The protagonist of this book is none other than Gaby Winters. A twenty four year old woman who escapes to Pandanus beach trying to fill the void that has forever been within her since hearing the dreadful news of her brother’s death. Despite the tragic death of her brother and living in the little island of Sri Lanka with her only best friend Maggie, Gaby’s kind hearted and gently spirit shines through within in the first few pages of reading, in the way she acts and talks to everyone with her. I feel Gaby’s kind hearted spirit made me feel all the more sympathetic towards her as I watch her struggle every day through the death of her brother especially when the new bad boy Rafa Winters unexpectedly appears on her doorstep claiming a history with her brother that she knows nothing about. However we soon find out there is another spunky side to the fierce Gaby winters especially when Rafa comes to town. Gaby winters emerges into a vigorous and bold character with her snarky sassy remarks and her sometimes stubborn attitude which will in my opinion just make you fall in love with her all over again. It makes me love her more as she develops more into a strong independent albeit stubborn woman and less of the scared and lonely girl suffering from the loss of a loved one. I think you will find Gaby makes the book especially when she emerges into bold character as she kept me on the edge of my seat always wondering what she was going to say or do next and I couldn’t imagine the series being half as good without her.
Another well-known characters is none other than Rafa winters, who with his sinful dark and mysterious looks he drew me in from the beginning despite coming across as a brooding and arrogant character. Rafa is a sinfully handsome man who draws Gabby in from the start along with myself. He leaves Gaby and myself wondering who the mysterious striking man is who appears to know a lot of things about her and her brother Jude. Rafa is like Gaby a very stubborn and fierce character and this made me fall in love with him from the very first chapter he appeared in because he kept me entertained and very intrigued with is devilishly handsome looks and also how he and Gaby’s personalities clashed throughout the book creating tension between both of them making the story and book all the more captivating to read. At the beginning of the book Rafa captivated me with his looks but also with his flirtatious and evasive ways. Rafa and Gaby have an undeniable connection however Gaby is wary when around the brooding male because of all the unanswered questions he leaves her with. Rafa’s evasive ways made me slightly angry at the beginning as I didn’t like that he never gave me any answers with any questions brought up in the book and it leaves me desperate to find the answers. However despite this I still could not put the book down and I think that had something to do with how well Paula Weston wrote the book, how she created a foreboding atmosphere from the start especially with Rafa and his background. As you read on you will find that Rafa isn’t this arrogant heartless and brooding character that we originally begin to assume when in fact he is a person like Gaby suffering through the death of a friend and I think this I what draws him and Gaby together. I feel these two characters make the whole book and their sarcastic and humorous personality clashes fascinated and engaged me making the book all the more of a page-turner.
As we know Gaby has moved to the little island of Sri Lanka following the car accident that ended her brother Jude’s life and nearly her own. Her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It also doesn’t help the every night she is haunted with nightmares of her killing demons and other hell spawn alongside a mysterious man who she has never seen in her life. With Gaby trying to figure out the cause of her terrifying dreams and still trying to overcome the death of her brother it definitely doesn’t help when the brooding Rafa come to town. Not only is he the man that appears in her dreams but Gaby finds out that he shares a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby now has to accept that there is more to life than she thinks and everything she knows about her and her brother is only the shadow of the truth, and when Gaby is thrust into the terrifying life of angels, and demons who can Gaby trust? Who is Rafa? Who is the Rephaim? And most importantly what will Gaby do when she realises that not everything in her normal life is as normal as it seems. I feel the plot was very adventurous and daring because it is a storyline that you would never expect and I feel Paula Weston executed the storyline perfectly she choose a storyline adventurous enough to pique my interest but also sane enough to keep me reading and not getting confused constantly throughout the book, which I thought was a very inspiring thing to do.
Although many problems were faced throughout this book that keeps you on the edge of your seat the main one was Gaby trying to find out the truth about her life, the group of angels known as Rephaim that suddenly want her dead at their feet and most importantly who the devilishly handsome Rafa is. The author captures your attention with each piece of conflict described in the book and what I loved most was how with every new chapter you found out something new about Gaby and Rafa background or about the angels and demons in Gaby dreams and this just made me eager to read on. As I said the before the main conflict was Gaby trying to find the truth her life and figure out all the answers to the question that Rafa seemed reluctant to answer. Because of Rafa evasive ways this made Gaby and Rafa relationship rather strained and edgy, and I feel this then made the book and the conflict all more action packed and an even bigger page turner. What I love the most about the storyline was how well it was described by Weston, she created a clear picture of the story and of each of the characters and still she left me grovelling for more.
Without a doubt this is one of my favourite books and series, Paula Weston had created such an amazing read that I have to give it a 5 star recommendation. This book made me laugh, cry, scream with anger and with joy and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. What I loved most was how well the story was described, how I found myself becoming one of the characters. When a character felt sad I felt a twinge of sadness, and when a character was happy, I found myself laughing and smiling along with them too. I loved this fast paced and gripping book, Paula didn’t drag on the storyline making it dull and tedious. She kept the book fast paced with enough drama and conflict to keep me on the edge of my seat. I could be here for hours weeks days or months talking about this book and all its glory….romance humour mystery all neatly packed together which will make you unable to put the book down.