Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: Awake at Dawn

Title - Awake at Dawn
Author - C.C. Hunter
Series - Shadow Falls #2
Genre - YA Paranormal
Format - Paperback
Published October 11th 2011
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin


Step into the world of Shadow Falls, a camp that helps teens tap into their special…talents. Once you visit, you’ll never forget it—and you’ll never, ever be the same.

From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how…

But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside. 

Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.


Awake at Dawn starts not long after Shadow Falls has ended. Kylie is still at camp for the supernatural trying to figure out what she really is. As her abilities start to develop she starts to question what she might really be from vampire to werewolf even considering shapeshifter but she learns that she’s not one of those. She’s something else but no one has a clue what she could really be. The only way she’s going to find out is by finding her father’s birth parents. The only problem he’s not a very helpful ghost so she enlists the help of a Private investigator.

As if camp and dealing with being a supernatural isn't enough to keep her busy. Kylie has two potential love interests. She can’t seem to forget Lucas the werewolf who she has a past with that ran away from camp in the first one and Derek the half fae who can sense her attraction. Throw in a ghost who wants her help but isn’t giving Kylie enough information. Soon bodies are turning up in town accidents to the humans but victims of a rogue vampires. Parent’s day is just around the corner and Lucas has returned to camp. It’s enough to keep her busy. Will Kylie figure out what she really is? Who the ghost is trying to save? Will she choose Derek or Lucas?

I really like Kylie as a character even if she is caught in a love triangle which I can’t stand. Typically love triangles are game over from the start but I'm too enchanted by Kylie’s story. I think the characters are great her friends Miranda and Della are each unique with their own stories hidden within Kylies. I’m torn on which guy I like for Kylie but it’s hard not to cheer for the werewolf Lucas. I’m curious to see how this will play out.

Awake at Dawn in the second in an exciting young adult paranormal series. It’s a paranormal boarding school type series where the supernatural learn to live together with the plan to live among the humans. The author has created fantastic characters that are engaging, easy to connect with and memorable from Kylie all the way down to her kitten socks. I’m really torn on the guys but I think Miranda and Della have their own unique stories one of which has a new series. The author has created an enchanting place for Shadow Falls filled with mystery around every corner. The author has done a beautiful job creating a captivating story her writing is smooth it was easy for me to get lost in the book. I had a hard time putting it down for real life. I really loved the whole camp feel it’s the kind of place I would want to go if I was in Kylies shoes. I’m dying to know what Kylie really is and can't wait to find out in the future books. All of which I have ready to go. One of those books teens as well as adults will enjoy if they like the supernatural concept this series is a must read. 
4 out of 5 stars 

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