Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Before I begin this review, I'm looking for recommendations for YA Contemporary--or really, anything that isn't YA Paranormal, Sci-Fi, etc.  I love all genres of YA, but am running out of Contemps.  All suggestions are welcome!  Please and thank you!  --Maria

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After attending a party and ending up in a jail cell, Kylie Galen's mother decides to send Kylie to Shadow Falls, a camp for troubled teens.  Only Kylie's fellow campers aren't juvenile delinquents, as Shadow Falls is a camp that houses vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, witches and fairies.  Kylie, although she has never felt "normal", doesn't believe any of this.  That is, until she witnesses a guy shift to a unicorn and is paired with a witch and a vampire for roommates.  The campers train, learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live normally in a society which doesn't want to accept them.  Kylie, however, doesn't know what her powers include. 

As if the information overload wasn't enough, Derek and Lucas stroll into the picture, upping the complication factor.  For those of you who aren't into the "love triangle" . . . just a note:  there is one.  And I love it.  Especially when it involves a sexy, shirtless werewolf (minus the wolf-form, of course).  Derek, who is half-Fae, would like to be Kylie's boyfriend.  Lucas, a hot werewolf, shares a past with Kylie, but she isn't sure if he even remembers her.  In the midst of Kylie's new stresses, her parents are going through a not-so-clean divorce and oh yeah, she has a stalker . . . that no one else can see.

Yes, I loved it!  I was hooked before getting through the first page.  "Born at Midnight" is one of those books that you hate to read close to its release date because the wait for the sequel is down right torturous. 

As for characters, I usually have one, or sometimes a few favorites, but the only characters I truly disliked in "Born at Midnight" were Kylie's parents, who acted like spoiled children.  Oh, and her creeper-status ex, Trey.   

I anticipate Kylie's "stalker" returning in the sequel, (as he might be a vital part in her discoveries), as well as a possible sighting of the mysterious waterfall.  I cannot wait to see our main character discover more about who she is, as well as her powers.

Cons:  Not many, but as other reviewers have said, some things are a bit repetitive (language, phrases, etc.), but in my opinion, this absolutely does not take away from the story. 

I highly recommend "Born at Midnight" by C.C. Hunter.  I don't think you will be disappointed.   


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