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I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed Born at Midnight. To be honest I’ve gotten used to paranormal romance books just not quite making the mark. Born at Midnight however surprised me and surpassed the mark. I absolutely enjoyed this book, I found myself addicted to it and unable to put it down; it’s been quite a while that I’ve felt like that with the paranormal romance genre.
Kylie Galen used to have night terror’s when she was a kid, recently she started having them again. She wakes up screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night but never haves any recollection of why. Her parents started sending her to a shrink to try and figure out why she has the night terrors and the fact that she keeps asking if people can see this creepy soldier dude that she swears is following her around. But no one ever has any idea what she’s talking about. So this only makes Kylie feel even more out of place than she already feels in her world.
Her parents have just told her that they are getting a divorce and her father is moving out. Kylie can’t understand why and is devastated that her father is leaving her. She’s super close with her father so the fact that he won’t let her go with him makes her feel incredibly alone. She loves her mother but she’s always known her to be cold towards everyone, barely ever showing any emotion; Kylie’s dubbed her the ice queen because of this.
That night Kylie goes to a party at her best friend Sara’s house, lying to her mother that parents are supervising. Kylie is so distraught at how she feels like her life is falling apart; parents divorcing, father leaving, her boyfriend Trey recently broke up with her, creepy soldier dude stalking her, she has to see a shrink – that she feels like she deserves to go to a party and have some fun, and by that she just means going to an unsupervised party. Kylie is straight edged. Unfortunately for Kylie Trey is there with the girl he broke up with her for because Kylie wasn’t ready to sleep with him, Sara keeps trying to get her to drink and lighten up, and then the cops raid the party and find drugs.
Her mother is so upset that Kylie lied and that she was at a party where drugs were found that she lets Kylie’s shrink persuade her to send Kylie to Shadow Falls; a camp for troubled teens. Kylie feels even more alone and like she is being punished even though she has done nothing wrong; never consumed alcohol, didn’t do drugs at the party, always home by curfew.
When she arrives at Shadow Falls she soon finds out that it’s different to what she thought, it’s not exactly a camp for troubled teens but more of a camp for teens that are not human but instead supernatural; vampires, witches, faeries, werewolves and shape-shifters are real. Her new roomies are Della; a vampire, and Miranda; a witch. Thing is, Kylie’s not exactly sure what she is. They all say she’s not human yet she can’t read brain patterns like everyone else and even the camp leaders; Sky and Holiday aren’t sure what she is. But they are sure she can talk to the dead. Kylie is convinced that the creepy stalker soldier dude she keeps seeing around is just a ghost that is super charged with energy so she, a normal human, can see him.
I quite enjoyed Born at Midnight because I haven’t really read any paranormal romance’s that have the main character seeing the dead so I thoroughly enjoyed giving it a go. This dragged me in and every chapter left me wanting to read more to see what happened next.
This book starts after Kylie finds out her parents are getting a divorce, after she’s already started seeing the creepy soldier guy and after she feels like her life is falling apart. We miss seeing all of that. I loved this. I loved this because all of these things are crucial but at the same time we didn’t need to see them happen, only hear about them and how they’re affecting Kylie now. I felt like if we had seen all of those events happen this book would have come across as cliché and boring.
The romances were cute if not sudden but this only bothered me a little bit. Kylie was all for her ex Trey but then she meets Derek who she can’t help but notice how he reminds her a little of Trey, so she tells him she needs to stay friends with him until she figures things out. Then she and Lucas have a thing that feels sudden yet I totally knew it was going to happen because he keeps popping up, but then she’s back to Derek all of a sudden.
As I was reading this book I realised that Hunter’s writing style stops this book from being boring. She skips scenes that are talked about or mentioned before happening but we hear about them after they’ve happened making it feel okay we didn’t get to see it. The scenes that are skipped over are scenes that we don’t need to see. They are scenes that would have slowed the pace of the book down and made it boring yet they were also scenes that are needed to be mentioned. I found Hunter had a great way of letting you know everything that was going out without us having the sit through pages of seeing it happen.
Overall Born at Midnight was an exciting and interesting paranormal. I fell in love with reading it. Kylie is stubborn but smart and a good girl. I liked that she’s actually a sensible good girl that has a lot of things going on in her life that she’s trying to work out, instead of a troubled young teen that takes her worries and problems out by rebelling and doing something immature and stupid. I found it refreshing.
I definitely recommend giving this book a go!