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Release Date
March 29, 2011
ISBN
978-0312624675
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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…

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I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book, but it sure grabbed me from page one. Kylie is having a hard time at home, then just happens to be at the wrong party at the wrong time and gets in trouble. Her parents end up sending her off to Shadow Falls Camp, and she is not happy about it. I felt bad for Kylie from the start. I mean, talk about bad luck! The whole time I kept thinking, "This poor girl. Her parents need to chill." As soon as she gets on the bus to head to the camp though, that's when things start getting interesting. I had so much fun reading about the bus ride. At this point in the book the reader isn't sure who or what these teenagers are, but they are intriguing! I found myself laughing out loud and being utterly disgusted by a few of the characters at the same time. I really enjoyed the fresh twist on the paranormal tale.

I enjoyed Kylie's wit and she was very likable. I loved reading about the tension between Kylie and Lucas and Derek. This was a book that I picked up and just didn't want to put down.

I do have to say that some of the dialog was a bit dry or lacking for me, which is why I give this book 3 stars. I also felt that the storyline skipped a bit, and I felt like I was missing out on some pieces of the story. Still, if you love paranormal stories, especially ones involving all things paranormal, then pick up this book today! I think you'll like it! 3/5 stars!
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3.3
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4.0
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Jillian Van Leer, Editor Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer, Editor August 18, 2011
Last updated: August 19, 2011
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A fresh twist on the paranormal.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book, but it sure grabbed me from page one. Kylie is having a hard time at home, then just happens to be at the wrong party at the wrong time and gets in trouble. Her parents end up sending her off to Shadow Falls Camp, and she is not happy about it. I felt bad for Kylie from the start. I mean, talk about bad luck! The whole time I kept thinking, "This poor girl. Her parents need to chill." As soon as she gets on the bus to head to the camp though, that's when things start getting interesting. I had so much fun reading about the bus ride. At this point in the book the reader isn't sure who or what these teenagers are, but they are intriguing! I found myself laughing out loud and being utterly disgusted by a few of the characters at the same time. I really enjoyed the fresh twist on the paranormal tale.

I enjoyed Kylie's wit and she was very likable. I loved reading about the tension between Kylie and Lucas and Derek. This was a book that I picked up and just didn't want to put down.

I do have to say that some of the dialog was a bit dry or lacking for me, which is why I give this book 3 stars. I also felt that the storyline skipped a bit, and I felt like I was missing out on some pieces of the story. Still, if you love paranormal stories, especially ones involving all things paranormal, then pick up this book today! I think you'll like it! 3/5 stars!

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I thought this book was both funny, lovable, and easy to read. I thought the C. C. Hunter did a good job at keeping the reader wanting more! I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends!
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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Abby Reviewed by Abby June 23, 2014
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Loved It!!!

I thought this book was both funny, lovable, and easy to read. I thought the C. C. Hunter did a good job at keeping the reader wanting more! I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends!

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I was recommend this book on goodreads, and as soon as i read the description, i thought "not another stupid love triangle". I'm not a huge fan of love triangles as you may presume,because i think that they ruin the story in opinion. However overall I did enjoy this book.

Kylie has serious parents issues, and i don't mean that the small petty ones, I mean serious that it should be on a talk show serious. Also to top it all off she sees a ghost or "solider dude" who play a major part in her life as she may think. Then all to suddenly Kylie gets sent to shadow falls camp for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Little does she realize that this camp isn't like any normal camp, a camp for the supernatural (like Hogwarts for wolves, fairies etc) but the only problem is Kylie thinks shes human or is she?

Then theirs the love triangle, meet Lucas the sexy wolf who Kylie holds a grudge against since childhood, but then comes to a conclusion that he isn't so bad as she thought. Then Derk's the Fae, who wants to be her boyfriend from day one. (im team Lucas BTW) .

Overall this novel is about discovering who you are, friendship (high five to Miranda for what she did to her piano teacher.) love, and betrayal. I would recommend this to anyone who are fans of the supernatural.

But if i could criticize one thing -other then the love triangle.- donating blood to your vampire friend? I don't think i could exactly do that unless i really had to in a near death situation. I cant wait till the next book hopefully *spoilers* we find out what Kylie is, and more of Lucas!:p
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4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
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5.0
Lesley Reviewed by Lesley May 03, 2014
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Good read

I was recommend this book on goodreads, and as soon as i read the description, i thought "not another stupid love triangle". I'm not a huge fan of love triangles as you may presume,because i think that they ruin the story in opinion. However overall I did enjoy this book.

Kylie has serious parents issues, and i don't mean that the small petty ones, I mean serious that it should be on a talk show serious. Also to top it all off she sees a ghost or "solider dude" who play a major part in her life as she may think. Then all to suddenly Kylie gets sent to shadow falls camp for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Little does she realize that this camp isn't like any normal camp, a camp for the supernatural (like Hogwarts for wolves, fairies etc) but the only problem is Kylie thinks shes human or is she?

