Series: Shadow Falls 1
First Published: March 29, 2011
Goodreads Blurb: 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…
I think you can make your beloved grandma dying and your parents shipping you off to a camp for troubled kids because they're pulling you into their nasty divorce a whole drama story all by itself, but that's just the basis for Born at Midnight. Here, you get paranormal thrown right at ya, but I like the whole camp idea. It's always good to try and create bonds between all the paranormal races, although they'll probably never get along 100% - but, heck, not even humans do. However, this is not your regular "teen finds out that he/she is a paranormal", uh-uh, Kyle is really the freak among freaks, at least for now. And that ghost part is really, really creepy. I can understand she is freaked, but I find it quite amusing that it also freaks all the 'freaks'. You have to admit that it is kinda funny that vampires should be afraid of ghosts... It's also interesting how Kylie's family drama plays out. I would've never guessed that - I mean I usually compare a mom-daughter relationship with things I know from my own life (which is weird because I usually don't try to draw parallels to anything outside a story), so I can come up with a lot of things going wrong, but this sure suprised me - positively, I might add.
Rating: Style: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Humor: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5
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Shadow Falls Series: #1 Born at Midnight | #2 Awake at Dawn | #3 Taken at Dusk | #4 Whispers at Moonrise
Quotes I liked:
"Just because a guys rings your bell, doesn't mean you have to toot his horn."
(pg. 328, Holiday)
"Unicorns don't exist," Perry said, his expression seeming to say he felt insulted by her choice.
"They used to," Holiday added, as if coming to Kylie's defense.
"No shit?" Perry asked. "They really existed?"
"He's good-looking," Kylie said.
"I know, damn it." Holiday sighted. "And I hate him for it, too."
(pg. 257, about Burnett James)
"You obviously haven't ever noticed her in a crowd. She's a serial kisser. I think her parents are French."
(pg. 317, Derek about Mandy)