Book Review: Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston

Shimmer - Paula Weston

A copy of this novel was provided by Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


There's something about Weston's writing style that is just so easy. And in the best way possible. I can slip into the world of The Rephaim without any effort. I'm just there - with the characters, in those places - with just a few words on Weston's behalf. I absolutely love it.


Unfortunately, Shimmer felt a bit like a filler book for me. Not a lot happened plot wise, and there were only a handful of information/character reveals. And a cliffhanger ending. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book, but felt as if there was no real central purpose to it.


Being apart from Rafa was painful. Besides Jude, he is my favourite character in this series, and having him missing for the better half of it made me realise exactly how much he brings to the series. Although it was nice to get to know Gaby without Rafa being there to protect her and educate her - his protective sexiness was sorely missed.


I loved getting to know Jude, and being able to delve deeper into the mysteries surrounding his and Gaby's past. There are still so many unanswered questions regarding those two, which makes me very excited for the last book in the series.


We are introduced to more of the Rephaim than ever in Shimmer, and I was glad for it. In the previous two books, we were either interacting with one or the other and one of them was always doing shady business. I liked reading about the interactions between the Rephaim that live in the Sanctuary, and the Outcast Rephaim. I just want them to be together - like in The Lion King 2 where Kiara says that they're all the same. The Rephaim are the same, so be friends, dammit!


Again, I loved the Australian-ness of the book. I loved reading that Gaby missed the eucalypts outside of her home in Pan Beach. For some reason, it just makes me feel a lot closer to the characters.


The ending was a huge cliffhanger, and I really want to read what happens next. Bring on Burn!


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