Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight

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Sixteen-year-old Kylie Galen thinks her misbehavior in the wake of her grandmother's death and her parents' separation are the reasons she has been sent to Shadow Falls Camp, but learns it is a training ground for vampires, werewolves, and other "freaky freaks," of which she may be one.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781429965828
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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OPLLibraryGal Aug 28, 2018

My review is for the whole series. In short, the Shadow Falls series excelled as a romance, was an okay comedy, and dropped the ball on just about everything else.

This series was filled with hot and sweet moments that made me melt. Both sides of the love triangle Hunter creates were captivating, and I had a hard time making my decision between them. It was a little… passionate, the kind of thing that borders on creepy in this day and age, but hey, it’s just a book, a little bit of ‘I need you’ is nice in that kind of setting.

The series was also filled with humour, everything from silly to naughty to slightly embarrassing. It was somewhat reminiscent of a cartoon or anime, the way the humour was a little cheesy and was sometimes used to create sexual tension (eg. falling against her crush, things like that). Even when I didn’t want to laugh at some of the more childish or impossible scenes, Hunter did still elicit a few chuckles and facepalms out of me.

In addition to the love interests, all of the characters were round, complete with realistic flaws. While we were watching Kylie’s romantic life unfold, we also watched love blossom for her best friends and camp leaders. All the budding romances faced troubles, which made them seem more real.

Now, that was the story’s strong points. In terms of things like action, adventure, and world-building, this series fell. A lot of this story has this feel that Hunter was trying to expand on it, like she thought it was required of her, but it would’ve been better if she hadn’t bothered.

Let’s talk about the villains in the story. If the humour was cartoonish, the villains were even more so. I like a story with a round, even relatable antagonist, but this series gave me nothing of the sort. That part of the plot was always pushed aside in favour of the romance and drama. It felt like Hunter was confidently weaving the characters’ love lives, and then would turn to a nearby six-year-old for advice on the villains. They didn’t seem to have any motive except doing EVIL things for EVIL reasons. Hunter would’ve been much better off with more subtle problems, for example, the best-elaborated part of the world was the ‘racial’ tensions between the different paranormal species. The prejudices in society would’ve made a far better antagonist than a flat, boring, EVIL man in a dark hood.

My final point is that the series was relatively poorly-edited. The fourth book was littered with typos. One of my smaller pet-peeves with this book was that Hunter had somehow got the idea that ‘tenor’ was a synonym for ‘voice’ (it’s actually a very specific voice range, the highest part usually sung by a male voice). Now that I’ve told you that, be prepared for every character, male or female, to sound like Michael Jackson (or, God forbid, Justin Bieber).

While I’m talking about my pet peeves, I need to have a stern talk with whoever came up with the idea to end chapters with a cliffhanger, because Hunter took the idea and blew it out of proportion. At least every second chapter ended in a cliffhanger, and most of them were false cliffhangers (trying to sound suspenseful but were actually referring to a completely normal event. Eg. ‘I was nearly asleep when I heard my door slowly creak open.’ Next chapter: ‘It was my friend coming to talk to me.’) Come on Hunter, I’ve already got your book in my hands, you don’t need to force me to read the next chapter, I already plan to.

With that said, in conclusion, this book was a sweet romance that occasionally tried to be something it wasn’t. Despite my griping, I did enjoy it, but I hope it serves as a lesson to other writers: play to your strengths, a book isn’t required to have villains and ‘chosen one’s, just writing a romance with fully rounded characters is perfectly fine.

(Final note: Hunter used the phrase ‘he was hard in all the places she was soft’ twice. I found that to be two more times than I ever wanted to see it.)

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Abigail1010
Jul 20, 2018

An amazing series. The author really creates an entire world that you understand. For some series, five books is obviously dragging on the story, but in this case the length of the series was used to give Kylie Galen time to figure out who she is and sort out her emotions, form lasting friendships, and find herself. All 5 books were amazing. Both Lucas and Derek are captivating love interests. (Team Lucas all the way though). Definitely recommend

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mightyminnie
Oct 12, 2016

I like this book was a good read!

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fionacarrington
Nov 22, 2014

it was such a really good book this is my thing with the supernatural :)

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leo1997
Jul 11, 2014

This book is one of my favorite books you just gotta love all the paranormal and the comedy and dont forget the romance.

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Cynthia_Baker
Mar 21, 2014

This is a good book! :)

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dprodrig
Mar 10, 2014

I had a lot of fun reading this book. The story has you following the main character who all of a sudden, haunted by reaky odd dreams, gets sent to a camp by her mother for no discernable reason. Suddenly, she's surrounded by freaks, by which she is the weirdest in the bunch because no one knows what she really is, herself included. Watching her move through her emotions, establish friendships, and get tangled up as her past meets her present makes for an interesting read.

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eleen2001
Feb 27, 2014

super super super!!!

nellylib123 Dec 02, 2013

This book was AWESOME!!! A great read!!! Anyone into fantasy,romance,and supernatural things should really read this book!! Loved it!!*^▁^*

crystal_dark May 28, 2013

This book was really fun to read with an interesting plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next. I really liked all the different characters and seeing how they developed throughout the book as well as seeing how the various relationships changed thoughout the book. I am really looking forward to the next book!

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crystal_dark May 28, 2013

“Kylie though hell would be announcing a snow day before she agreed with anything her mom said. But right now, Kylie wondered how many inches they were predicting.”
― C.C. Hunter, Born at Midnight

crystal_dark May 28, 2013

“Me?" All the crappiness of the day, of the last few weeks, zeroed in on this high and mighty B with an itch, and the scared-rabbit feeling faded.”
― C.C. Hunter, Born at Midnight

crystal_dark May 28, 2013

“Couldn't I just be a bit loony instead of gifted?”
― C.C. Hunter, Born at Midnight

alicesweets Jun 13, 2012

"Holiday thinks I'm a supernatural."Kylie said
"You are a supernatural,"both Miranda and Della said at the same time.
"Or at least,you aren't all human,"Della said."We can tell that by looking at your brain pattern."

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crystal_dark May 28, 2013

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…(From Goodreads)

alicesweets Jun 11, 2012

This book is about a girl,Kylie.She never felt normal like the other "normal" humans.Her parents got divorce and her grandma also die.A lot of bad stuff had been happening to Kylie lately.She was send to the police office and now she needed to go to a summer camp called "Shadow Fall."
There she found a lot of weird people.Some of them were vampires and werewolfs and more different kind of mounters/creatures.There's two guys that liked Kylie a lot.One is a werewolf that Kylie shared a secret pass with and the other giy is Derek who determined to become Kylie's boyfriend.

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alicesweets Jun 11, 2012

Sexual Content: Some sexual content is in this book,but only a few.

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