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Book 1 of 5 in the Shadow Falls Series

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Editorial Reviews


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

“I laughed and cried so much while reading this…I LOVED this book. I read it every chance I could get because I didn't want to put it down. The characters were well developed and I felt like I knew them from the beginning. The storyline and mystery that went along with it kept me glued to my couch not wanting to do anything else but find out what the heck was going on.” ―Urban Fantasy Investigations Blog

“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

“The newest in the super-popular teen paranormal genre, this book is one of the best. Kylie is funny and vulnerable, struggling to deal with her real-world life and her life in a fantastical world she's not sure she wants to be a part of. Peppered throughout with humor and teen angst, Born At Midnight is a laugh-out-loud page-turner. This one is going on the keeper shelf next to my Armstrong and Meyer collections!” ―Fresh Fiction

“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

Born at Midnight has a bit of everything…a strong unique voice from a feisty female lead, a myriad of supporting Supernatural characters, a fiery romance with two intriguing guys - mixed all together with a bit of mystery – making Born at Midnight a sure fire hit!” ―A Life Bound By Books

“Very exciting, taking twists and turns I never expected. The main character grows very well throughout the story, overcoming obstacles and realizing things she never thought possible. And the author masterfully ended it just right.” ―Flamingnet Book Reviews

Born at Midnight is a thrilling new young adult story with a wide array of paranormals to choose from, a love triangle that will make your heart beat a little faster and a mystery that will keep you guessing.” ―Fiktshun, Strictly For Fiction 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 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.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Shadow Falls Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312624670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312624675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kylie Galen is at a rough point in her young life. Her boyfriend just dumped her for not putting out, her parents are getting a divorce and her dad is moving out. To top it all off, her night terrors have come back.

Kylie decides to shake it off with a night out with her friends. She goes to a party but really isn't having a good time. However, when the cops come, she is holding a drink. Her mom comes to get her out of jail and announces to Kylie that she is sending her to a summer camp for troubled teens.

Kylie knows she didn't drink or do any drugs at the party but all of her whining and wheedling doesn't get her out of camp. She feels alone; that her mother doesn't love her and her father doesn't want her. But the kids at the camp are unique. They look goth and all have their own looks. When Kylie is oriented, she learns that everyone at the camp has a special gift - supernatural gifts. Camp leader Holliday tries to convince Kylie she is special too, but she is having none of it. Sure, she may be seeing ghosts, but humans can see ghosts too, right?

Then, she meets a half-fae boy who really reminds her of her ex-boyfriend, but she is still attracted to him. To further confuse her, a boy she knew when she was little is at the camp too, and he really makes her tingle. But the Feds keep coming to the camp, interrogating the teens, looking for something, even though they are vague.

Kylie tries to deal with her ghosts, makes friends with a witch and a vampire, juggles two boys, adjusts to her parents divorcing, and tries to figure out who she really is. Together, with a bit of mystery tossed in, they merge into a wonderful paranormal story with a coming of age twist. C.C. Hunter does a wonderful job of world-building and creating likable and realistic characters. I look forward to more of Kylie and her friends! Great YA Read!!
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I was really looking forward to this book. The blurb made it sound right up my street.
During the first few chapters, I really, really tried to give it the benefit of the doubt. I forced myself to ignore the 'teenagers-will-be-teenagers' clichés that appear in just about every paragraph, the clunky dialogue and exhausted issues this girl faces. I was surprised when the party that lands the girl in trouble with her mother ended just as quickly as it began. I expected something interesting, something that would live up to the blurb, at least. Or, perhaps, just enough time to find a shred of empathy for the protagonist, if not anyone else.
Eventually, I had to deem this book impenetrable - though not for want of trying. As a teenager myself, I found the attempt at representing young people to be almost infuriating. And when I wasn't rolling my eyes at teenager-speak, I was wincing at how unashamedly the 'important parts' were being rubbed in my face. "Look! This bit is important for later! Look! Suspicious boy is suspicious!"
This book feels formulaic, rushed, reminiscent of that whole rush to run out the next Twilight.
I was disappointed to find myself removing my bookmark from Born at Midnight. It had potential. I was excited. I moved it to the top of my to-read pile only to encounter a vapid, annoying story almost impossibly far from anything I am used to reading from YA.
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Kylie Galen was having enough trouble with her life with her boyfriend breaking up with her, her parents tumultuous divorce, and trying to just be a kid who didn't feel wanted. Being sent to Shadow Falls camp for troubled teens, was not on her radar. She was a good girl, despite what her mom thought.

Finding out the camp is for teens who go bump int the night was another matter altogether. For Kylie, she doesn't believe that she is a supernatural creature. Yes, she can see a ghosts but really so can a lot of other normal people. Fighting against herself, Kylie has to decide if she is wiling to find out who she is or will she hide behind her fear.

I wasn't sure if I would get into this book, but I am so glad I picked it up. Had several twists to the paranormal world. I appreciated that Kylie's problems were real problems with her parents, boyfriend, friends they were relatable. Liked all the side characters, look forward to more in this series.
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By Eve on April 7, 2016
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Good solid start to the series. The first book drew you into the world and gave lots of back story and understanding of the different supernaturals without making it sound like an info dump. It flowed naturally and Kylie is really likeable. She is going through some major changes in her normal life and then to find out on top of breaking up with her boyfriend, her best friend pulling away, and her parents divorce, surprise you're also an unknown supernatural! I didn't really ship either Derek or Lucas in this book, they both were not on good terms but of the two I liked Lucas more and yeah maybe Socks has something to do with that ;) but finding Derek a bit creepy from the start factored in too. But where there is some boy drama for sure what really shined for me was the cabin mates. Della and Miranda are the best. So much fun! And Holiday was pretty amazing.
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I loved, loved, loved this story!!!!! I loved everything about it!!! I fell in love with all of the characters. I don't think there was a character I didn't like. This book has everything you could want in a story: romance, action, friendship. I was hooked after the very first page. It was very hard to put down.

Kylie has a lot of things going on in her life. Her Nana dies, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her parents are getting divorced. This happened all at once. Kylie goes to a party and gets arrested. Her mom then decides to send her off to camp at Shadow Falls. Kylie realizes that everything that she believed didn't exist, does exist. She is also told that she is special like them too. Only, she doesn't want to be special. She just wants to be normal so she denies that she is like them.

I loved Kylie as a character. I enjoyed watching her grow as a person. I enjoyed watching her find herself, especially when she realizes that she is special too. She just doesn't know what she is yet. I can't wait to find out!!!!

I also loved Lucas and Derek. I adored both the guys. They both seem to really care about Kylie and she really cares about both of them. I loved the steamy kiss between Lucas and Kylie!!! It left me breathless!!! I love both guys, but I am leaning towards Lucas. I hope that the next book pushes me one way or the other.

Miranda and Della were hilarious!!! All they did was bicker and fight. But they are best friends. They would stand up for each other no matter what.

I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!! I absolutely loved it!!!! Can't wait to read Awake at Dawn!!!!
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