Born at Midnight Paperback – Mar 10 2011
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“Born at Midnight is addicting. Kylie's journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it's impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls..and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching. Born at Midnight has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!” ―Verb Vixen
“There are so many books in the young adult paranormal genre these days that it's hard to choose a good one. I was so very glad to discover Born at Midnight. If you like P.C. and Kristin Cast or Alyson Noel, I am sure you will enjoy Born at Midnight!” ―Night Owl Reviews
“I laughed and cried so much while reading this…I LOVED this book. I read it every chance I could get because I didn't want to put it down. The characters were well developed and I felt like I knew them from the beginning. The storyline and mystery that went along with it kept me glued to my couch not wanting to do anything else but find out what the heck was going on.” ―Urban Fantasy Investigations Blog
“This has everything a YA reader would want…I read it over a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I can't get it out of my head. I can't wait to read more. This series is going to be a hit!” ―Awesome Sauce Book Club
“The newest in the super-popular teen paranormal genre, this book is one of the best. Kylie is funny and vulnerable, struggling to deal with her real-world life and her life in a fantastical world she's not sure she wants to be a part of. Peppered throughout with humor and teen angst, Born At Midnight is a laugh-out-loud page-turner. This one is going on the keeper shelf next to my Armstrong and Meyer collections!” ―Fresh Fiction
“Seriously loved this book! This is definitely a series you will want to watch out for. C.C. Hunter has created a world of hot paranormals that I didn't want to leave.” ―Looksie Lovitz Book Blog
“Born at Midnight has a bit of everything…a strong unique voice from a feisty female lead, a myriad of supporting Supernatural characters, a fiery romance with two intriguing guys - mixed all together with a bit of mystery – making Born at Midnight a sure fire hit!” ―A Life Bound By Books
“Very exciting, taking twists and turns I never expected. The main character grows very well throughout the story, overcoming obstacles and realizing things she never thought possible. And the author masterfully ended it just right.” ―Flamingnet Book Reviews
“Born at Midnight is a thrilling new young adult 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.” ―Fiktshun, Strictly For Fiction Blog
“I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away.” ―Nina Bangs, author of Eternal Prey
“Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters” ―Jenna Black, author of Glimmerglass
From the Back Cover
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…See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Kylie is sure there's been a mistake.
Her only hope is to finish out her sentence and make it home alive. But things get complicated when two very different boys come into her life - and even more complicated when Kylie discovers she may, indeed, be right where she belongs.
BORN AT MIDNIGHT captivated me from the beginning and kept me reading through to the end. This glimpse into the dark side of a strange and mysterious camp kept me reading. I wanted to put it down because my eyes were tired, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I've added this to my re-read list and look forward to another visit to Shadow Falls Camp.
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
I would recommend teenagers FORSURE but also anyone that wants to read about love, and all that good stuff.
I couldn't put the books down, read the series in less then a week
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Kylie decides to shake it off with a night out with her friends. She goes to a party but really isn't having a good time. However, when the cops come, she is holding a drink. Her mom comes to get her out of jail and announces to Kylie that she is sending her to a summer camp for troubled teens.
Kylie knows she didn't drink or do any drugs at the party but all of her whining and wheedling doesn't get her out of camp. She feels alone; that her mother doesn't love her and her father doesn't want her. But the kids at the camp are unique. They look goth and all have their own looks. When Kylie is oriented, she learns that everyone at the camp has a special gift - supernatural gifts. Camp leader Holliday tries to convince Kylie she is special too, but she is having none of it. Sure, she may be seeing ghosts, but humans can see ghosts too, right?
Then, she meets a half-fae boy who really reminds her of her ex-boyfriend, but she is still attracted to him. To further confuse her, a boy she knew when she was little is at the camp too, and he really makes her tingle. But the Feds keep coming to the camp, interrogating the teens, looking for something, even though they are vague.
Kylie tries to deal with her ghosts, makes friends with a witch and a vampire, juggles two boys, adjusts to her parents divorcing, and tries to figure out who she really is. Together, with a bit of mystery tossed in, they merge into a wonderful paranormal story with a coming of age twist. C.C. Hunter does a wonderful job of world-building and creating likable and realistic characters. I look forward to more of Kylie and her friends! Great YA Read!!
BORN AT MIDNIGHT starts off a little slow. Meeting all the campers at Shadow Falls and learning all the camp rules etc. is not as interesting as I would have hoped. Specifically Kylie's hormone driven responses to several of the male campers while still lusting after her ex made me lose a lot of respect for her.
Fortunately, the second half of BORN AT MIDNIGHT is significantly better than the first. Kylie's cabin mates gain some depth and dimension. One, a new vampire being torn between two sides of her family, the other a dyslexic witch struggling to overcome her disability and not disappoint her parents. Best of all, the three guys vying for Kylie's attention begin to distinguish themselves from one another and she starts to finally examine her attraction for each guy and consider their true motives (sex, control, and maybe love?). Even the issues with her parent's divorce and her perception of both her mom and dad takes an interesting twist.
The key to launching a new series is finding a balance between giving answers while holding back enough to generate interest in future books. BORN AT MIDNIGHT does that beautifully. I'll definitely be back for the next book in the Shadow Falls series called AWAKE AT DAWN when it's released in October 2011.
Kissing. A few scenes of mild sensuality. References to sex. Teen Pregnancy. References to masturbation.
Being shipped away is the mustard on the stink sandwich that is Kylie's life. Especially when she finds out that this isn't a camp of juvenile delinquents but something Kylie thinks is far worse--a place for teens with paranormal powers to find themselves. Kylie would rather have a brain tumor than paranormal powers, but she can't talk to her mom about her situation for fear her mom will ship her to a mental institution instead. So she hangs around and follows the program, which is figuring out who and what she is, and participating in exercises aimed at the different species of magical creatures getting along, instead of going to war with each other. These species are all the typical ones found in most YA urban fantasies these days: fairies/fae, witches, vampires, werewolves, all-purpose shapeshifters, and ghost whisperers, which is what everyone thinks Kylie is. There is mention of the magical creatures being descended from some unspecified "gods."
