Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jenn's Review: Whispers at Moonrise

 Summary:  Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet.  A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

 Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

Review:  Oh, how I love this series!  And now that I've read Whispers at Moonrise in a day, I'm incredibly sorry that I'll have to wait until the spring for the fifth and final installment.

Things are spinning out of control for Kylie, and that doesn't even include the rogue vampires that are hunting her.  At the end of Taken at Dusk, C.C. Hunter had a lot of loose ends and she does not pick up all the threads in Whispers at Moonrise.  I'm glad she didn't because things are complicated enough for Kylie, and adding anymore would have been too overwhelming to the plot.

I love that Kylie is a chameleon, even if it does make her feel like a freak in a sea of supernaturals.  And yes, it's one more damn thing for her to deal with, but this storyline is so much better than an oversimplified explanation.  Her family?  Even cooler.  As for her love life, I am on team Derek one-hundred percent.  Lucas may be trying to do the right thing, but at what cost, or more accurately who's expense?  As noble as his intentions are it's a simple matter of opportunity cost; sometimes you can't have everything.

Kylie's ghost problem was intriguing.  And though I picked the whodunnit of it all early on, I enjoyed watching everyone else get there and the red herrings explained away.  I thought Burnett's explanation of the FRU to Kylie was a good one, and I'm eager to see who's, if any ones, trust is misplaced.  The climax of the novel was swift and intense but a little brief and perhaps could have used a tad more exposition. However, I can see how that might have detracted momentum from the final chapters.

This is one of those series I love to read and hate to put down.  Who'd have thought I'd find a bunch of misfit teen supernaturals at camp so intriguing?  The publisher, that's who.  Thanks to St. Martin's for sending me the first book in the series, Born at Midnight, last year.

Final Take:  4.75/5

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