Sunday, April 8, 2012

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) by C.C. Hunter, Book Review

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
Title: Born at Midnight
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 398
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Source: Author
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Interesting title...pretty cover...awesome story!
I received this book from the author, C.C. Hunter, a while back and I was so psyched! What made it even better is that she signed it! Eeep! I had a little fan-girl moment when I got it, and knew that it was going to be a fantastic book. I was right!
I tore through Born at Midnight in, like, a single day (almost in one-sitting!) Born at Midnight tells the story of sixteen-year-old Kylie Galen who has a pretty sucky life. I mean, she is right in that period of adolescence where your life is pretty much consumed by drama and boys. But Kylie has things super bad. Wonder how bad? Well, I'll tell you: after being dumped by her mega-hot boyfriend, Trey, he hooks up with some girl who, well, pleases her boyfriends (gotta keep it PG-13 here!) But it doesn't stop there! Kylie's grandmother also passes away, and her parents split. And then she attends a party where drugs and booze are involved, and she's taken downtown. After "acting out," Kylie is sent to Shadow Falls, a "camp for troubled teens." From the minute she boards the bus, Kylie knows she does not belong with those "freaks," (as she calls them!) If Kylie thinks the bus ride to Shadow Falls is weird, she's in for a rude awakening....
I loved the plot, characters, romance, and pacing of Born at Midnight. I felt as if the storyline flowed easily, quickly, and thoroughly, and the characters all had their distinct personalities. And the romance! Oh my Goddess, two guys, Derek, the uber-hot faerie, and Lucas, the sexy werewolf, each fight (literally!) for Kylie's affection. I enjoyed how Kylie was stuck-up and immature at first, but matured and grew into her character. One of the underlying themes in Born at Midnight that I really liked was the journey of self-discovery that Kylie goes on as she discovers not only who she is, but what she really is as well.

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