Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn Review

Overview: 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…

 What I thought: I first bought this book when I got my Nook last Christmas. I was looking for some cheap books to buy that I wouldn't normally just pick up and buy at the book store. I read the excerpt for this one and figured I would read it and see if I liked it. I was instantly drawn to Kylie's character. I guess even being in my 20's I can connect with someone trying to figure out who or what they are. Plus being thrown in a camp of supernaturals and trying to come to terms with the fact those beings actually do exist and you might be one of them is a very hard thing to undertake. There are other characters in this book that you are going to grow attached to and root for. They also have their own little dramas going on.

From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how…

But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside.

Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.

What I thought: So, after reading that one I had to get the second book. It's got the same kind of underlying problem in it as the first one. Kylie doesn't know what kind of supernatural she is, she has boy problems, parent problems, and friend problems. Well whom among us haven't had these problems at one point or another in our lives? I know I certainly have. I also like the way Kylie puts other people before herself. While having to deal with all this crazy stuff going on in her own life.

I'm currently reading the third book so as soon as I get done with that one I'll write a review on it as well. I've really enjoyed this series so far. It's hard to put down. There is also a bonus short called Turned at Dark. Which is about how Della was turned into a vampire. It's free on Nook and Kindle. These books should also be the same price on both Nook and Kindle. I believe that Born at Midnight is $2.99 and Awake at Dawn is $6.76. I really hope this helped in any way with your decision to give the series a try. I'm always looking for constructive criticism, but if your just going to be an ass don't bother giving advice. Thank you!

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