Saturday, January 26, 2013

Another Special Snowflake

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Summary: 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…

Review: Another paranormal young adult novel with a judgemental, oh so special snowflake, three, count 'em three, love interests, and a camp for "special" teens.

It's certainly not all young adult narrators, but I don't like the trend of the girls being so judgmental of other people, mostly other girls. Yes, teenagers make a lot of stupid and sometimes unsafe decisions, but you can't make judgments about another person just based on how they look. Kylie certainly does it. She thinks that people who wear revealing clothing are whores (despite liking guys who wear tight shirts) and people who wear "gothic" style clothing are showing their rebellion. She's an idiot. 

Kylie was such an unsympathetic character. I know she was going through a tough time in her life, but all she was concerned with was herself. Get over yourself! Then of course she has the "I'm not super pretty or hot but all these guys seem to like me." Give me a break!! I see no reason for any of the boys to like her. Also, you don't get to know someone very well after only a few hours. 

And of course she's super special. Of course she had to be unique and a not of run of your mill faerie, vampire, or werewolf. I found the whole idea of a camp a bit silly and just another excuse to have teenagers away from their parents. I am intrigued to find out what Kylie is and I hope that she will be something interesting and also finally get over her prejudice of vampires and other supernatural beings. The action was good and I liked the mystery that was introduced.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy young adult paranormal fiction with love triangles and/or settings away from home.

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