Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Awake At Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2) by C.C. Hunter

Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold.

To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point. Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...

Hunter you are killing me! Just like with the series opener, this second installment kept me on my toes and loving every minute of this series. Kylie and her friends experience a little more problematic issues this time around, and while Kylie is still trying to narrow down what exactly she "is" there's also more that's been put on her plate. For starters, Lucas is back and Derek is being kind of a jerk if you ask me. I'm still rooting for him but I just wish Kylie would be a little more assertive/aggressive when it concerns him and that he would get his head on straight and realize that they have a good thing going now, don't let Lucas get in the way of that. But for all of you team Lucas fans, well I'm sorry. I still really like him and can totally see the two of them together, but today I'm leaning a little more on the Team Derek side. It could totally change with the next book of course.

So Fredericka is back and causing all sorts of havoc, Daniel's big reveal was huge in book one, and unfortunately he isn't around as much this time, which I was sad about, but she's got some investigating to do where he's concerned so I'm hoping he's not gone for good. I enjoyed the further detail into Kylie and her parents' relationships, although when you guys get into this one and you see what happens at one of the parents visitation days, if you react like I did, you won't know whether to laugh out loud, or cringe for Kylie...I did a bit of both admittedly.

But like I said, this book veered away from introductions and focused more on the new dangers and stressful situations Kylie and her fellow campers have gotten themselves involved with. Burnett and Holiday were part of some of my favorites scenes and I'm really hoping the two of them can work something out, or that we'll at least get to see more of them in the future. They're adorable and Burnett really grew on me, I was surprised to realize.

So my main point is that I'm still thinking this series is super cute, super fun and I'm super excited to get the chance to read more about Kylie and her friends in the third installment, Taken At Dusk, which hits the shelves April, 04, 2012. I can't wait!

I gave Awake At Dawn 4 shamrocks!!!!


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