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Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight is author C.C. Hunter’s debut Young Adult novel and is the first book in the Shadow Falls series.

It will be released on March 29, 2011 and is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats and as a paperback at Barnes & Noble.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

Born at Midnight is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

Goodreads description:

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

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…

Being born at midnight usually means only one thing – that you’re not entirely human. Kylie Galen always thought she was. Human that is.

But when she’s sent to spend her summer at Shadow Falls Camp, a camp supposedly for juvenile delinquents, she realizes that these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill freaks, but supernaturals – vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies and witches.

And the most shocking thing to Kylie is that she’s the biggest freak of them all. Who knew that the ability to see ghosts was freakier even than drinking blood, changing shape or casting spells?

As Kylie tries to unravel the mystery of who she is, she is drawn to Lucas, a dark haired, blue eyed boy from her past who reappears and challenges everything she once thought of him and Derek, the half-fae who reminds her of the boyfriend who broke her heart.

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Born at Midnight is a thrilling new young adult paranormal story with a wide array of paranormals to choose from, a love triangle that will make your heart beat a little faster and a mystery that will keep you guessing.

Kylie Galen had no idea that her night terrors were actually visits from ghosts. She had no idea that around one percent of the population was not human. She had no idea that she wasn’t completely human. Not until she showed up at Shadow Falls Camp.

It is here she learns that what she is seeing isn’t a figment of her imagination, but ghosts, and that she is the only one of her campmates with her specific supernatural “gift.”

In Born at Midnight we follow Kylie as she tries to figure out if she really is more than human or if there is a more logical explanation for what she’s seeing and as she tries to sort out her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Trey and her growing feelings for both Lucas and Derek.

Crafted like any good mystery novel, the story has questions throughout and will leave readers with even more questions at the end, which are to be continued into the next book in the series, Awake at Dawn.

While a story about a camp full of paranormals could come across as over the top, this storyline and setting were very believable.

Kylie is a stubborn but ultimately likable heroine who only begrudgingly begins to accept everything that is happening to her – her grandmother’s death, her parents’ divorce, her new friends’ abilities and that she may not be one of the Normals. And the two boys who captivate Kylie’s attention are swoon-worthy.

Each chapter was its own little cliffhanger and will leave readers wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. And the story is infused with humor which will keep readers smiling. There are plenty of unanswered questions but readers won’t be left hanging.

This new series is not one to be missed.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I thought this story was such fun. Hilarious at times and suspenseful throughout. And the “love scenes” were the perfect mix of chaste and steamy, with a constant tension between the characters.

I could not put this book down. Literally. At the end of almost every chapter it left you hanging having to read on to find out the answer. There was no good stopping point. So I didn’t stop. I just kept reading and finished this book in one sitting.

I was often frustrated with Kylie for being in denial and refusing to seek answers, but these traits made her very realistic and sympathetic. And there were just the right amounts of romance and humor throughout that kept this from being just another mystery.

I had this one on my “to read” list for awhile now for two reasons: The cover completely had me hooked from the get-go – it was haunting and dark and beautiful and purple – and then when I read the synopsis it seemed to have everything going for it.

I am so glad I had a chance to read this early copy, but I have this book already set for pre-order for my Kindle and will read this one again before the second book releases in October.

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A prequel novella, Turned at Dark, is set to be released on March 14, 2011 and the second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, is scheduled for release in October of 2011.

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I would like to thank St. Martin’s Griffin for the Advance Reader Copy.

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