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 youThe 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 her being arrested because the police who broke up the party found some drugs And then she gets sent off to a camp for troubled teens Troubled teens being an euphemish for troubled supernatural teens.I have to admit I had so many issues with this book.At first I respected Kylie for wanting to save her virginity for someone special,then she let the reader know what happens if you hurry into losing your virginity her friend does You sleep around,start to party hard and wear revealing clothes IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU So basically the author is saying you can be a madonna or a whoreOoIn the end she got a holier than thou personality I especially like sarcasm how she admits feeling good about listening to other peoples problemsSo the main character is a girl who looks down on girls who arent virgins,take comfort in friends problems and twists her father around her little finger hmm well she sounds so nice And the twitching eyebrow thingywas just so so silly.You have to read it just to understand what I mean.And also the your power is like this but were going to imply that your powers are way different Holiday We dont know what you are Kylie But I see dead people Holiday Youre like me a ghost whisperer Kylie So you do know what kind of supernatural I am Holiday Will you leave me alone if I just nod mysteriously and say no 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, her shrink poposed to send her to a Camp for special kids There she learns that there is a whole supernatural world out there, Vamps, Werewolves, Faeries, you name it they all exists And this Camp is a place where kids can learn about the other species and learn to live with their special abilities and gifts The Problem is no one knows what Kylie is and she hates being there and being not normal She can see Ghosts We follow Kylie on her journey to accept herself and her supernatural gift and try to find out what she is She s making new friends a Vampire Girl and a Witch And of course there are boys Actually 3 of them gasps Normally I hate triangles, specially since one boy will always loose and I feel bad for him Plus I normally have a pretty good idea with whom she will end up For some reason, it didn t bother me at all here There is Trey , her Ex who is a normal human and was cheating on her but of course now realized that he wants her back Then we have Derek, the Faerie that can sense emotions and is super gorgeous and absolutely lovely and the nice guy I Like him..a LOT Last but not least there is Lucas and he has it all in the hotness apartment, dark hair and bright blue eyes dark and mysterious Derek is the safe choice while Lucas the exciting one The problem is Kylie is not ready to know what she really fells, too much is screwed up right now anyway A dad that forgot her on parents day, a mom that is way too cold and then the journey about finding out who she is Loved this book Love the secondary girl friends she made, love the mystery behind Kylie, love the light romance between Kylie and those boys And Oh boy, those kisses Me always loves good kisses and we get some pretty hot ones in Born at Midnight The book ends with a decent cliffhanger, and I can t wait to find out about KylieI can t wait to find out which boy will get the prize I can t wait for the next book to see where this story goes One thing I want to mention again about the cover It s perfect the Wood the Girl Perfection The next one is perfection too after you ve read Born at Midnight The kids at the camp keep telling about this waterfall and that there is something mysterious about it I can t wait to find out what and from the cover of the next book, it is apparently something important Don T Miss This Spectacular New Series That Will 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 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 WorldKylie 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 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 I thought it was pretty good Not a big fan of love triangles but this one wasn t as bad as some Happy Reading Mel SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK I SWEAR IT HAS EVERYTHING I LOVE IN A STORY 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 , so I just took it down. One of the worst books I ve read this year The main character was immature, insensitive, and shallow She compared learning that she was in some way supernatural, with her possibly having a brain tumor All she could talk about was how terrible it would be to have to buy some wigs and that she hoped she had cancer over being not human Are you kidding me The romance was a joke and poorly written I honestly hated it Most of the book she thinks of her ex who was a real sleazeball Then she meets someone that kind of looks like him and decides she likes him Then later a new guy as well The setting was a let down It could have been a lot of fun to read about a summer camp of witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc Like Percy Jackson or something This was nothing, like Percy Jackson The camp was just a way to get these kids away from their parents, but what did they do I still don t even know They went to a couple of camp fires they drew each other s names of course our main character always got the really hot boys and they went and talked for an