Haze is the second book in the Rephaim series by Paula Weston. And there will be spoilers in this review, so you’ve been warned!
“Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.
With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.
She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him?”
I was a little nervous about reading Haze, honestly. I wasn’t sure what would happen. I thought the book would go in a way that would be entirely predictable, but the story wasn’t that predictable at all.
There was only thing that I had predicted correctly. And it wasn’t even spot on. I got 50% of my prediction correct. — But that’s the thing though, right? My prediction still feels right. Like, maybe that’s not all, and maybe what I had predicted for this book will come true in the next book, Shimmer.
I really truly feel that Haze is just a placeholder book in the series that this book is the pre-game before the big bang or something. Usually stories focus on both the now in the story the let’s-focus-on-what’s-in-front-of-us moments, and then also focus on the future as well. However, with Haze, there really wasn’t any of waiting-on-the-future. Everything that happened was really a heat of the moment thing. That changed though nearing the ending of the book.
For me, whenever I read a book that is in a series I usually get that “ugh, they’re going to talk about the events in the last book” feel and it really bothers me when books have that. In Haze though, maybe because I feel like it’s been a year since I read Shadows, but I actually appreciated the recap of the last book in this story. It was a nice refresher!
The characters in this book are pretty much exactly the same as to the last book. I mean, but the time this book starts, the events of the last book had taken the time of a week. I’m thinking that the events had this book were at a few days at most. Little changes between characters in this book. Nearing the end though, I’m somewhat happy that the love interest is closer to hopefully becoming an item, because honestly, there’s already so much angst.
“There were moments when you fought like the old Gabe. I think at the end there, he forgot which version of you he was fighting.”
I just realized, after finishing this book, who did what, and holy crap?? How did I not notice this before. The things that come to light when you’re reviewing a book! Holy crap! How did I not expect that?!
I still have a lot of questions about the rest of the series though. Like, why do the demons still want Gaby? Are the love couples going to be actually together? Are we going to know –officially know- who did this to Gaby and Jude? I mean, I already know who did this, buuut it’d be super nice to know the characters reactions to the news, and why exactly it happened.
I will be continuing on with the series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Shimmer.
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