Friday, 9 March 2012

[REVIEW] Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Published: March 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Shadow Falls #1
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…(From Goodreads)

Born at Midnight is about a 16-year old girl named Kylie who's life has gone completely down hill. Her parents are getting a divorce, her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him and the only person that she truly cares about, her grandmother, dies. Just when things couldn't get any worse, Kylie "finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people." The police take everyone at the party and accuse them of using drugs and drinking as minors. Her mother, convinced that there is something wrong with her, ships her off to Shadow Falls, a place for troubled teens. What she finds there isn't just troubled teens but the fact that vampires, werewolves, fairies and all other mythical things exsist, and the camp is where they all go when they have problems they need to solve, quests as they call it in the book. At the camp, Kylie ends up being torn between two guys, Lucus, who is a werewolf and used to be Kylie's neighbour and Derek, who is a half-fae, and is trying his hardest to win Kylie's affections. Kylie's life is just going to get a whole lot busier. Because now she has two boys to deal with and how do you think about boys when she doesn't even know what supernatural she is? (don't worry, she figures out in the book but you'll have to read it to find out!)

Born at Midnight was practically a book about girl issues.

There was little reference to actual supernatural abilities. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this isn't your typical werewolf or vampire book. There isn't any viscious attacking werewolves or blood sucking vampires (well they suck blood but it's pretty mild in the book.) or secret plots. 

The whole big plot about this book is that there is someone who is stealing animals from a wildlife refuge and that all the animals are very angry. Big Whoop! That's not really exciting at all and considering that plot was revealed within the last 100 pages of the book does not help it at all considering that the book is about 400 pages. 

I guess the whole point of this series is really revolved around Kylie's relationship issues and figuering out what supernatural she is and how to use her gifts.

Basically, this book is a nice simple read but it lacks the action and deep plot I usually find in other books about supernaturals. 

Give it a try if you like reading books that are more focused on teen issues but don't be too dissapointed if it isn't what you expected. It's still a good read

(originally posted in the TPL Word Out program)

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