Burn by Paula Weston

June 17, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Burn by Paula WestonBurn (The Rephaim #4) by Paula Weston
Published: June 24th 2015 by Text Publishing
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Genres: Paranormal
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5 Stars

Gaby remembers everything.

For a year she believed 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 hurt Rafa.

What a glorious way to end off one of the best angel-themed paranormal series I’ve ever read! Burn is everything I expected from the final instalment of The Rephaim, a brilliantly plotted novel where action, romance, and intrigue come together to create magic.

I say this in every review I write for this series, but it’s true — I can’t believe how much has happened since Gaby met Rafa eleven days ago. Gaby went from thinking she’s a teenaged backpacker who recently lost her twin brother in an accident to finding out she’s a hundred and thirty-nine, and a Rephaite – the offspring of an angel and a human. She’s gone from grieving to discovering she can fight with a katana. She’s gone from normal to a warrior.

And now she remembers everything – why she turned away from her brother eleven years ago, what happened to bring them back together a year ago, and why they lost their memories and believe the other was dead. I liked how Gaby dealt with her personal issues along-side the impending threat of a demon attack on Pan Beach – she was smart and practical. She didn’t ignore her feelings and dealt with them the best she could, and most importantly, she knew when she needed help from someone else. I love that the turned to Maggie before anyone else – it showed that she could be Gaby as well as Gabe.

I love Gaby. I love Jude. I luuurrvvee Rafa. The characters in this series are what makes it so amazing. They’re real in a way most characters aren’t. They love, they fight, they make mistakes. They’re not always the smartest or the toughest. They don’t always know what to do. And sometimes, they betray each other without meaning to. They’re brilliantly written, and they bring life into the world that Weston has created.

And what a world it is. It’s not just a world of angels and demons, and the nephilim trapped between them. It’s a world of beings who have more in common with each other than they care to admit, who share a complicated history that stretches back hundreds of years. The traditional mythology of angels, fallen and otherwise, is woven brilliantly into this complex story that, at its heart, explores love and loyalty at every level. And the Australian setting gives it that bit of extra magic.

But my favourite thing about Burn is how it ends. I didn’t want it to end – I kept waiting for more pages to materialise as I inexorably neared the end – but gosh I love what Weston did. Burn ends this series about near-immortal beings by giving us a glimpse of their future. They have a lot more crazy adventures to look forward to, and that’s what I wanted. It would be implausible if everything was wrapped up neatly and they had centuries of stagnation ahead of them! And maybe we have something to anticipate as well: Weston neatly leaves the door open if she wants to revisit this world or its characters again.

It’s been one hell (haha) of a journey with Gaby, Jude, and Rafa! I’ve enjoyed every moment, and although I’m sad to let them go, I’m excited for whatever Weston shares with us next. The Rephaim is an excellent example of everything that is amazing about YA literature, and Burn a thrilling, bittersweet conclusion.

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