Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011

"Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it's a camp for troubled teens.
They thought wrong.
Kylie's surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she's one of them. They're just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she's got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie's determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can't she trust? And most of all . . . What is she?" (Author's website)

My Review:
Kylie has been dealing with her parent's divorce, her ex getting a new girlfriend, and being stalked by a silent solider.  She is arrested at a party that had drugs convincing her mom to send her to a camp for delinquents.    Her new roommates are a vampire and a witch and no one at camp can figure out what supernatural creature she is.  There is a bit of a love triangle although I would have liked to find out more about Lucas (werewolf) who seems to disappear throughout most of the book.  Lucas had a lot of potential but Kylie spends most of the book blaming him for her cat's death instead of asking him about it.  The other love interest Derek is really sweet but is constantly compared to her ex.  While the solider story was played out really well the other trouble the camp has been experiencing happened very quickly and seems to be for a bigger set up in the next book.  This was a fairly quick read with great writing, most of the focus is on interactions and development of the characters.  While the supernatural creatures used their powers once in a while, some more than others, it didn't feel like a prominent part of the story which was mostly Kylie's inner dialogue trying to figure out how to deal with her friends, parents, and boys.  No one seems to try very hard to figure out what Kylie is even though everyone questions her identity, they mostly focus on her power to see the ghost solider.  Also the death angels are referenced throughout the story but we don't find out anything else, so I'm guessing Hunter is saving it for the next book. Nothing is what it appears and there are some surprising turns in the novel.  The ending is pretty satisfactory and has a great set up for the next novel Awake at Dawn.  Overall it was an interesting read and I would be interested in reading the next book.

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