hour in the woods There were parent days where the parent sat and talked to the kid for an hour and left That s honestly it Another thing that could have been kinda cool was Kylie seeing ghosts But instead she was just in denial for 90% of the book Also I read all 400 pages and never learned what she is Ugh I didn t appreciate the author calling something retarded nor did I like that she referred to something as too gay It shouldn t surprise you by this point in the review that I thought this entire book was poorly written It barely had a plot and what it did have the poorly written characters ruined it The author constantly threw in things that did nothing to further the plot at all At all This was no fun to read and I m honestly shocked that I finished it I do not recommend it, there are much better paranormal books out there if you re in the mood for one. Let s play a guessing game Ready Is it a fairy No.Is it a vampire No.Is it a werewolf NO.Is it a nnoying YES 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 meanexactsame 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.OK.SO What isKylie, you may ask Well, not one really knows No one really wants to tell her, either or the reader for that matter Expecting us to salivate over the possibilities, the author is playing keep away with something that NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT ANYWAY Here is an actual conversation from the book between Kylie and her mentor an irritating woman named Holiday who is supposed to come off as intelligent, but gives vague, unimpressionable answers that really just annoy the out of me.Kylie But, do we know I mean, if I am one of you, that I m not like a vampire of a werewolf Holiday I m guessing if you were of that species, we would have seen some of the normal characteristics that are linked to them Kylie But you don t think I m a vampire or werewolf, right Holiday I think that s unlikely Kylie So, assuming I m not human, I m also not a fairy Holiday I didn t say that Kylie Is being a ghost whisper a common gift for elves Holiday Generally but it s not unheard of for others to have that ability, as well Kylie So, what else could I be ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BEG BECAUSE FRANKLY, I M NOT THAT INTERESTED ANYMORE.If you enjoy reading words like holy cow, bejeebies, mo fo, you would enjoy this book If you enjoy trudging through 200 pages half the book and reading the SAME words you read on page 1, over and over and you guessed it over again, you would enjoy this book The author comes across as a 70 year old woman which she is, pretty much who wants to be hip and use teenage language Sorry, c.c hunter, but it isn t cool to spell your name in lower case letters It s also uncool to use words like mo fo and dad gone it, and gosh darn it I could have also done without the pregnancy theme that came across as a rant to teenagers to stop having sex Who does she think she s preaching to This is supposed to be entertainment, and instead it felt like an intensely difficult task Like math homework Seriously.Goodbye c.c hunter I won t be reading anything you write Ever. 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 andI m crying thinking about it.My friend leans over to me at this point and whispers, There s no redeeming this, and I laughed so hard I nearly shit my pants And it speaks beautifully of my experience with this book there s no redeeming it, not even if it makes you laugh, which it probably won t.Because there s nothing funny about it, is there There s nothing funny about a heroine who refers to another character as a screw toy How is that entertainment How is anybody entertained by that sort of ugly, problematic, misogynistic language Do you think it s okay to call another woman a screw toy Do you really I can t even comment on the fantasy elements of this book They were background to me I just felt like I was being clobbered over the head, over and over and over again, by this grotesque sexist rhetoric Apparently our heroine is a good girl because she s a virgin and her best friend gave it away so she deserves what she gets Of course, Best Friend gets a pregnancy scare and she deeply regrets sex because it changed her, oh, no Kylie also doesn t drink, which means she s an extra good girl So let s break this down I wish I could make tables on GR.Kylie doesn t drink, virgin, white, straight, cisgender Affluent.Best Friend I can t even remember her name drinks, not a virgin, white, straight, cisgender, affluent.The difference between them is their sexual status and their attitudes to alcohol So let s look at the outcomes Kylie Magical Chosen One Falls in love with a sexy magical creature who respects her boundaries In fact, all the boys are in love with her, but none of them touch her.Best Friend Has a pregnancy scare Cries over her virginity Mistreated by boys Single It s a perfect Madonna Whore dichotomy Kylie is our Madonna, and because of her sexual status and her rejecting alcohol, boys flock to her, but they re good boys who will never ever have sex with her and who ll whisper sweet nothings in her ear They ll say things like I m sorry I m so fucked up and when she cries they ll kiss away her tears and it ll be so beautiful.Best Friend is the Whore the one who gave it away Her sexual status and her attitudes to alcohol mean that she hasn t got a hope of being wanted by any boy who ll treat her kindly Her sex wrecked her, thus