Review: Taken at Dusk

  • Author: C.C. Hunter
  • Series: Shadow Falls #3
  • Published: April 10, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Reading Level: Ages 12 and up
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Source: Bought 
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  • ~*~Summary~*~
Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers.  Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.



 ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~
Yet another great addition to the Shadow Falls series! Once more, this novel picks up exactly where the previous one left off. And, once again, it will end in a cliff hanger that will make you go wild for the fourth book in the series that has yet to have been released. I so regret blasting through the first three books in a matter of days because I have to wait so long for the fourth, but then again, that is always a positive telltale sign of an amazing series that leaves you wanting more.

Kylie's journey of self-discovery continues as she unravels the mysteries that were exposed in Awake at Dawn. She discovers a new ghost with a new prophecy that sends chills to your bones and even learns how to properly channel her ghost whispering abilities in a nearby cemetery. A new character is introduced in this novel, too. I won't say what she is and how she is important to this novel, but I will say that her name is Ellie and originally I disliked her, but she grew on me rather quickly and I am sure she will do the same for you. 

And last but not least, the love triangle continues, but it seems that the scales are now tipped! Kylie is so desperately trying to make her decision--handsome werewolf Lucas has always been there for her, after all--but learning that his pack does not welcome her in its ranks because she would pollute Lucas's pure bloodline proves to be a major hindrance to their relationship. Will Lucas follow his heart or follow his pack? Read to find out! ;) Derek seems to be a bit annoying in this novel as well, but his presence is essential the continuation of the love triangle. 

Character-wise, my only concern would be Red. If you've read this series, you know who Red is and just how twisted he actually is. However, this book seems to bring a whole new aspect of Red to light. He has uncanny abilities like Kylie and has no problem putting them to use to create some super creepy moments throughout the novel, but what will be more surprising is his final moments in this book. Maybe the Red we knew in the prior books wasn't the real Red at all. However, that doesn't change my opinion of him and just makes me angry about his characterization. Looking back on the novel, though, one can tell his characterization changed subtly and Kylie was too stubborn to see it at first. The evolution of his character is quite fascinating and I'd look out for it in this novel.

And, drum roll please... we finally learn what Kylie is! Yes, you heard me correctly, Kylie's identity is exposed. We know what she is and by the name of it, one can logically infer what her identity entails, but we have to wait until the next book to have a magical elaboration on what her powers and identity truly mean for her future (and possibly the future of her relationship). Which is why I am so desperately waiting for the next novel. Maybe I'll find a way to receive my first ever ARC for the fourth book. That will probably never happen, but one can certainly dream. I guarantee that anyone reading this review will be in the same boat as me once they complete this novel, so I'd highly consider putting this book off until the release date for the fourth book is nearer so you can avoid going insane while you wait for it like I am.

With everything being said, I'm taking this series back up to a 5! The wishy-washyness from the previous novel regarding the love triangle is not present in this book, making it an amazing read that I blew through in one sitting. Plus, all of Kylie's moments with Lucas were amazing portions to read, especially when time drew nearer to the full moon and Lucas' inner-werewolf came out to play ;). The plot twists were unforgettable and unexpected, but weaved together to create a plot that one wouldn't expect in their wildest dreams. The characterization of all the characters in this novel was intense and fascinating and I can't wait to continue to watch them grow in book four. More than anything, I want to know exactly what Kylie's identity will mean for her future. We'll find out in the next book! C.C. Hunter, you never cease to amaze me!


~*~Cover~*~
This cover reminds me a lot of the cover for the second book in this series, Awake at Dawn. It's the same concept. A would-be Kylie in a dress, back facing us, looking out an amazing landscape. The colors of this cover contrast beautifully with that of the second book, going from a soft blue to a subdued red, but I don't like this one nearly as much. The view is barren and not as appealing to the eye as the other two novels in this series are. Awake at Dawn will be a hard cover to beat for this series, but I like the whole design that they're starting to pick up on with book 2 and book 3.
  
 
5 stars


 
  ~*~Links~*~

| Review of Shadow Falls Book 1 | Review of Shadow Falls Book 2 |


~*~Question~*~

Before you jump into this amazing novel, what do you think Kylie is?  

2 comments:

  1. You are so killing me here! I need to read this one ASAP! Finally we learn what she is?!

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    1. Yeah, we finally learn what she is! But that's it. We learn the name of what she is and we'll delve deeper into what her identity actually involves and means in the next book. Such a tease!

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