Born at Midnight is the first book in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. It’s a fun, enjoyable read that is a nice addition to the YA supernatural genre.
Kylie Galen’s life has recently taken a turn for the worse; her boyfriend dumped her since she wouldn’t go all the way with him, her mom and dad are going through a messy divorce, and she’s getting terrifying nightmares when she sleeps. To escape the drama for a little while, Kylie decides to go to a party with her friends. However, the night doesn’t turn out nearly the way Kylie thought it would. Cops show up at the party- and find both drugs and alcohol. Shortly after that, Kylie has to be picked up from the police station by her mom, who is convinced that Kylie has developed problems with drinking. This leads to her mother deciding to send Kylie away to a camp for troubled teens- Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie isn’t happy at all with this idea, but realizes she has no choice but to go.
Upon arriving at the camp, Kylie discovers the existence of creatures she never thought were real- werewolves, warlocks, vampires, fae, etc. Even more disconcerting, the people at the camp insist Kylie is one of them, a supernatural. As she learns more about who and what she is, Kylie meets two new best friends, and also finds herself attracted to two guys; Lucas, a werewolf from Kylie’s past, and Derek, a half-fae who makes no secret of the fact that he wants more than just friendship from Kylie.
The story moved along at a steady pace, although at times it could be a bit slow, and the love triangle was set up nicely. It did get a bit tiresome when Kylie continued to miss and talk about her ex; I understand that she was hurt by his decision to dump her, but his reason for breaking up with her made him a jerk, and he was even seen with a new girl shortly after they separated, so when Kylie kept trying to make him seem like a decent guy, I wasn’t buying it. But Kylie’s new love interests are intriguing guys who I can’t wait to learn more about. And I thought Kylie’s connection to the ghost who has been following her around was an interesting revelation.
Overall, Born at Midnight is a great coming of age story with good world-building and likable characters. It contains all the things I like in a book; a relatable main character, a cast of secondary characters that I’m genuinely interested in, romance, and an alluring mystery. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Definitely recommended to fans of the paranormal YA genre.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5