Shadow Falls #0.5
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 15th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in ghosts, until she sees her dead cousin in a dark alley. She did not believe in vampires, until she turns into one. Should she follow her vampire cousin's lead and walk away from everything she knows, or join Shadow Falls, a camp for special teens?
This short story from C.C. Hunter gives readers a look into Della's history.
As you may know from reading Born at Midnight, the first book of the Shadow Falls series, Della Tsang is Kylie Galen’s Vampire friend. Here, we learn how Della was turned into a vampire and how she came about Shadow Falls. We also go into a bit more depth of Della’s life before Shadow Falls and a brief history about Supernaturals. Warning though: like Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking (which I’m currently reading), it’s a quick read. Actually, even more quick since it’s only 32 pages long.
To be frank, I don’t think I was expecting Vampirism to be a virus. I was expecting Della to get bitten by an actual vampire when I first met her in Born at Midnight. And was I so very very wrong at that assumption. The fact that Della had a Vampire virus in her blood was an unexpected twist in the series.
If I were Della’s shoes, I probably would’ve reacted the same way as she did if I found out that *insert spoiler* wasn’t actually dead and I was carrying a virus that could turn me into a vampire (It might even be cool). And that the fact blood will taste yummy. o_o
As for Della’s issues in real life, I can totally compare my own life to her life. High expectations? yep. Sometimes too high? yep! Super harsh? Harsh, yes, but not like Della’s parents in a way. Therefore, Della is now one of my favorite characters from Shadow Falls. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for the rest of them as well. Della just has that “twin-like” quality. 🙂
Overall, I love the humor that Hunter has woven into this story and find that Turned at Dark is a great prequel to Born at Midnight. It’s not necessary to read Born at Midnight first, but if you want to, feel free to do so. I actually enjoyed the series and the shortstory. 🙂