CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL (Shadow Falls, #5)
By C. C. Hunter
Published April 23, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
GENRES: YA (Young Adult • Action • Werewolves, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Fae • Paranormal Romance • Witches • Ghosts • Mystery • Thriller
Technically 4.8 rounded to 5
When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all...and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.
Oh the humanity! The series has come to an end! **Bowing head in a moment of silence** Time to tear our clothes, throw ash on our heads and grieve like Gollum who has lost "my precious."
Truly, one of my all time favorite series has dropped the stage curtain for the last time. But fear not my fellow readers, C. C. Hunter is throwing us a lifeline out of this pit of despair with the news that she will be writing a spin off series based on Della. Sigh. Now I can go on living. My husband sends her his undying gratitude.
Seriously folks... this series has so much complexity to it that Sherlock Holmes himself would have trouble deciphering its mysteries. MAMA licks her reading chops every time she gets to reread the books. Yes, I am one of those OCD people who reread books till the spines break and pages fall out. Sorry.. tangent. This final chapter held so many loose ends from all the overarching story lines that I wasn't sure she could wrap everything up, let alone have it be so neat and tidy. **Hanging head in shame for ever doubting Hunter** The whole time I was reading, my mind was blowing from all the new revelations and pieces fitting together to reveal the final picture.
One of the best things I liked about this book (and series) was how relatable the characters were. Kylie was going through so much in such a short period of time, and the heartbreak she was dealing with was organic and authentic. There was one section of the book where I was downing my sympathy pint of ice cream right along with the girls. I was completely caught up in their misery and pain.
This series reminds me of Babylon 5, the TV series. The author treated the series the same way, with these huge overarching subplots that weaved themselves together to create a complex web of story. Most of the plots were built and layered upon others and weren't fulfilled until the end. Its like watching a painter work on different sections of a piece of art, under a microscope and in random order. You have no idea what the end product will look like until he shows you. Hunter has that gift. She had this innate ability to keep sub plots a secret. I was always pleasantly shocked every time she unwrapped another truth.
The ensemble cast throughout this series has been outstanding. Phenomenal in fact. Della, Miranda, Derek, Holiday... every character was distinct, extremely well crafted and intricate. I could hear their specific tone and tenor. Some authors write their characters so they sound like one person, but Hunter artfully fabricated an array of colorful and diverse group. My heart fell in love with all of them. If I could somehow make my way into their world, I would grab them all in a huge group hug.
One little complaint I have is... and I know I praised it earlier... was the tidy ending. It was too tidy. Too much HEA (Happily Ever After). GASP! I know.. that came out of me? **Checking forehead for fever** I can't spoil it for you. I WON'T spoil it for you. So I will drop this subject now. My other concern was the resolution to a major problem in her life. Again, I can't spoil it, but the build up was so monumental, I thought the big finale would be just as grand. Instead, I felt like watching the neighborhood pyromaniac setting off firecrackers instead of the big National July 4th Celebration down on The Mall in Washington D.C. (Side note: bring ear plugs if you go cause you can't hear for hours afterward and an umbrella so your hair isn't full of ash.) It just left me a little despairing.
So... I know some of you can't stand to wait for installments and want to read a series when it is completed. You know who you are. WINK. WINK. So here you go. One series with everything you could possibly want (well.. except for space travel) in one awesome package. So run.. do not walk... to your store, library, tablet or computer and get a copy today! You will be so glad you did! ENJOY!
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