Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight (A Shadow Falls Novel)
C.C. Hunter
Published: March 29th 2011
Received From: Around the World ARC Tours

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… - Goodreads

This was one of those books that was on my TBR list for a while, so when I saw it offered for tour from Around the World ARC Tours, I jumped at the chance to read it. While it wasn't my favorite book ever, I did enjoy it and would like to continue reading the series.

When Kylie is shipped off to a camp for troubled teens, she thinks she is going to any other camp - but oh, is she wrong! This camp is full of all kinds of supernatural beings - and Kylie is one of them but with no clue which one. The one thing Kylie does know - she can see ghosts - which freaks out even the scariest of supernatural beings. Who would think vampires would be freaked out by ghost? As Kylie tries to figure out which world she belongs in she also has to deal with all the other normal stuff- girl friends that don't get along and three boys that are after her. (Can I say again how much I hate love triangles..)

One thing I did enjoy about the story were the characters - main and secondary. Kylie is a normal teenage girl trying to discover how she fits into the world (and in this case the paranormal world). She has so much to deal with - new powers, her parents divorcing, being shipped off to a camp - but she isn't annoying. She is very much down to earth and easy to relate to. Her roommates, Miranda and Della, are fun and I very much enjoy their arguing back and forth.

I really had a hard time getting behind the whole three different love interests thing. Really, authors, pick one and stick with it! Or let them break up and move on to someone else like normal relationships. I have worked in a high school and a middle school and never see the amount of love triangles that end up in these YA books. Please, make it stop.

Sorry. Vent over.

Moving on.

Overall, it was a nice, fun read but felt like the same ol' thing with a different twist. I would like to read the rest of the series just to see what happens with Kylie but it won't be going to the top of my TBR pile.

4 comments:

Lindsay of VioletHourBR said...

I'm sick of love triangles, too! The worst I've read had FOUR men involved...3 of which were brothers (so that would make this...a love..hexagon?). It was beyond ridiculous!

I think I'll still try this one out, though. Seems interesting enough to help me overlook the triangle lol
<3

Lea said...

Oh I am so with you when it comes to the love triangles-- I really find it annoying when the main female character is stressed out because she has a bunch of hot guys swooning all over her-- I mean, c'mon, who in their right mind would be complaining about that?? I haven't read this book yet, although I am interested in it-- it reminds me a little of Fallenby Lauren Kate (another love-triangle book!)

Thanks for the review, I really liked it!!

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Jessica said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy it all that well! The love paradox was a little annoying I'll admit, yet I still liked the story. I guess I'm a sucker for it because she got to see her childhood BFF again. I've had quite a few friends move away during my childhood and I never got to see them again, so I envied Kylie for her getting to see her friend again.

Laura (All of Everything) said...

Three love interests?? Love square?? Geez! Besides the horde of guys after Kylie's heart I like the whole paranormal-camp, and not knowing what 'group' she belongs to. Great review! I'll be checking this one out.

 
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