What people are saying about Shadows (Rephaim #1):
All in all, this was a superb read. Thoroughly enjoyable, and highly recommended.
Shadows by Paula Weston is one of the best YA novels I have ever read.
Shadows is like a breath of fresh air in an over-saturated market, and I urge any paranormal fiction fans to pick up a copy immediately.
A fab book. One of the best angel books I’ve read if not the best with brilliant characters and its own take in the genre which I had previously sworn myself off.
The Overflowing Library
I have to say that this is in my top of 2012 reads and I’m so glad I picked it up. I can’t wait for the next in this series. If you’re looking for the next incredible paranormal, fallen angel type story… look no further because this is it.
O-M-freakin-G…. This book was AWESOME! So, so, good. Quite possibly my fave Aussie release this year.
Aussie author Paula Weston’s debut is a fast-paced, sensational ride, which screams “read me” and “turn me into a movie”. There are echoes of TV’s Supernatural here, with vibrant, well-realised characters and snappy, cool dialogue.
Scott Moore, SA Weekend Review
Shadows’ fast-paced narrative, risqué romance and snappy dialogue kept me absolutely hooked and I stayed up late into the night to finish this book. It is great to see an Australian author take on this genre with such confidence. Although it is a well-worn theme, the warmth of the characters and the Australian colloquialisms made it fresh and extremely endearing. The smart-mouthed character of Rafa kicked the Edwards, Peters and Jacobs of the YA world to the curb. If only he were real…
Lana, Sun Bookshop
If you told me last week that I’d be fan-girling over a YA urban fantasy series I would’ve stared at you blankly then hurled a copy of Friday Brown at your face.
*Quietly eats hat*
I loved this book.
Trin In The Wind
Shadows is a fast-paced paranormal which refreshingly portrays a strong, feisty heroine who isn’t too bogged down in self-esteem issues and being distracted by the ‘beautiful,’ dreamy supernatural guy…
Shadows is a fast-paced, page-turner with likable and believable characters.
State Library of Victoria
Western Australian School Library Association
I really can’t praise ‘Shadows’ enough. It’s a tough, smart and refreshing new Australian paranormal YA, not to mention it’s the best angel-themed book I have read.
Addictive and intelligent...This book should be right at the top of your wishlists…
It’s got angels, it’s got demons, it’s got hot guys, it’s got sword fighting and it’s got a strong female lead. What else could you ask for?
Fans in need of another angel series after finishing Lauren Kate’s Fallen series will devour Shadows, eager for the next books in the Rephaim series; there’s a heroine—Gaby—to get behind, a boy—Rafa—to fall in love with, as well as the many sides fighting to win you over (just don’t decide too early).
Shadows is a completely exciting, fast-paced debut that had me on the edge on my seat. This book has just shot straight up to my favourites shelf…With its gritty story and riveting ideas, this book stands out against the endless contenders in this genre. Paula Weston is an author to watch and I’m already eager to try more from her in the future.
Realm of Fiction
Shadows is filled with mystery, I kept trying to guess what was going to happen or what the explanation would be and I’m pleased that it was never predictable. There was also plenty of action which were fast paced and intense…Shadows ticks all the boxes when it comes to great paranormal stories and it is sure to please fans of paranormal YA fiction.
Vegan YA Nerds
The story goes at a cracking pace from page one, and is full of fabulous, full-bodied characters…The Australian setting is distinctive without being overwhelming, and the writing flows smoothly (and with frequent wit) as it rockets along to the conclusion.
The Book Life (You Tube review)