Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Shadow Falls #1
*I own a copy of this book.
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…
I have wanted to read this book since I started book blogging. It took me awhile to get to it, but I finally did. And I was a bit disappointed. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my own mind and maybe it’s my own fault. Maybe I shouldn’t have waited as long as I did. Simply put, I just haven’t been impressed with a lot of the books in the paranormal genre lately. But I keep trying, because I know at some point I will find that book that wows me and bowls me over.
Born at Midnight was a good book. It just wasn’t great. I think this series has the potential to get explosive and be wonderful, I just think the pacing of this book was off because of the back story that I had to read through. So by no means am I giving up on C.C. Hunter. She’s a great writer, I just think sometimes with books in a series, they take a while to get off the ground. And I am willing to take this into account and read the next book.
Let’s talk plot. It was a little predictable. I figured out the antagonist from the very beginning and if you pay attention to subtle nuances and dialogue, it’s not hard to come up with. Sometimes I think young adult authors are afraid to change it up a little and make things more difficult to figure out. And that sucks, because I really think young adult readers can handle it. I knew who soldier dude was and I figured out the twist as well, if you can really call it that.
The one thing I really did enjoy was the summer camp setting with all the different types of paranormal species. In some ways, this was kind of a “coming of age” story and a “learn to love yourself for who you are” story. I really liked that, because I think it is something we all need to hear more often. There wouldn’t be so many self-esteem issues if we learned to love ourselves.
Anyway, I think this story has the potential to get a lot better and I’m really excited to see where the author goes next. I read through this book pretty quickly, and that’s saying something. So even though Born at Midnight and I didn’t mesh that well together, I think the rest of the series may be a different story.