Thursday, June 23, 2011

Born at midnight by C.C. Hunter

Kylie is an average teenager - she likes hanging out with her bestfriend Sara, and her parents are getting a divorce.  Her father is moving out, leaving her with her mother the Ice Queen, so to let loose one night she goes to a party and ends up in more trouble than she has ever been and gets shipped off to a camp for troubled teens.  But the teens at the camp are not your average teens - they're werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, faeries, and maybe even a few related to the gods.  Kylie is convinced that she is not one of the freaks (although she tries not to think of them that way) even though it is hard to ignore that things are different when she finds herself rooming with a witch and a vampire. 

The boys at camp are interesting, and some of them are more than a little tempting, but things are very complicated and between her personal life and her potential lovelife Kylie is already stretched thin - when you add in the fact that she has no idea what she is or how she fits in with the other supernaturals, Kylie is one short step away from a nervous breakdown.  Then things at the camp take a darker turn and it is all she can do to keep her head above water, rather than drowning in the hidden dangers of her new world.

There are so many books about supernatural beings floating around at the moment that it can be difficult to find something that makes a book unique, something special.  The remarkable thing about this book (the first in a series) is that C.C. Hunter has taken all the mythology out there and created a world that is genuine and believable.  It becomes so easy to believe that there really are vampires and witches out there, and that people like Kylie really can see ghosts. 

Without ruining too much of the storyline for people who want to read this awesome book, Kylie and her new world had the potential to become just another same-old-sam-old read, but I had the guilty pleasure of reading this book as fast as I could to get to the end as fast as I could.  I felt almost guilty reading this book because there are so many books out there that fail to meet the high standard of this first novel, yet the cover looks like every other supernatural book out there so I was getting those looks from co-workers when they saw the sparkly cover.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more books by this author and hopefully the rest of the series keeps to this same high standard.

If you like this book then try:
  • The unidentified by Rae Mariz
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • Hex hall by Rachel Hawkins
  • Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
  • Deception by Lee Nichols

Reviewed by Brilla

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