Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark Series #3)by C. C. Hunter
Unspoken truths will be revealed-and they will change everything--in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy!
Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life-and the most personal. In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she's assigned a twenty year old/b>/i>/b>/i>/b>/i>/b>/i>
Unspoken truths will be revealed-and they will change everything--in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy!
Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life-and the most personal. In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she's assigned a twenty year old murder case...and the accused killer is none other than her own father.
Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she's been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman-a vampire with his own hidden agenda. Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he's kept from her, but she'll need his help to find out the truth about her father. But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can't seem to forget?
The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town... and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.
“Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance.” Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)
“Jam-packed with action and romance . . . Hunter's lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!” Romantic Times
“The newest in the super-popular teen paranormal genre, this book is one of the best. This one is going on the keeper shelf!” Fresh Fiction
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Shadow Falls * After Dark
By C. C. Hunter
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2015 C. C. Hunter
All rights reserved.
The sound of the door swishing open filled the small space. Before Della Tsang heard the footsteps, the scent filled her nose. Another vampire. But not just any vampire ...
Chase Tallman. The guy she was regrettably bonded with. The guy who'd given her his blood to ensure she'd survive a rare second turn into vampirism that had made her a Reborn — a stronger kick-ass vampire who attracted ghosts. Not that she'd asked for it, or would have wanted it — especially the ghost part.
His footsteps brought him into the closet-sized room. The door whooshed closed. Her heart thumped against her breastbone.
She'd been to hell and back looking for him. Had even gone to France to find him, with no luck.
And now he just shows up.
In the ladies' bathroom at Whataburger.
The door in the stall next to hers opened and shut. Surely he wasn't ... He didn't intend to ... The sound of someone stepping on the toilet lid echoed.
She glared up. He peered down at her over the stall wall. His dark brown hair looked a little longer. His bright green eyes were glowing with humor.
"Fancy meeting you here." He smiled, no doubt at her position — knees bent, locked, her tush hanging two inches above the pot, her jeans down to mid-thigh. Thank goodness her light blue top was long and flared and covered her lady business.
She jerked up and zipped. Never taking her eyes off him, but wishing she had her hands on him. Like her fingers around his throat. He wouldn't be smiling then.
"No paperwork?" he teased.
He thought this was funny? Seriously? Did the guy want to die? Did he not have a clue how much his deceit had hurt her?
If she didn't need information, she'd kill him. And she'd make it slow and painful.
But she needed information, needed to find her uncle, the man who'd killed her aunt and was letting her father go down for the murder. And Chase had that info. Had it from the start, and had lied about it.
She'd recently learned the truth. The man Chase referred to as Eddie, the man who had taken him in when he was fourteen and helped him through his first turn, and bonded with him on the second turn, was Della's uncle.
Who sent you? She'd asked Chase that a thousand times. And a thousand times he'd lied.
As much as she hated admitting it, she understood Chase's loyalty to the man. Not only was Eddie his father figure, but she knew better than anybody how a vampire blood bond could mess with your head and your emotions. But Chase's loyalty to her uncle meant he'd been disloyal to her. He'd made that choice. And she'd be damned if she'd let her own father go to prison for her uncle's sin.
Bolting out of the stall at the same time he did, she cornered all six feet of him. Her pulse raced with fury.
He held his palms up, shoulders tight, but his eyes exhibited no fear. Instead his pools of green still held a touch of tease. Oh, how she wanted to teach him a lesson. She leaned in, putting her face in his, letting him know she wasn't intimidated by him.
A move she instantly regretted. This close, his masculine scent all around her, the lure, the attraction, all of which she blamed on the bond, chipped away at her sanity. She fought it. Didn't want it.
"What are you so happy about?" she growled.
"You," he said. "Being around you makes me happy."
She flattened her palm on his chest, ready to give him a good thump into the wall.
"Wait," he said.
"For what?" she seethed.
His lips twitched into a bigger smile. He pointed to the wall behind his shoulder. "The sign says you need to wash your hands."
That did it. Her canines came out to play. Her eyes stung, a tell-tale sign that her dark brown irises, inherited from her Asian father, were growing brighter.
"I'm not an employee." She stared him dead in the eyes. His disloyalty stung. "How's Feng, my uncle?"
The playfulness vanished and damned if guilt didn't fill those pools of green. "I was going to tell you."
