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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Published April 30, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

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…From Goodreads.

 

This is the first book in the series and let me tell you it did not disappoint me. I am rereading the series since it had been a while so I wanted to make sure that I remembered it correctly when I did do the reviews for each book. In the story Kylie is sent to a camp for troubled kids because she got arrested at a party with alcohol and drugs. Little does she know that she is being sent there because she is special. So special that no one knows what she is in a camp full of supernatural creatures. While on the road to discovery she because really good friends with her camp roommates, Miranda and Della.

Miranda is a witch and Della is a vampire so they are always fighting and poor Kylie is always breaking it up. But I love the dynamics between the three of them. They really try and help each other out. Kylie and Miranda ended up helping Della by donating blood to her and Kylie and Della helped Miranda out with her dyslexia. Now Della and Miranda tried to help Kylie out with finding out what she was but that was harder to do.

Now of course there is a love interest in the story. But luckily enough she got Derek, the half Fae boy and Lucas, the werewolf that she has known since she was a kid. Now the problems were that Derek looked too much like her ex and Lucas she thought ate her cat. Yea, she was having those kind of problems. But that didn’t stop her from falling for both of them. Especially since Derek was okay with waiting for her and being her friend and Lucas gave her a kitten that looked just like the cat that his dad ate and not him. And that they were both super hot, that helped also.

Kylie and her mom have a really rough relationship. She thinks her mom is cold all the time to her and her dad not knowing that she didn’t know how to be any other way to her without telling her the truth about her. I thought at first that she was hiding something because she cares about Kylie but she maintains a pretty good distance between them. So I thought automatically that maybe she is a supernatural but was hiding it from Kylie. But no she is just a regular human.  Meanwhile, growing up Kylie was close to her dad only when her parents decided to divorce did she realize that she wasn’t as important to him as she thought she was. He ended up forgetting to come to Parent’s Day and when she refused to talk to him, he called her mom and mentioned it but never apologized for forgetting to Kylie.

The reason everyone doesn’t know what Kylie is is because she can see ghosts. She calls the ghost “Soldier Dude” for most of the book. When she finds out his name is Daniel and he was her biological father that changed everything. She was upset that she never knew him, but her mom when she confronted her about it was so relieved to finally tell her. And that was what her mom had been hiding all those years.

The action in the book isn’t until the very end when they are trying to find out who is killing endangered felines at a zoo in the local area. This is where Derek came into play and helped since he can communicate with animals. Before long they are attacked and Daniel ends up helping her because he can’t stand the fact that she will get hurt. So after the fight, Derek finds out he can overload people’s emotions and Kylie finds out that she can jump into ghosts to protect herself and others.

I gave Book 1 5 out of 5. I loved it.

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The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Published April 28, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time. From Goodreads.

Now this book was quite good. I read it in one sitting. It made me smile and cry a little in it too. I loved the relationships Em had with her family and friends. I felt that she grew as a character throughout the story and not once did it get boring. Em and Gwenny’s relationship remind me of me and my little sister’s so it definitely had the relatable factor in it. Her parents and grandmother were very stiff and unrelenting in how they wanted to be viewed by society. So when she went away for the summer they still made it so she would come back and do all over duties as a daughter.

When she got to Outer Banks and lost her luggage and had to wait hours for someone to come pick her up from the small airport. Of course the person who comes and picks her up ends up being the hottie, Cade. With his surfer boy looks she automatically writes him off as a slacker. Of course she meets Domino, her Aunt Tilly and her cousin Frederick; whom she had no idea even existed until her aunt mentions him.

She gets in the groove of things, cooking with Domino, spending time with Beth, who works there and is a few years older then she is, going on a few dates with the local cutie with brains, playing chess with Frederick, and learning to surf from Cade. Of course she is trying to find out why there was a rift between her mom and her aunt and her aunt and her grandma.

Almost at the end of her visit she finds out some big secret, which I will not tell you because it is pretty HUGE. And it explains the rift. When she gets her mind in order, she decides to make huge life changes. I love that she decided what she wanted was important. Cade grew on her and eventually she realized that the wow factor was there between them. I love how she realized that looks can be deceiving.

I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars.

Hello world!

Published April 28, 2012 by crysbookreviews

I have decided to finally give into what my hubby has been saying for quite a while now and decided that I want to review all the books that I read. And yes I am quite happy about this decision. I haven’t done this before so you are going to have to forgive me if I don’t do it right at first. I am going to love doing this. I can’t wait to review books for you. I hope you enjoy them.