My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 29th 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Ghosts, Vampires, Witches
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…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
Oh yeah, this is what I call an entertaining book.
I don’t have a deep quote to share with you all, for the simple reason that this is a light, colourful and diverting story. It didn’t blow my mind, didn’t take my breath away or sweep me off my feet, but it sure as hell took away my boredom for a good nine hours. And this is what I wanted and needed, so I’m fully(-ish) satisfied.
Kylie can see ghosts. They follow her everywhere and she doesn’t know how to control this ‘‘gift’’ she has. After her parent’s divorce, her mom decides to send her to a camp for ‘‘delinquents.’’ Except, when she gets there, she realizes that Shadow Falls camp is way more than she expected, with vampires, fairies, werewolves and healers roaming around the place. Luckily, she befriends Della and Miranda, both of whom try to help her feel like she belongs and finding out ‘‘what’’ she is.
Oh, and there’s Lucas and Derek… a werewolf and a fairy who are deeply attached to her.
I know what you’re going to say. ‘‘Another love triangle? Like we need any more in teen literature!’’ And you’re right, we don’t. We already have too many of them. True, true, true. But you know why it didn’t annoy me to death? Because it’s the type of love triangle that’s complex and makes you think.
So far, we don’t know the two boys well enough to decide who is best for Kylie and, also, I feel like there’s a mystery behind Derek’s life that the author will be developing in the sequels. There sure could have been less romance, but when you have two love interests it’s hard not to have a considerable amount of romance.
The writing could have been better, too. I said that the book is light and greatly enjoyable, and I’m not going to go back on my word, but maybe another reason to that is because the writing is full of everyday commonly used words. It reads so naturally and well so, in the end, it didn’t bother me, but I must admit it makes some events lack the ‘‘seriousness’’ that could have been so easy to create and apply to the atmosphere.
Also, there are two camp leaders at the Shadow Falls camp, Sky and Holiday, but those too lack seriousness as well. They feel more like campers themselves than ‘‘bosses.’’ Holiday talks to Kylie like she is one of her friends and she even uses the type of vocabulary you would expect a teenager to use.
Despite certain flaws, I’m going to say this one last time: ENGAGING READ THAT WILL CHARM YOU.