Published by Tundra Books on September 10th 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
It's almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn't help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who's been appearing in Gaby's dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.
When beginning to read Shadows I mentally judged this book in-between two and three stars. Two because I didn’t like Gaby’s potty mouth and because of Rafa’s brooding attitude/withholding important information from Gaby. I love, love, love anything to do with angels and demons. I’m still looking for an angel book that I can adore more than anything, but Shadows wasn’t it. However, I still was able to enjoy the story once it picked up towards the end.
I have to point out that Shadows did one thing right. The characters were all flawed and possessed good and bad qualities. They all had their own motives for what they were doing and I understood why they were doing the things they did, despite how violently these methods were. I did not love or hate any of them. There is very little romance between Gaby and Jude, amazingly, but tension of that sort is present. I would rather they not become a couple, but that’s just me. I did dislike how conveniently Rafa leaves Gaby in the dark about nearly everything. Just tell her all the things! I hate when characters withhold information, it would save time and energy when they know about freaky things before it happens.
At the end of Shadows, many big questions are still unanswered. It’s not too cliffhangy, but reading the next book will be totally necessary. I want to see more demons, they made an appearance only once I believe, and more of the other half-angels without them fighting each other. And I hope some more hows and whys are answered in the next book, instead of avoided for the sake of the third book.