Published by St. Martin's Press on October 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
Unspoken truths will be revealed-and they will change everything--in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy! Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life-and the most personal. In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she's assigned a twenty year old murder case...and the accused killer is none other than her own father. Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she's been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman-a vampire with his own hidden agenda. Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he's kept from her, but she'll need his help to find out the truth about her father. But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can't seem to forget?The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town... and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.
Since being reborn, nothing in Della Tsang’s life is going as planned. She’s bound to a guy she may or may not be in love with, her father is the top suspect in his sister’s death—because of her—and she’s having to do it all while keeping her vampirism a secret from her family. Chase, her bond mate, is insisting that her uncle, who saved Chase’s life when he became a vampire, did not kill her aunt. He’ll do anything to get Della to trust him, but she’s doing everything to keep him away. In the last installment of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy, secrets will be revealed and villains captured. But not without the occasional Diet Coke and round table discussion with Kylie and Miranda.
I love anything Shadow Falls. I read the first books in middle school and fell in love with all of the characters. Also, the second book in the series was the first review that I did for A Leisure Moment—these books are important. When I got the e-ARC via NetGalley from St. Martin’s Griffin, I could barely contain my excitement and had to begin the book almost immediately. The conclusion to a whirlwind series did not disappoint!
If you haven’t read Kylie’s story in the Shadow Falls series, beginning with Born at Midnight, I highly suggest starting there before beginning Della’s story. While you might not be completely and utterly confused, a lot of what is going on, scenery, and character descriptions would make a lot more sense. Plus, Miranda, their witchy friend, has her own novella—please tell me she might get her own series?—and it discussed some instances from there.
Della had always been a feisty character, but I got to see more of her vulnerable side in this book. Her barriers and resistance towards Chase finally started to come down, though a small part of me kept on thinking about past scenes with Steve and feeling sorry for the shapeshifter. While her love life was an issue, her family got pushed to the forefront of the story. She and her dad used to have a marvelous relationship, but when she became a vampire, there was a noticeable shift (another important reason to read the other Shadow Falls books first, because I had more background). No matter what transpired between them, Della stayed true to her dad, even when I agreed with Chase on some matters, like he deserved to live through some of his guilt. Della became such a dense character, in this book alone, that I can’t imagine not being able to visit her again. (Again, can Miranda please have her own books?)
If you don’t love Chase Tallman, then we can’t be friends. Sure, he was slightly egotistical and a little pushy throughout the books, but in a good way—that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. Since the story is told in third person, Hunter switched to Chase a lot throughout the story, and I got to learn what he thought about Della and how he saw her. There were the heart-breaking moments, as well as the “oh, my word” kiss him moments, that we all know and love. Steve wasn’t a big of a presence in this novel, but the few scenes with him only confused Della more. However, I feel like Hunter made Della’s choice obvious—that is, if she chose either one of them. You’ll have to read to find out.
This is one of those stories, some of those characters that will stay with you for longer than you realize. I’m already trying to convince myself that I do not need to reread the entire series right now, but it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Fall in love with Shadow Falls and fall in love with vampires, shapeshifters, cameleons, witches, weres…did I leave anything out? Seriously, these books are un-put-down-able and look lovely on any bookshelf.