Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter

AlmostMidnight2Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark (Anthology)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on February 2, 2016
Genres: [YA] Paranormal
Pages: 407
Format: Paperback, ARC
Source: Publisher

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3.5 Stars, Completed February 7, 2016

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Almost Midnight is a collection of all the short stories C.C. Hunter has previously published as ebook novellas and companions for both the original series, Shadow Falls, and the spinoff, Shadow Falls: After Dark. The only new addition that readers have not had a chance to purchase and read was “Fierce.” (Actually, I believe it’s an Almost Midnight special so you can’t purchase it on its own.) Like most anthologies I’ve reviewed so far, I’ll be reviewing each short story on it’s own and the overall rating will reflect the average between the five novellas.

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Unspoken by C.C. Hunter

Unspoken_revised-1Unspoken by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark Book #3 (3/4)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on October 27, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 401
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Rerated: 4 Stars
4.5 Stars, Completed October 7, 2015

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It’s been almost a year since I’ve last read and reviewed the previous books in this trilogy. Even though Unspoken is fresh in my mind after having just read it, the other two weren’t. When I went back to read my reviews for them, I couldn’t help but cringe-and smile. Reborn was one of my first reviews on this blog and was one I was proud of publishing but, now after reading it nearly a year later, I’ve found myself quite dissatisfied. Looking back on those reviews and having the chance to compose this one, I feel like I’ve grown as a reviewer since then. And I feel the same way about this series. Della sure has grown as a character and this trilogy has evolved into something I have really loved following. I’m certainly going to miss Shadow Falls now that it’s come to an end*. In a way, because my journey with this trilogy and blogging was around the same time, it’s going to remain dear to my heart-as cheesy as that sounds.

Unspoken is the third and final installment to the Shadow Falls: After Dark spinoff series and takes place after book two, Eternal. By the end of Eternal, Della is finally adapting to her new powers as a reborn vampire. Right when she also begins to come to terms with having Chase as her bondmate, she learns that he’s been lying to her all along about knowing her uncle. Even worse, after digging up her aunt and uncle’s files, a murder case surfaces and her father is convicted for her aunt’s death twenty years ago. Feeling betrayed, Della wants nothing to do with Chase, but now that he’s become an official FRU agent and she’s an elite paranormal investigator in training, it looks like she can’t avoid having to work together to prove her father’s innocence. With solving this case, Della and Chase are going to have to explore the darkest parts of town. Della, fearless as she always is, isn’t too afraid of the challenge, instead she fears the deepest emotions in her heart. She worries about the bond she and Chase share and is even more scared of letting Chase near her heart and falling in love.

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Spellbinder by C.C. Hunter

SpellbinderSpellbinder_revised3 by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #2.5 (Novella)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on June 30, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 147
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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Rerated: 3.5 Stars
4.5 Stars, Completed June 21, 2015

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Do you ever feel like you can never get enough of a series? If so, I think that’s where prequels and novellas come in. As much as I love certain series I don’t tend to pick up their novellas. I’ve actually only read a few (Midnight Sun and some Princess Diaries fillers). Usually, I just kind of let the book hangover treat itself and move on. So Spellbinder is the only novella I’ve read in the past 5 years or so. And instead of following my usual system of rating books that strictly follows my rating guide, I’m just going to rate Spellbinder with feeling and how I think loyal C.C. Hunter readers will take it.

Spellbinder takes place after the events of the second Shadow Falls: After Dark installment, Eternal, and this time Miranda is the narrator. Miranda has always tried to earn her mother’s approval by competing in witch competitions. This time around, her incentive to becoming head priestess are tickets for she and her friends to take a trip to Paris for the next Wicca tournament. In being able to go, she hopes to meet and reconcile with her sort-of boyfriend, Perry, who recently decided that the couple should take a break because of his studies in France. Miranda has never won any of these competitions before, so winning will be a challenge. It doesn’t help that this time around things are much messier when blood and secrets are spilled.

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Eternal by C.C. Hunter

EternalEternal by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark Book #2 (2/4)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on October 28, 2014
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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4 Stars, Reread March 12, 2015

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I kind of feel bad because it’s been so long since I’ve written a book review. I’m already a slow reader and an even slower one in the midst of school. But I haven’t really had an excuse because I’ve been on my spring break for the past week. Lately, I’ve been reading what other bloggers have shared more than I have done actual reading, so I thought it’d be appropriate to write a review of my latest reread before I lose all rights as a book blogger.

In this installment of the Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Della begins to learn more about her new powers as a reborn vampire. She’s much stronger, swifter, and even more badass than the last book. Della continues to unravel the mysteries in her family history, including learning about her murdered aunt and estranged vampire uncle. In the process, a ghost continues to bother her (yes, apparently, these reborn vampires are limited necromancers as well) with visions and clues to an underground vampire unit, where young fresh-turns are used as slaves. And even worse, she’s assigned to work this case with Chase, a vampire she’s bonded with that shares these ghost visions. Della’s attracted to him but the perpetual lies and secrets makes her dislike him. Like in Reborn, there’s more issues with family, mysteries, and love interests (yup, plural, but don’t worry, the love triangle doesn’t dominate the plot).

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Reborn by C.C. Hunter

RebornReborn by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #1 (1/4)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 20, 2014
Genres: [Young Adult] Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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Rerated: 3.5 Stars
3 Stars, Reread February 23, 2015

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Prior to reading this book, I actually read C.C. Hunter’s debut series Shadow Falls. I was neutral about the series, mainly because I disliked the main protagonist. However, Hunter really does a good job with this spin-off to the Shadow Falls series in terms of characters. In my opinion, the female lead is way more likable compared to Kylie from the original series.

Della Tsang, a teenage vampire full of wit and biting sarcasm (no pun intended), attends a camp/boarding school for troubled kids, a safe haven for paranormal teenagers. Even though she feels at home at Shadow Falls, she struggles with accepting herself as a vampire. Most of the vampires at camp are born vampires from vampire parents, while she’s a vampire that carried the V1 strain and was turned one. After turning she gained physical abilities supernaturals have, but because of her sudden strange behavior her parents mistake her attitude to be teenage rebellion. But she soon learns that her father had a twin brother she never knew about. She begins to unravel her family history and tries to learn the mystery of this dead uncle, in hopes that he’s alive and a turned vampire as well. All she seeks for is family that understands her. Continue reading