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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

Born at Midnight - C.C. Hunter Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/3186 (7/10/13)I started this series because my mom kept raving about it. Yep, my mom. And I reservations about it. Especially when the opening scene involved a parental fight where Kylie's mom barbecued her husband's underwear. I thought to myself, Do I really want to read something where the *adults* stoop to this level of immaturity? But I pushed through those pages - pages where Kylie's parents decided she needed to be sent to a camp for troubled teens simply because she was upset about her parents were splitting up - and was quite pleasantly surprised. In fact, the only parts I truly disliked about this whole series were the parts that included her parents (you do remember my thoughts about parents from my Shades of Earth review, right?).Once Kylie got to the camp, she discovered that the camp was in fact not for troubled teens, but for supernatural teens. And that she herself is a supernatural. The only problem is that no one can figure out exactly what kind of supernatural she is. In this world, supernaturals can identify one another by looking at each other. But when they look at Kylie, they can't tell. They know she's something - but all Kylie feels like is FREAK (not to mention that she's pretty much in denial about the whole idea in the first place, even though she can see and talk to ghosts).One of my favorite things about this book is that there is an amazing adult role model. How often do we see this in a YA novel? Holiday, the leader of the camp, takes Kylie under her wing and mentors her. And she's amazing. She wants to act like a parent, but she recognizes that's she not. She allows Kylie to make her own decisions even when she doesn't agree with them. She talks through the pros and cons with her. She holds her hand when she needs it. And she walks away when she needs to. She's hands down my favorite adult in any YA series/novel.The other supporting characters were also quite fun. Kylie's cabin mates, Della and Miranda (vampire and witch, respectively) were hilarious. They fake.hated each other and their quibbles brought some much needed levity to many situations. Derek and Lucas were the formulaic boys at opposite ends of the spectrum for a love triangle. But I loved them both.This is a perfect start to a series. The character development is top notch (though the world building could use the teensiest bit of help). I feel completely invested in Kylie and the other characters that I want to continue the journey with them and see what obstacles come next.