Thursday, April 18, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - BORN AT MIDNIGHT by C.C. HUNTER - SHADOW FALLS # 1

By: C.C. Hunter
Published By: St. Martins Press
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 398 Pages

RATING: 4.5 LUCAS & DEREK STARS!!

Blurb : Goodreads

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…










BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I read, ‘Turned At Dark’ , the prequel to Born At Midnight, back in April 2011. Took me a while to dive into my TBR pile and haul Born At Midnight to the top and crack it open.

I loved it!

C.C. has a great handle on her character’s and yes, there is a triangle forming.

Team Derek and Team Lucas.

Gahhh!!!

Which Team am I on?

Team Lucas, the gorgeous werewolf , the misunderstood one... he comes across as the bad boy and I totally dig a bad boy.

Or

Team Derek, the emotion controlling , amongst other things, half Fae. He is gorgeous too. He respects Kylie’s boundaries.

Gahhh!!!

Rinse and repeat.

There is more to this story than these two lads. Kylie is sent off to Shadow Falls Camp for troubled teenagers. She is the odd one out as she does not believe she has any of the ...errr..... issues that the other teens have.

Kylie has had a bad time of it lately, Nan has passed away, Trey the ex boyfriend..is ..well, her ex. Sara her bff is being a bit of a handful. Mum and dad are getting divorced, she suffers night terrors and she winds up at a party.... then down at the local cop station. If that is not enough , then the shrink recommends summer camp for troubled teens.

Not to forget her mum who is a bit of an Ice Queen and her dad who is having a mid life crisis.

Oh yeah and she has a stalker!

Talk about not getting your head above water in all that lot and feeling like everything was Fubared.

C.C. has written a great assortment of colourful teenagers that will be either friend or foe or class clown, at Shadow Falls Camp.

Perry is quite a fun character and Miranda and Della , who we met in the prequel, as it is Della Tsang’s story, are the bickering cabin mates.

Kylie has a great camp leader in Holiday Brandon. I really like her character. There are many fun moments between Holiday and Burnett, one of the Men In Black . Well, that is what I call the two hunky spunky suits.



The bigger man with darker hair was named Burnett James and the other was Austin Pearson. Up close, Kylie couldn’t help but notice how GQ perfect the two men were. Not that she was into old guys -- or she should say “older” because they looked about ten years older than her -- but she could still appreciate perfection.



Kylie has to find herself while she is at camp, which is kind of hard when a ghost keeps popping up all bloody , trying to get Kylie’s attention. That would kind of put you off your game.

‘Meet Your Campmates Hour’, makes for interesting time spent with Lucas and Derek and I kind of am leaning toward Team Lucas.... but then.......gahhh!!!



“And this is what you get for laughing at me.” He pulled her up a few inches until his lips touched hers.

She didn’t try to stop him. Oh no, she actually climbed up higher on his chest so the kiss wouldn’t be awkward.




“Kylie?” Derek whispered.

“You getting something?” she asked, hoping.

“I was until ...”

“Until what?” she asked.

“Until you pressed your breasts against me.




Mr Pepper...well he needs a stinky dead fish slap from me and Fredericka is the resident biaatcch.

C.C. adds both humour and some great little twists into her first book in the series. I think she approaches teens and their angst very well. Throw in the supernatural and some shiz is going down.

I am looking forward to the newly renamed Shadow Falls Academy and what happens within it and more of Burnett and Holiday as they are a hoot with their dialogue.


“Bite my ass, Mr James,” Holiday snapped, obviously mad enough not to care about Kylie hearing the PG-13 language.

“Don’t tempt me,” Burnett retorted.



“Jerk,” Holiday muttered.

“I can hear you,” he retorted from the other side of the wall.


A great energetic start to this series which I am looking forward to continuing and finding out more about Team Lucas and Team Derek..... and that mysterious waterfall.

Looking forward to more of C.C's humor.

His eyes widened. "Oh , hell, you think I'm going to let him bite me? No way. It's too risky and way too gay."


Michelle



#1 - Born At Midnight
#2 - Awake At Dawn
# 3 - Taken At Dusk
# 4 - Whispers At Moonrise













NOVELLA'S

#.5 - Turned At Dark
#4.5 - Saved At Sunrise -Released 2ND April 2013







# 5 - Chosen At Nightfall - Releases 23rd APRIL 2013




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4 comments:

  1. I've been considering reading this series for a while now. I think your review just one me over. Or it might have been that last quote lol!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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    1. Hey Jesse,

      I have been wanting to read this series, then I found the 3 books at the library, so I picked them up and was determined to crack them open. Finding time to read everything I want is hard and more and more cross my radar. I am glad I did as the ratings on Goodreads are fantastic for this series:) Plus Team Lucas and Team Derek are worth spending time with ...hehe :)

      Mich

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  2. Fantastic review Michelle. I've had this on my TBR list for a long time and will now have to bring up to the top. Thanks for reminding me why I grabbed it in the first place. :)

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

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    1. Thanks Katie,

      I was the same. My brain kept telling me to start reading , but more books came on to my radar so then I saw 3 at the library and I snafooed them and said JUST DO IT! So I did :)

      I am now reading Awake At Dawn.:D

      Mich

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