"Sure you were."
"I wouldn't ..." He stopped talking as if the words didn't sound right. It took her about two seconds to realize what he'd been about to say.
"Wouldn't what? Lie to me? All you've ever done is lie."
"Della?" Her name being called from the other side of the door barely registered. The fact that she was in vamp mode hardly concerned her. Or rather, when it did bring on a distress signal, it was too late. The bathroom door swung open.
Chase, in a quick swoop, swapped places with her and used his arm to hide her face from Lilly's view. However, the way he leaned in, his hand on the wall, his lips inches from hers, gave the impression they were making out — swapping spit — in a bathroom. Oh, yeah, like that was something she'd actually do. Everyone knew what kinds of germs hung out in public restrooms.
"What ...? Della?" Lilly, her human former friend, blurted out as if shocked. The girl rose on her tiptoes to see over Chase's shoulder. "Is that ... you?"
Della glanced to the side to hide her eyes and canines. "Yeah."
"Oh, my," Lilly said. "And who are ... you?"
No doubt the question was meant for Chase. Della didn't glance up at his expression, but she knew he'd put on his charm: all smiles and good ol' boy innocent eyes. "I'm a friend." His voice still held on to the tease.
"Looks like you're a good friend," Lilly said in a playful tone. "Are you the notorious Steve?"
Chase's shoulders tightened. His gaze shot to Della, the humor in his eyes fading to hurt, maybe even jealousy.
Not that he had any right to feel it.
Della forced her fangs in, and attempted to calm her inner vamp. "No, he's just someone I know from Shadow Falls."
Feeling under control, she nudged Chase back, giving herself a couple of inches, but no more. Not enough room for him to slide out. She focused on Lilly and motioned to Chase. "We need to talk. Can you give us —"
"No," Chase said. "I just wanted to say hi. I'll swing by your place later."
"No." She cut him a cold glare. He was not getting away. Della grabbed his arm, her grip locked around his bicep. "I'd prefer to chat now." She slapped a smile on her face for Lilly's sake.
"Don't be silly. It's a girls' night out." He gently pried her fingers free with ease.
Then before she knew his intent, he'd planted a quick kiss on her lips. His tongue swiped across her bottom lip, making her knees weak. That taste ... That quick taste of him had her breath hitching. Her body humming. Her heart wanting. And she hated her own weakness.
She inhaled, fighting the bond while at the same time resisting the urge to go full vamp on his ass again. But before she could figure out her next move, he'd moved out the door. Gone.
Lilly, whom Della hadn't even thought about in a year, leaned against the wall. She stared in shock at his quick exit. "Wow, he's fast." Then she giggled and shook her finger at Della. "Now, now, Miss Tsang. I think you're keeping secrets."
Ya think? Della wanted to scream. The first secret was a real doozy. Della was no longer human. Hence the reason she lived at Shadow Falls, a boarding school for supernaturals. If not for the trouble at home, she'd still be at school — with friends who understood and didn't judge her for downing a glass of blood every now and then.
She didn't even understand why Lilly had just shown up tonight. If her mom hadn't overheard Lilly's invite, and insisted Della go, she wouldn't be in this jam. But since her family didn't know her secrets, it was kind of hard to explain why she couldn't maintain old friendships.
"No, no secrets," Della lied. "That wasn't at all what it looked like. He's just ... a guy."
"He didn't look like just a guy."
"Looks can be deceiving." Della walked out. She moved down the hall and inhaled to see if she could still lock on to Chase's scent. She let go of a deep gasp of air. Only the smell of hamburgers and fries scented the air. Still, her gaze shifted left then right, hoping for the off chance he was still around. Nope.
Chase was gone. Why the hell had she let him get away? The answer bumped into her back. Literally. Lilly. If Della had used force to detain him, her old friend would have freaked. Then she might have mentioned it to Della's parents. And with all the crap going on with her dad's murder charge, the last thing she wanted to do was give her parents something else to toss and turn about at night.
She faced Lilly, but someone called her name.
Della turned and saw Mrs. Chi inching closer. She was an older neighbor who co-owned a small jewelry store with her husband, just a couple of blocks away from Della's house. "I have not seen you in forever, young lady."
"Hi," Della said and noticed her neighbor glance at Lilly. "This is my friend Lilly Shay."
