Archive for June, 2013

Haze by Paula Weston

Haze (The Rephaim, #2)Haze by Paula Weston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hey Ho…Let’s go. I feel like going and burying myself, removing myself from the world until book three comes out. Oh that ending….. really…….

Shadows was in my top three books of 2012 and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Haze, the second book of the Rephaim series. But when I did get it, I didn’t want to start reading it because this would mean that I would just be closer to the end. But now I have finished it. Sigh.

Starting Haze and I was instantly transported back into the world of The Rephaim. Back into the world with Gaby and Rafa. (Oh Rafa….*swoons*….) Gaby and Rafa are about to begin their quest for Jude, Gaby’s brother but things keep on getting in the way and the hunt for Jude doesn’t really start until about two thirds of the way through the book. I am not sure which part of the story I enjoy more. Watching Gaby and Rafa’s relationship with equal amounts of tension and gentleness, or maybe the action of fighting with demons and bad guys, or maybe the constant jibing between Rafa and Simon, or learning more about the Outcasts Ez, Zac, Jones and Mya. Or maybe I just love it all.

This is a world that I love to escape to.

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Sex & ViolenceSex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not the book to read if you are looking for something uplifting and happy. And I guess the title kinda gives that away.
To begin with, I didn’t really feel anything for Evan. He was just a guy who liked having sex with girls and whose father moved him around to lots of new schools. But then he got the shit kicked out of him, and he changed. Throughout most of the book I just felt an overwhelming sadness for Evan. He was going through a traumatic time after what happened to him but also, it really came to light that he didn’t have anyone. His father was absent so much of the time, his mother was dead and because of all of the moving that him and his father did, he didn’t have any friends. He had no-one.
After his father brought him to Pearl Lake for the summer to try to heal, it was refreshing to see Evan starting to form relationships with other people, to see him start to trust people and to also trust himself to do the right thing. It didn’t end with rainbows and good times, but that wouldn’t have suited the story. I did like the way it ended though and it made me feel that finally, Evan might have started to be kind to himself.
Thanks to NetGalley for the copy of this book.

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