Friday, January 18, 2019

Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter ~ Review

Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she's meant to be with--and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she's about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it's not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different--and more astonishing--than she ever imagined.

I definitely love this series.  Reading straight through 3 books so far, I really enjoy the world that is Shadow Falls.  I enjoy all the different groups and how they react to each other.  I love the paranormal gifts that keep things interesting.  I even like the love triangle.  There's a lot of unanswered questions but one big one gets answered in this story.  I'm definitely going to keep reading for book 4 and 5.

I do enjoy the characters.  Kylie is a sweet girl who really is good.  She tries to help others even when there's a cost to herself.  I really like her.  She is one mixed up teen over boys, though.  She's attracted to both Lucas and Derek though she's never really committed to either one of them.  In this book, she's "with" Lucas but her unresolved feeling for Derek spend a lot of time in her thoughts.  I get that she's a teen and that they are focused on thoughts of boys a lot but I really want her to choose.  And to be honest, Derek did something in this book I'm never going to be able to get over.  At first, they were both equal in my book.  No sides or ships here.  But I think I'm now firmly on the team Lucas side.  And if that's not where she ends up, I might not forgive her.  I can be very dedicated to my team.

Not sure if it's the characters or the story, but there is not enough communication between Kylie and either boy.  They clearly take a backseat to the quest she's on at the moment.  I get that.  It's a story thing.  Lack of communication causes a lot of angst.  And teens are often afraid to ask questions about relationships that don't feel are solid.  It just adds to how this book feels real.

The story line is a mass of questions.  More questions than answers, really.  Kylie is constantly being asked if she's okay.  If I were her, I want to ban that question.  There were a couple of unexpected things in this story.  Red kinda surprised me.  And we do find out "what" Kylie is.  I kinda of expected something like it but it wasn't the name I expected.  I think the origin of her kind needs to be explored.  Hopefully, that happens in books 4 and 5.

Definitely going to keep reading.  Next book up is book 4.  If you haven't read this series yet and you love YA paranormal, then it should be on your radar.


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