"Hello," Mrs. Chi said. Lilly barely nodded. She hadn't even met the woman's eyes and was already pulling her phone up. Had her mother never taught her manners?
"How is Chester?" Della asked. Before she'd left for Shadow Falls, she'd cared for the Chis' cat when they'd gone on vacations.
"The same. He brought me dead rat yesterday. I call exterminator out and they say I have no rats in my home or the store. Where does that cat go to find them?"
"He gets around," Della said, remembering she'd seen the cat snooping around her dad's shed three nights ago when she'd gone out late to the supernatural blood bar.
Mrs. Chi patted Della's arm. "I will go and grab dinner for Bojing. He is at store ... closing." She glanced at Lilly. "Have good night. Be careful. It is dangerous for two girls to be alone. The neighborhood is not safe as it used to be."
"We will." Della watched the elderly woman move to the counter. Then plastering on what she hoped was a friendly expression — but still irritated by Lilly's rudeness — she faced the blonde. "Did you finish your hamburger?"
"Then maybe you can drop me back home." She didn't know if Chase had been serious about coming by or if she could add that to his list of lies. Probably a lie, but she should be there, just in case. She wouldn't let him get away this time.
"But we're going over to Susie's to watch a movie."
"Yeah. Sorry, I'm just not up to hanging out. It's that time of the month." She pressed a hand low on her abdomen. It was of course another lie — Aunt Flow had already come and gone. But Mother Nature had plagued women with the monthly curse, and Della figured that meant women had the right to use it as an excuse whenever needed.
Lilly frowned. "But your mom already ..." She shut her mouth and even curled her lips as if wanting to pull the words back in.
"My mom already ... what?" Della asked, sensing Lilly had her own secrets.
The girl rolled her green eyes, and Della remembered she'd never really cared too much for Lilly. Even before she'd gone off to Shadow Falls, she and Lilly had drifted apart. "Spill it," Della snapped.
"Your mom paid me to get you out of the house."
Della stood there, mortified and furious that her mom had paid someone to be her friend. Della had friends. She had the two best friends in the world back at Shadow Falls.
Right then she wanted nothing more than to go home, grab her bags, and get back to where she belonged. Where she didn't feel like a monster.
"It's not like I didn't want to see you or anything. But I wasn't going to turn down twenty bucks."
"Take me home." Leaving the stench of grease and beef behind, Della hurried out of the restaurant, fighting the temptation to fly home herself. When the cold Texas air hit her face, she inhaled and swallowed the tears down her throat. She might be hurting on the inside, but she'd be damned if she'd let Lilly know it.
* * *
Della didn't say another word. When the car stopped in front of her house, Lilly looked at her. To the girl's credit, she looked sorry. "Should I return your mom's money?"
"No. Keep it." Della jumped out and stopped outside her front door to listen. Her sister was staying over at a friend's house. With any luck, Della could sneak upstairs without a confrontation. She didn't hear the television on. Slowly she turned the knob and made a mad dash inside.
The living room was empty — thank God. She got to the bottom of the staircase and had her foot on the first step when she heard a whisper of music from her dad's study. Della recalled when she would have been in that study with him, playing chess, laughing, and solving the world's problems. Or at least solving Della's problems. Whatever was going on in her life, her father had advice.
Now, there was no advice. He barely acknowledged her presence. As he had done every night in the three weeks that she'd been home, he'd already barricaded himself in his room. She wondered if he hid in there to avoid her. Then again, with a murder conviction hanging over his head, he was probably hiding from life. Earlier today she'd heard him tell her mom that he didn't know how long he could continue to work. People were whispering behind his back.
I'm so sorry, Dad. The knot in Della's throat doubled. It was her fault. Her fault that the cold-case file of her aunt, Bao Yu's, murder had been pulled and reopened. Her fault that her father was being falsely accused of murder.
Yes, the blood on the knife used to kill her aunt had been a perfect match to her father's. Only an identical twin could carry the same blood. Too bad Uncle Eddie, her father's identical twin, had already faked his death. Something most teens did when they were turned vampire. Living with a human family and trying to hide your new nature was near impossible. Della knew that all too well.
Right then it hit her. If she'd done it, if she'd faked her own death, walked away, none of this would have happened. Her family wouldn't be suffering now.
