Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter

Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls #2) by C.C. Hunter
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Number of Pages: 383
Format: Paperback
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 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.

I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book in this breath taking series. The story picks up not long after the first one had left off. Kylie has finally realized that she is a supernatural and even discover who her biological father is. Too bad that he had died before she was born. Not only does Kylie have identity issues, she still has boy issues. You would think her choice would be easier to make since Lucas had ran off with another girl. But he's still sending her letters and she can't completely forget about him.

In this book we see her manifest some additional powers. During the vampire ceremony she discovers to her horror that she likes the taste of blood, plus she has incredible speed. But the fun for Kylie doesn't stop there. Over night her hair, feet, and boobs have grown significantly. Which that part would fit in with being a werewolf, plus she's been moody around the full moon cycle. But either one doesn't explain anything. Her body temperature is the same so she can't be a vampire. For being a werewolf, her gift as being a ghost whisper and her new one, dreamscaping, aren't known as were gifts. Plus the fact that she's never turned which weres do at a young age.

Kylie doesn't have time to think too much on what she is. Another ghost has shown up and tells her that someone she loves will die and she has the power to save her. Kylie has never clue where to start. Along with identity and ghost issues, there's been an uninvited vampire at the camp. Plus Kylie gets the feeling of someone following her.

And now her boy troubles. Last book I wasn't completely sure who I wanted to see her with, even though I was leaning towards Team Derek. I'm now proud to announce that I'm fully on Team Derek. I found Lucas very annoying. And all that mystery and bad boy vibe he had in last book has vanished. I understand she feels a connection towards him, but I feel like a pushing fated vibe from him. They were neighbors when they were what 6-7 years old? Yet Lucas knew at that age she's the one for him? And he told her he's been waiting 11 years to be with her? He didn't live next to her for long, and how did he know he would see her again? Or that she was a supernatural at that age? Even told her he would watch her though her bedroom window and hope to see her change into a were. Creepy. Now Derek on the other hand, he's perfect for Kylie. At one point I wanted to lock both of them in a closet. But Kylie's not sure her true feelings for either boy and Derek refuses to wait forever for her.

I couldn't put this book down. My only issue is I feel like the writing was a little immature in the beginning. Everyone made a big deal out of kissing. Almost like it's sex. Kissing is just kissing. You can kiss someone and not have it mean something. I had to recheck the ages of the characters. From that you would thought they were 14-15 and not 17-18. I'm very anxious to find out what Kylie really is, I'm starting to think she is some sort of a mix of supernatural species.

Rating: 4/5

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