Born at Midnight – A Book Review


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Goodreads Synopsis: 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…

Ugh! I had so many mixed feelings about this book. I decided to do a review about this book yesterday, when I was about 1/4 of the way through it. At that point it was going good, much better than I expected, and then as I got further in some things happened and yeah.

Kylie herself isn’t that great of a character.  She spends half the book refusing to believe that she’s supernatural even though she’s being stalked by the ghost of a solider. I mean really? I get disbelief. If I was suddenly told I was part of a group that could see and talk to dead people, I’d have lots of disbelief.  But that same time when you’re seeing something no one else can and getting freaked out by it, wouldn’t you be glad that there was a somewhat rational reason behind? I sure as hell would. But that said I really enjoyed the fact that Kylie was special, but she wasn’t ” the special who was the only one who could save the day”.  This was awesome! Book points for being unique!

The book was also the epitome of the love triangle, or maybe it was more like a square. She has three, I repeat, THREE different guys all vying for her attention, and she can’t make up her mind about any of them.  There’s the manipulative, but ”hot” ex, then there’s the fae and the werewolf.  Calm down kids. You’re only 16. Let’s cool it and just deal with the problems at hand. Like, oh I don’t know, the fact that you’re all supernatural?  Also, how is everyone in this book ”hot” or ”super attractive”. I mean they are all 16-17, where’s all the acne and braces?

I did enjoy the bantering between Della (a vampire) and Miranda (a witch). They were both characters that I wanted to know more about! The sarcasm and threatening to kill each other was funny and kept my attention much more than whiny Kylie.

My other two complaints were the parents, who were morons and never communicated. Because apparently adults in YA books lose brain cells after the teenage years?  Yes, I am among the ranks of YA readers and writers who hate this and are working to put a stop to it.  Let’s have more intelligent, communicative parents.  Kylie’s mom never hugs, nor shows any emotion, unless she’s trying to manipulate her daughter. This is called emotional abuse people. Now, I don’t think the character was supposed to be like this. I honestly think it was down to poor writing and the lack of good editing. But it was there nonetheless. The dad was also horrible, telling his daughter to call him whenever she needed him, but then never answering, and never seeing her.

My last problem was the fact that this was a supposed to be a camp for troubled kids, but the kids did practically nothing. 😦 I wanted a cool, let’s whip these kids into kickass shape camp.  What I got was a couple of hikes and lots of drama with boys. I mean the counselors did nothing to control the children or the camp.  Letting people sneak in and sneak in lions. Like what even?

I guess I can sum up this book by saying, it had a good idea. I appreciated that some stereotypes were dropped. But the plot was mediocre at best, the main character laughable, and the writing in serious need of cleaning up.  I gave it two stars on Goodreads. I wanted to like it more.

So has anyone else read this book? What books have you read that started okay but ended badly? And don’t forget about my giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway 


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