Sunday, March 13, 2011

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

from Goodreads...
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, shapeshifters, 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 interpretation...
Kylie Galen's life has spiraled out of control...
Her Ice-Queen Mom has kicked her Dad out. Her Dad seems to have altogether forgotten her and how much she needs him. Her Nanna, who was always her rock, passed away. Her BFF is obsessed with boys and Kylie's SOOOO not since Trey dumped her for not 'putting-out'. In the beginning of the book Kylie finds herself struggling to fight the tears from all the loss and emptiness. How could life change so much in such a short time? She noticed this "Soldier Dude" staring at her, but no on e=else seems to see him. It's got her a little freaked out, to say the least, but who is she supposed to talk to about this?
Her friend, Sarah forces her to attend a party despite the fact that Trey will be there...probably with his slutty new girl...and that's when her life hits rock bottom. She calls her Dad to pick her up from the Police Station after it's raided, but Mom shows up and tells her she is going away to a summer camps for troubled kids. End of discussion.
Kylie finds herself surrounded by "Freaks", she just doesn't belong here. Worst of all, Soldier Dude has followed her and is scaring the crap out of her.
Shadow Falls is a camp for teen supernaturals, which Kylie is convinced she's not. As her waking nightmare progressed she finds herself meeting some pretty cool people, if she could get past the Vampire, Werewolf, Shape Shifter, or Fae fact. There's Lucas, the unbelievable hot, overprotective werewolf that she's convinced ate her cat when she was younger; Derek, the mesmerizing half-fae that has a smile that makes her melt every time she see's him; and her Cabin-Mates, Miranda the Witch and Della the Vampire, both of whom are more like her BFF Sarah than Sarah is now.
As the story progresses we work through so many of Kylie's issue's with her. She realizes the people closest to her heart (and furthest away, now) are not who she thought they were, and neither is she. As Kylie works through these realizations we experience her growth right along side her. I laughed and cried, I clenched my fists and swooned.
I literally couldn't put this book down! I read it in 24 hours with breaks for work and Mom-duties...all 398 (ARC) pages without skipping a single damn word. It's that good! It's a little too mature for 13 and under, but I think my 14 year-old daughter and 17 year old near-daughter will absolutely covet this book. It's definitely not written Just-For-Teens either, T=this was better than most adult PNR's I've read, just less "rated R". The name and cover put me off a bit. I understand where they originated since reading the book, but they definitely aren't catch-your-eye exciting, it's all between the covers, though.
I guarantee, if you can get your hands on the first couple chapters, you'll be hooked for sure!

1 comment:

  1. This book looks really good. I can't wait to read it. 4 days left!