Review: Born at Midnight

  • Author: C.C. Hunter
  • Series: Shadow Falls #1
  • Published: March 29, 2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Reading Level: Ages 13 and up
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Source: Bought  
Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

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…

 ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Love, love, love this book! At first I was a little worried about it. I thought, "oh, a camp for non-humans, another wannabe Percy Jackson." Boy, was I wrong. Perhaps the only thing the two series have in common is that there is a summer camp for individuals that are not human, but while Percy Jackson focused on demi-gods with quests, this novel focuses on the story of a supernatural that needs to find her place in the world since nobody truly knows what she is, but there is no question that she is a supernatural because she was born at midnight. 

The novel is extremely relatable because you can follow a girl as she tries to cope with living life as a teenager. Divorce, boy troubles, love triangles, stupid ex-boyfriend's, and jealous girls are things we deal with everyday, but Kylie's experiences somehow fit together perfectly to further the plot along without making you annoyed. Plus, I'm a sucker for a well-executed love triangle. But, in all seriousness, who doesn't love a good love triangle?

The plot is great. Never once did I sit down and actually expect what was going to happen. I began to realize things just as Kyle began to realize things, we were truly within her mind. We could feel what she felt and because of that I wanted to hit Trey so hard and maybe punch her Dad a couple of times, but I'll talk about that later. With constant twists and turns filled with humor at the hands of her camp-mates, this book was never a let down.

I love a book where the main character is a strong, independent girl who can handle things for herself, but I love the goofiness there, too. Not many authors are willing to take the risk to allow their characters to show their immature sides. That's why every time I'd catch the word "bejeebies" or the term, "oh, crappers!" I never let it slow me down. I just shook my head and moved on, something that I normally would not do because I do hate immaturity in both books and the real world. You'd find that terms along those lines are oddly heartfelt and fit Kylie perfectly. They let you take a step-back from her ever changing world and realize that she still is a teenager struggling to find her true identity. It's not something thrown in there because the author actually thinks teenagers say such ridiculous things.

With that being said, I have no complaints about any of the characters. They're all extremely well-developed and seem entirely real, their personalities are easily that of people we cross paths with everyday. They have multiple sides to them that flow together. They don't seem bi-polar because they're suddenly happy then suddenly sad. You can almost sense the mood changes while reading and the only character that has mood changes at the drop of a pin is supposed to since, well... it's in vampire nature. ;) But I'm not revealing any characters, as hard as it is for me to avoid doing so, because they're all so great and you have to discover them for yourselves.

What I will say is that Holiday is amazing and we need people like her in the world because she is an authority figure, but she's your best friend first.

I think it's painfully obvious that I'm giving this book a 5 star rating. I don't have any qualms besides possibly the cliff-hanger ending. If there's anything in the world that I hate, it's a cliff-hanger, but the second and third books in the series are already in stores, so I recommend having all of them on your bedside because once you start, you can't stop. C.C. Hunter really knows how to keep a girl wanting more!


This cover is rather simple, but perfect for the story. The split tree has an almost spooky appeal to it, which reminds me greatly of the falls at Shadow Falls camp and the woods at the camp. The girl on the cover reminds me very much of what I picture Kylie to look like, too. All in all, I think it fits the plot perfectly and gives you a glimpse into the book before you even turn to page one.

5 stars


    1. AWESOME review! C.C. Hunter captured the teen angst well!

    2. I don't know why I have not read this series yet. I have honestly heard nothing but awesome things about the whole series, and it sounds like something that I would normally enjoy. I genuinely don't know why I haven't read it. I just need to hurry up already, and try it for myself. I have this feeling that I won't regret it for a second!