Friday, June 1, 2012

Born at Midnight

Author: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls Book #1
Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: March 29, 2011
Summary: courtesy of 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, shape-shifters, 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…
For Fans Of: Darkness Becomes Her, Forsaken, Half-Blood, Falling Under and Haven.
My Review: I pulled this off the shelf at the library because of the cover. The synopsis seemed alright and I needed something to read that wasn’t Harry Potter. Boy was I blown away! This book was so much better than I had predicted. So good in fact I had to go back to the library that night and get the second one.
First off, I was intrigued by the idea of a summer school camp for ‘freaks’. I was having a panic attack along with Kylie as her mom was shipping her off on a bus to this special school. I knew the school was for paranormals and I just knew that Kylie wasn’t paranormal. I was in for a shock. Kylie finds out she can communicate with the dead along with some other talents. The camp counselors have no idea what she is, but Kylie is determined to find out. I liked this because Kylie has no idea what she is, the reader has no idea what she is and no one seems to know, so it’s like we’re all on this adventure to solve the mystery of what ‘species’ Kylie is.
Love triangles get really monotonous, but this love triangle is actually quite interesting. Both boys seem very good and I think Kylie should enimeniminemo between the two.
This is more of a humorous book. It definitely has the dark, intense moments that make this a good paranormal book, but I spent most of my reading time laughing pretty hard. C.C. Hunter has wit and she knows how to make a book intense and funny all at once. Rather than seeming like a serious paranormal book, this one is light hearted like a contemporary young adult novel. It’s one you can’t take to serious, but have fun reading it and wishing you could have summer camp as fun as this summer camp!

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