Title: Born at Midnight | Author: CC. Hunter | St. Martin Griffin | Shadow Falls #1 | 4 Stars | Source: Bought | 398 pages | Fantasy | Paranormal
Release Date: March 29th 2011
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…
This is a very quick and easy read. I was hooked from the start which is usually pretty rare for me nowadays and I really like where the plot went. There are two main things going on. First, Kylie is trying to find out what she is and where she comes from and second, there are some happening at the camp that if they don’t find out who the perpetrator is, the camp will end up getting shut down. When I started the novel I followed the second plot more but in the end I found Kylie’s journey of self-discovery much more tantalizing.
One of my favourite elements of the novel was the array of supernatural beings that co-existed within the camp. You had vampires, werewolves, fae, shape-shifters, you name it, they had it! I have genuinely missed reading about these creatures and their history. I also like the politics between groups. Vamps not liking werewolves, etc.
Has this already been done before? Many times. The whole concept of now knowing what you are when you are surrounded by people who have already identified themselves is not something new. I do however, give credit to CC. Hunter for making me feel like I have this kind of plot a thousand times!
I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish. Although I was not a huge fan of out main character, I still enjoyed her story, development and personality. This is a great read for those who love a good paranormal fantasy and I recommend it to lovers of that genre.
Goodreads Average: 4.16/5 (out of 41,214 ratings)