Taken at Dusk: A Shadow Falls Novel Paperback – Apr 10 2012
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“The Shadow Falls series belongs to my favorite YA series. It has everything I wish for in a YA paranormal series. A thrilling tale that moves with a great pace, where layers of secrets are revealed in a way that we are never bored. It continues a gripping story about self-discoveries, finding a place in the world, friendship, and love. So if you didn't start this series yet, I can only encourage you to do so.” ―Bewitched Bookworms on the Shadow Falls series
“TAKEN AT DUSK starts off with action and never loses momentum. C.C. Hunter takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride, full of suspense, drama, laughter and intense emotions from page one all the way through the last page, ending in one of the biggest cliffhangers I've read.” ―Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale that speaks to the adolescent in me. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance.” ―Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick) on the Shadow Falls series
“Taken At Dusk has even more drama and answers for Kylie. Jam-packed with action and romance from the very beginning, Hunter's lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!” ―Romantic Times
“The evolving, not-always-easy relationships among Kylie and her cabin mates Della and Miranda are rendered as engagingly as Kylie's angst over dangerous Lucas and appealing Derek. Just enough plot threads are tied up to make a satisfying stand-alone tale while whetting appetites for sequels to come” ―Publishers Weekly on Born at Midnight
“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 on Born at Midnight
“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 on Born at Midnight
“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!” ―AwesomeSauce Book Club on Born at Midnight
“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 on Born at Midnight
“I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away.” ―Nina Bangs, author of Eternal Prey, on Born at Midnight
“Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters” ―Jenna Black, author of Glimmerglass, on Born at Midnight
About the Author
C.C. Hunter is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn. She grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or shooting things--with a camera, not a gun.
C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels.
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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
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First 50 Pages: I flew through this entire book in one sitting, like I have with the previous titles. I also believe that each of the books get better and better as they go, because I really loved this one! It is full of twists that I didn't see coming and it has a lot of action in it, too. That is one thing that I really love about these books, that they are unpredictable which is a rare find recently.
Characters & Plot: When I first read the first book, Born at Midnight, I was instantly drawn into the plot line and each of the characters. We are introduced to Kylie, a girl who doesn't have very good luck who is sent to a camp for teenagers who are "troubled." When Kylie arrives at Shadow Falls, she realizes that there is more than meets the eye since the camp is full of teens with supernatural abilities, with some not knowing the exact extent of their powers, including Kylie. Then in Awake at Dawn, the second book in the Shadow Falls series, Kylie knows for sure that she has some kind of special powers and she continues on the path of self-discovery. There is also the introduction of a love triangle between Kylie, Lucas and Derek, as well as other supernatural beings on the hunt for Kylie, but she has no idea why they want her.
In this book, Taken at Dusk, Kylie is still searching for what she is and she is willing to go to extreme measures to figure it out, putting herself and others in danger. Kylie is still trying to process the crazy events that happened in Awake at Dawn and everything seems to be back to normal, but not for long. A strange woman who doesn't know who she is begins to stalk Kylie and brings an ominous message to her, which sets off the action in the story and odd things begin to occur. Kylie is still torn between Lucas an Derek, but she does try to make a decision but things are standing in her way. As the book synopsis says, Kylie does FINALLY figure out what she is.....and I totally did not expect it at all and neither did she or the other people in Shadow Falls.
The characters are wonderful as usual in Taken at Dusk. We have an introduction of a new character named Ellie, who I didn't care for at first, but she grew on me towards the end of the book. The boys are still great and I still have no idea which one I want Kylie to end up with because C.C. Hunter made each of them so likable in their own way. Perry and Della are good characters that bring some humor and comic relief to the story and none of the characters seemed to fall flat, which is a huge plus.
Final Thoughts: C.C. Hunter never disappoints me with the books in this series. I'm dying to know what will happen next with Kylie and her friends. I'm hoping it isn't going to be a terribly long wait! If you are into paranormal stories with fresh ideas, great characters, and a fun plot line, I would highly recommend checking out the Shadow Falls series!
The one complaint I HAVE to mention that I'm noticing about Kylie however is she always seems to want the boy she doesn't have. Here she has two boys madly panting after her--Derek and Lucas, and she always seems to be dreaming the most about the one she doesn't have. When she was with Derek, it was Lucas that she wanted, and now that she has Lucas and Derek is on the sidelines as a "friend," she is fantasizing about being with Derek. So this is very annoying because at this rate, she'll lose them both. Maybe she deserves to.
