Book Review: Born at Midnight

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Author: C.C. Hunter
Edition: St. Martin's Griffin Paperback
Released: March 29th 2011
Series: Shadow Falls #1
Pages: 406 approx.

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…


I don't know how I even came to own this book but all I can say is that I'm very glad I did! This book had a great plot, well-developed characters and a very engrossing writing style - I loved every second I spent reading it. I know there've been a few mixed reviews on this book, but I'm definitely on the side that loved it! But what to say that might persuade some of you... Yes, it was amazing, and yes, I loved it, but how to turn my gushing into words... Hmmm.

One of the main aspects of this book that I loved the most was the plot. At first, I thought parts of it might have resembled Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins but I never really compared the two whilst reading it. But if you loved one then I definitely think you can love the other! Anyway. Born at Midnight was rather unique compared to a lot of other supernatural/paranormal books out there in the way that the author involved a lot of different supernatural creatures. There were vampires, faeries and shapeshifters to name a few! I mean, shapeshifters! How many books have you read about shapeshifters?! This book was also really surprisingly funny at times. And I mean the laugh-out-loud kind of funny! I was literally in tears at one point. I won't give too much away about what had me on my knees wheezing but I will say this. The whole kitten/Perry scene was to blame! Even thinking about it, I can't help but smile! :3

Even though this book was in third person, I still really loved the main character Kylie. She's one of those characters with attitude! She could hold her own and always had a witty remark up her sleeve when needed. Between Kylie's two suitors, I admit I'm Team Lucas. He was mysterious and dark... and what can I say? That always intrigues me! Though Derek was an alright character and all, he was just too insistent and clingy for me to like him as much as I could have, unfortunetly.

In conclusion, Born at Midnight proved to be a very enjoyable read. The main character was snarky and confident, a bad boy/werewolf was involved and there was the constant mystery of what Kylie's full supernatural ability actually was that kept me hooked. Even though I read this book a few months ago - if you're wondering, I've been writing this review with the help of notes! ;) - I've still yet to get my hands on the next book in the series, Awake at Dawn. Hopefully I'll get the chance to read it sometime soon though - I want to know what's going to happen to Kylie next! Oh, and almost forgot! I recommend this book to lovers of snarky, witty main characters, paranormal/supernatural lovers and Hex Hall fans!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. This book sounds amazing! And you rated it 5 stars too, which is always a massive bonus! I really want to check it out now! Thank you! :)

  2. Before I'd even started reading your review, that front cover really DEMANDED my attention! I've fallen in love with that cover!!! It's all purple and misty and just stunning! At first I thought she had chopped that tree in half (all ninja-style) but now I'm not too sure...

    Anyway, enough of my rambling about tree-chopping. Wonderful review, Rachel! Kylie sounds EXACTLY how I like my main characters to be. I can never fault a girl with a bad attitude :P And snarky remarks and witty comebacks always make me laugh!

    And I'm glad that the mystery kept you hooked throughout the whole novel. There's nothing better than a bit of curiosity to keep you reading!

    Thanks so much for sharing this review with us, Rachel. I'm so keeping my eye out for this cool--covered book! ;)

  3. This sounds like my kind of book! When i was reading the description thingy I thought it sounded alot like Hex Hall. I just finished that book actually! and congrats on your 400+ followers... I only have 12.. but hey ho i joined in december so of course i cant be expecting loads!

  4. I've never heard of this one, but I did love Hex Hall, and I think it's great that you didn't do much comparing but enjoyed this book for what it was itself! <3 It's always so great to read about supernatural trail mixes; I personally love those a lot, haha! The characters sound really great too, and oooooh...Lucas..mysterious and dark, hmmm? Wonderful and adorable review, Rachel, and thanks for sharing it with us! ^o^

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  5. Oooh this sounds amazing! xD I am beginning to like this genre more and more and this looks perfect! I haven't heard of this before so thanks for posting ^.^

    Kylie sounds awesome! AND OOH MYSTERIOUS AND DARK LUCUS! I'M IN :D It is a shame that Derek let you down... but I guess rooting for one over the other makes love triangles better.

    Fantastic review, Rachel! As always! :) xx

  6. I've been curious about whether or not I should read this book. Sounds good, perhaps I shall :)

  7. Just from the cover, I seriously want to read this book. It gorgeous. I haven't read enough paranormal books that caters a lot of creatures or make you laugh out loud! They always seem like the best books! Great Review, Rachel. :)


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