05 July 2011

Review: Born at midnight - C.C. Hunter

Born at midnight by C.C. Hunter
published March 2011
young adult, #1 in the Shadow Falls series
bought my copy

When Kylie Galen is forced by her mom to spend the summer at Shadow Camp, a camp for troubled teens, she thinks that she's in hell. But she has no idea that this summer and the new people she meets at the camp will change her whole life.
Kylie thinks that she's a normal, mostly boring teen. So she is shocked when people at Shadow Falls insist that she is special and that she has paranormal abilities. Just as everyone else who spends the summer at the camp.
Will Kylie be able to find out if she indeed has special abilities and will she find new friends at the camp?

"Born at midnight" is a book that made me forget time while reading it. I started it and the next time I consciously looked on the page number I was already on 167.  So it's safe to say that I loved the authors writing style, the way she built her world and her characters.
What I liked about this book is that the author took the time to introduce the reader, together with Kylie, to the paranormal world. Nothing was rushed and still the story never was boring or dragging. I loved the close connection that I developed to Kylie and think C.C. Hunter did a great job with making her main character interesting and likable. Kylie's doubts were understandable and I enjoyed that she needed some time to get used to all the info she got about paranormal beings.

Another aspect of the book I enjoyed is that even though there was a love interest for Kylie (maybe even two), that was not the sole focus of the story. The friendship between Kylie and some of the camp members, the discovery of her unusual abilities and her relationship with her mom & dad were more important. Reading about the friendship that developed between Kylie, Della and Miranda (they share a house at camp) was great and one of my highlights.

I furthermore liked how the relationship between Kylie and her mom was portrayed. Both had to learn anew to listen to the other and it was great to read how their relationship had changed towards the end of the story. 

The only thing I didn't like about "Born at midnight" was that there is the possibilty of a love triangle. I'm tired of them and hopefully it will not play a major part in book #2.  Other than that I loved reading "Born at midnight" and I'm very excited to read how the story will go on.

I like the cover and the atmosphere that is created through it, but I don't like the girl on it. She doesn't fit to the story and looks to glamorous. 

final appraisal
"Born at midnight" is a captivating book that made me forget the time while reading it. The story is addicting and not only young adults or readers of paranormal stories should enjoy this first book in  the Shadow Falls series. 
I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy reading about a fascinating paranormal world and unusual friendships. 


  1. Thanks for the review, I'll have to check this one out!

  2. *claps hands* Oh I'm so glad you loved it!!!!! And it makes me the more happy that my excitement about this book made you look into it!!

    But, I'm afraid there might be a love triangle coming up.. I'm Team Lucas and you? I heard Derek will have a bigger role in Awake At Dawn but I believe she will and has to end up with Lucas..

    I'm so excited for Awake At Dawn and I can't wait to get my hands into it!

  3. I've wanted to read this one ever since I first heard of it. It sounds like a lot of fun! I don't mind love triangles, once they are done well. I'll have to check this one out soon!

  4. @ Danny: If there will be a love triangle I would definitely be Team Lucas.

  5. I really liked this one and can't wait to read the second book. I'm very torn between the two guys in this book, I can't decide which one I like better. I'm glad you enjoyed the story though and thanks for a great review. :)

  6. I'm with you on the love triangle, that was my main gripe as well.




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