Title: Born at Midnight
By: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls Book 1
Publisher: MacMillan Books (March 29th, 2011)
My Copy: Early Review Galley from Publisher
About the book:
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…
Born at Midnight is an awesome display of the supernatural world in its entirety. C.C. Hunter incorporate every species that paranormal lovers have come to love in this genre, and creates an incredible story of life, love, and friendship that grab the readers from its first pages.While slightly lengthy this book is detailed and creatively written to give readers everything they will love in a paranormal story. With an abundance of characters this author details each individual the carry their own sub stories within this one awesome book. Relationships seems to slightly overrun the storyline leaving the reader to feel a little over abundance of match making, but my overall feeling is that this may be necessary to future of the Shadow Falls series allowing it to be easily overlooked. Kylie whom tells this story is struggling with her vastly deteriorating life, but she finds that all of the ending may be leading her to a new beginnings. Her added romance adds a sideline to overall story that will had much need suspense that keeps the story rolling. Uniquely, Hunter has added a bit of turmoil when the main character finds herself struggling with her feeling between two characters. Derek the soft, gentle, and safe choice is hard to overlook. With his handsome and witty personality it is easy to see why Kylie develops feeling for this character almost instantly. Although, Lucas is danger, mystery, and protective which readers such as myself will find an instant attraction. Fortunately, the relations of this one character does not overrun the story, allowing for a larger and more impressive story to take center state. It seems as though the story really begins to increase its pace in the second half; which I find reassuring for the books to come. After reading this novel it has definitely become one of my favorites. This series will be one that I follow through to the end.