July 20, 2016 by Betty
Burn (The Rephaim #4)
Author: Paula Weston
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Suddenly, Gaby remembers everything.
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.
**I won this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers to review. Although the book was given to me , it does not influence my review in anyway.**
Please beware of spoilers if you have yet to read the last book.
This book really packed a punch! Truly left me reeling. We learn why Gaby was mega pissed with Rafa, why Jude and Gaby went their separate ways and how they lost and had their memories altered.
It is also revealed that Semyaza himself is Jude and Gaby’s father, who Mya, Rafa, Daniel, and a few other of the Rephaim’s, fathers are also. A certain angel from The Garrison makes an appearance and The Fallen are finally freed by none other than Gaby and Jude. So yeah, a LOT happens!
One of the things I really liked about this book is how complex yet realistic all the characters are. There is Mya, who I think no one really likes, who is full of herself and constantly tries to instigate disagreements, yet we learn the reason behind her behavior and it fits. Gaby on the other hand, is super close to her twin brother and they get along amazingly well. However, she still has moments of insecurity where Jude is concerned when he decides to listen to people Gaby hates. In a way, due to their relationship, she wishes to be the center of his world, and vice-versa, and finds herself being jealous of others he likes or is friends with.
As for how the book plays out and finishes off, this is the last book, everything was neatly and satisfactorily tied up and explained. The Fallen have been freed and can now coexist with their children whom they apparently love a great deal. All of the Rephaim are now united once again in the Sanctuary and with the Fallen can bond together and become better fighters for the next and last showdown with the Gatekeepers and hellions. However, it ends with a wedding (not actually real, but only because Brother Stephen is not licensed to marry people), and the upcoming final fight is a problem for the future.