Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) by C. C. Hunter
Series and Book #: Shadow Falls #1
Synopsis: 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 faeries 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. 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 this is becoming painfully clear: Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs....
Kylie comes off as a brat in the first couple of chapters. She cries because her "daddy doesn't love her anymore" and she pouts when her mother sends her to Shadow Falls Camp. She also avoids everyone around her when she's there, except for "normal-looking" Derek who looks extremely like her ex-boyfriend Trey. But her change as she gets to know her roommates Della and Miranda is a relief. Her obvious prejudice gives way to care about everyone at the camp. She was really awesome once she started to forget that everyone was different and just focused on who they were.
I loved the setting of this book. A beautiful camp in a secluded town really set up the story well. Hunter did a nice job describing the camp, but I thought the use of electronics was a little unrealistic for it being a campground. The side characters were awesome and Hunter did a nice job with her characterization.
Overall, I will definitely be picking up the sequel to this book. Hunter's setting and characters were awesome and I just flew through the pages (in a good way!) Some parts of the book felt childish, but I loved how she closed the book and tied up the loose ends and answered questions.
The Cover: Dark, and very haunting. I have to admit that I judged this book mostly by its cover...lovely cover. Love it.