*Complimentary copy provided. This does NOT affect my review in any way.*
I received Taken at Dusk from St. Martin's Press/Griffin, including Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, book one and two in the Shadow Falls Series, since I hadn't read the series then. But I can promise you, that I devoured this series in two days (three books in two days!) and absolutely loved it.
This is a popular series among paranormal junkies out there, but when I first heard of it, I decided not to read it. Why? Because at the time, I had been reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and the blurb sounded suspiciously like that of Hex Hall. Once all the starred reviews started pouring in though, I regretted it, so I'm glad to have a chance to read the entire series!
Taken at Dusk starts immediately where Awake at Dawn left off, Kylie about to meet her adoptive parents, the ones who just might have the clue to finding out exactly what she is. But when she gets there, her "adoptive parents" and her barely get ten minutes before they're ushered out and it looks as if the couple weren't her adoptive parents, but were, instead, imposters. Shocking! And then animals are suddenly protecting her. An eagle that suddenly catches a snake mere inches from her feet, a deer jumping in front of her just before lightning strikes the spot she would've been in if not for the deer. But why? Taken at Dusk raises more questions than it answers, leaving readers shocked and mystified.
I fell in love with our characters in book one, wanting to hug the life out of them in book two, and started crying for them in book three. Kylie had that strong personality we love in heroines, Holiday had that older-sister feel, helping Kylie along the way, Burnett was like Kylie's protector, and he was absolutely adorable when it came to Holiday! Lucas was edgy and dangerous, while Derek was sweet and caring. And I loved the ghosts! I don't know why, but I've always loved ghost-paranormal stories. No matter how much they creeped me out. And we finally meet the dreaded Ellie whom I loved!
This third installment of the Shadow Falls series was absolutely breathtaking, and I enjoyed every page! Kylie has fully accepted her paranormal blood and she's learning, slowly, to trust her father again. The ending scenes had me flipping to the end and leaving me shell-shocked. And to those who have read Taken At Dusk, what do you think a chameleon is? I have a theory. But I'm not sharing it!
Summary: The writing is beautiful, the characters are even more wonderful, and I don't think I can wait until Whispers at Moonrise comes out! This is definitely a paranormal romance that Fiction Freaks should read, whether or not its your thing.
Miranda and Perry are finally working it out in this one which made me happy. There's a new character named Ellie. There isn't much more to add, Lucas and Derek, Holiday, Burnett, even Red and Mario make appearances. There was a few twists with the "bad guys" and I liked that.
Here's what I didn't like, I mean really hated, I almost rated it a 3... The ending. Here it is, I had no idea this wasn't the last book. I'm thrilled that it's not I love the kids at Shadow Falls but seriously, the ending was like Deja Vu to the ending of the last book in this series. That really had me disappointed, I would've liked an original ending.
Yes Kylie got some answers, but the ending still, besides that, is an exact replica of the ending of the last book. Meeting her grandparents, questioning her identity, etc...
The author picks right up after Kylie's escape from Mario psycho vamp (or whatever he is) and we kick off. Basically, Derek has gone off and left because he can't handle the overwhelming feelings that bombard him when he's around Kylie (which is understandable, but still heartbreaking for Kylie at 16). Lucas is there still and wanting to move his relationship with Kylie to the next level, but something important seems to be happening with the weres that makes Kylie feel like they don't want the relationship to happen. Mario and Red are still out there. Meredith is still having Perry issues, Della still has Lee issues, Holiday has Burnett issues. The new ghost that Kylie is dealing with can't remember anything about her life.
Likes and dislikes
I liked the writing and the flow. I didn't like that it seemed like everything in this book is leading up to and setting up the next book. I felt like this book could have been mostly condensed down.
(***SPOILER!!****)[Everything with Lucas and Derek/Ellie and Red could have all been condensed into a novella. There wasn't much with the ghost except the reveal of who she was so that could have been condensed as well. What was super important? The reveal of the ghost, biological gma WTF? that was a good twist, the reveal of Dereks love duh!, the very last page finally tells her the name of what she is but doesn't explain it all, and...yeah that seems like it really. It seems like the reveal of what she was was only there as a cliffhanger for the next book to explain. (***END SPOILER***)]
While there were a couple of important things revealed in this book, I didn't feel like the book actually captured my emotions as well as the previous two. Because of these couple reveals, this is a book that must be read and I will def read the next book in the series to get some more answers.