Awake at Dawn – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is still wondering of what supernatural creature she is, but she did find out other truths along the way. Her father isn’t really her father and her biological father was the dead army man she occasionally had seen. She uses the information of her birth father to try to find his family or well her extended family to find answers of who and what she really is. Another ghost appears in her life asking for her help. As she attends camp activities, who and what she is becomes even more confusing. What doesn’t help is that there is something sinister going on at the camp.
I found this sequel very intriguing and regularly paced as the first one. I believe firmly in that a story shouldn’t be dragged out kind of like how this author is doing. This is an exception because this adds onto the narrative of the main character going on a journey of self-exploration and self-assessing. I sometimes can relate onto the main character because I occasionally have an identity crisis and or existential crisis. Kylie explores that grey area that is a new concept to her and her friends helping her understand that grey area. This is great to read.
Born at Midnight – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is having a hard week, her nana dies, her parents are divorcing, and because she got caught up at a drug bust, her parents are sending her to a camp for troubled teens. As she boards the bus, she notices something strange about the passengers soon to be camp mates that they all are intriguing as well as staring at her. Once she arrives the camp leader tells her that they are at a camp for supernatural individuals. Kylie thinks that she is insane and doesn’t believe anything that is going on. After seeing that the existence of the supernatural she highly doubts that she herself is a supernatural. Her newfound camp buddies convince her otherwise and the camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to embrace the fact that she might be a supernatural. The only thing is that she can see and interact with ghosts, with one ghost. The camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to work on finding who or what she is.
I had read this book in high school and decided to reread this book as an adult with fresh eyes. I found myself loving this book the same way I first read the book in high school. I love a good mystery with supernatural elements with some romance in the mix. The mystery of what Kylie is and her personal association with the ghost that has stalked her. I mean I would feel as crazy as Kylie feels. Especially being told that the world isn’t as black and white as she had perceived. I highly recommend this young adult book as well as the rest of the series. I will be doing as much of the series of this novel within my abilities due to the corona virus shutting down the public library. I only have two books, this one and Awake at Dawn. Hopefully the corona virus pandemic blows over so that life can go back to “normal” functioning.
This Heart of Mine – C.C. Hunter
Young adult, romance, heart conditions, mystery, suspense, fiction.
Leah wears her heart on her back, quite literately carries her heart around on her back. She needs the artificial heart to live due to the heart condition that left her without a heart. One day, she gets a call that changed her fate, she got a heart waiting for her. Matt finds that his brother was found in the woods dead, presumed suicide. Matt doesn’t believe this news and his mother doesn’t want the heart donated but Eric was a donner either way. Matt sees Leah arriving and puts the pieces together, she is going to receive his brother’s heart. Eventually their fates will become intwined to figure out what really happened to Eric while slowly falling in love with each other along the way.
I don’t cry when I read books but this one made me use a whole box of tissues because this was a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautifully written and the author had really freshened up the usage of the dying teenager trope with some mystery and added a lot of drama. To be honest, I have read this book a few times and had to buy it because I couldn’t wait for the library to have the book due to others borrowing the book. This book caters to not just only young adult readers but new adult as well as adult because of some of the themes. I can’t stress enough how much I love this book. Anyone who’s into mystery romance should give this book a read.