Title: Born at Midnight
Author: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls
Date Started: November 10
Date Finished: November 12
Format: Paperback from library co-op
Kylie Galen is having a tough summer and it hasn’t even started yet. Her Nana recently just passed away, her parents are getting a divorce, her night terrors have returned and she keeps seeing this Soldier Dude everywhere she goes, but she is the only one that sees him. Her mother has turned into the Ice Queen since the split and Kylie can’t talk to her anymore. While at an end of the year party, Kylie gets caught up in a drug bust and taken off to the police station. Apparently that is the last straw for her mother and she ships her off to a two month summer camp for delinquents and troublemakers.
While at this camp she learns the truth. Vampires, werewolves, witches, and faeries actually exist and even among the so called freaks, she is even freakier. No one in the camp can big up on her brain signature, making her a rare blend of supernatural. So while she’s trying to not only come to grips with the fact that the supernatural exist she also has to figure out what kind she is too. All the while there’s a boy there – Derek – who’s half-fae with a specialty with animals that seems to be crushing on her from the start despite her wanting to be just friends. Not to mention there’s another boy – a wolf named Lucas – who she has a shadowed history with. Things can not get worse.
To be honest, when I was halfway through this novel I was half tempted to either not finish it or finish it and not read the rest of the novels in this series. Kylie was downright annoying and very whiny. But what saved this book was how quickly she made friends with her two roommates and Lucas’s constant attention towards her. The whole scene with them and the dinosaur tracks PLUS the kitten scene was enough to keep me reading, and I got hooked fast. I’m still not exactly Team Derek (jeez, did I really just bring that back from ’08?) but considering Lucas took off and his ex-hookup Fredericka took off after him soon after, I’m kind of okay where their relationship is heading. I’m hoping book 2 focuses more on Kylie’s abilities and maybe she’ll open the letter that Lucas sent to her?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A slow start with an annoying main character who does slowly begin to mature because of her friendships with her roommates. The character of Holiday is also a nice bonus. It’s not often I actually like an adult figure in a YA novel.
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