Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reborn by C. C. Hunter - A Shadow Falls After Dark novel

Published: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: St Martin's Griffing
Pages: 400
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn't just a camp: it's home. As a vampire who's never fit in with her human family, it's the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn't careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?

I have thoroughly enjoyed C C Hunter's  Shadow Falls series and was thrilled when I discovered that she was extending the series - or should I say series spin-off.  Now it's  the Shadow Falls: After Dark series.  This time around our main protagonist is Della, the vampire, and it was lovely to have the same characters I've grown to love seen from a different perspective.

As with previous book, this one was based around a ghostly mystery, but the focus shifts away from Holiday and Kylie as ghost whisperers and lands Della right in the middle of things.  But vampires aren't ghost whisperers, are they?

There are still lots of hot teen guys running around, often shirtless, and the romantic interludes with various characters are lovely.  Steve is crazy about Della and I loved the different ways he tried to capture her interest.  There are some very interesting family dynamics going on here as well, that made me think a bit, which I liked. Lots of supernatural fun and hi-jinx.

All in all a really enjoyable addition to the Shadow Falls series and I'm looking forward to reading another Della mystery - which appears to be 'Eternal' and is due out in the fall.  This makes me wonder if perhaps we might see a couple of books about Miranda and her dyslexic witchy powers.  I'd really like that.

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