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…
I did like the cover and it started interesting until sweet Kylie became a serial kisser to any boy who gave her the time of day. She lost me. Ugh. This book to me was pretty much a mixture of all the other YA PNR books out there. It’s one of those books where I rolled my eyes a lot and finished it with an unsatisfied sigh
Now to get to the point of the book…Kylie realizes that everyone at the camp has paranormal gifts and she doesn’t believe she fits in even though she sees ghost. The ghost was a good twist to the story. Her new roommates Miranda and Della are showing her the ropes and are fun, and witty. During this quest she starts second guessing about her parents and their true identity. Also, there are some unexplained events at the camp that has the government threatening to close camp.
The laughs stop however, when the plot begins to tread on familiar ground. Tell me, have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to juggle the affections of three different men? No? Honestly, unless you’re a rock star, the likelihood of this happening is fairly slim. Kylie, however, constantly finds herself at the center of a lot of male attention. There is the handsome, emotionally available fairy that just wants to make it work, the sexy werewolf that tries to keep his distance, and the sleazy ex-boyfriend who just can’t take a hint. Kylie makes out with, agonizes over, and rejects all three of these men at least once in this novel. I’m all for love triangles and even the occasional love square, but this whole scenario was over the top.
Kylie was not a strong heroine. I like women who can fend for themselves, not ones that freak out at the sight of a water moccasin. She relied on her male love interests to make her decisions, protect her, and make the first move. C’mon, girl, show them that you’re a real woman!
The last thing that I’m going to mention is the plot. We don’t really get to the real meat of the story till nearly the end. The driving plot points up till then were, “Who should I like?” and “Why is Lucas so moody?” She had made very little progress in figuring out who she was, why she was there, etc. etc. Very annoying. I wish so badly that I could have liked this book, but I just couldn’t bring myself to get into it!
Reading Born at Midnight was a little like watching a movie on cable. Chances are you’ve seen several movies just like it, but you continue to watch regardless just because. The problem with these types of movies is that once the credits start to roll, you get up and get on with your life, instantly forgetting what you just watched. Or in this case, what you’ve just read. This isn’t to say that this is a bad book. It just isn’t anything that fans of the genre haven’t read countless times before.
I give this book 2 out of 5 planets