Review: Born at Midnight

10.08.2011
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Published March 29th 2011, by St. Martin's Griffin
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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 know I said Falling Under was up next, but guess what? I suck at organizing :P I was at a friend's house last night, she had this book, and I brought it home with me to finish it.

If I'm honest, I was already biased against this book. Most of you know that me and love triangles don't along so well. I don't understand the appeal. 90% of YA books seem to have some form of a love triangle, and it's starting to piss me off. I don't know why I even read this book ._.

The good thing? The love triangle wasn't terrible, considering one of the boys basically disappeared by the middle of the book, but the fact that there still was a love triangle bothered me. And this is only the first book in a series, so I'm sure he'll reappear again somewhere -_- 

Born at Midnight is a novel told in third person. Normally, I don't mind that, but in this book, it bothered me.  I didn't like Kylie very much - she seemed much younger than she was. She said things like "Dad-nabbit" and never swore, which wasn't a problem, it was just the words she said in place of swears. It was too immature for me. She wasn't a particularly strong character, either - she spent a lot of time being scared and just questioning things instead of doing things. Sure, she had her courageous moments, but otherwise, I wanted to kick her butt to make her move and do something -_-

Anyway, I felt like maybe if I'd seen into Kylie's head a little more and seen how she actually thought, I wouldn't have hated her so much. This is one time a third person narration just didn't work for me.

I wasn't very fond of some of the secondary characters. Kylie's friends held no appeal for me, and both the romantic interests fell a little flat to me. I didn't get enough personality when it came to Derek, and when it came to Lucas, well, none of him really made sense to me.

Of course, there were a few things I liked. The idea of Shadow Falls was interesting to me, how everyone there is a different type of creature. It seemed like an odd idea, but Hunter made it work. The way things were explained was easy to follow, and there weren't very many times where I was confused that I had to put the book down to make my brain stop hurting :P

Overall: Born at Midnight was one of those novels. Those novels where I can find so much wrong, where I nitpick every single little thing, but yet I can't stop reading. I'm not sure why that was, since I obviously didn't like the book very much. 2 1/2 stars.

1/2

~Zoey~

21 comments on "Review: Born at Midnight"
  1. I think I saw this book on Goodreads. Then I read the pitches and was like "Ew, no."

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  2. Your feelings about Born at Midnight are like my feelings about Hush, Hush.

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  3. Lexie: Except Hush, Hush doesn't have a half-assed love triangle xP

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  4. No, but it was really bad yet I kept reading.

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  5. Zuzu: SO GLAD I DON'T PLAN TO GET IT. I'm already being tortured by this one book that I hope redeems itself.

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  6. Lexie: It's terrible -_- I just kept saying, "What in the world am I doing?"

    Kelly: What book? :o

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  7. Zoey: That's the problem with really bad books that are really addictive. You know you should stop, and you get angry at every thing that happens, but you DON'T stop. -_-

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  8. Lexie: And then when you're done, you spend hours and hours complaining about it xD

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  9. Zoey: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. The first chapter bugs me 'cause it was rather pointless. >.< IT ASKED A QUESTION THAT THE READER ALREADY KNOWS THE ANSWER 'CAUSE OF THE FREAKIN' SUMMARY. -_-

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  10. Kelly: I hated that book .___. Never finished it.

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  11. Zoey: Exactly. xD It's so much easier to rant about a book then gush about one.

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  12. Lexie: IT REALLY IS! When I love a book, all I can say is "This was awesome. Go read it."

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  13. HMMM now I am definitely second guessing this book. I bought this book and Awake at Dawn with a gift card, but still haven't read them yet.

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  14. Cool review, I think it sounds like a good book.

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  15. I read this book awhile back. It's one of those books that is a "fun" read. Nothing really complex but nothing amazing at the same time. It's a small book that you read when you have nothing better to do for 2 or 3 hours.

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  16. I didn't read this book purely because of the love triangle. I have just read to many like that. Some are ok and some are sooo not.

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  17. I loved this book. You give it a try.

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  18. Love the honest review! I have this book and have actually read both the good and the bad reviews... I'm kinda looking forward to it still:)

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  19. This is very disappointing to hear. I've got this series on my shelf staring at me. I'll still read it. But I'm really not looking forward to it. I'll probably end up feeling the same way.

