Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
2011, St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Book 1 of Shadow Falls

Synopsis: 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…

The Good: Set at a camp, full of supernatural kids learning about themselves and each other, the premise was just perfect. While it usually annoys me when a main character doesn't know what she is, it worked here. You sort of experience the doubt and wondering right along with Kylie. It goes along with the story, rather than distracting from it.

The Bad: Kylie's denial lasts WAY too long. It gets annoying early on. As does her fear/judgement of the other supernatural kids. I get that she's having trouble accepting what's going on around her, but that stage gets dragged out a lot longer than believable.

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