To say I was excited to hear that my beloved Shadow Falls series wasn’t quite over would be a complete understatement. When I heard that Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark) by C.C. Hunter was being released, I literally shrieked like a teenager waiting for One Direction to come on stage and proceeded to check my e-mail every five minutes, waiting for my advanced copy to arrive. After reading the novel, I must say, I was not disappointed.
The story branches off from Kylie Galen and her chameleon ways and focuses on Della Tsang, Kylie’s spunky vampire best friend who has just as many problems as Kylie had, if not more. From the previous books, I knew that Della had a rough home life. Ever since she caught V1 (the virus which turns humans into vampires), Della has had to deal with her parents’ accusations of being a drug addict on top of keeping her vampirism a secret from her entire family. When Della finds out that there may be another vampire in her family besides her estranged cousin Chan, Della must decide if the truth is worth the risk. Along with family problems, Della must also deal with a new crime spree within her supernatural boarding school of Shadow Falls as well as a shape-shifter and a vampire boy who have taken quite a liking to Della’s rough edges.
I enjoyed hearing about Shadow Falls from another character’s point of view. I was impressed with how seamlessly I fell into Della’s story. I can honestly say I didn’t miss Kylie, which I was really concerned about in the beginning. My main criticism with the book was that it may have been a little too much like the other Shadow Falls books. While Della has a different personality than Kylie, I felt like the writing didn’t bring forth any new emotions. I didn’t feel the growth of the author like I have felt with other authors who have written spin-offs.
Regardless of the writing, I really enjoyed the story. I read the book in three nights while I ignored my ever-growing mountain of homework from my graduate studies. It was fun to sit back and relax into a book with a familiar setting. I thought that the story flowed at just the right pace; I was never bored. I would definitely recommend this book to any who has read any of the Shadow Falls novels, as well as to anyone who enjoys an easy read about a girl trying to fit in inside a crazy, supernatural world.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.