Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Review: Chosen at Nightfall (Shadowfalls #5) by C.C. Hunter

Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls, #5)Chosen at Nightfall

Author: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Pages: 400
Publisher: St. Martins

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Don’t miss this magnificent final chapter in the breathtaking Shadow Falls series! Kylie’s epic journey is about to lead her exactly where she belongs...

When Kylie Galen entered Shadow Falls Camp, she left her old life behind forever and discovered a world more magical than she ever imagined. A place where you’re two best friends can be a witch and a vampire... and where love doesn’t happen the way you’d expect.

When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him—to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation that will amaze everyone around her. But her journey won’t be complete until she makes one final choice…which guy to love. Should she choose to the werewolf who broke her heart but will give anything to win her back, or the half-fae who ran from their attraction before they had a chance? Everything she’s learned at Shadow Falls has been preparing her for this moment - when her fate will be revealed and her heart claimed forever.

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

I was hesitant about starting Chosen at Nightfall, not because I wasn’t eager to dive into the final book in the Shadow Falls series but because I had come across a review not in spoiler tags which explained what had happened in great detail which unfortunately made me lose all interest in reading it; but over the weekend my curiosity got the better of me and I finally picked it up and loved it!

This is a series which needs to be read in order to unravel the mystery that is our MC sixteen year-old Kylie Galen, she has been through a great deal over the past four books emotionally, physically, mentally and also with her family, friendships and relationships which I have always been fully invested in.

Chosen at Nightfall gives us great closure on everything, including her relationship status which has played a big part in all of the books – she finally choses between fae Derek and shifter Lucas, I was so pleased with how this aspect played out, there is always going to be someone left hurting at the end of a love triangle but this was written in a way which was worked out really well and I was pleased with the outcome.

Kylie has gone through great character growth, she is still trying to work out her Chameleon abilities, her role as a protector and communicating with the dead and in this installment someone of great importance has paid her a visit to help out with a part of her quest; but it doesn’t come without a lot of pain and confusion. The action scenes in this book weren’t as detailed or as often which was disappointing and the final scene between Kylie and the villain was a tad anti-climatic but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment.

The secondary characters are amazing! I have always loved Kylie’s friendship with Della the vampire and Miranda the witch, camp leaders Burnett and Holiday are awesome and are great parental role models since her own parents seem to be all over the place, they all played an important role in the overall series and I have come to appreciate all of them.

The boys ~ There have been many highs and lows with Derek and Lucas; both have adored Kylie but also broken her heart; I have been up and down with who she should chose but there definitely was a clear winner in this one and despite his actions in the previous books I feel he has redeemed himself.

Chosen at Nightfall did not disappoint and was an amazing conclusion to the series, C.C. Hunter’s writing is delightfully engaging and her detailed supernatural world one which has left me satisfied.

Overall, this is one of my favourite series, I have loved unravelling all of the Shadow Falls secrets and getting to know and love the wonderful characters with their amazing abilities and characteristics – it was as story of self discovery. I am sad to see the series come to an end but relieved to know there will be a spin-off series with feisty vampire Della Tsang.

About the author: C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central. www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com

Books in order:

Turned at Dark (Shadow Falls, #0.5) Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2) Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls, #3) 
Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls, #4) Saved at Sunrise (Shadow Falls, #4.5) Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls, #5)


  1. I hate when people spoil books, Sharon. I am so sorry that happened to you. I am also glad you decided to go ahead and read Chosen at Nightfall, and that you loved it. It's so great when a favourite series ends so well. I really need to start this series.
    Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea <3 it is such a shame but I'm pleased I finally picked it up and really enjoyed it x

  2. I'm so sorry that someone spoiled the book for you! I would be super mad! I hope you informed the person and told him/her to put in spoiler tags. Still, I'm happy that you enjoyed the book despite what happened. It seems that the series ended brilliantly for you. I love it when it happens to one of my favorite series.
    I've always been iffy about this series because the major love triangle. Plus, I remember someone mentioning how frustrating the MC could get with her indecisiveness over the boys. I think that would drive me crazy.
    Lovely review, Sharon!

  3. I haven't read this series but it breaks my heart when others spoil books for readers..grr. I am glad you loved it despite them.

    1. I agree! it really put me off reading it, if it was a minor spoiler I wouldn't have minded as much but it was a BIG one :( a great read though.

  4. I haven't read this series, but it sounds like you loved it, in spite of the spoiler for this book. You've convinced me to check it out.

    1. It is an awesome series, the characters are all fantastic so I hope you get a chance to read it :)

  5. I love this series. It has been one of my favorite. I too have it sitting on my shelf but I've been delaying it because I'm not ready for everything to end, and not ready to say goodbye to my favorite characters.

    1. I felt the same Jennifer but I'm so glad I finally picked it up, it was well worth it :)


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