I am not a big fan of the narrator. I could not distinguish between characters as they all sounded the same. I got used to it as the story went on.
Story is pretty standard and characters seem rather one dimensional.
Story was just entertaining enough to get the second one though. This is not a book you "just can't put down".
I enjoyed this one. Not entirely sure I am ready for the next in the series yet. That probably means it was just O.K.
I feel like the main story that was resolved never really had build up like the rest of the side stories that did not get resolved. Language was a bit sexual, but to each there own. Sort of seems like a boy trying to write a girls version of a vampire book.
Born at Midnight is an unapologetically young teen oriented book that tackles issues of teen pregnancy, drugs, bullying, parent issues, and more within an urban fantasy setting. Rating this from the perspective of a teen, it's definitely a 5. But more mature readers/adults may find the messages overly heavy and the teens a bit too, well, teen. Kudos to the author for giving us authentic, confused, and realistic teens that aren't overly mature.
The story follows Kylie, a teen who, after being at a party that goes wrong, becomes guilty by association of being a druggie. Her parents are divorcing, things are falling apart fast, and now she finds herself at some dorky Summer camp. But it's not just ordinary summer camp; rather, she finds out quickly that it is a camp for kids with paranormal abilities. And she may just be paranormal herself. But not everyone is happy the camp exists, that paranormals comingle with normies, and they will work hard to destroy the camp for good.
The teens in the book feel very real. I appreciated that Kylie's parents weren't good or bad, but were dealing with their own demons and issues. As well, most of the paranormal kids were going through the same issues as normal teens - boyfriends/girlfriends, social issues, fitting in, etc. As such, the characters feel authentic and react in predictable ways. This could have been a story about the paranormal aspects but it really isn't. It's about being a teen.
I'm going to rate this a solid 4. Admittedly, as an adult, I never got into the story or the teens. But I also respect that if I had read this as a teen, I would have absolutely loved it.
I listened to the audible version of this and the narrator did an excellent job.
Maybe. It was a quick listen, cute story
I could have. It was cute and easy listen.
This story was so intensely boring that I stopped after a bit less than 2 hours. Couldn't take any more of it... :(
I was hooked on this series from the start. The storyline is well done, and well narrated. I stumbled across this book and had to get the rest of the series immediately. The character of Kylie is nicely developed through the series, and the push-pull of relationships contrasted with the supernatural elements draws the typical teenager / budding supernatural paradox is just captivating.
I listened to all the books in this series in about one week! This great young adult story about a school for "special" teens. I loved all of the characters and Kylie's development throughout the series is amazing. I will warn though, it is very PG with romance, definitely meant for 15 and under.
Overall, I enjoyed this book because the main character wasn't a vampire or werewolf, but rather had a rather unique and interesting special power. However, the book contains some weak writing and the story is a little underdeveloped. You can tell that the author is jumping on the vampire and werewolf bandwagon, because the author goes into few details and explains "you know how vampires are..." Then, halfway through the book something rather over-the-top happens and I still can't wrap my mind around that particular event. However, once you get to know the characters a little better, it's compelling enough to keep you going.
The story took place in Texas and the narrator had a bit of a drawl to her voice. It would have been ok with me, but there were some awkward pauses that didn't seem to fit the character or the rhythm of the book.