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Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1)

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Don't miss this spectacular new young adult fantasy series from C.C. Hunter! Born at Midnightwill 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 ca
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 18, 2012 Gemma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A couple of years ago I went with my friends to see the movie Sinister; it had become sort of a tradition of ours to go out all together maybe once a month and see whatever shitty scary movie was playing at the cinema. We've seen some terrible ones and some surprisingly good ones, and I think the worst was probably Sinister. Towards the end, as scary movies often do, it got ridiculous, and we were screaming with laughter at the little kids in the hallway and the bad mask and the CGI and...I'm cr ...more
Lola  Reviewer

Oh yeah, this is what I call an entertaining book.

I don’t have a deep quote to share with you all, for the simple reason that this is a light, colourful and diverting story. It didn’t blow my mind, didn’t take my breath away or sweep me off my feet, but it sure as hell took away my boredom for a good nine hours. And this is what I wanted and needed, so I’m fully(-ish) satisfied.

Kylie can see ghosts. They follow her everywhere and she doesn’t know how to control this ‘‘gift’’ she has. After her p
Apr 07, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Lucas and Derek on the Bewitched Bookworms

First of, isn't the cover super super pretty?? I love that cover and after reading the synopsis I knew I had to read this book and I was happy enough to get my hand on a ARC, woohoo!

Loved this book! It's about Kylie trying to figure out who she really is, specially in terms of supernatural species. Kylie is stuck in between the divorce of her parents and this hits her really hard. After being caught at a Party where some kids where doing drugs, he
Dec 04, 2013 Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody in their right mind
Basically the worst book I've ever read personally. Hated the characters, story, how judgemental Kylie was, etc.

This used to have a review, but then a troll came along, and I realized that this review would probably attract many more, so I just took it down.
Ben Alderson
Mar 09, 2014 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
This book doesnt have a love triangle-It has a love hyper-rectangle I mean the potential love interests throws themselves at the main character wherever she goes.So if youre a die-hard Twilight fan this book might be for you

The main character is 16-year old Kylie,her parents are getting a divorce and she keeps seeing this weird figure on her front lawn thats invisible to everyone else but her.To get away from it all she goes to a party that ends badly when the police breaks up the party, with he
Dec 04, 2013 Zuleeza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The plot is very similar to Hex Hall, at least up until the point where I decided that this just doesn't worth my time.

Annoying, self-conscious, whiny heroine who thinks she's funny.

Her life had toilet-bound stamped all over it.

Suddenly, Kylie started feeling people turn and look at her. Or were they looking at all of them?

Stupid, spineless best friend
Sep 20, 2013 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who hate life, third graders, anyone without standards
Let's play a guessing game.

Is it a.... fairy?


Is it a... vampire?


Is it a.... werewolf?


Is it a... nnoying?


On page 205 of "Born at Midnight," the (boring, flat, typical) main character, Kylie, is in the same position she was in on page 50. I mean exact same position. She's at a summer camp for supernatural creatures. Her shrink recommended it to her mom because the shrink is half fairy and can recognize the signs of supernatural gifts.

SO. What is Kylie, you m
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September 16, 2015
I'm going to have to write a review tomorrow. I'm really tired.

September 17, 2015
Okay. Now I'm ready to write this review.

I had been seeing this book around in Barnes and Noble as well as some people's shelfs. I had read a little about it and I was determined to read the series. I have to say though, that I was a little disappointed.

The Cover

So I know that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover but, come on. We all do it even if we don't mean to. This cover is really coo
May 10, 2016 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 10 2016
LOVED rereading this book. I was just in the mood to reread it again and so I'm going to continue rereading the entire series #SeriesSummer hear I come :)

July 10 2013
This book made me laugh and I just fell in love with the story!!! I love fantasy and this was such a fun book. Can't wait to read the second book!!
♥ The Book Snob ♥


..a girl leading a normal life. (Well, yeah, if you exclude all the recent mishaps..)

Who would've thought she was anything but normal.

And the blondie was like..


Evolution of unknown powers, which she hadn't even been familiar with. Until now. Two boys vying for her attention. Oh, wait. Make that three. Yeah, that's right. Three guys hungry for her attention..






Two friends, and roommates, totally different species, grabbing any chance to degrade and curse each other.

Oct 11, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a Born At Midnight ARC through the Library Things Early Reviewers. I really had no idea what this book was about when I got it . But I was hooked from the first page. The novel is told from the point of view of sixteen year old Kylie. She's not having a great month. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend broke up with her for the same reason boyfriends usually do -she said no, and to top it all off she's got a stalker that no one else but her can see. She's seeing a shrink, but it hasn't ...more
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Giulia (Jun)
I'm 3% into this book, and I cannot bring myself to go on. This may be a great fantasy book and I'll never know, but there is so much slut-shaming in little more than 10 pages, that I will not continue reading this. Here are some examples:

Beside him - or she should say plastered against him - sashayed his new slutty girlfriend. (page 10)

"Trey and his screw toy are here" (page 10)

Kylie stared at her best friend and realized how different they'd become these last six months. It wasn't just Sara's
Dec 30, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love this book! It wasn't planned that I wanted to read this book. I had seen it once or twice, but I dind't really came through to me, but one day (I was in need of books at the time) I saw it in a store. It was cheap, it was a nice cover, and it didn't sound that bad. I thought to myself it probably could be worse.
And boy, how I loved this book from the first chapter!
Kylie Galen is a girl with several problems: parents, whom are getting a divorce, a dead grandmother and a stalker an
Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off ...more
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

Kylie’s life is breaking down around her: her parents consider divorce, her boyfriend dumps her and immediately starts going out with another girl, and a stalker has been introduced into her life. It isn’t until Kylie gets caught at a party -- with under-aged drinking and drugs galore -- that her life gets turned completely upside down. Her Ice Queen mom decides to send her to Shadow Falls Camp, a psychologist-recommended institution for t
Ash Reads
I am disappointed. This book was so hyped up to me, and I so wanted to enjoy it.
Jan 02, 2012 Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It was awesome! I love the story, I love the camp, I love the characters, I love everything about it!!

