Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reborn by C.C. Hunter

Summary (from Goodreads):
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?
Oh, I have missed C.C. Hunter. Her books are supernatural, romantic, fast-paced and always fun. I love that she continued writing these characters with a spin-off series. And I absolutely loved being inside Della’s head. Will we ever get a series about Miranda?
It was interesting to see Kylie from Della’s perspective. And it was certainly interesting to see why Della is as angry, stand-off-ish, and intense as she sometimes is. She carries so much guilt. Guilt for being a vampire (which she does consider monstrous no matter how many times her camp director tells her otherwise), guilt for lying to her family, guilt for her cousin, and guilt for Steve (the boy she tries so hard not to fall in love with). Reading the scenes with her staying at her family’s house, where they all think she’s a thieving, sex-crazed, drug addict was so painful, it was reminiscent of Harry Potter staying with the Dursley’s.
I loved Della’s relationship with the camp community. One of the things I loved about the other books, and continue to love here, is the emphasis on friendship. Della can and does tell everything to her bff’s. And when the three girls work together, no one can mess with them. In fact when someone does mess with them, they turn into captured kangaroos…
I find the whole reborn vampire plot arc to be interesting. I’ve never read anything like that before. However, I do kind of wish there weren’t quite as many similarities between Della’s story and Kylie’s. They both are involved in love triangles. They both end up being way stronger/more powerful than anyone else. They both even end up seeing/dealing with ghosts. So, while the reborn thing was pretty cool, I kind of wish it wasn’t so similar to the chameleon story of before.
There were some sizzling romantic scenes. There were also FRU missions, funerals, a half fey/half vampire baby being born, murders, vampire illness, ghosts, family drama, vampire scam artists, new campers, and plenty of the familiar and silly humor.
I read this book super fast. And I’m excited to see where the story will continue. I give it a 9/10 (even though there were a few too many Kylie similarities).

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