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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Shadow Falls (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312624697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312624699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for the Shadow Falls series:
 

“The Shadow Falls series belongs to my favorite YA series. It has everything I wish for in a YA paranormal series. A thrilling tale that moves with a great pace, where layers of secrets are revealed in a way that we are never bored. It continues a gripping story about self-discoveries, finding a place in the world, friendship, and love.  So if you didn’t start this series yet, I can only encourage you to do so.” –Bewitched Bookworms

“TAKEN AT DUSK starts off with action and never loses momentum. C.C. Hunter takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride, full of suspense, drama, laughter and intense emotions from page one all the way through the last page, ending in one of the biggest cliffhangers I've read.” –Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale that speaks to the adolescent in me. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance.” –Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

Taken At Dusk has even more drama and answers for Kylie.  Jam-packed with action and romance from the very beginning, Hunter’s lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end.  A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!” –Romantic Times

“The evolving, not-always-easy relationships among Kylie and her cabin mates Della and Miranda are rendered as engagingly as Kylie's angst over dangerous Lucas and appealing Derek. Just enough plot threads are tied up to make a satisfying stand-alone tale while whetting appetites for sequels to come” –Publishers Weekly

Born at Midnight is addicting.  Kylie’s journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls..and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching.  Born at Midnight has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!” –Verb Vixen

“There are so many books in the young adult paranormal genre these days that it’s hard to choose a good one. I was so very glad to discover Born at Midnight. If you like P.C. and Kristin Cast or Alyson Noel, I am sure you will enjoy Born at Midnight!” –Night Owl Reviews

“This has everything a YA reader would want…I read it over a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I can't get it out of my head. I can't wait to read more. This series is going to be a hit!” –Awesome Sauce Book Club

“Seriously loved this book! This is definitely a series you will want to watch out for. C.C. Hunter has created a world of hot paranormals that I didn't want to leave.” --Looksie Lovitz Book Blog

“I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away.” –Nina Bangs, author of Eternal Prey

"Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters” –Jenna Black, author of Glimmerglass

About the Author

C.C. Hunter is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn. She 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 so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or shooting things--with a camera, not a gun.
 
C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels.

More About the Author

C.C. Hunter is the author of the new Young Adult Paranormal series Shadow Falls published by St. Martin's Press.

C.C. 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 so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central. www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com

Customer Reviews

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The story built up very well and contained just the right amount of twists and turns.
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This book was so amazing😍 I absolutely love this series!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
First Impressions: The Shadow Falls series is one of my favorites and I was beyond excited when a copy of Taken at Dusk landed on my doorstep. I just feel like the author has an amazing amount of talent and her books never bore me. Each of the covers on the three books that are currently out right now is gorgeous too, so they look great sitting on my shelves. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, you are definitely missing out on some good stuff, especially if you are into paranormal themes!

First 50 Pages: I flew through this entire book in one sitting, like I have with the previous titles. I also believe that each of the books get better and better as they go, because I really loved this one! It is full of twists that I didn't see coming and it has a lot of action in it, too. That is one thing that I really love about these books, that they are unpredictable which is a rare find recently.

Characters & Plot: When I first read the first book, Born at Midnight, I was instantly drawn into the plot line and each of the characters. We are introduced to Kylie, a girl who doesn't have very good luck who is sent to a camp for teenagers who are "troubled." When Kylie arrives at Shadow Falls, she realizes that there is more than meets the eye since the camp is full of teens with supernatural abilities, with some not knowing the exact extent of their powers, including Kylie. Then in Awake at Dawn, the second book in the Shadow Falls series, Kylie knows for sure that she has some kind of special powers and she continues on the path of self-discovery. There is also the introduction of a love triangle between Kylie, Lucas and Derek, as well as other supernatural beings on the hunt for Kylie, but she has no idea why they want her.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookenz on April 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been reading this series and find the books total page turners. The main character Kylie is very interesting and the story keeps you wondering what's going on and just what kind of supernatural Kylie will turn out to be (although the author is really stretching this out). Spoiler coming, so stop here.

The one complaint I HAVE to mention that I'm noticing about Kylie however is she always seems to want the boy she doesn't have. Here she has two boys madly panting after her--Derek and Lucas, and she always seems to be dreaming the most about the one she doesn't have. When she was with Derek, it was Lucas that she wanted, and now that she has Lucas and Derek is on the sidelines as a "friend," she is fantasizing about being with Derek. So this is very annoying because at this rate, she'll lose them both. Maybe she deserves to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Originally on Fiction Freak
*Complimentary copy provided. This does NOT affect my review in any way.*

I received Taken at Dusk from St. Martin's Press/Griffin, including Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, book one and two in the Shadow Falls Series, since I hadn't read the series then. But I can promise you, that I devoured this series in two days (three books in two days!) and absolutely loved it.

This is a popular series among paranormal junkies out there, but when I first heard of it, I decided not to read it. Why? Because at the time, I had been reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and the blurb sounded suspiciously like that of Hex Hall. Once all the starred reviews started pouring in though, I regretted it, so I'm glad to have a chance to read the entire series!

Taken at Dusk starts immediately where Awake at Dawn left off, Kylie about to meet her adoptive parents, the ones who just might have the clue to finding out exactly what she is. But when she gets there, her "adoptive parents" and her barely get ten minutes before they're ushered out and it looks as if the couple weren't her adoptive parents, but were, instead, imposters. Shocking! And then animals are suddenly protecting her. An eagle that suddenly catches a snake mere inches from her feet, a deer jumping in front of her just before lightning strikes the spot she would've been in if not for the deer. But why? Taken at Dusk raises more questions than it answers, leaving readers shocked and mystified.

I fell in love with our characters in book one, wanting to hug the life out of them in book two, and started crying for them in book three.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By allforlost on June 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think I would actually rate this at 3.5 stars. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. For one, I thought Lucas' personality was different, he wasn't at all mysterious and instead just seemed like a regular old secret keeper. For two, not a whole lot actually happened.....for over 300 pages and only 2-3 major plot things happening it seems....silly. For three, I just didn't feel as connected to Kylie this time.

The Story
The author picks right up after Kylie's escape from Mario psycho vamp (or whatever he is) and we kick off. Basically, Derek has gone off and left because he can't handle the overwhelming feelings that bombard him when he's around Kylie (which is understandable, but still heartbreaking for Kylie at 16). Lucas is there still and wanting to move his relationship with Kylie to the next level, but something important seems to be happening with the weres that makes Kylie feel like they don't want the relationship to happen. Mario and Red are still out there. Meredith is still having Perry issues, Della still has Lee issues, Holiday has Burnett issues. The new ghost that Kylie is dealing with can't remember anything about her life.

Likes and dislikes
I liked the writing and the flow. I didn't like that it seemed like everything in this book is leading up to and setting up the next book. I felt like this book could have been mostly condensed down.

(***SPOILER!!****)[Everything with Lucas and Derek/Ellie and Red could have all been condensed into a novella. There wasn't much with the ghost except the reveal of who she was so that could have been condensed as well. What was super important? The reveal of the ghost, biological gma WTF? that was a good twist, the reveal of Dereks love duh!
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