TITLE: Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)
AUTHOR: C.C. Hunter
PUBLISHED: March 29th 2011
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Supernatural.
Kylie Galen is being sent off to a camp for troubled teens after being at a party that gets a little out of control. Her mother sends her to “Shadow Falls” and Kylie soon figures out the camp isn’t for troubled teens (although there are a few present) but for supernatural beings such as vampires, werewolves, fairies, shapeshifters and witches. Each species is attempting to hone in their own abilities, as well as trying to blend into the human world.
Kylie instantly thinks there must be a mistake, she is just a plain human, but soon realizes that she might be one of them. This is reconfirmed when Derek and Lucas enter her life. Lucas is a hot-headed werewolf and Derek is a half-fae, each bent on getting to know Kylie better and help her realize her own powers…which may be even more magical than anyone could ever imagine.
After about four chapters in, I was almost ready to put it down and stop reading but I decided I would give it a fair chance and keep going.
I really, really dislike that it was written in third person. It feels like it should be written in first. I think I would have felt more connected to Kylie if it was. It felt really out of place. Why did it need to be written in third person when Kylie was the main focus on the whole book? It would have flowed a lot better if it had just been in her POV.
Also in the beginning the ‘crazy party’ with drugs that got her sent to camp was so unrealistic and unbelievable. Why would her mother send her to camp over that? Even if her shrink suggested it? Kylie at no point gives off a ‘rebel’ vibe so it’s not like her mom thought she was troubled and wanted to send her there…it was like “crazy party, mom mad, sent to camp,” which all happened before Chapter three begins.
The book got a lot better once she got to the camp and although Derek is kind of boring in terms of a romantic interest, I really did like Lucas. He was interesting and thoughtfully written, and although he was written just like the ‘typical bad boy’ I see in many YA novels, I liked how each species (werewolf, fairy, vampire etc) have an interesting history and prejudice against each other.
Some of the dialogue and metaphors were absolutely ridiculous, I actually rolled my eyes a few times. For example she likened nervousness to “flies on a bad banana.” I will let you decipher that on your own because I have no idea what that means.
In the end, despite all the cheesy dialogue and less than compelling characters I will probably read the next book just to see where it goes!