She had her foot on the second stair when her mom stuck her head out from the kitchen. "Why are you back so early?"
Don't do it. Don't do it. Make up some shit. She opened her mouth, waiting for some lie to form, to slip out, but damned if the humiliation she'd felt earlier didn't peak again and her temper got the best of her.
"Guess you didn't pay Lilly enough." Della tore off up the stairs. This time she couldn't swallow the tears.CHAPTER 2
Della got to her room and dropped face first on her bed, her chest a big ball of pain. She heard her mom's footsteps and wanted to kick herself, really hard, for not keeping her mouth shut. Her mom already had too much on her plate. But damn, didn't she know how much she'd embarrassed her?
"Della?" Her mom opened the door.
"I'm tired, Mom. I want to sleep," she said into her pillow, praying her voice didn't shake.
The mattress shifted with her mom's weight. "She ... told you?"
"I ... was trying to help."
She felt her mom's hand on her back. She rolled over and popped up, not wanting her mother to notice her cool body temperature. Every time her mom touched her, Della saw the concern in her eyes.
"I don't need help." Della pulled her knees to her chest and hugged them. "I certainly don't need you paying people to be my friends. I have friends, lots of them, at school."
"But you're not at that school now. It's not like ... I didn't ... She was helping me out with my groceries and I mentioned she should come over and see you. Then I didn't have any change to give her, so I just dropped a twenty in her hands and said she could come by."
"Just forget it, okay?" Della asked.
"Maybe if you enrolled back in your old school you'd get reacquainted with your old friends and you'd be ... happier."
"No. I'm happy. As soon as things ... calm down here, I'll go back to Shadow Falls Academy."
Tears filled her mom's eyes. "Honey, it could be a long time before things ... calm down. The trial could be months away."
"It's not going to trial. They're going to realize it's a mistake and dismiss the charges." At least according to Burnett, one of Shadow Falls's owners and a member of the Fallen Research Unit (FRU), the supernatural equivalent of the FBI, and the half-warlock lawyer he'd sent to assist in her father's defense.
Tears filled her mom's eyes. "I want to believe that, Della, but we have to be realistic."
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I waited sooo long for this book! I love Della's story and couldn't wait to read the conclusion to this spin-off of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy. I just had to know what was going to happen with the Della, Chase, Steve love triangle. I had my favorite, and I was hopeful. Then, there was the huge mystery that was slowly unraveling throughout each book. I wasn't disappointed. This book was an EPIC conclusion to every question I had in the Della story. The mystery was complex and it kept me on the edge of my seat during the whole book. Even though I had a pretty good idea who did what by about halfway in the book, it was still compelling. I can't say how good the whole Shadow Falls series is. I highly recommend this young adult paranormal romance series to anyone of any age. This installment gets five glittery stars!
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Another great book, by a great author! Della has been such an amazing character throughout the Shadow Falls series, that I am sad for her journey to be over, but hopeful we will get to hear more about her and other favorites in the future, since the film rights to Shadow Falls were picked up! Della is definitely a force to be reckoned with even more in Unspoken. I love that C.C. Hunter writes about strong women that don't always need to be saved by their man. Another hit for C.C. Hunter! Highly recommended!
I couldn't put it down! Della is such an amazing character and C.C. Hunter continues to outdo herself, all her books are amazing!
It felt like I was in the relationship with Dela and Chase. My heart aced for every emotion they went through. This is my #1 favorite book series ever.
It was impossible to put down
Love the shadow falls series
I really hope there will be another one about Della and chase, I want their story to continue on!
As always a great story that you ant put down until you've finished it.
I fell in live yet again with this addition to the Shadow Falls Series. C. C. Hunter did it again. If you love the Shadow Falls series like I do....you will love this book as well. I like the way that Mrs. Hunter has created separate books of the main characters. This one is about Della (The strong paranormal vampire with a secret softer side). Della will be tested to her limits. She has been given the chance to proove if she has what it takes to be an agent.....however her co-partner is Chase...of all people. She has a ghost following her around....her dead aunt. She won't leave Della alone...what could she want? I don't want to give the whole story away....so I will leave you with that. Read this book.......I promise you will not be dissapointed! I LOVE this series. I am a true fan! Intrigued by Romance
Always kept me on my toes.
