Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: October 27th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Despite her superhuman strength and enhanced senses, Della Tsang's life as a vampire certainly hasn't been easy. Especially since she was reborn and bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and gorgeous Chase Tallman.
But if there's one thing that's always kept Della going, it's her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. Her newest case is the opportunity she's been waiting for, but as Della tries to solve the twenty year old murder and clear her father's name. She uncovers secrets about the vampire council. And about Chase.
Feeling betrayed by all the secrets he's kept hidden from her, Della is determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But she'll need his help to solve the case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in town and into the scariest reaches of her heart.
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The original Shadow Falls focused more on the Boarding School/ Camp vibe, where I think After Dark has always been more the FRU investigation vibe. So my favorite part of this series besides Della because she is a kick butt female character but also the murder mystery that goes along with it. Of course we do have romance, don’t worry it’s in there and even though there was a love triangle at the beginning of the series it’s definitely evened out in this book and is not really a main focus.
So here’s the deal. I have had a hard time liking Chase. I wasn’t sure if it’s because I struggled to let go of Steve. I’m sorry if you are Steve hater but I’ve been attached to him since Della’s novella and I guess I’ve got some loyalty there. The thing that always rubbed me the wrong way about Chase is his frequent use of the bond mate making them belong together. Then claiming the feelings are real. Really Chase you kind of aren’t making sense. The thing about Steve is he has always been supportive of Della being able to make her own choice. Now the thing is the book is in two perspectives both Della and Chase’s so I had to get over my dislike of him. I had to force myself to remember the Chase from the novella that I liked. Not so much the Chase that runs around saying you must be with me. He really does mellow out quite a bit in the book though and it helped. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be completely Team Chase but I really like how Della and Steve relationship turns out. Steve is always honest with Della and I loved when he lays it out there.
Della has so much going on in her life. I’m not sure how she manages to hold it together. Her feeling for Chase are definitely something but she has her father’s murder investigation that really needs to take the forefront for her. She kind of adopts a “not now” mindset of putting some things aside. The time is ticking on her dad and she is having trouble trusting Chase. He hasn’t always given her a reason to. Plus she has ghost problems and murder problems. Della is a survivor though and she always manages to push through.
The murder mystery was great. So many different pieces that need to fit together. I love investigating the crimes with the crew. I don’t want to reveal anything but of course there is a lot with Della’s father and siblings.
Kylie and Miranda were in the book but not as much as I would have liked. Although I kind of feel like since Della is more FRU involved it makes sense. Although I would have liked to see more Lucas (that’s a boy I will always be able to ship). Now I have to say I did notice that Miranda’s story doesn’t seem to be over. hmmmmm.
I really enjoyed Della’s series and I was definitely happy with how it ended. Such a fun read. If you’re a fan of the original Shadow Falls, you will enjoy this. If you haven’t read the original and want to jump in on this series, you could definitely do that as well. I’m hoping we are going to be seeing more with Miranda.