Title: Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: March 29th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC, courtesey of Ellz Reads
Buy From: Amazon (and a sneak peak!)
Summary: "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, shapshifters, 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…"
Thoughts: Like books about summer camp? What if they had a paranormal twist? Would you like that? Well, then you should probably pick up a copy of Born At Midnight because this book has it all.
Being a teenager is never easy, especially when you're a typically good girl who gets caught at the wrong party, at the wrong time. So when Kylie's mom sends her off to a summer camp for troubled teens, Kylie is (needless to say) less than thrilled.
During the bus ride there, she notices that these kids look...well, freakish. That's probably because they're all paranormal beings, and Shadow Falls is a camp for paranormal teens. The only thing every single camper has in common is that they're all born at midnight.
From werewolves to vampires
Plus witches and fae
A girl who doesn't know what she is
Oh boy, oh yay!
The camp holds other paranormal beings as well, but it didn't fit well in my nifty little poem, so I left them out. I guess you'll just have to read it to find out. Part of the allure (in my opinion) of Born At Midnight is trying to figure out what Kylie is. The camp counselors think they have an idea, but aren't too sure, especially since Kylie's parents are both humans. Without coming off spoiler, all I'll tell you is that what Kylie is involves ghosts and a whole mess of problems. The only thing that bothered me about Kylie (considering she's the leading lady) is how she kept telling herself and hoping that she was human when clearly she's not. I can see why she would wish that. She just wants to be a normal teenager, and who wouldn't want that? But at the same time, I wish she owned her paranormal heritage. I wanted her to spend more time finding out what she is rather than trying to fool herself into believing she's human.
Onto a different subject and my personal favorite one: boys. Okay, so technically you have three to choose from, but I really wouldn't count Kylie's ex-boyfriend, Trey. I mean, not only did he dump her because she wouldn't put out (how cliche!), but he's also human. ICK! Who wants a human boy when you can have, lets say, a werewolf? Lucas is an alpha werewolf, and oh so dreamy. Maybe it's his brooding nature or his protectiveness, but I easily fell for him. Too bad he's incredibly distant, unlike Derek (half fae), who makes it pretty apparent he likes Kylie. Needless to say, there's at least one boy in this book for everyone.
My only problem with Born At Midnight is the pacing. I'm not going to lie, but I put it down a few times, read something else, and then came back. Some of the chapters felt unnecessary and considering the ARC alone is 398 pages, could have been edited out. That's just my opinion though. I will say that halfway through the book, the pacing does pick up. Also, just because the pacing is slow from time to time doesn't mean the book isn't interesting. It's still an enjoyable read and has a unique concept involving paranormal beings.
Overall, Born At Midnight is a great debut novel for author C.C. Hunter (a native Texan!). I took pleasure in the characters, relished in the setting (HOUSTON! CAMP!), and delighted in mystery and action. I look forward to the next book in this series and would recommend it to YA/paranormal fans. I also recommend not giving up because of the pacing. There's a real treat inside if you just stick to it!