Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, C.C. Hunter, first in a series, review, St Martin's Griffin, young adult 1 Comment 28th March, 2011

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 29, 2011 (Tomorrow)
Source: Arc from Publisher for honest review
Rating: 3/5 stars – It was okay.
Cover Comments: I love the cover, the atmosphere. It’s perfect for where the story takes place as well.
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads:
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…

My thoughts on Born at Midnight:
Almost right off the bat Kylie is sent off to camp, where she finds out that her fellow campmates aren’t troubled teens in the normal sense, but actually paranormals learning to control their abilities. And despite the fact that she can see ghosts, Kylie keeps refusing to believe she belongs.

Kylie herself annoyed me throughout most of the book. She seemed very shallow and willing to jump just about anything male within sight. For most of the story she’s involved in a love triangle, which at one point turns into a square. Now, I’m all for triangles sometimes, but three potential love interests is a bit much. Thankfully it went back to being a triangle. And let me just say that despite Kylie’s memories of him, I am firmly Team Lucas.

Della and Miranda are good friends and roommates to Kylie, despite the number of times she ends up hurting them with her words. It was entertaining to read about them arguing one minute, and then the next to work together when Kylie is in danger and needs help. My favorite characters though were probably Burnett and Holiday, watching them deny and deny that they were attracted to each other, only for them to prove themselves wrong with their actions.

The last few chapters of the book were my favorite. Kylie seems to grow paranormally finally, and everything is resolved: the fate of the camp; who the ghost was and why he needs her to understand; and the relationship between mother and daughter.

Overall I enjoyed it, and hope to see Kylie grow as a person now that she seems to be moving on from the problems that plagued her at the beginning. Next up is Awake at Dawn, where I’m hoping we’ll finally learn what Kylie is. It comes out in October, so start marking your calendars!

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