Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review + Giveaway: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)
Synopsis (from 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…

Book Details:
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416

My Review:

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is the epitome of self discovery. For real. The whole book was based on Kylie Galen trying to find out who and what she is. When I got this book I was excited to read it, because I have never read a book that contains all the supernaturals (or should I say supernatural creatures?). At the same time I also had my doubts about whether I would like, or even love, Born at Midnight.

Kylie Galen has never really fit into any social groups at her school. Its always been her and her best friend. One night they go to a party. There Kylie sees her newly ex-boyfriend with another girl. Eventually the cops come and Kylie ends up taken away to camp. Only its not like ordinary camps. Oh no, this camp is for supernaturals: mostly shape-shifters, werewolves, vampires, witches, and fairies. The vampire part I admit was the reason why I had my doubt about liking this book. I did end up liking one vampire, Della. Who became friends with Kylie at camp. She was like a good kind of vampire. I also liked Kylie’s other friend Miranda who is a witch. She was quirky and funny.

Anyways Kylie’s life is seemingly going downhill. Her boyfriend cheated on her, her parents are divorcing, she is miles away from her best friend, and she is at a camp full of freaks. She wants to get out of camp as fast as she can. Life gets a little better when her roommates, Miranda and Della as mentioned above, become really good friends to her. Plus she has two amazingly awesome boys pining for her. one of the boys is sweet and caring Derek. The other is Lucas who use to be her neighbor back when they both were in either elementary or middle school. Kylie’s life just got a little more complicated by having two cute boys after her affection, and all Kylie wants to know is if she is a normal human being or actually one of the supernaturals.

I really found Born at Midnight an okay book but the book series has the potential to be really good. I didn’t like how the teens cussed. They cussed so much and then it was irritating when they took a break from cussing. I mean come on you’ve already been saying those words might as well keep it going instead of going from PG-13 to a censored PG. The book, for me at least, did not pick up until the last 100 pages. The first 200 pages were interesting but more often slow reading. But hey its the first in a series so I’ll give it a break. Back in middle school I read The Clique by Lisi Harrison that book was so slow. Only after the first book the rest of the series was so good until I grew out of the series.

I love the relationships Kylie forms with Della, Miranda, Derek, and Lucas. The question as to who Kylie will eventually date kept me from not giving up on this book. Plus I wanted to know WHAT KYLIE WAS! Oh, and the shape-shifter Perry added the humor in the book. I found myself laughing whenever he was involved in the book. Can’t wait to read the next book, Awake at Dawn, coming out this October. So if you are a fan of supernatural creatures, funny books, mystery, a bit of romance, and self discovery then this book is for you!

3 Stars!

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