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.
Yes if they are craving Twilight/Harry Potter type listen. Also Its fine for a $4.95 sale. The downside is, as a YA story there is an insufferable amount of whining that bogs the story down at times. Not sure whining was out of place for a YA story. Not sure I would spend full credits on future stories in this series if the whining doesn't shrink its percentage of the overall story.
It is unclear what type of supernatural the heroine is going to be identified is the most interesting and how it is laid out in the story.
The least interesting is the repetitiveness of the whining and navel lint gazing that occurs.
It was satisfactory.
Depends on where the story goes, its too early to say at book 1.
reminds me of the twilight saga, new interesting story line. i'm hooked. interested in where the story is going.
voice was perfect for this book.
This storyline is interesting and sweet, with characters that have believable emotions. I've listened through book 5 and highly recommend the series. The characters develop over time, grow and do some soul searching. I'd guess this is for a younger audience, and I find it refreshing that much of the internal dialogue is spent examining why someone is feeling a particular way, then really thinking through their actions, past and future, and the effect they will have on others as well as themselves. Very good. Lots of possible futures. Waiting for the next book.(I don't usually take the time to rate books, but this one is worth it)
This book could have been better the idea was ok I found it hard to pay attention to the narrator she isn't horrible but i had trouble telling between the different characters. She needs to make the voices more distinct. The story it's self was ok but it seemed like it could have been the first writing attempt. It's ok if you really don't have anything else to listen to it leaves you slightly wondering what happens next.