Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

While it didn't steal my heart, it will probably haunt my dreams.. or nightmares.

Because Born at Midnight has the whole package: slut shaming, insta-attraction, more slut shaming and a plot that spends its time mostly elsewhere.

I'll start with this book greatest issue: the slut shaming. God, it was horrible.

                      "Beside him-or she should say plastered against him-sashayed
                        his new slutty girlfriend."

This 'new slutty girlfriend' is someone Kylie, the main character, has never spoken to. Yet the poor girl is called a slut, bang toy and screw toy. Oh, and:

                 "In less than five minutes, Trey would be trying to get in
                  her panties. And from the too-low-cut blouse and too-short
                  skirt the girl wore, it appeared he wouldn't have to try hard."

What has this girl done? Nothing but getting in a relationship with Kylies ex-jerkboyfriend. Such a crime!

Not only is wearing short skirts or shorts slutty and so wrong, having sex is also very eeeeeeevil! Just look at Kylies "best friend" (who is promptly forgotten after Kylie arrives at the camp) Sara! Have sex and you'll end up like her. Or at least, that's what Born at Midnight likes you to think!

                 "More as in Kylie had a sneaking suspicion that Sara longed
                  to rush Kylie to join the partying-non-virgin ranks."

                  "Then she recalled how Sara had given in to Brad's "needs"
                   -Brad, who was the love of Sara's life-yet, within two weeks
                    of giving in, the love of Sara's life had dumped her. What
                    was so special about that?

                   Since then, Sara had dated four other guys, and she'd slept
                   two of them. Now, Sara had stopped talking about sex being

Isn't this just a lovely message? Boys are only after sex and if you 'give in', you'll end up like that.

Oh and by the way, pregnancy..

        "It happened to everyone an anyone having unprotected sex. Or
         sex with a faulty condom."

And the preaching and slut-shaming isn't all. Kylie's a bitch. Sorry folks, she is. I mean:

         "Somebody really needed to subscribe to a fashion magazine
           or two."

         "Lordie, can you say freaks? One girl had her hair dyed three
        different colors-pink, lime green, and jet black. Another
        girl wore nothing but black-black lipstipck, black eye
        shadow, black pants, and a black long-sleeve shirt. Hadn't
        the goth look gone out of style? Where was this girl getting
        her fashion tips? Hadn't she read that colors were in? That
        blue was the new black?"

It's not like wearing black can be a fashion choice. Nope, according to Kylie you haven't read the magazines, or you're rebellous! Isn't she lovely?

Then, of course, there is the love square. Yes, square. Unfortunately, you read that right. Because all the boyyzz are fawning over her. There's Trey, the ex and jerk first class, and there's Derek, who can manipulate her emotions, and Lucas, who killed her cat, but not really. I choose....

freakin' no-one!

The curse words in this book are annoying as hell. They say 'bat-shit' but also 'crappers'. They say 'Jesus', but 'Lordie'. And they replace hell with Hades. Oh hell no! Hades isn't the same as hell. He's a god. Not. The. Same.

Oh, and did you know that shapeshifters sparkle when they shift? Hey Twilight, I didn't see you there!

But I did like Miranda and Della. Really, I loved Della. She was great and interesting! I liked Miranda too - and then she lets her friend almost die because she's having a bitchfight with Fredericka, a character with no depth who is only there so everyone can hate her.

It was a really fast read, so it's got that going for it.

All in all...


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