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Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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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.
My decision of not giving up on the series is an absolute no regret. Hunter's second book of Shadow Falls is definitely better than the first book.
“What you are doesn't matter. Because what you are isn't going to change who you are.”
What I liked about this book is the fact that it focuses more on Kylie's identity than Kylie's love interests. It is stated somewhat in the beginning of the book that a friend of Kylie is in danger and she is the only one who could help that certain friend. Instead of whining and bickering about her current state of delirium and worry, she faced her problem and fought it. Kylie really evolved as a supernatural. Despite the fact that she is quite an annoying typical teen, her actions toward the people who are dear to her can really make you smile. She is a reliable friend, albeit dramatic one. Kylie finally accepted what she is and what she wants. The fact that this statement is true made me want to read the next book in the series as soon as possible.
Another stand out in this book are the secondary characters. Holiday, Burnett, Della, Miranda and Perry are just too amazing to be ignored. They are the people who make you forget what the negative sides of the book are. They, too, are characters that are reliable in terms of protecting your back and providing a ready ear. The unity and determination of the characters to help one another is great! I'd want friends like them!
The issue of the love triangle of the first book is what bugged me because it was overly dramatic. To be honest, I'm actually more interested in Holiday and Burnett's love-hate relationship than Kylie, Lucas, and Derek's love triangle. The lack of action in this book is another downfall. There's less thrill and suspense that happened in this book than the first book but I still enjoyed it!
Awake the Dawn is absolutely better than Born at Midnight in most aspects. I'm proud to say that my annoyance while reading the first book is perished due to my admiration of the second book. I can't wait to read and write a review on Taken at Dusk.
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