Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: March 2011
Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn’t put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie’s acquired a stalker and she hasn’t a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she’s the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it’s a camp for troubled teens.
They thought wrong.
Kylie’s surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she’s one of them. They’re just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she’s got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie’s determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can’t she trust? And most of all . . . What is she?
If you loved Christie Craig’s style of writing in romantic suspense then you will love Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter, as they are the same person.
That being said, Born at Midnight is written with young adult paranormal audience in mind. This first book is also setting up a series, as book two will be available soon.
Personally, for me I don’t really read young adult books, as a general rule. However, I couldn’t put the book down as I wanted to know what in the hell was Kylie. Throughout the book we are subjected to Kylie hoping she isn’t one of the freaks, but trying to desperately find out what she is…when you think you’ve finally got it figured out, things change.
To put it in today’s context, think Gossip Girl in a camp for teenagers, except that the teenagers are shifters, vampires, witches etc.
Throw in a divorce, two guys fighting over her, and people getting killed around her and you have Kylie’s life.
In summation, I would say Born at Midnight is a paranormal suspense for the young adult market. The characters backstories are cleverly written with real life problems from a teenager’s point of view. The characters are believable – well as believable as supernatural beings can be. The ending keeps you wanting more … like what the heck is Lucas’s backstory. Hopefully I will find out in the second book.
Reviewed by: Mei