10 August 2013

Born at Midnight

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: C.C. Hunter
Format: eBook
Pages: 417
Rating: 7 out of 10

Sum it up Goodreads: 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…
Thoughts: I quite enjoyed this book and I wasn't sure that I was going to at all. My younger cousin was reading it and telling me all about it making me curious. Granted, she did a very bad job of explaining the story line to me but she got me interested nonetheless. Trying to explain this story is very hard. She just confused me but the book was clear enough when you are reading it. I'm not 100% sure the age of reader this novel was written for though. On one hand my 12 year old cousin was reading it but, on the other hand, there is a lot of attraction talk and not so innocent thoughts going on inside Kylie's head. 
It was a pretty simple story to read and I read it fairly quickly. It also had a few funny moments that keep you interested.
I love that Kylie didn't just accept what was happening to her right away. No person would go from being normal human being to accepting and moving on with life now aware that they are so very different. It was very realistic. I loved that about it. Realism for the win. Then again, does every single girl in books have two or more guys fighting over her? How annoying for me, the girl with no guy fighting for her. I mean seriously, can there be one book where only one guy wants the girl? All I want is one not two... I also am tired of the love triangle. They are so much work. That said, TEAM DEREK! 
The climax for this novel seemed very sudden and quick to end. The novel was definitely more about the learning about oneself and the relationships that Kylie was building than the high point of this novel. It made it seem sort of slow yet it really wasn't that slow. It kept me interested.
Conclusion: This book was easy to read and the whole series is out already so that's a major plus right? I quite enjoyed it and bought the rest of the series. I'm still a little awkward about the fact that my 12 year old cousin was reading this novel. Gah!

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