Book Review: Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter

The blurb from 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, 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…

Okay, so, me, what did you think of this book? Well, me, it was VERY GOOD. There are some books that give you no faults to pick at except ones that are completely personal, and this is one of those books.

I read this book in around twenty-four hours. This isn’t unusual for me. However, what is unusual for me is that I never actually checked on my Kindle how many locations this book was so I would have an idea how long I’d have to suffer or how long I’d have to love it. i was too busy reading to find out, and that has to be one of the best things I’ve ever said about a book.

Not that this book was the best book I’ll ever read. It hasn’t topped Mara Dyer or Vampire Academy for me; to be honest, I’m a bit too tired of the YA genre to heart any part of it that wasn’t already a firm favourite or doesn’t completely blow my mind and have some sort of genre-expectations and tropes throw-down.

But it was a perfect book. It was the sort of thing that, if I was an editor, I would publish whether I personally liked the storyline or not because damn, with the right marketing, etc, it could be the easiest bestseller ever.

Okay. I’ve finished gushing about its perfectness (from a no-plot-holes, very few grammar-issues point of view). Now I’ll move onto what I personally wasn’t so certain about.

Kylie is sixteen. Sixteen is how old I am. Kylie seemed a bit childish to me. It wasn’t too noticeable, but it was there; she whined about her parents’ divorce, and it took her this whole novel to become as mature as I feel like most sixteen year olds already are.

Secondly, I don’t personally like love-triangles too much; either one of the guys is awful and not worth spending lots of books deciding against (or for, in the most despicable of books [that’s a lie, the most despicable of serieses end without a decision — here’s looking at you, Strange Angels]). This is one of those books where both of the guys are actually pretty nice, although you don’t get enough of them in this first book to decide if they’re book-crush-worthy.

Furthermore, I would have liked it better if the blurb actually fit with the book. I didn’t feel that it really got to the heart of the matter. I expected Kylie to have to find out about all the supernaturals herself, but no: she got that information handed to her on a plate.

And finally, it kind of annoyed me that it was so easy to skip camp activities and that there hardly seemed to be any anyway. I loved that the book was set at a summer camp — it’s not something that happens over here in the rainy UK, so I was intrigued. But you don’t really get any in-depth explanation of the camp and what happens at camp and what things there are to do, etc. In this book (but not the next one — I read the next one as soon as I’d finished this one), you just get the feeling that camp is a place where you go to just live like you normally would do in your summer holidays, but in a forest with other teens.

However, saying all that, this is a perfect book. You won’t necessarily like it yourself, you might be able to see points in it where you would have taken it somewhere differently or added more explanation, but you’re not going to have anything to moan about. I think what I’m attempting to say here is that this book is well-written. Therefore, it gets:

Five Relatively Curious Question Marks

Five Relatively Curious Question Marks

PS: America, I want more camp-related YA, ASAP.

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