Monday, December 5, 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... (Goodreads)

      Kylie and I met again in Awake At Dawn and boy, was it a wild ride! When first began reading the book, it gave a me a sense of familiarity. Like I had been at camp with Kylie and came back the next year, only for us to pick up our friendship where we left off. Kylie grows in many ways in this book. Her powers start to manifest deeply and her character shines more as she gets closer and closer to finding herself. I think this book was more about everybody. Kylie's relationships with her friends and family were shown more and displayed Kylie's vulneribilty. She delves more into her relationship with her mom and dad and come closer to excepting their actions against her and each other. I loved her interactions with Holiday, Miranda, and Della. Miranda, Della, and she reminded me of my two dysfunctional friends. Holiday became like a big sister to Kylie and made me regretful that I don't have a big sister.
     With all this loving, the love triangle had to spice up some. As Lucas is gone, the first 2/3 of the book is Kylie/Derek. They learn so much about each other and grow closer and closer. I love seeing them together and that made it even harder to keep my Team Lucus status. Even though they continuely learn more and more about each other, Kylie just can't shake the burden her ex, Trey, left her with. She blows up on Derek because she sispects that all he wants is sex. Kylie is conflicted between the boys and doesn't want to break Derek's heart, but it seems to be her only choice when Lucus returns to camp. As if that isn't enough, Kylie has another ghost stalking her and she's displaying symptoms of being a vampire..... and a werewolf and a shapeshifter.
     With all these problems and complications, what's a girl to do? Be strong and deal with it the best she can. Kylie does this and more. She doesn't let stuff get her down, but isn't ashamed to cry. I felt so burdened alongside her, but I can't wait for the third book to confirm what I already know, that Kylie will succeed no matter what.

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