Monday, February 7, 2011

YA review: Born At Midnight

Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap. Her parents are getting a divorce. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn’t put out. Her grandmother died and now Kylie’s acquired a stalker. Unfortunately, she’s the only one who seems to be able to see the stalker. And that gets her sent to a psychologist’s sofa. The kooky psychologist gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it’s a camp for troubled teens.

They thought wrong.

It’s a camp of supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters. And if she believes the camp leader, Kylie is one of them, too.

Just because she’s seeing ghosts, just because she was born at midnight, does that really mean she’s not human? And if so, what is she? Not even the other supernaturals can tell her.

As Kylie attempts to cope with the realization that these creatures actually exist, and that she might even be one of them, the ever present stalker/ghost appears to have secrets that could unravel the mystery of Kylie’s identity and her destiny.

But getting a ghost to open up is as hard as getting a guy to talk about his feelings.

As Kylie struggles to find answers, two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vie for her attention. However, Kylie’s determined that before she lets her heart discover a new love, she needs to solve her indentify crisis and unearth the truth of her destiny.(summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...I'm hooked. Mystery, hot paranormals, and plenty of romance, Born at Midnight will satisfy all sorts of readers.

Yes, most of us have read similar books: camps for troubled teens, teens with paranormal magic and abilities, but this one stands out. The magic is in the characters. C.C. Hunter does a brilliant job of writing the relationships.  You know that spark between two characters? Its that instant feeling that you know there is some serious chemistry brewing. This book has it and it sucks you in. The characters are very readable, even the bad ones.

Another strong aspect of this story is the mystery. What is the heroine Kylie?  As I was reading, I found myself trying to puzzle it out. The world of Shadow Falls is very rounded, with a wide variety of paranormals. They each have their unique abilities and rules, which leads to some confrontations. This melting pot of teens are forced to cohabitate at this camp in an effort to learn more about each other. Kylie struggles to learn more about herself and the others.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  C.C. Hunter created an exciting world with tons of potential.  I will be looking forward to the rest of the series!

For more information, including purchase links, visit C.C. Hunter at her website.


Juju at Tales of said...

Sounds smoking good to me :)

Jenny N. said...

I ahve this one on my wishlist and the cover gives off the dark paranormal feel which makes me want to read it more.

Penelope Lolohea said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one. It sounds good!

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