff-hanger but I think the storyline didn’t set up for such an extreme cliff-hanger to ended with.

Overall I’m very excited to read book three – Shimmer after finishing Haze. I’m very thankful I started reading the series now that three out of the four books are published. The ending of Haze would making waiting for Shimmer to be released, unbearable but luckily I’ll be starting Shimmer as soon as I finish this review. If you want to read a fantasy series with a difference then definitely try Shadows and of course you’ll be devouring Haze and Shimmer before you know what you’re doing.

BLURB –

“But what if we can’t find Jude?” 
He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. “We will.”
“How can you be so sure?” I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember. 
“Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to.” 

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.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses – Sarah J. Maas 4.5 Star Review — June 16, 2015

A Court Of Thorns And Roses – Sarah J. Maas 4.5 Star Review

A Court Of Thorns And Roses

Sarah J. Maas

4.5 Star Review

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Cover

I picked up this book because well, who isn’t reading it?

Positives I loved reading this book. It had all the wonderful aspects a great book should have. Sarah J. Maas has a beautiful style of writing which is enjoyable to read. The description in the book was wonderful but bordered on being overly descriptive. Tamlin *swoon* was gorgeous. How could you not love him? Feyre was a very strong character who faced all her problems head on making her a great female protagonist.

NegativesThis book has some aspects that are VERY similar to The Hunger Games books and Feyre could easily be confused with Katniss in quite a few parts. I understand that The Hunger Games series was amazing but I felt there needed to be a bit more originality. Apart from that though there wasn’t a lot else I could fault with the book. My only other issue was (without giving anything away) that I didn’t completely understand why Feyre didn’t do the one thing (that I felt was an obvious action) that could have fixed everything but then I guess the book would have been a lot shorter.

**Favourite Character Just for something a bit different I thought I’d add in a bit about my favourite. After I finished the book I was surprised to realise that my favourite character was actually Rhys (Rhysand) rather than Lucien or of course Tamlin or Feyre. I felt the reader (or maybe it was just me), could understand him and his motives much easier than Feyre seemed to. I can’t say anymore because I’d hate to give away any spoilers.

Overall If you love Beauty and the Beast as well as The Hunger Games then you will no doubt adore this book. Add in a Faerie theme and you get an enchanting fantasy book. I am super excited for the second book but I’m sure I have a long wait ahead of me.

BLURB –

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.