Born At Midnight
Shadow Falls #1
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.
Ok first, there is no reason for this book to be 400 pages. NOTHING happens. The first half is basically just her meeting the campers and falling in instalove with 2 dudes. Also, shitty love triangle. Derek seems like the “nice” guy. You know, the guy who is totally fine with waiting until you’re ready for a relationship and then one day snaps. That’s just how he seems to me. And Lucas. Well he wasn’t too bad. I actually liked him a bit.
There is the presence friendship between Kylie and two other supernatural girls, whose names I forget. Positive representations of female friendship are always good, but we don’t really get to see the development. We are told that all of a sudden they are all best friends. And they didn’t exactly stand out that much if I can’t remember their names without going back to check. One was a vampire and the other was a witch.
The “mystery” isn’t introduced until like more than halfway and what a shitty mystery it is. Who’s eating the wild animals (wait is that it? I don’t even really know). And then it’s solved like 20 pages later without much effort. And the book doesn’t answer the more pressing mystery of “what the hell is Kylie?”. Nope. That would have been too simple. They probably keep that a mystery until book 3 or something. All we know is that she can see ghosts and likes the taste of blood, both of which are pretty rare in the supernatural world (Well it’s not rare for Vamps to enjoy blood, but other creatures).
Beyond the fact that nothing really happens and this book could have been reduced to a few chapters as an introduction of another book, it’s an interesting concept for a book. A supernatural camp where all the different creatures intermingle. Basically, you’ve got witches, vamps, werewolves, shifters, and fae at a camp together (I think that’s it). Oh and Kylie, who doesn’t know what she is because she’s speshul.
And even though she can be super judgy, Kylie wasn’t the worst character in the world. The one thing that really, really annoyed me (beyond what I mention below) is how Kylie thought of Fredricka and Lucas. Just because Lucas left, and Fredricka followed him a few days later, doesn’t mean they ran off together. Lucas admitted that he didn’t like her…so STOP complaining about it. It’s a childish book, but I’ve definitely read worse.
But what really annoyed me, and actually probably took off half a star, is that there is definitely an underlying theme of SEX IS BAD. I mean, her best friend starts off the book with a pregnancy scare (and then promptly disappears because she has served her purpose) and almost every single character admits to regretting sex. And the one I mean, Kylie doesn’t want to have sex. She isn’t ready. That’s totally fine. But you don’t need to project your own feelings onto everyone else.
If there hadn’t been such a focus on “SEX IS BAD” I would have given this 2.5 stars, maybe even 3 if I was feeling generous. I did speed through it, and as I’ve said it wasn’t the worst supernatural book I’ve come across. (And it did inspire a project I’m super excited about! But more on that later). I already have the 2nd book, because it came as a 2 in 1 special edition, so I guess I’ll be reading that eventually.