Title: Born at Midnight (Book 1 in Shadow Falls)
Author: C. C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 29, 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 was a decent first book for a series. The whole idea of a camp for supernaturals is really creative; I loved how even though the idea of supernaturals is not original, the book came off that way. Kylie was a very believable character, and I liked how the book focused on her but allowed for several plotlines that encouraged a second book.
What fascinated me about this novel is that even though it is a fantasy book, with vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies, ghosts, and who knows what else, it came across as more of a realistic fiction/contemporary novel. I think this had to do with the fact that a lot of the emphasis was on Kylie’s home life, and even on the other characters’ home life. At certain points, I could forget about ghosts and vampires and get caught up in the story of the characters. It helps that Kylie really changes from the beginning to the end of the book, too. As a coming-of-age novel, the plot doesn’t really get thick so much as it develops the characters; in future continuations of the series, I’m sure that the plot will get a whole lot larger.
Another thing I liked about the book was that even though romance was a large part of it, the end didn’t focus on that as much as Kylie’s relationships with other characters like her parents (her dad soooo ticked me off!), her new friends Della and Miranda (who I LOVE), and her ghosts. Also, since I got a sneak peek at the first chapter of the next book, I definitely want to read the next book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick paranormal read. Enjoy!
*Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15 due to sexual content and language.