Mini Reviews are for books I read recently but enough time has past to not remember key details of the story, or I felt there was not enough to talk about for a full in depth review. These will be short and give a general feel of the book in terms of recommendation.
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: March 29th 2011
Series: Shadow Falls #1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Description: 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.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
WARNING INTESNSE LOVE TRIANGLE(S) AHEAD
Well well well I have finally found the YA equivalent (on some scale) of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Love triangle between two supernaturals and a somewhat(?) human. Commence intense fangirling. Yes, yes I know I always preach about how stupid and over done love triangles are but this one was done really well. Kylie never agrees to date one while her emotions are confused and she’s attracted to both of the boys. Plus both of the boys know her feelings and don’t try to push her into a relationship she isn’t ready for. This is how love triangle stories should be.
The supernaturals in this story are so interesting and well thought out. I mean C.C. Hunter even goes into detail in explaining things normal authors would have just skirted over. Poor Kylie is stuck as the odd one out since no one actually knows what she is, or if she’s even not human. She could be crazy or have a brain tumor for all they know! A lot of this story was equal parts steamy, heartache, and laughs. I enjoyed this book way too much. Her new best friends are the perfect pair to balance out Kylie and each other. A witch and a vampire as BFF’s who back you up in arguments with boys, creepy enemies and general stressful events. What more can a girl going through a existential crisis ask for? Besides, yea know the answer to what she is.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Yes, as much as it pains me to admit I am seriously enjoying this love triangle situation I would highly recommend this book. I’m so ticked I never heard of this sooner or I would have gobbled this series up a long time ago.