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  20. Aww sorry you didn't like this one! It is actually coming up on my reading list, so we'll just have to see... ;)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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10.08.2011

Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Published March 29th 2011, by St. Martin's Griffin
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//



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 know I said Falling Under was up next, but guess what? I suck at organizing :P I was at a friend's house last night, she had this book, and I brought it home with me to finish it.

If I'm honest, I was already biased against this book. Most of you know that me and love triangles don't along so well. I don't understand the appeal. 90% of YA books seem to have some form of a love triangle, and it's starting to piss me off. I don't know why I even read this book ._.

The good thing? The love triangle wasn't terrible, considering one of the boys basically disappeared by the middle of the book, but the fact that there still was a love triangle bothered me. And this is only the first book in a series, so I'm sure he'll reappear again somewhere -_- 

Born at Midnight is a novel told in third person. Normally, I don't mind that, but in this book, it bothered me.  I didn't like Kylie very much - she seemed much younger than she was. She said things like "Dad-nabbit" and never swore, which wasn't a problem, it was just the words she said in place of swears. It was too immature for me. She wasn't a particularly strong character, either - she spent a lot of time being scared and just questioning things instead of doing things. Sure, she had her courageous moments, but otherwise, I wanted to kick her butt to make her move and do something -_-

Anyway, I felt like maybe if I'd seen into Kylie's head a little more and seen how she actually thought, I wouldn't have hated her so much. This is one time a third person narration just didn't work for me.

I wasn't very fond of some of the secondary characters. Kylie's friends held no appeal for me, and both the romantic interests fell a little flat to me. I didn't get enough personality when it came to Derek, and when it came to Lucas, well, none of him really made sense to me.

Of course, there were a few things I liked. The idea of Shadow Falls was interesting to me, how everyone there is a different type of creature. It seemed like an odd idea, but Hunter made it work. The way things were explained was easy to follow, and there weren't very many times where I was confused that I had to put the book down to make my brain stop hurting :P

Overall: Born at Midnight was one of those novels. Those novels where I can find so much wrong, where I nitpick every single little thing, but yet I can't stop reading. I'm not sure why that was, since I obviously didn't like the book very much. 2 1/2 stars.

1/2

~Zoey~

21 comments:

  1. I think I saw this book on Goodreads. Then I read the pitches and was like "Ew, no."

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  2. Your feelings about Born at Midnight are like my feelings about Hush, Hush.

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  3. Lexie: Except Hush, Hush doesn't have a half-assed love triangle xP

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  4. No, but it was really bad yet I kept reading.

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  5. Zuzu: SO GLAD I DON'T PLAN TO GET IT. I'm already being tortured by this one book that I hope redeems itself.

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  6. Lexie: It's terrible -_- I just kept saying, "What in the world am I doing?"

    Kelly: What book? :o

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  7. Zoey: That's the problem with really bad books that are really addictive. You know you should stop, and you get angry at every thing that happens, but you DON'T stop. -_-

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  8. Lexie: And then when you're done, you spend hours and hours complaining about it xD

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  9. Zoey: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. The first chapter bugs me 'cause it was rather pointless. >.< IT ASKED A QUESTION THAT THE READER ALREADY KNOWS THE ANSWER 'CAUSE OF THE FREAKIN' SUMMARY. -_-

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  10. Kelly: I hated that book .___. Never finished it.

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  11. Zoey: Exactly. xD It's so much easier to rant about a book then gush about one.

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  12. Lexie: IT REALLY IS! When I love a book, all I can say is "This was awesome. Go read it."

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  13. HMMM now I am definitely second guessing this book. I bought this book and Awake at Dawn with a gift card, but still haven't read them yet.

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  14. Cool review, I think it sounds like a good book.

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  15. I read this book awhile back. It's one of those books that is a "fun" read. Nothing really complex but nothing amazing at the same time. It's a small book that you read when you have nothing better to do for 2 or 3 hours.

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  16. I didn't read this book purely because of the love triangle. I have just read to many like that. Some are ok and some are sooo not.

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  17. I loved this book. You give it a try.

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  18. Love the honest review! I have this book and have actually read both the good and the bad reviews... I'm kinda looking forward to it still:)

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  19. This is very disappointing to hear. I've got this series on my shelf staring at me. I'll still read it. But I'm really not looking forward to it. I'll probably end up feeling the same way.

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  20. Aww sorry you didn't like this one! It is actually coming up on my reading list, so we'll just have to see... ;)

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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