Summary of Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter:
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…(via Goodreads)
My Review of Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter:
First of all, I have to admit that I’m not crazy about the cover. I like the image itself of the girl and the tree – but the whole pink/purple thing is not my thing. Plus, it doesn’t really fit the book that well I don’t think. I’m glad I didn’t let the cover totally put me off the book though, because I really enjoyed it!
One plot factor in Born at Midnight that is somewhat disappointing is Kylie’s parents. I guess, for the most part, having a supportive and close-knit family just doesn’t work in fantasy plot lines. Like most MCs in books like this, Kylie needed the freedom to explore a world that remains hidden to her family. So, once again, we have sucky parents. Sigh.
I am over love triangles. Way over. There is one in this book, but it isn’t as annoying as most because I felt 0 chemistry between her and one of the boys involved, he was just the one more convenient and available so I am, until seeing more in the next book, viewing him as a plot device and not an actual character. I hope very much to see him shut down….haha. Harsh, right? Anyway. There was a lot of overblown angst and relationship drama throughout the book. Since I like Kylie, it didn’t bother me as much as it has in the past.
The supernatural camp was awesome. I loved summer camps growing up, and I very much related to and enjoyed that dynamic. Meeting people, becoming close in a short amount of time: it all works in a setting like the one Hunter gives us here.
I also loved the rest of the characters: we have quite the varied cast here. Her roomies for example: a witch and a vampire. I loved them! I also loved their interactions, both with each other and with Kylie. Their individuality adds a lot to the story. I look forward to seeing them again.
So, overall this is definitely an enjoyable read. It will be released on March 29th, and fans of the paranormal young adult genre should definitely check it out! This is a series I’ll be sticking with.