Friday, March 14, 2014

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Genre: Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Fairies
8705784 Paperback: 398 Pages
Published: March 29, 2011
Series: The Shadow Falls
            1. Born at Midnight
            2. Awake at Dawn
            3. Taken at Dusk
            4. Whispers at Moonrise
            5. Chosen at Nightfall
Rating:  ★★★★★
Goodreads Synopsis:
            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, shapeshifters, 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…
My Review:
            The main character is 16-year old Kaylie, whose parents are getting a divorce and she keeps seeing a figure that is invisible to everyone else but her. She attends a party that ends badly when the police show up. Unfortunately Kaylie gets arrested and that's the last strike for her mother. Kaylie ends up at a reform camp for the summer. Turns out the reform camp isn't really for reform kids, but for special supernatural ones. As Kaylie starts to get used to her surrounds and her roommates she learns secrets about herself, where she came from, and who the mysterious figure following her around really is.
           First off I want to say that I had no idea before starting this book that it would contain the basic paranormal creatures. From werewolves to vampires and even fairies. But what caught my attention was the introduction of something new. I don't want to spoil anything, but what Kaylie figures out about her self is so interesting! I loved the idea of shape-shifters and Hunter incorporates that with other paranormals in a very creative way.
          At Shadow Falls, Kaylie  gets to know and become close friends with different paranormals. However, she makes some enemies too. During camp activities Kaylie gets to spend time with Derek, the guy she meets on the bus. Derek reminds Kaylie of her ex and she starts to like him. But when Kaylie runs into Lucas,(from her childhood) her memory brings back times he saved her from bullies. And everything changes. She remembers him looking over the fence saying, "If you don't want your new kitten to suffer the same fate as your cat, bring him in tonight." But this 'new' Lucas doesn't match up with the childhood one. Kaylie is determined to find out Lucas secret is and that involves talking to him. And she isn't ready to go face to face with him just yet.
          This book got me hooked from the first page. It is a fast paced read and I just loved the characters. As Kaylies character grows, so do the rest of the characters. I think that is super important in a good book so the reader can stay hooked.  

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