C.C. Hunter has done it again in her last book of the After Dark Trilogy. She made me laugh, be surprised, and like always I did not want to put it down till the end. If you are wanting a book that grab you till the end, this is it! So don't miss out on your chance to read more of Della the sassy vampire. In Unspoken Della is fighting for herself inside and out also for the ones she loves. After all the lies Chase has told her can she ever come to trust him again and find out if he is the one she truly love. She has to solve a old case that ends up involving the death of her aunt and the main suspect is none other then her father. She fights and try to prove he is not killer all while finding out more family secrets.
Unspoken is an epic ending to the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy. It had everything you could ever want: love, mystery, loyalty, and suspense. Della Tsang, a vampire at Shadow Falls, knows deep in her heart that her father is innocent of the murder they suspect he committed. Even when all the evidence points to him, her faith in him never waivers. He's mean to her and wants her out of his house but she didn't even think about giving up. Even when she broke down, she never gave up. Della is certainly a great role model for teenaged girls. Her determination is admirable. Chase, Della's not-quite-boyfriend-because-she's-confused-about-her-feelings, leaves his post at the Vampire Council to join the FRU so he can help Della and prove to her she can trust him. His "Father", which is Della's "dead uncle", wants to step forward and take the fall for the murder Della's dad is a suspect of but Chase swears him he will find the murderer. Steve, Della's past love interest, helps Della and Chase whenever needed. He helps Della break into somewhere, and when one of them gets hurt, he saves their life. (NOT GIVING AWAY WHO THOUGH) And not to mention, my favorite part, he sits down with Della and lets her talk about her problems and embraces her whenever needed. He's there for her through the entire book. What a sweetheart! (Team Steve all the way!) Chase and Della (Also with the help of Burnett) race against the clock (the trial date) to find the murderer but the closer they seem to get to answers, the more danger, and secrets they uncover. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that most of the other campers weren't in this book as much. C.C Hunter has done a great job keeping in all old characters but not in this one. There are some scenes with Kylie, Miranda, Lucas, and Perry, but not as much as I hoped. But this was only a minor disappointment because the book in itself was wonderful. Definitely worth the wait! I can't wait for more by C.C Hunter. None of her books have let me down yet. I hear she's writing a book for Miranda, which I'm excited about!!! If you love paranormal, romance, suspense, then this series is for you! I would even recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA!
Della has grown into her new Reborn powers much more so than in the previous two novels but must put them to use all too soon. Her father is being charged with his sister's murder. Della knows her father isn't capable of murder but it's difficult to concentrate on clearing his name when her aunt's ghost keeps insisting he killed her. It's even harder to concentrate with a sexy vampire and a hot shape-shifter vying for her affections. I had such mixed feelings when I finished this book. I was flying high because of the sheer joy of reading this last installment while at the same time near tears because I knew it was the final chapter of Della's story. And what a thrilling roller-coaster it was. There were more secrets, more ghosts, and more twists than I had prepared for. The action never faltered so putting this one down was impossible. And oh that love triangle. Did she pick Chase? Steve? Or did she, in true Della-fashion, tell them both to go screw themselves? I'll never tell! To this day I am amazed at how addicted I have become to Shadow Falls and all its inhabitants - the kind of addiction that, until these books came along, had only been triggered by one other author (Tamora Pierce). I can literally read these books over and over again (which I do at least once a year!) and still be just as engrossed as I was the first time. If readers have a say, this one votes for another Shadow Falls series!
Storytelling at its finest! Unspoken, the finale in the Shadow Falls: After Dark Trilogy is a perfect ending to an exceptional series. After her action caused the investigation into her aunt's murder case to reopen and implicated her father, Della Tsang returns home...but briefly. She quickly realizes her presence is not helping, but hurting. When Della's neighbors were killed and Della was attacked by half-breed weres, it was time to alert Burnett and get on the case. Although Chase knew he screwed up by leaving Della again, he is determined to solve Della's aunt's murder case by finding the real killer and clearing Della's father's and uncle's name. Chase makes the difficult decision to leave the Council and return to Shadow Falls to work with Burnett and the FRU. As the deadline approaches for Della's father's trial, she and Chase work together, following leads, dodging danger, and fighting for their love. You can't help but love Chase. Not only does he know how to make an entrance (the bathroom scene in the beginning), but his boldness and passion endears him to you. I think Della is a perfect match for him. Being headstrong is one thing, but her loyalty makes you root for her to succeed. It also makes her a strong, passionate heroine for this story. As I said in the title that this novel was storytelling at its finest and it truly is. There was never a moment where I was drawn out of this wild, challenging, and some time dangerous love story. C.C. Hunter wrapped up Della's story like a well-crafted gift.