Then theirs the love triangle, meet Lucas the sexy wolf who Kylie holds a grudge against since childhood, but then comes to a conclusion that he isn't so bad as she thought. Then Derk's the Fae, who wants to be her boyfriend from day one. (im team Lucas BTW) .

Overall this novel is about discovering who you are, friendship (high five to Miranda for what she did to her piano teacher.) love, and betrayal. I would recommend this to anyone who are fans of the supernatural.

But if i could criticize one thing -other then the love triangle.- donating blood to your vampire friend? I don't think i could exactly do that unless i really had to in a near death situation. I cant wait till the next book hopefully *spoilers* we find out what Kylie is, and more of Lucas!:p

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The first book is my favorite, Kylie isn't as annoying as she gets in the later ones. I just have to say that later,on, it gets very annoying and very typical. This book kept me up until 2 am on a school night and I only got three hours of sleep! It was worth it for this one, but not really for the others.
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3.7
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
Maggie Reid Reviewed by Maggie Reid August 02, 2013
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My favorite book of the series

The first book is my favorite, Kylie isn't as annoying as she gets in the later ones. I just have to say that later,on, it gets very annoying and very typical. This book kept me up until 2 am on a school night and I only got three hours of sleep! It was worth it for this one, but not really for the others.

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Paranormal/Supernatural Lovers- This series is a MUST READ!
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5.0
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3.0
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Megan Seymore Reviewed by Megan Seymore July 22, 2013
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A Typical Supernatural Novel

Paranormal/Supernatural Lovers- This series is a MUST READ!

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I love this book no doubt about it, this book and every single book that follows is amazing. If you are debating whether to read it, then think no more just do it!
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
glenda molina Reviewed by glenda molina June 26, 2013
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AMAZING

I love this book no doubt about it, this book and every single book that follows is amazing. If you are debating whether to read it, then think no more just do it!

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I love this book. Especially the love triangles. This book is wonderful. It keep me captivated the whole time.
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Mia Reviewed by Mia April 07, 2013
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WOW

I love this book. Especially the love triangles. This book is wonderful. It keep me captivated the whole time.

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originally published to http://www.nobentspines.blogspot.com/2013/01/born-at-midnight-by-c.html

can't tell you how much I loved this book. I seriously laughed out loud so much while reading it-and my family can testify to that!
Okay, so basically this book has three major themes: discovering who you really are, love or lust and friends can change and won't always last forever. The last one's not as present as much as the other two though.
“I think he likes you" Miranda Whispered.
Realizing she and Derek had drawn attention, she glanced away. "He's probably just curious about me like everyone else" she whispered back.
"Nope. He's hot for you" Della said, reminding Kylie of the supernatural hearing of some of the campers. "When he was sitting by you at lunch, he oozed so much testosterone that it was hard to breathe. He wants your body" Della teased.
"Well, he's not getting it" Kylie said.”
Love=Derek
Lust=Lucas
Kylie is dealing with a super hard time right now. Her parents are getting a divorce but she doesn't understand why. (she finds out later in the novel though) Her supposed Ice Queen mom and 'perfect' dad (my eyes are rolling here) seemingly don't want her anymore and send her off to a camp for 'troubled' teens-which is really a camp for supernaturals. Through this a ghost plagues her night terror and her reality. At the camp she sorta discovers who she is-not what, and get's caught is a really well portrayed love triangle. (Lucas&Kylie&Derek)
Personally I'm team Derek all the way...well almost all the way. Hey rivers are really nice....
And although her ex Trey and her ex BFF Sara are in the book a bit, they don't really play a huge part in it. I liked that. Oh and Holiday is AMAZING and sweetie....are you blind? Burnett has the hots for you...... *shakes head it pity*
“I mean, if your about to tell me something like I'm dead, that i need to start acquiring a taste for blood, and I can't even eat sushi, I wont be able to handle it. Or if you're going to tell me that I'm going to start howling at the moon, eating peoples cats, and will spend the rest of my life having to get waxed if I want to wear a bathing suit, then I don't think I can handle it, either. I like cats and I tried waxing once, and that hurt like a son of a gun." -Kylie”
I thought the cover was really fitting. Now I'm kinda digging deep here. Kylie is standing in the middle of a tree with a fork. Kinda like a fork in the road, yah know? It kinda symbolizes that things are gonna change and she's gonna have to choose-she can't have both. Mom or Dad. Old friends or new ones. Old LIFE or new one. To stay at the camp or go. Lucas or Derek. All of these are choices and yeah, tree in half, her in the middle. And besides that, it's just a really cool cover. I'm just little ol' me. Appreciating the deeper meaning.
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4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Jackie Reviewed by Jackie March 19, 2013
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Cute Guys at Camp Not Human

originally published to http://www.nobentspines.blogspot.com/2013/01/born-at-midnight-by-c.html

