Friday, June 28, 2013

Born at Midnight

Book: Born at Midnight
Author: C. C. Hunter
Pages: 398

Blurb: "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…" - from goodreads.com

Rachael's Recap
Book Rating: 5 chocolate bars
Cover Rating: 5 chocolate bars

This book completely blew me away. It’s one of those rare books that is not just about vampires and werewolves, or witches and wizards. It’s about all of them! In the beginning of this book Kylie's life sucks, a lot. Her parents are getting a divorce, her grandmother died, and she has a stalker. Sounds like fun, not. Kylie's mother then decides to send her to Shadow Falls, a camp. Kylie thinks it’s just for troubled teens, but it’s actual a camp for supernatural. Only problem, Kylie doesn't know what she is. Through the book she discovers a lot about herself (including that she can see ghosts). In Born at Midnight you follow Kylie as she tries to discover what she is, and learns more about who she is. 

As I said before, this book completely blew me away. Kylie's character was nice, caring, and extremely loyal. But, I loved her two roommates even more. Don't get me wrong, I love Kylie, but Della (a vampire full of attitude) and Miranda (a dyslexics witch) together are, for me, even better. This book had me laughing through the whole thing, especially when Miranda and Della would fight. I loved how the girls came to care about each other so much and relied on each other. Another thing I loved was Holiday, the head camp counselor. She was always there to help Kylie with trying to figure out what she was, and helping her with the stalker (who they discover is not exactly a stalker) OK, enough gushing about the girls. 

Derek and Lucas. Usually in a book that has two guys going for the same girl (love triangle alert), I always pick the one I like the most and cheer them on. Not here, I kept switching sides, from Lucas then to Derek, then back to Lucas. This book kept making me feel like a traitor to the other guy every time I switched sides. Lucas is a werewolf, and knew Kylie from when they use too be neighbors as children. To me Lucas is the mysterious bad boy that you know you should stay away from, but can't. Derek, on the other hand, is a half fae who has a huge hart and is caring, but still lets nothing stand in his way and would do anything for Kylie. 

What I loved
  • Had all kinds of supernaturals 
  • Super funny (Della and Miranda)
  • Lucas and Derek were so hard to choose between

What I wished were different 
  • I did love Kylie, but I wished she was a little more care free

All these characters made an amazing story that I fell in love with. And if you are like me, and were skeptical about the whole camp thing, don't be. It’s an amazing story completely worth reading.