It’s been rough for Della Tsang since becoming a vampire. She became a stranger in her once loving and close-knit family. She lost her boyfriend and even her best friend. Despite finding a new home at Shadow Falls, a school for paranormal teens, things got worse when Della became reborn – a rare breed a vampire with extreme strength and extraordinary senses. When a neighbor is murdered, Della gets the chance she's been waiting for… to officially work with the FRU as a paranormal investigator. It seems the murders of her aunt and her neighbor are connected, and if she can find the killer, she can save her father. The clock is ticking with her dad’s trial just days away. The only person who can help is the mysterious and handsome Chase Tallman – the same person who has done nothing but lie to her since they met. Della must decide if she can really trust Chase, or if he’s out for his own interests. It's a decision that will have dire consequences, not just for Della but for her entire family. It can be difficult to spinoff from a hugely successful series, but C.C. Hunter does it masterfully with Della’s trilogy from REBORN to ETERNAL and now UNSPOKEN. Tight writing grabs you in the beginning, and a race-against-the-clock mystery pushes you straight through to the end. With Hunter’s trademark humor woven throughout, UNSPOKEN is one heck of a ride.
I won Unspoken with goodreads giveaway and I'm so glad I did! I have not read any of C.C. Hunters books before and now I can't wait to read others in this series. This book was very entertaining! Despite not starting with the first in the series, I had no problems learning all the characters and understanding what was going on. I'm going to go back and purchase the first two books in the series and read them and this book again! I highly recommend this series!
Unspoken by C.C. Hunter is the third novel in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. Della Tsang is vampire and attends Shadow Falls Academy (school for supernaturals). In fact she is a Reborn (turned twice) and is now bonded to the infuriating and handsome Chase Tallman. Della, though, has a lot going on in her life (besides adjusting to being a vampire). Her father is accused of murdering his sister, Bao Yu (who is now a ghost and following Della). His blood was found on the knife that killed her (his twin brother faked his death when he became a vampire). Della is determined to clear her father’s name. At the same time her elderly neighbors the Chi’s were murdered in their jewelry store. Mrs. Chi’s ghost has come to Della for help (Della is a ghost magnet). Della believes she saw who killed the Chi’s. Since Della is unable to work on her father’s case (though she keeps trying), she works on solving the Chi’s murder. She will have her work cut out for her especially when the police get an anonymous tip that leads to Della. Chase works on getting back into Della’s good graces (she keeps pushing him away despite her attraction to him). Chase quits his job with the Vampire Council and joins the FRU (Fallen Research Unit which is like the FBI). Della wants to become an agent and join the FRU when she graduates from high school. Burnett James (part owner of Shadow Falls—the school—as well as being a part of the FRU) is reluctant to accept Chase because he wants to protect Della (he is like a father to Della). Della wants to know that being with Chase is her choice and not because of the bond they share. Della also has not told her parents that she is a vampire. She is trying to hide it, but her father is treating her differently. Could her father, Chao Tsang, have figured out what Della has become? There is a lot going on in Unspoken. It is an interesting book (and told from Chase’s and Della’s point of view) but it was difficult to read with the foul language, teenage angst, and Della’s constantly being angry. The book also includes teenage intimacy. It was difficult to get into this book, but it gets more interesting in the second half of the novel. I believe in order to understand everything that is happening in Unspoken, you need to read the first two books in the trilogy. I give Unspoken 3 out of 5 stars. It was an okay novel, but I did not really enjoy this book (I actually found it very frustrating). A love triangle for teenagers seems a little hard to believe as well as teenagers doing adults work (but then they still act like teenagers with temper tantrums, crying, and disobedience). I think the novel would have been better with adults instead of teenagers (and the teenage angst). I love vampire, witches, and other supernatural novels, but Unspoken just did not speak to me. I received a complimentary copy of Unspoken from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.