can't tell you how much I loved this book. I seriously laughed out loud so much while reading it-and my family can testify to that!
Okay, so basically this book has three major themes: discovering who you really are, love or lust and friends can change and won't always last forever. The last one's not as present as much as the other two though.
“I think he likes you" Miranda Whispered.
Realizing she and Derek had drawn attention, she glanced away. "He's probably just curious about me like everyone else" she whispered back.
"Nope. He's hot for you" Della said, reminding Kylie of the supernatural hearing of some of the campers. "When he was sitting by you at lunch, he oozed so much testosterone that it was hard to breathe. He wants your body" Della teased.
"Well, he's not getting it" Kylie said.”
Love=Derek
Lust=Lucas
Kylie is dealing with a super hard time right now. Her parents are getting a divorce but she doesn't understand why. (she finds out later in the novel though) Her supposed Ice Queen mom and 'perfect' dad (my eyes are rolling here) seemingly don't want her anymore and send her off to a camp for 'troubled' teens-which is really a camp for supernaturals. Through this a ghost plagues her night terror and her reality. At the camp she sorta discovers who she is-not what, and get's caught is a really well portrayed love triangle. (Lucas&Kylie&Derek)
Personally I'm team Derek all the way...well almost all the way. Hey rivers are really nice....
And although her ex Trey and her ex BFF Sara are in the book a bit, they don't really play a huge part in it. I liked that. Oh and Holiday is AMAZING and sweetie....are you blind? Burnett has the hots for you...... *shakes head it pity*
“I mean, if your about to tell me something like I'm dead, that i need to start acquiring a taste for blood, and I can't even eat sushi, I wont be able to handle it. Or if you're going to tell me that I'm going to start howling at the moon, eating peoples cats, and will spend the rest of my life having to get waxed if I want to wear a bathing suit, then I don't think I can handle it, either. I like cats and I tried waxing once, and that hurt like a son of a gun." -Kylie”
I thought the cover was really fitting. Now I'm kinda digging deep here. Kylie is standing in the middle of a tree with a fork. Kinda like a fork in the road, yah know? It kinda symbolizes that things are gonna change and she's gonna have to choose-she can't have both. Mom or Dad. Old friends or new ones. Old LIFE or new one. To stay at the camp or go. Lucas or Derek. All of these are choices and yeah, tree in half, her in the middle. And besides that, it's just a really cool cover. I'm just little ol' me. Appreciating the deeper meaning.

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Amazing read if your into the paranormal. Was very captivating from the begging! Fairies, werewolves, vampires, and everything in-between. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series! This book says for teens but anyone at any age would love it. I just love books that everyone can enjoy not just teeny boppers lol
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5.0
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5.0
Chelsea Reviewed by Chelsea November 22, 2012
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Loved it!

Amazing read if your into the paranormal. Was very captivating from the begging! Fairies, werewolves, vampires, and everything in-between. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series! This book says for teens but anyone at any age would love it. I just love books that everyone can enjoy not just teeny boppers lol

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...Great book with a lot of tone in the charasteristics of the characters and their attitudes. I enjoy it until the end of it (wishing more!) I get my wish with the other books that follow this one. So much changing and characters growing up from who they though they were to better personality.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Genesis Reviewed by Genesis November 11, 2012
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Exciting paranormal book

...Great book with a lot of tone in the charasteristics of the characters and their attitudes. I enjoy it until the end of it (wishing more!) I get my wish with the other books that follow this one. So much changing and characters growing up from who they though they were to better personality.

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This book was very charming. I knew as soon as I read the description that this book was for me. I mean, come on, supernatural creatures going to a camp together, heck yes!

I really enjoyed the characters. Kylie was fun to read about, even though sometimes she was a little tiring trying to figure out if she was human or not. I really liked Della and Miranda; they were cool quirky characters. I thought both Derek and Lucas made impressive love interests; I have no idea how Kylie is going to choose between those two.

I thought the story could get a little slow at times, seeing as the majority of the book was about Kylie trying to figure out, and being in denial about, what she was. I would've liked if the story dived into the supernatural aspects a little more, but was pleased nonetheless. I can't wait to see how things will go from here!

Overall: A solid beginning to a series with great potential. Really looking forward to the next one!
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Plot 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Melissa Moy Reviewed by Melissa Moy July 28, 2012
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Shadow Falls Is The Place To Be

This book was very charming. I knew as soon as I read the description that this book was for me. I mean, come on, supernatural creatures going to a camp together, heck yes!

I really enjoyed the characters. Kylie was fun to read about, even though sometimes she was a little tiring trying to figure out if she was human or not. I really liked Della and Miranda; they were cool quirky characters. I thought both Derek and Lucas made impressive love interests; I have no idea how Kylie is going to choose between those two.

I thought the story could get a little slow at times, seeing as the majority of the book was about Kylie trying to figure out, and being in denial about, what she was. I would've liked if the story dived into the supernatural aspects a little more, but was pleased nonetheless. I can't wait to see how things will go from here!

Overall: A solid beginning to a series with great potential. Really looking forward to the next one!

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