Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, #1
Author: C. C. Hunter
Published: St. Martin’s Griffin, May 2014
Source: received a copy from publisher
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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 liked the Shadow Falls series. So, when I learned that there would be a spin-off series, I wanted to get my hands on the book.
Reborn is more or less a continuation of the Shadow Falls series. If you haven’t read earlier books such as Chosen At Nightfall (Shadow Falls, #5), you might not understand the character dynamics or why Della was so eager to prove herself as a competent agent for the F.R.U., the Fallen Research Unit (which comprised of the enforcers of the supernatural world), in this installment.
Della was a strong character. She loved her family but after she was accidentally turned, she didn’t know how to stay close to her parents and sister without letting them know of her vampire secret. Because she didn’t pick the option to fake her own death, she had to regularly visit her family and stay in touch with her mother via her mobile. It’s pretty hard for her to act as a normal human and when her family assumed she was engaged in some form of illegal activities like drugs and violence, she chose not to deny the accusations. Della was someone I knew I’d like from the very beginning. She was loyal, feisty, and downright funny when she was in a good mood. Because of her vampire capabilities, she felt it’s part of her responsibility to help to keep the school ground safe. I liked how much she dedicated herself to be a valuable member of the Shadow Falls community. And when she took her chance to let someone into her heart in a romantic way, I liked that her character didn’t turn flat or mushy. She was still the same stubborn self who never took the easy way out or chose to back away from a good challenge.
It’s interesting to see the vampire world up close in this installment. I had no idea what “reborn” might mean and when I saw what happened, I was in shock. Things about vampires from prior installments started to make more sense to me and I wondered what kind of trouble Della might get herself into in the next installment.
A great story filled with fast-paced action and pleasant surprises, Reborn is a must-read for all Shadow Falls fans. If you’re tired of sappy romance in a supernatural setting, grab a book from the Shadow Falls series. It’ll give you something refreshing to look forward to about the supernatural world.