Awake at Dawn

Title: Awake at Dawn (Book 2 in Shadow Falls)
Author: C. C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 11, 2011

From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how…
But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside.
Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.

This is book just as good as the first, if not better. The romance and tension is thicker than ever, the plot’s suspense increases, and all the characters evolve further in this book. I love Kylie, especially, and her relationship with Holiday. There’s a lot that goes on in Kylie’s life – all the changes that she’s continually going through – and Holiday seems like the only adult that is stable and open enough for Kylie to trust and confide in. The scenes with the two of them are amazingly written, and Hunter does a great job of giving all of the characters realistic relationships and personalities. I think that the realism of the characters is what brings her book(s) to life.

Another thing that I noticed was that the emotion and situations that Kylie gets into (not necessarily on purpose, but still) are highly relatable. Even though supernaturals may not exist, and the situations therefore won’t be exactly the same, what person hasn’t had a friend who they want to ignore for a while, or a best friend that they want to help, or gone through something scary, or felt as though they don’t fit in, or…well, the list goes on and on. Hunter brings these situations into the plot with a slightly supernatural twist to keep not only the reader’s attention, but also their emotions. Della, Miranda, Holiday, Perry, Burnett, Derek, Lucas, Sara, and Fredericka all contribute to this aspect of Hunter’s writing in this story.

Since I don’t want to sing too many praises (there’s got to be something to be saved for the rest of the series!), I’ll close with this: I really cannot wait to read the rest and to pick up the next book, and I highly recommend this series based on what I’ve read so far!

~Yours Truly

*Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 13 due to sexual references and some violence.

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