THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
Burn is the fourth and last book in the Rephaim series, by Paula Weston.
For a year she believe 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 damage Rafa.
Out of the whole series, I believe that Burn is the best book of them all. They all hold their own value to the story, as they should. But Burn just has this complete feeling to the novel that all the other books lack.
The fighting action scenes that happened in Burn are way better in my opinion, than all the other three books combined.
Since Gaby gets her memories back, I found that I couldn’t decipher between the Gaby-with-her-memories, and the Gaby-without-her-memories, for a good portion of the book. And until Gaby decided what she wanted to do with her memories versus her ‘now’ self, the book was incredibly confusing. After a few chapters of reading the book, I kind of got the hang of deciphering between the Gaby’s.
I’m so, so happy that the pieces of this huge puzzle; like why everything happened, what brought them to lose their memories is finally, finally, falling into place.
What I thought was the ending wasn’t and it turns out the that Weston played with my emotions and heart strings. Nevertheless, I am extremely pleased with how this Rephaim series ended. My heart aches for the characters. There’s so much sorrowed I missed while reading the book, but when I finished Burn and looked back on everything, I realized just how much Gaby has gone through…and then I was hit with another wave of emotions.
Burn has turned out to be a completely different book from all the others. For good reason, too: Jude and Gabe got their memories back in Burn. I’m also happy about the fact that we found out about the mysteries behind the Rephaim’s parents. And through finding out who the Rephaim parents were, we finally found out more concerning both of their parents and why Michael was such a dick (for lack of a better word) for the time that the Rephaim have been alive.
All in all, the ending to the book, and to this series is a great one. I was left with both a sense of peace among everyone, while also having hope for the future of these characters.
I ended up giving Burn, 3 of 5 stars.
Have you read The Rephaim series?