Shadow Teen

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) By: C.C.Hunter

8705784

Summary

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.


 

Review

First thoughts

If your thinking oh my god not another Twilight well I can see where you would get the impression but don’t fret my dears because so far we are about as close to Twilight as a kitten is to a black bear. Both are animals and both may have black fur but the two are on their own different levels in the food chain just like this book is on a completely other level than Twilight in my opinion. I personally never enjoyed twilight but this book I can honestly say so far is enjoyable. Now Halloween is one of my favorites if not my most Favorite time of the entire year and when you get to watch the old school shows like the Adams family, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, or just Halloween town, where monsters and different creatures come to life and exist with one another, that is this book.

The plot of this book thus far is very plan and simple Kylie has a gift to talk to ghost but she refuses to accept the gift and want to learn to block it out and forget all about this world of the supernaturals and go back home to being human. Kind of a boring plot so far but there is more under the surface of this frozen lake we just have yet to break the ice.

Kylie is a girl I can relate to you feel lost in the world that you were put into like you don’t ever belong with the normal people or even among the freaks you just you and you cannot fit it any where for some reason your the one piece of a puzzle that got put in the wrong box. Still you are here you exist but why you still do not know. You parents are no longer there your mother cold and distant is always in the next room but its like you are on two different worlds. I know exactly how Kylie feels. And even though she has a friend she feels like its just a friend on the social level but nothing emotional you may call yourselves friends but you both feel nothing for each other.

I love the tone of this book so far it is a mystery tone laced full of emotion of confusion and longing but also you find happiness hiding in the places you least expect them to be.

Final Thoughts

The plot was more of a high school drama novel than one on the young adult but with the hot make out scenes and the guys maybe I can see where it pushes the line of both young adult and teens. It has a good mix to me so far even though this is just book one the way is flows it can be a teen book but also a young adult if they like the kind of monster mash up books. The plot carries on like a TV show in a way not so much full of action but of drama and events about Kylie changing and her friends, and guy troubles.

The characters are so I can grow attached to. Della with her smart mouth, hot head ways I can see in one of my friends who likes to take everything at face value and doesn’t care about the feelings, not that he tries to its just and honest no filter person thing that some people have like Della.

Miranda is a quirky little thing that is always trying to find the like in others but also has a lot of baggage to carry and is willing to take on more for others, but she also has buttons that can be pushed and when pushed can be just as hot headed as Della , but when she loves she loves hard and fast.

Kylie a girl who wants to find her way in the world and just belong to something sure now she has friends and people who care about her but her place in this world is still missing and with out knowing where she is meant to be she can never fully let herself be happy. She is however very judgmental about herself and jumps to conclusions way to quickly and has a lot of trust issues but I think she makes a great main character.

Book Rating

If you like monster mash up’s, high school drama, and super natural hotties then I would say give this book a read. It is intended for young adults but I think it falls more onto the side of a teen read but seeing as how I am still flipping the pages I will say it can keep interest if you are willing to give into the drama and love triangles.

BOOK NUMBER TWO HERE WE COME!

 

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Thrown Over the Frost Cliff

Frostfire By:Amanda Hocking

18105451

Summary

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin a fallen hero she once loved begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


SIDE NOTE

While reading this book I became aware that this is kind of a spin off series, it comes from Amanda Hocking’s other book series switched which focuses of the trylle kingdom and not the Kanin. Even thought it is a spin off the book it fine by itself as they give you all the backstory and information on the other kingdoms it can be a stand alone series if you so chose it to be.


Review

First Thoughts

The plot line of this book so far is straight forward without a lot of fillings, more books I read tend to give way to much information on little things like describing how one curtain is a mixture of twenty different shades of blue and what the fabric is. This book gives you the right amount of details by describing the city and the people so we can enjoy the story more than boring charters. From the halfway point we have been given the main character and her group of friends, a budding love interest, and a complicated villain. The main problems seems to be the kidnapping of the changelings, so from the half way point I will say this book is moving along nicely without too many speed bumps to slow us down.

The characters are some that I am still working out but it seems to be just a normal group of high school based personalities. Bryn is one who is trying not to fall in love with her boss but s also fighting a darkness in her heart blaming herself for her fathers almost death and wanting nothing but revenge on Konstantin. She also sees herself as a misfit and an outsider but she wants nothing more than to become a hogdragen. Ridley her boss is starting to show her that he cares for her on more than a work relationship basis. Tilda and Ember, Bryn’s two best friends are some of your average best friend characters. Ember being carefree and outspoken like a social butterfly, while Tilda is level headed and a clam spirit who will never go against the king or her orders but can also be a monster is one of her friends are in danger.

For the half way mark I am going to say this book is great the story is coming along nicely and its keeping my interest. I already know so much about the characters personalities and their back stories so I will say that i’m enjoying reading this book and it feels like the rest of the book is set up for the main climax now that we have gotten all the characters out of the way.

Final Thoughts

The plot in this book seems to be one that could take book number two and put it into book one because the cliff hanger at the ending is like the publisher wanted the book done like that day and Amanda Hocking said “here ya go” Then finished writing the book later and then thought it sold good so ill make this book number two. Now I haven’t gotten to read but number two but I am hoping it is more put together than the first one.

I cannot say that I hated or Loved the book because I really did neither, I was simply enjoying the read and I would like to save my judgement until I have read book two. I can say this book held my interest so that is a plus, because that is what a book is meant to do keep you hooked into it.

The characters are just characters in a book to me so far like I still have no attachments to any of them and I would feel nothing if they died so that is a negative point there. Bryn I can relate to on her love level with Ridley trying not to love him because she knows it will not end will and they really shouldn’t because of work. I do think she blames herself far too much and has a very hotheaded temper other than that she just bland, a generic female hero.

The ending of this book wasn’t a let down per say but it wasn’t what I was expecting when I first started it but after making it to about 3/4 I could tell I was going to be lead to a cliff because my pages were thinning fast and my answers were still growing my the words.

I will say read this book if you want a nice fantasy book with very faint action but a lot of love drama and if you do not care to read a series and cliff hangers. If you want a quick read and not a series you should look else where because this book is not for you.

I personally will be reading the second book because this book did hold my interest and  I am still invested in the story.