she s deserving of Kylie s disgust In fact, there s an aura of disgust and well, that s what happens surrounding Best Friend But it s made clear that Kylie warned Best Friend not to give it away And what did Best Friend do She did it Well, Kylie told her so It s not necessarily about the act of sex itself it s about blame Kylie is innocent, because she s a virgin She without sin will cast the first stone and the stone will hit Best Friend There s a very, very strong undercurrent of I told you so particularly because of the pregnancy scare But that blame goes far beyond teenage pregnancy the vast majority of which is caused, quite ironically, by ignorance towards sex, which this book strongly promotes and it spills into rape culture That s what slut shaming is all about I told you so everyone will say, if a boy at a party or at college or in a club rapes Best Friend Everyone will say it s a shame but there s always a footnote of but she was drinking or to be fair, she s not exactly a virgin That s what it comes down to The dichotomy is not necessarily about some flippant consensual sex someone had, but about what our attitudes would be toward rape If someone rapes Kylie, then the world drowns in tears for the loss of innocence alas, this does not save Kylie from being dubbed broken or from having some male character charge off to seek revenge for her, thus advancing his own character development I can t even count how many female character s rapes have existed only to advance the character development of a man But if someone rapes Best Friend, we ve already established a culture of blame around her Her skirt was too short, or she was drunk, or let s be honest, I mean, she was always a reckless girl, wasn t she Rape, blame and worth are all tied up in the sexism that this book screams like a foghorn The women in this book exist on a staircase of worth virginal Kylie stands on the top step, and the partying girls are clustered at the very bottom It s like XVI, where the Best Friend of that book was raped and murdered, and the grandmother or whatever says, Well, she always wore such a short skirt Worth is not a scale with which to measure human beings Worth does not exist, because worth is not part of the equation At no point should any human being s worth even be debated, because no body deserves to be hurt or shamed any than any other This is what makes screw toy so unbelievably problematic that one should label another human being as if they weren t one Screw toy is pure dehumanization Dehumanization is the root of all violence, be it verbal, physical or sexual This book deserves no stars It makes me feel physically sick to think about it To think that it got a higher rating than Mockingjay, which, although quite a letdown, tackled incredibly important themes such as war, dehumanization, slavery, PTSD, class and poverty Even Unwind, which so deftly discussed the fault in human worth , the ways in which our social system fails our youth, generation gaps, and the horrific outcomes of forced pregnancy, is only.04 of a star higher than this book For fuck s sake, why People will like what they like Books are there to be enjoyed But this book is a manifesto of misogyny and hatred This book is appalling bad I was going to lighten the mood with an Adore Delano GIF, but I don t want to associate her and the joy she brings me with this book in any way So this is it a sombre wall of text FIN 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 parent s divorce, her mom decides to send her to a camp for delinquents Except, when she gets there, she realizes that Shadow Falls camp is way than she expected, with vampires, fairies, werewolves and healers roaming around the place Luckily, she befriends Della and Miranda, both of whom try to help her feel like she belongs and finding out what she is.Oh, and there s Lucas and Derek a werewolf and a fairy who are deeply attached to her.I know what you re going to say Another love triangle Like we need any in teen literature And you re right, we don t We already have too many of them True, true, true But you know why it didn t annoy me to death Because it s the type of love triangle that s complex and makes you think.So far, we don t know the two boys well enough to decide who is best for Kylie and, also, I feel like there s a mystery behind Derek s life that the author will be developing in the sequels There sure could have been less romance, but when you have two love interests it s hard not to have a considerable amount of romance The writing could have been better, too I said that the book is light and greatly enjoyable, and I m not going to go back on my word, but maybe another reason to that is because the writing is full of everyday commonly used words It reads so naturally and well so, in the end, it didn t bother me, but I must admit it makes some events lack the seriousness that could have been so easy to create and apply to the atmosphere Also, there are two camp leaders at the Shadow Falls camp, Sky and Holiday, but those too lack seriousness as well They feel like campers themselves than bosses Holiday talks to Kylie like she is one of her friends and she even uses the type of vocabulary you would expect a teenager to use Despite certain flaws, I m going to say this one last time ENGAGING READ THAT WILL CHARM YOU.
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- 398 pages
- Born at Midnight
- C.C. Hunter
- 02 June 2019 C.C. Hunter