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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

April 4th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Won from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer group

Publication date: March 29, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

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…

I’ve held off on writing this review for a few days because I have mixed feelings.  First it started off a little slow and I actually put it down to read something else.  When I did come back to it I quickly got sucked into the story.   I couldn’t stop reading it and was anxious to see what would happen in the end but once I was done I actually forgot about it until I saw the book sitting on the counter waiting for me to review it.    So if I had written this review right after I read it I probably would have rated it a 4 or maybe even a 4.5 after letting it bake in my mind for a couple days I settled on a 3.5 star rating since obviously didn’t make a lasting impression on my mind.

Kylie has been dealt a really crappy hand.  Her boyfriend dumps her because she wouldn’t put out, her grandmother just died, her parents announce they are getting divorced and she’s being stocked by some creepy soldier guy that no one else apparently sees.  Seems like the reader should feel sorry for her and be rooting for something to turn around for her right?  I started off feeling bad for her but to be honest after awhile seeing her interactions with the other students at the camp I actually started to dislike her.  Yes, it’s a huge shock for her to find out that werewolves, vampires, fairies, etc. really exist but she is so openly judgmental of everyone around her even though after their initial fear that she sees ghosts they accept that part of her.   It takes a good part of the book for her to finally realize how uncool her behavior is towards even those she considers her good friends.  Once she comes to that realization she was easier to like.

In regards to the romance in this book I was a little worried that she was going down the House of Night road having relationship with multiple guys as we see that her ex-boyfriend Trey comes back into her life, she locks lips with first Derek and then again with Lucas.  It does settle down to be your typical love triangle and while I like Derek, who is obviously is supposed to be the steady, reliable guy, I definitely am rooting for the bad boy, Lucas.  I felt like that chemistry between Kylie and Lucas was so thick you couldn’t literally feel it radiating whenever they were together.  In contrast, it just seemed a little lukewarm when she was with Derek.

The story was pretty predictable and I knew who the “bad guy” was pretty early on although the motivations of the perpetrator was a surprise.  Finding out the identity of the ghost following Kylie around was the best part of the story.  I honestly did not see that coming and it was well played out.  The story wraps up nicely and while leaves you anticipating book 2 it didn’t have me screaming in frustration that the book ended where it did.

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