Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

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.
Publishes in US: March 2011
1st in series
Source: Early Reviewers Librarything


*My Review*

    Born at Midnight is an addicting read- I did not want to put it down. It pulls me in right at the beginning with a heartbreaking scene, intrigue and a bit of humor about bbqing shorts =)

    Kylie is a great main character. She has qualities that I admire- courage, loyalty. On the other hand, I was able to connect with her, being a bit of a loner, but letting in a select few. I was on edge the whole book, wanting to find the answers to Kylie's questions almost as quickly as she did.  I felt emotions with her, about her family troubles, her worry and loyalty to her friends, crushing and fighting the attraction to the hot guys, mystery surrounding the guys in the black suits, and suspicion of what she really is.

     I love coming of age, and self-discovery books, and this one fits the bill. I love that the paranormal aspect throws a wrench into it, making already difficult journey even more challenging.

     At first it did seem like there were too many characters and names for me to keep up with, but I quickly learned more about them, and each plays their own role. I love it when a book has a secondary cast that is interesting, has their own personalities and actually work to further the plot.

   The romance is really well written, my heart was pounding right with her, and I wasn't sure the right choice, it was so well written. The guys were really balanced- not perfect, but close :) And while they were hot, they had deeper qualities as well, respect, protectiveness, and a good heart.

   This book ended well, it wrapped up without too much of a cliffie, but def enough that I want my hands on the next one NOW. Too bad I have to wait until October.

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  1. Great review, Brandi! I'm not entering the contest because I have too many goodies, but I love the sound of this story! :)

  2. Thanks for the review! I am really looking forward to this book.

  3. I think this sounds good, but it also sounds similar to the Darkest Powers trilogy that I just finished and which is one of my favorites. I would read it, but I'm afraid of judging it unfairly...

  4. Hmm... It has been so long since I read Darkest Powers-- maybe someone else will chime in.

  5. Book sounds really interesting and I like the cover. Thanks

  6. Hey Brandi! I really enjoyed your review. I also have an ARC of this, but I knew almost nothing about the book. Your review's made me all the more anxious to read it!

  7. YAY! I've had my eye on this one for a while, I'm so glad that it turned out to be a good read. Can't wait!

  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. It's on my Debut Author Challenge list for next year, but was beginning to worry that it might turn out to be like every other paranormal romance. Thanks for the review!

  9. I enjoyed this one as well! It was such a fun book and surprising too!

  10. I'm really looking forward to this one! The romance sounds good!!

  11. This one looks good! New books are the finds of the mind. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Great review -- I totally agree with your take on the book, and I recommend everyone give it a try. As for the comparison's to Darkest Powers, the two are really quite different in terms of characters, plot, and tone. The similarities between series are only superficial, and nothing ever brought Darkest Powers to mind while I was reading Born at Midnight. I think readers will find that this book/series stands apart as its own story.

  13. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter really does sound like a great YA story.

  14. I don't know how I missed your review for this, but now that I've read it, I want the book even more. The cover is all kinds of gorgeous and the book seems like it has a good air of mystery to it. Great review, Brandi :D

  15. Awesome review! I can't wait to read this book! The cover is just so beautiful!

  16. I would love this swag. I read this book through goodreads and I loved it. I love putting bookmarks and such in frames on my bookshelf!! Great Great Giveaway!! I am super excited for the chance. I wish I would have found you sooner!!

  17. I really love the Shadow Falls series, I can't wait till Whispers at Moonrise is out,:)


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