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From the Shadow Falls series, volume 1

by C.C. Hunter

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-62467-5
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Kylie, 17, doesn’t want to learn that she’s supernatural when she’s sent to a camp that's purportedly dedicated to serving troubled teens but is actually a support group for vampires, werewolves, witches, shape-shifters and other magical teenagers. She is, though: Kylie has a problem with a persistent ghost, “Soldier Dude,” who won’t leave her alone. She recently dumped her boyfriend and finds herself attracted to two very different hottie boys at the camp. Derek reminds her of her ex and can read and manipulate others’ emotions, so Kylie isn’t sure she trusts him. She remembers Lucas, a werewolf, as an old enemy who killed her cat when she was six years old. Yet she finds herself attracted to him too, even as he appears to be pursuing her. Hunter (a pseudonym for romance author Christie Craig) keeps her characters one-dimensional but odd enough to remain interesting. She focuses as much on the romance as on the supernatural aspects of the story, as Kylie spends the first 350 pages struggling with her parents’ divorce, her possible love life and her fears of supernaturalism. Suspense and a new plot scenario erupt in the final 50 pages. Readers suddenly learn more about Soldier Dude, and a vaguely defined threat to the camp at last comes to the fore until (surprise!) the plot turns 180 degrees, setting up sequels. Fun for those who like the genre. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)