October 21, 2015

Shelley Liked: Unspoken by C.C. Hunter

Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark 3
Format: Paperback | 416 pages
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal Romance

The final breathtaking YA romance in New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter's Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy.

Despite her super-speed, inhuman strength, and enhanced senses, Della Tsang's new life as a vampire certainly hasn't been a walk in the park. Especially since she was "reborn" and found herself bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and hunky Chase. But if there's one thing that's always kept Della going, it's her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator.

When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder--and clear her father's name--she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she's bonded to. Feeling even more betrayed by Chase because he's kept so much from her, she's determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But together they work a cold case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in Texas... and into the scariest reaches of her heart.

3.5 Cauldrons

UNSPOKEN is the final novel in the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy. The trilogy has featured 17-year old vampire Della Tsang, the best friend of Kylie Galen, and Miranda Kane. It has been a very long 9 months for Della. First, she found out that she carried the gene that transformed her into a vampire which forced her to leave home. A home that had become very uncomfortable thanks to her father. Next, she found herself at Shadow Falls, a sort of boarding school for vampires, fae, witches, shape-shifters, and werewolves who have no other place to go. To make matters even more intriguing, Della is also a carrier of the REBORN gene that gives her super-speed, strength, and enhanced senses.  

Della is such a fun character, but she's is far from perfect which is absolutely fine. She's snarky, feisty, and isn't afraid of a challenge as long as that challenge doesn't continually break her heart into tiny pieces for her friends to put her back together again. Della has found a home. A place where she is comfortable being, and where she can be herself. But, she is also a curious sort and is eager to prove herself in order to become one of the Fallen Research Unit's investigators. Della's drive into finding out what happened to her aunt, put a whole lot of darkness into this story. There are some twists, and some turns, and some diabolical characters. I do appreciate that Della is pushed, but doesn't break apart at the seams.  

The most curious and infuriating aspect of being an REBORN, is that Della is now bonded to a mysterious and secretive Chase Tallman who turned her world upside down and sideways and every which way but loose. Chase hasn't exactly been a barrel laughs since his arrival. He's a bit on the arrogant side. He truly believes in his hype as the charming, fearless boy who has worked for the Vampire Council for the past 2 years. With his lies, and secrets, he hasn't exactly made things easy for me to like him. However, I must say that in the end, Chase does something that really needs to be focused on. He helps Della solve the mystery of who killed her aunt while also saving her father. He did that. He didn't stop when things became tense. He didn't stop when he knew it might hurt his own father. In the end, you just want to take both characters and wrap them up with duck tape until the realized that they were supposed to be together. 

UNSPOKEN isn't just about Della. There are actually two view points in this book. You've probably already guessed by now that that person is Chase. I think it is fair to say that that is only fair and justified since Chase is the key to Della's investigation. I do love the fact that while Kylie and Miranda make appearances, they are more of a supporting role than participants. Yes, both are annoyingly adorable with their Diet Coke round-table discussions, and they're genuinely good people when it comes to having Della's back.

I'll say that I'm really, really happy with the way things wrapped up. I'm not all that happy about the return of Steve, Della's ex, but I guess his return was necessary for Della to wake up, move on, and smell life as it has been given to her. One needs to ask if Hunter intends on being fair and writing a story that centers on Della and Kyle's best friend Miranda. I do see there are several novellas that feature Miranda, but I remain curious as to whether or not Miranda will be given equal treatment by Hunter.

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  1. I'm glad to hear that the series ended on a high note for you!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. Glad to hear things wrapped up well...always good when you end a series satisfied.

  3. Sounds like a really good series. I do love finding new to me vampire stories so I'll have to check this one out.

  4. I really liked the first book in the original series I need to continue with it. Glad this was a good read for you.

  5. Happy to hear it wrapped up well. I hate when series end on a ehhh note.

  6. I'm glad you're happy with how things wrapped up, Shelley. It'll be interesting to see if Miranda gets her own series though...

  7. I have Reborn on my shelf, waiting to be read. Looks like I need to get started on this series soon. Great review!

  8. I haven't read this trilogy, which is strange, since I'm drawn to vamp stories like a fly to the honey pot, lol :) It's a lovely review, and I feel motivated to check out the first book!

  9. Always nice when the triology goes out with a strong book. I have long wanted to try this author, guess it will have to be the next series.

  10. Not a long series either, gotta love those

  11. Oh I so need to read this one. I like that it was wrapped up well. So need to check this one out.

  12. Glad you loved it, but I'm sure you're still sad to see then go. Great review :)

  13. I've heard a lot of good things about this author but I haven't read any of her books yet. I like the sound of these characters though so I may have to pick up the series one of these days.

  14. I really love schools full of supernatural creatures. Della sounds like a great character.

  15. It's always nice when you enjoy the last book of a series. Chase sounds like an interesting character. I mean, you didn't care for him until the end, and yet you got his POV throughout the book. Usually, the POV's help me understand the less than stellar characters. I'm always a fan of stories revolving around a school for paranormal children.

  16. Delia sounds like such an entertaining heroine. You know I love them snarky and feisty.

  17. I have this book on my ARC shelf. I'm looking forward to reading it. I enjoy this whole series and Miranda is next! Thanks for the review!

  18. This is one of those books that have been in my periphery for a while, but I just haven't been able to squeeze it in. I think a satisfactory ending is all a reader could ask for for a series that they've followed since day one. I'm glad you got that!

  19. I think I've seen this trilogy before. It does sound really good. Thanks!


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