Monday, December 15, 2014

Eternal by C.C. Hunter

Summary (from Goodreads):
All her life, Della's secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she's where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.

From bestselling author C.C. Hunter comes Eternal—a must-read for fans of the Shadow Falls series—and the sequel to Reborn.
I love these books. This one in particular was the supernatural/romance/comedy medicine I needed to get me back into my reading craze. I finished this book in a couple of days, and literally within seconds of putting it down, picked up another book, which is also already finished. I’m in a book obsession craze again. Thank you, C.C. Hunter. I’m already half way through another book.
There were so many things I loved about this book. For starters, Della is pretty awesome. She’s even more awesome as she learns to use her super reborn vampire powers. She may have some issues letting other people in, and or showing her emotions sometimes; however, she’s the strongest and probably most feminist character in this series, and for that I give her major points. I love that she stands up to the camp director when he gets overprotective. I love that she never gets side-lined for being a girl. And I super love that she’s not afraid to hit a guy where it hurts, when it comes to protecting herself and those she loves.
Her friend, Kylie, may be known as the protector, but Della certainly will stop at nothing to protect her friends. I also found her family back-story to be very interesting. You get to learn a lot more about her dad, cousin, aunt, sister, and mother in this one. There’s still just enough info left out, to make you want to pull out your hair in curiosity, but hey, there’s one more book coming. I’m sure the answers will come then.
The other thing I loved in this one was Della’s handling of the boy situation. At the beginning of the book (it’s not’s really a spoiler if it happens right away), Steve sort of plays the whole, “this needs to be over between us so you can do what you need to do and figure things out,” card. Instead of pining dramatically or being depressed for a year (like some YA heroines are want to do), Della is just angry at Steve for being an idiot. And while she misses the guy, her life goes on. While I’m not the largest fan of the other boy in her life, as I gather most aren’t, I really felt like this was a much better/healthier teen reaction to heart ache, than what I have seen in books past.
There’s also more creepy ghost stuff in this one. Add that to an FRU case about missing vampire teens, a possible family murder, an interesting scene with the Vampire Council, tons of action and violence, and well this book was C.C. Hunter at her best.
And best of all, these books, at their core, are about friendship. They’re about 3 very different, supernatural girls who have each other’s backs. I love their Diet Coke dynamic. Though, speaking as a former Diet Coke addict, these books gave me serious cravings. So, even though Della is the least emotional of the group, she still has a group that accepts her for who she is.
I’m just sad there’s only one book left to the series. Will that be all for Shadow Falls? Will Miranda get books too? I give this one a 9/10. And if you like YA paranormal romance at all, I highly recommend these books.

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