May 4, 2013

Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter


Title: Born At Midnight 
Author: C.C. Hunter
Genere: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, & Urban Fantasy
Page count: 398
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book #1 in the "Shadow Falls" Series


Summary:
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…





     Even though I have a lot of favorite books this one tops them all. I love books with a fun realistic character who is snarky, down to earth and funny. Usually in books I found the the main character is reserved and quiet. This was something completely different though.

    Kylie's parents are divorcing in the beginning of the novel, she feels abandoned by her father and that he mother wants nothing to do with her. She feels betrayed that her father didn't take her with him and left her with "the ice queen" a.k.a her mother. Her mother is making her see a shrink twice a week for a ghost Kylie has been seeing. He is a solider he just stands there and stares at her along with a cool chill in the air every time he appears. The same night she goes out to a party with her best friend Sara only to see her ex boyfriend, Trey there with his new arm candy. Things go from bad to worse when the police show up and drag every one from the wild party down to the police station. Kylie calls her father to come and get her not wanting to deal with her mother. But instead her father calls "the ice queen" and she comes for Kylie. With her last straw her mother informs her daughter that she is going to summer camp. Shadow falls. To be exact. A camp for "troubled" kids.

   I really liked the characters in this book, there is Della who is a vampire, Miranda a witch, Perry a shape shifter, Holiday a fae, Lucas a werewolf, Derek a half fae, and then Kylie who isn't quite sure what she is yet.
No body knows what she is yet either. But with help of her camp leader and Mentor Holiday she will soon see that she needs to dig deeper to get the answers she so desperately craves. There is talk of her even being descended from the gods.

   Kylie keeps trying to convince her self she is either going crazy or has a brain tumor, she is unable to accept that she might be a supernatural. She feel like that is the worst thing in the world to possibly happen at the time of her life falling apart. Then she meets Derek, a beautiful half fae that reminds her Trey. (Oh! did I mention that he can read her emotions? and manipulate them?)  As she develops feelings for him she fears it is only because she is still in love with Trey or worse Derek is making her feel these things But then there is Lucas, a gorgeous werewolf with startling blue eyes that makes her feel things that she never has felt before. Both relationships are hot and passionate making Kylie make a hard decision: Who will it be? Derek or Lucas?

   Just as Kylie starts settling into her new life FRU  barge in demanding to get to the bottom of a secret that can potentionally shut down the camp for good. Kylie takes it upon herself to find out what it is.

Each chapter leaves you with a delicious cliff hanger leaving you craving more. For me this made the book impossible to out down, leaving me reading into all hours of the night. I have seen a plot like this before and wasn't expecting what this book turned out to be. Mrs. Hunter did a great job with everything!

One thing that I have to say that would turn off some readers is the sexual content. There is no sex scenes, but there is talk of virginity and sexual things that some may find uncomfortable  Honestly, they are teenagers and this is what teenagers do, think of sex. But Age wise I would recommend it from 14 or higher.

Born at Midnight had a fun setting, spunky characters, a fun dialogue that will leave you laughing till the very end. I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes supernatural creatures or a boarding school/ summer camp setting.



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Want to see my idea of what Lucas and Derek look like? 



       

Lucas Parker    Derek Lakes







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