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Supernatural Misfits: A Review of C.C. Hunter’s “Shadow Falls: The Beginning” Description: “One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, but it soon becomes clear that the kids at Shadow Falls are far from ordinary. They’re supernatural—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason…if she can only figure out why, and what her burgeoning powers mean. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half Fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. As Kylie struggles to make sense of her feelings and her new abilities, the dark side of the supernatural world emerges and makes life a whole lot harder. An evil enemy lurking in the shadows is about to threaten everything she holds dear…and bring her closer to her destiny.”

My Thoughts:

C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls: The Beginning is an interesting tale about a camp for supernaturals reminiscent of James Howe’s The Misfits.

The main character, Kylie Galen, is a wishy-washy teen on a quest of self-discovery. Naturally, there are the usual elements in these stories. She doesn’t quite fit in at school. She has the usual ex-boyfriend who dumped her because she wouldn’t put out. And, she has the best friend she can tell almost everything. But, that’s all that’s normal about Kylie and her story. She sees things that no one else does. And, it’s this anomaly that ultimately lands her at Camp Shadow Falls.

Normals aren’t aware that the camp is a front for supernaturals. But, these aren’t just any supernaturals. They are teens who are trying to understand and accept their uniqueness. And, that’s the premise of Hunter’s story–learning to accept yourself and all your quirks.

Shadow Falls is also a story about friendship. Kylie was against being at the camp until she started making friends. Della, a vampire, and Miranda, the resident witch, become her new best friends. Kylie had to learn to look past her hangups–Della is cold to the touch and drinks cups of blood–in order to find people who would do anything for her.

I have to admit I didn’t like Kylie in Book One. She seemed whiny and overly concerned about not wanting to be supernatural. Once she started to accept herself, Kylie became more interesting. Surprisingly, her gifts started to surface quickly. That’s kind of how life works–self-acceptance allows you to live your life fully.

By the end of Book Two, Kylie’s true supernatural nature is still a mystery. Her relationships with Derek and Lucas are also questionable. But, Kylie is no longer iffy. She is stronger and determined.

C.C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls is a well-written tale about self-discovery. If you subtract the supernatural element, you are left with an intriguing story about teens coming of age.

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