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Series: After Dark #1
Published on May 20, 2014
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.
For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn't just a camp: it's home. As a vampire who's never fit in with her human family, it's the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn't careful, he just might succeed. When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?
I really enjoy reading Reborn, Della is strong and an interesting character to read about that really draws me into her story. This book is easy to follow, full of mysteries that you couldn’t help but to wonder what will happen next.
Since I haven’t read the Shadow Falls series, I am not familiar with Della’s character. The book started with Della at home for parents’ weekend. Della was sad and miserable because her family doesn’t know she is a vampire, they thought she was rebellious and basically a trouble teen. Her father, especially doesn’t even acknowledge her existence. Then she discovered that her father had a twin and supposedly “die” a long time ago. However, Della wasn’t convince, she thinks her uncle was “turn” into a vampire and faked his death. Given that vampire virus is genetic, she decided to investigate her uncle’s dead and past.
Della is quite sensitive and feels strongly responsible to her family and friends, which often affects her mood greatly. Her estrange family situation, her possible distant vampire family, her cousin’s death, and the brutal crime happened right outside of Shadow Falls committed by another vampire. Quite a lot happened in this book that mostly directly related to Della. But instead of reaching out for help, letting others to share her pain, Della mostly endured them alone. I can see Della is learning to trust her friends, learning to open her heart to another again. I thought Chase was a great match for her, he go out his way to draw Della out of her shield. Although his motive is still questionable at this point.
There is a love-triangle in this book, however since the books doesn’t focus on her romance, so it didn’t overwhelm with the story.
I do have a pet peeve about names, I thought the “Asian” names in this book were stereotyped. “Chan” is actually a very common Chinese Surname, so it was weird that was Della’s cousin’s name. While I do like that Della was half-Chinese, but she was described not having many Chinese descent physical characteristics, in fact, in the book it said Della was nothing like her father. It was still nice to see a little diversity though.
I kept wondering what’s the connection between the title of the book and the story, though we don’t find out until the very end of the book. However, it was quite interesting when it was finally revealed in the end, and I wonder what will it mean for Della and her relationship with Chase.
I really enjoyed Della’s story, and am looking forward to read the next one!