Full Series Review: Shadow Falls by CC Hunter (No Spoilers)

  The Shadow Falls Series by CC. Hunter

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal. 

Source: Bought

Rating: 5 Stars

Release Dates: 2011-2013

 

Goodreads Synopsis for #1 (Born at Midnight)

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…

I reviewed the first book a while ago. You can find that here.

Review:

It took me around 2 months to start and finish this series. It really was a treat for me. It took me back to the days when I would just sit and read all the time. Not because of review books, but because of the ever growing tbr, but because I wanted to. Off the bat, I wholeheartedly recommend this series and now to try and explain why.

Kylie Galen is shipped off to Shadow Falls Camp for “troubled teens”, but it is obvious from the start that they are more gifted than troubled. She finds herself surrounded by werewolves, vampires shapeshifters, fairies and any other paranormal creature you can think off. Having what is essentially a boarding school full of all these creatures away from their parents has provided me with the best reading to date.

I was never a huge fan of Kylie. It never took away from the read though. I found that even though I did not agree with her or some of the decisions she made, I think CC did an amazing job at justifying them and making them plausible. She is a brave an honorable character  and without comes a level of recklessness.

The side characters made this series for me. Holiday, the camp leader and Miranda & Della who are Kylie’s best friends were hysterically funny and level headed at the same time. They all brought something to the table and to the series as a whole!

There are a few ongoing plots in the novel. Kylie finding out what she truly is, her romance life that is being constantly turned upside down and the constant threat of someone who wants to kill her. I loved how all of these played a part but never became the forefront. I found that they were all perfectly balanced!

As I said at the start, I wholeheartedly recommend this series. I enjoyed every installment from start to finish. I hope anyone who picks this up enjoys it as much as I did!

Goodreads Average for the series: 4.28/5 (0ut of 130,698 ratings)

Quickie Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

12043771This Is Not a Test | Courtney Summers | St. Martin’s Griffin | This is Not a Test #1 | 5 Stars | Source: Bought | 326 pages | Young Adult | Zombies | Horror 
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Review:

This one of those books that has been on my radar for years. I kept my eye out for it in book stores all the time and I never saw it. I then saw a Tumblr post saying that is was on sale and with my new kindle to hand, I had to buy. I am so glad I did by the time I finished it!

There are two ongoing themes that I found in this novel. The first one is Sloane surviving herself and her internal struggle. The second is Sloane and a newly adopted party of six surviving people an outbreak of the dead wanting to tear them apart. At times there was more of one theme than the other but it was very well divided.

Sloane has been through an awful time. She is painfully broken. The people in her life have either hurt her or left her and she has lost her will to live. It was so interesting see her character who has a chronic need to die alongside people who are giving up everything to live. She looks at every possible option to see if it can help her execute her plans. I constantly wanted to find out more about her to see the motivation behind her thoughts.

There weren’t too many action actions scenes but the few that were there were enough. They delivered everything I want in a novel. Fear of imminent death, crushed skulls etc. They were so well executed and I found myself willing the characters to fight and live another day.

Another element that I thought was well done was the parts where there were no zombies. The characters portrayed a fear that consisted of “what if’s” and sometimes, that can be worse the worst of all.

Goodreads Average: 3.93/5 (out of 6506 ratings)

Quickie Review: Born at Midnight by CC. Hunter (Shadow Falls #1)

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)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
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Goodreads 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…

Review:
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!

Overall thoughts: 

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)

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