Title: Born at Midnight
Author: C. C. Hunter
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Shadow Falls, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I didn't like this novel much. I feel like the unique concept was bogged down by a whiny protagonist and a cliched love triangle.
Kylie Galen is a girl up to her eyeballs in trouble. Dealing with the loss of her nana, her ex-boyfriend, and her parents' marriage, she is caught at a party where drugs and alcohol are flowing freely, resulting in her mother sending her to Shadow Falls summer camp, where she learns the secrets of her true self, as well as finding love and friendship.
What I liked:
-The Lucas/Derek deal, and how different the boys were from one another
-Della, Miranda, and Holiday
-Kylie's strange abilities
-The surprise ending
-Lucas's past and how it related to him as a character
-Miranda's personal issue
What I didn't like:
-Kylie's thoughts and how they were always on a constant loop, as well as her being incredibly whiny for most of the novel
-Burnett for the most part
-The vampire gang
-The way Kylie kept repeating herself with phrases (e.g., 'And damn if it didn't'..)
If you guys can get past Kylie's whiny personality, the mystery itself is worthwhile. But for me to read further into the series, Kylie for me, personally, would have to grow up a little.