Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Born At Midnight Review

Title:Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Published By: St.Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback, 416 pages

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…

My Thoughts
Born at Midnight was a really enjoyable read with a diverse and awesome cast of characters. Usually in paranormal books, one of the main characters figures out they're "different" and tries to find away to remain as normal as possible and blend in with the normal world around them. This was the opposite, Kylie finds out she's "different" but is surrounded by supernaturals and in order to fit in she has to accept her gifts and the fact that the world isn't normal. The mythology of the supernaturals in the camp was different too, for example they aren't immortal. They have longer life spans then humans but do eventually die. Vampires are more likely born with the virus then turned by another vampire. It was a really refreshing take on your most common paranormals.
Kylie definitely isn't on my list of favorite protagonists, I like her but she comes off a little shallow at times. She denies she's a supernatural from the start and even belives she'd rather be schizophrenic or have a brain tumour rather then believe she's just special and can see ghosts. It got to be a bit much at times. Though she develops some more endearing qualities near the end.
Everyone else in the book was fantastic! I loved bot Lucas and Derek. Her roommates Della and Miranda always had me smiling. Even the characters with smaller parts were well developed you could actually believe these were real people.
It takes the story a little while to pick up a good pace but once it does I couldn't stop reading, I have really high hopes for the sequel and can't wait to read it. Born At Midnight gets 4 out of 5.

* This book was purchased by me


  1. This does sound like it takes the opposite road of most paranormal books these days. It seems a touch predictable but I'll probably have to check it out anyways. The cover is so cool!

  2. I need to read this, wanted it for a while. I like the sound of a new take on the paranormal. Great review.


  3. Ahh this sounds good! It's already on my TBR list, but your review definitely makes me want to bump it up a little. And I really like when you have a book with good secondary characters, too. Good review!

    Ann @Semisweet

  4. Good review, totally agree with you about Kylie, she bugged the hell outta me for most of the book. She did sorta redeem herself though.

    Thanks for taking part in Review Appreciation Day! I hope you'll take part again next week =]

    The Cait Files


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