Derek, Lucas, and Perry... them my favs ^-^

Here are some quotes (yes, I perfer them in my reviw, dont judge (Ps. These may or may not be spoilers))...

"'They call us boneheads,' the girl said...
'Ha,' said the blond boy. 'They also call us boners.'
A few laughs echoed from the toher seats. 'Why is that funny?' the girl wearing all black asked in a tone so deadly serious that Kylie shivered.
Dec 04, 2013 Katharina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, read-2012
I give up. It's not like I was expecting literary genius here, but between constantly being shocked and appalled by all the "scary mega-freaks" (aka someone with dyed hair or A TATTOO) and things like "There was another girl dressed in all black. Apparently goth freaks didn't care that black was out of fashion this year" (paraphrasing, can't be bothered to find the actual quote but believe me it was just as stupid), I'm beginning to think this is actually a parody of itself and nobody told me.
Megs ♥
Nov 13, 2011 Megs ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved Kylie, the school, her friends, the story. Just everything. I thought it wouldn't be so good, because the whole supernatural academy thing has been done so much, but the idea to put all of them together and see how they interact was a fun change. I really just enjoy CC's writing. I think she does things at a nice quick pace that makes a series that never gets boring.
Marija *Whoever You're Mixing Your Drinks With Is Dying To Go To Town On You*
Oh god, what did I just read? Seriosuly, this looked like a really good book but then Kylie had to open her mouth and ruin everything. This book has a good plot but characters are so dumb I barely could tolerate it. Not just Kylie, it's all of them: Miranda, Della, Derek, even Lucas. They all are so immature and shallow. It was really hard bonding with them. Truth be told, I only liked Daniel the Ghost.

Issues I had with Kylie: her immaturity, the fact that she couldn't get over her ex-boyfriend
After finishing the last page of Born at Midnight, I didn’t think about the story once the entire night. It was only when I sat down at my computer to write this review that I realized that while I enjoyed this book, the story left no lasting impression. The main character, Kylie, is a supernatural being that can see ghosts, but she is unwilling to admit that she is any different from any other 17 year old. Her parents are on the verge of a divorce and at the recommendation of Kylie’s therapist, ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Em rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read. Infuriating.
The main character is a holier-than-thou goody-two shoes who whines and whines and whines and is snobby and judgmental. She judges everyone. She judges her campmates because they wear black or dye their hair or have piercings. She is preachy and talks about the evils of doing drugs or even trying a little bit of alcohol. She is very hard on her mother, who she calls Ice Queen and talks about how awful it is to live with her, and although later
Annie Brewer
WOW. Oh wow!! I am speechless! Born at Midnight was absolutely thrilling!! If I could have read it in one day, I totally would have! I didn not want to put that book down since I picked it up and started reading it. Unfortunately, my life is hectic and would not allow me to read it that quickly. I loved, loved, loved this book!! The plot, the suspense, the romance, the characters-all of it! Nothing but good raves about this book. On to the review now......

So Kylie Galen, a 16 year old ordinary g
Ugh. This book to me was pretty much a mixture of all the other YA PNR books out there. It's one of those books where I rolled my eyes a lot and finished it with an unsatisfied sigh. Let's see:

1. Vampires, werewolves and faeries - Check
2. Mary Sue heroine with unique powers - Check
3. Dickhead heroes - Check
4. Shitty love triangle - Check

Yup. Didn't find much originality, really. And the characters were just hard to like. I'd give this book 2 stars, though, because it was bad, but not totally a p
Moderately good YA fantasy about a girl who sees ghosts and gets sent to a summer camp for supernaturals.

Sound familiar?

Yeah you couldn't fit a sheet of paper between this and a half-dozen other young adult fantasies. It's good, just not all that original.
Nov 10, 2011 Daphne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enjoyed, were, vampires, fae, witch
I'm weeping here...I did like the cover and it started interesting until sweet Kylie became a serial kisser to any boy who gave her the time of day. She lost me. There was also some grammatical errors.

Kylie has her share of problems with her parents divorce, her best friend and now her ex-boyfriend Trey who broke up it off because she didn't entertain the idea of having sex.
She is sent to a camp for troubled teens because she was at a party where there was drugs and liquor and her mother was not
It was just...ugh. I hated Kylie. She was a whiner. She whined and whined and whined. Like i get it that some sucky things happened,and that you got stuck this camp with people you don't know, but jeez, get over it! And don't even get me started on the romance. God, this girl is so indecisive, i was surprised she could pick out her own clothes. Like blahblahblahblah Derek is so cute,and he reminds me of Trey,but it would be unfair to kiss him,no matter how much i want to blahblah and me and Luca ...more
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C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is ...more
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