- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Griffin (1 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312624697
- ISBN-13: 978-0312624699
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 576 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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"The Shadow Falls series belongs to my favorite YA series. It has everything I wish for in a YA paranormal series. A thrilling tale that moves with a great pace, where layers of secrets are revealed in a way that we are never bored. It continues a gripping story about self-discoveries, finding a place in the world, friendship, and love. So if you didn't start this series yet, I can only encourage you to do so." --Bewitched Bookworms on the Shadow Falls series
"TAKEN AT DUSK starts off with action and never loses momentum. C.C. Hunter takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride, full of suspense, drama, laughter and intense emotions from page one all the way through the last page, ending in one of the biggest cliffhangers I've read." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
"Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale that speaks to the adolescent in me. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance." --Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick) on the Shadow Falls series
"Taken At Dusk has even more drama and answers for Kylie. Jam-packed with action and romance from the very beginning, Hunter's lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!" --Romantic Times
"The evolving, not-always-easy relationships among Kylie and her cabin mates Della and Miranda are rendered as engagingly as Kylie's angst over dangerous Lucas and appealing Derek. Just enough plot threads are tied up to make a satisfying stand-alone tale while whetting appetites for sequels to come" --Publishers Weekly on Born at Midnight
"Born at Midnight is addicting. Kylie's journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it's impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls..and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching. Born at Midnight has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!" --Verb Vixen on Born at Midnight
"There are so many books in the young adult paranormal genre these days that it's hard to choose a good one. I was so very glad to discover Born at Midnight. If you like P.C. and Kristin Cast or Alyson Noel, I am sure you will enjoy Born at Midnight!" --Night Owl Reviews on Born at Midnight
"This has everything a YA reader would want...I read it over a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I can't get it out of my head. I can't wait to read more. This series is going to be a hit!" --AwesomeSauce Book Club on Born at Midnight
"Seriously loved this book! This is definitely a series you will want to watch out for. C.C. Hunter has created a world of hot paranormals that I didn't want to leave." --Looksie Lovitz Book Blog on Born at Midnight
"I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away." --Nina Bangs, author of Eternal Prey, on Born at Midnight
"Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters" --Jenna Black, author of Glimmerglass, on Born at Midnight
About the Author
C.C. Hunter is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn. She grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense novels.
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Taken at Dusk was truly fabulous! Kiley is excited about being at the Camp when it turns into a school during the non summer months, and is happy. She has a great boyfriend--Lucas, who I truly adore! Great friends, an awesome camp leader. But Kiley's world is still recovering from a recent shaking. She was kidnapped by a somewhat psychotic vamp who was in love with her, whose grandfather wanted to kill her. Her ghost father shows up. Derek left. Things were just chaotic.
And they still kind of are. First Kiley is trying to meet her father's adoptive parents, when she meets them, she gets an odd feeling. But that's only the beginning of her problems. After receiving the cryptic message from the ghost, she doesn't know what to believe. Things are happening at camp, changes and everything and apparently Kiley is still very much in danger. She also really wants to help the ghost out, for she seems to be suffering memory problems. Her appearance constantly changes.
There was a lot to learn in this book. Kiley is still adamant about discovering what she is. She battles to keep her old life and her new life separate, which can be hard on Parents' Day when Kiley gets an extra surprise visit.
I absolutely adore this series! I can't ever get enough of Lucas! Again, I am a sucker for childhood friendships reuniting! I have lost sooooo many good childhood friends because they moved so shortly after our friendship started, and seeing Kiley getting to be with Lucas again just touches my heart!
Lucas is a good boyfriend too! I'll admit, there are still some issues with his being a werewolf and Kylie being...something unknown! Kylie realizes this too in some ways, and she has it pointed out to her constantly by that b with an itch,--Della and Miranda's words--Fredericka! Lucas for the majority of the book has to battle his wolfy side since the full moon is nearly upon them. And as he explains it, everything gets heightened at that time. So when he has romantic interludes with Kiley, he struggles to keep himself under control. Although at times, Kiley wonders if she wants him to keep control!
We also get to see Miranda and Della develop some of their own love lives! Although Miranda more so than Della.
The other characters were as awesome as ever! Perry, oh Perry! How I adore that shapeshifter! He loves Miranda and does everything he can to get his emotions under control. Della, poor Della. We see her struggling to be like she was before being vampy, but it's hard. Yet she does try, she wants to find that balance of happiness and acceptance of who she is.
Throughout the novel, we are wondering who or what is stalking Kylie. She's had too many close calls. Also, the mystery with the ghost gets huge as well.
The ending, ohhhhhh the ending! It. Was. Epic.
We finally learn about who was stalking Kylie and why. And at the very very end, like literally the second to last page, we learn what Kylie is! Awesome, yes? Well, yes, but then there are just more questions as to what that means! And then of course there is the new ghost appearing that looks familiar, but is still a little too gruesome to be identified, yet Kylie feels like she knows who it is. Oh, and also the ghost's prophecy does come true. Did I forget to mention that?
I also have a suspicious feeling that by the end of the next book, or even the series finale, that I will not be happy about something. There was a revelation shortly before Kylie learns what she is and it sort of affected her. Deeply. And I really really hope it won't come to mean anything, because it's not the choice I would make! I won't go further than that.
Overall Taken at Dusk--which is the perfect title--was superb! I totally loved it! Kylie and her friends are just so awesome! I can't always explain why I love the books I love so much. But the characters are definitely a top answer for my reasoning to the Shadow Falls series! I love them all! They are so deep, just when you think you might have one figured out, they surprise you! I so love this series! I truly hope that one day I can meet C.C. and tell her that in person! Hee hee! Always dreaming big, that's me!
Overall rating 5/5 stars
In the third installment, "Taken At Dusk", we see more emphasis placed on the obligatory YA love triangle. Kylie has been hurt by both mysterious werewolf Lucas and by boy next door (who happens to be able to feel Kylie's emotions), Derek. Now Kylie has decided to forget Derek and focus on being happy with Lucas. My first real complaint with this book is the back and forth inner turmoil Kylie continuously has deciding between the boys. It was just too much. I get the Kylie is young and she has room to date both but there were just too many pages devoted to the inner drama this time around.
My biggest peeve though is the cliffhanger. As others have pointed out, we end this book in an almost identical manner as in the second book. We know only the barest hint more at the end of this book than we did at the end of the second. It just feels like this part of the series is really dragging on. It is time to get somewhere with the overall plot. I also felt like there was less of a climax this time around than in the previous books. There is supposed to be a big danger to Kylie's life but that sort of ends with a whimper instead of with the bang readers have come to expect.
This isn't to say this book was bad. It is really good in fact. The personalities of the characters are vibrant as always. The humor is strong and I had some chuckle aloud moments. I loved the story about Miranda and Perry; it was absolutely adorable. We are introduced to a new character named Ellie who I thought brought a nice twist to things at Shadow Falls. I just don't feel like this book was as strong as the others. It really did feel like a filler book. I am looking forward to the forthcoming installment and I don't hesitate to pre-order it because I am sure it will be good. The question is will it be great?