The only silver lining for Kylie is that she is able to make friends with her two roommates, a witch named Miranda and a vampire named Della, and two super-hot guys are attracted to her, a werewolf named Lucas and a fae who can talk to animals named Derek. Not to mention that Trey is attending a camp only a few miles from where Kylie is and is determined to rekindle his relationship with her.
I admit I wasn't extremely psyched up about this story when the blurb on the back of the book warned me there was going to be a love triangle which, frankly, I'm really getting tired of reading in YA paranormal novels. The main issue I have with triangles is that I personally like to know who to root for when a heroine is interested in more than one guy, or vice versa. A friend of mine who really likes the whole triangle thing told me that she doesn't like it when the third prong of the triangle is obviously not a viable option since the other guy leaves him in the dust (for example Jace vs Simon in the first three books of the Mortal Instruments series). She likes it when there is a little real competition.
I guess you could say there is some real competition in this book, but only in the sense that the three males are all almost equally one-dimensional as characters, because almost the only thoughts Kylie has about any of them is to admire their handsome faces and lust after their muscles. To the degree that Derek and Lucas have magical powers, Kylie is more scared or disgusted by that than impressed. So for most of the book, that isn't even a real advantage to the two supernaturals.
The other thing the two "supes" have going for them, though, that I think the reader is supposed to put strongly in their favor, is that Lucas and Derek, unlike Trey, are "gentlemen" in that they are very attracted to the beautiful heroine, but they don't push her to have sex. Personally, I don't see how their restraint is particularly impressive. Any male who hasn't even had a single date with a 16-year-old virgin, only a one-hour walk in the woods as a camp assignment, who suddenly tries to jump her bones is, plain and simple, a would-be rapist in my book. Failing to try and force sex from the heroine, either by mind control (which one of the two supes is capable of) or force (which both are physically capable of, even if they were only human), simply puts them in the category of a non-predator. Whether either has any virtue, remains to be proven.
Though one of the three contenders actually has a chance in the climax to prove he has some virtue, the only other viable romantic contender can't prove himself virtuous because he isn't around due to complications of the plot. So the story is wide open for at least a triangle to continue on. I don't think it is much of a spoiler to say that quadrangle end of the equation, Trey, never had much chance from the start. It is pretty clear from the moment Kylie goes to paranormal camp, she isn't going to choose Trey. He is merely human, and he has already made himself non-redeemable in the audience's eyes by dumping her to have user-sex with another girl--not to mention that his "seduction" technique involves pouting when Kylie refuses to progress from making out to having intercourse with him. (By the way, fair warning, this makeout session takes place on stage and does little to improve Kylie's standing as a sympathetic heroine.)
As for the action-adventure part of the plot--which is something an author really needs to deliver if she is going to have a bunch of magical super heroes running around in an urban-fantasy story--it is incredibly tame. Kylie isn't in any real danger, other than a minor run-in with a snake, until the book is almost over. The vast majority of the book is spent with her thinking passively that she doesn't know if she has any paranormal power, and what will happen to her if she has power, and well, maybe she might possibly want it, but maybe not; and also, "dad-blast it" but those hot boys look kissable, and who do I want to be with, or do I want to be with no guy at all because my life is so complicated? And so on, and on, and on. Nothing but page after page of endless dithering. (What is it with passive heroines lately? I just read Abandon by Meg Cabot, and that story has the same problem, a want-nothing, do-nothing heroine who just whines in her head all the time.)
As for her friendships with Della and Miranda, those might have been interesting if done well, but unfortunately, they weren't either. Most of the time all they did was listen to Kylie vent out loud about her dithering that we've already heard in her head about boys and her presumed paranormal powers. It would have been more interesting if the dithering had been confined to conversations which contributed somehow to an action plot instead of being merely a pretty boring rehash.
The actual writing itself, though, is okay in the sense that the author is decent at putting words on the page in a way that flows, and there weren't any editing problems I saw.
As a teenage girl myself, I am absolutely offended by the perspective Hunter has chosen to present. Just because a girl takes control of her sexuality does not mean she is a 'slut'. In fact, Kylie, the main character, has no trouble yearning after her ex despite knowing he's a complete horndog after a few beers. It doesn't matter that HE seeks out sex; it's expected for a teenage guy. But if a girl does? She's a slut. I have read too many books with this appallingly outdated opinion, and I refuse to read another.
During the first few chapters, I really, really tried to give it the benefit of the doubt. I forced myself to ignore the 'teenagers-will-be-teenagers' clichés that appear in just about every paragraph, the clunky dialogue and exhausted issues this girl faces. I was surprised when the party that lands the girl in trouble with her mother ended just as quickly as it began. I expected something interesting, something that would live up to the blurb, at least. Or, perhaps, just enough time to find a shred of empathy for the protagonist, if not anyone else.
Eventually, I had to deem this book impenetrable - though not for want of trying. As a teenager myself, I found the attempt at representing young people to be almost infuriating. And when I wasn't rolling my eyes at teenager-speak, I was wincing at how unashamedly the 'important parts' were being rubbed in my face. "Look! This bit is important for later! Look! Suspicious boy is suspicious!"
This book feels formulaic, rushed, reminiscent of that whole rush to run out the next Twilight.
I was disappointed to find myself removing my bookmark from Born at Midnight. It had potential. I was excited. I moved it to the top of my to-read pile only to encounter a vapid, annoying story almost impossibly far from anything I am used to reading from YA.