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, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—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. 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.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
So, lately, I’ve been trying to reread books that I have in my collection to make sure that I still love them. I want to have bookshelves filled with books that I absolutely love and really enjoyed reading. I haven’t read the Shadow Falls series since 2013, so I thought it was time for a reread, considering the amount of space this series takes up on my shelves.
The story follows Kylie, whose parents are getting a divorce, and she feels like her life has turned upside down. Little does she know how much more things are going to change. After getting caught in a lie, Kylie’s mom sends her away to Shadow Falls summer camp. She quickly learns that the myths are true, vampires, werewolves, and fae, as well as others, really do exists, and she is one of them. Kylie has a really hard time accepting that she is supernatural. Her ability to see ghosts has to be explained some other way. This annoyed me a bit. She made it her mission to prove she was just a regular human that happened to be able to see ghosts. She even went as far as hoping that she had a brain tumor, which was not cool. But as the story goes on, Kylie starts to believe that she might not be completely human. I wouldn’t say that she accepts it, but she considers that it’s a real possibility. While I found myself annoyed with Kylie quite a bit throughout this book, I will say that she does grow. Also, I’m already halfway through the second book, and that growth continues. So, I appreciate that she didn’t stay annoying.
I really liked Kylie’s roommates, Della and Miranda. Della is a vampire; which Kylie really struggles to adjust to. Miranda is a witch. I liked both of them. They were mostly nice to Kylie and did their best to be there for her when she needed it. And Kylie did the same for them. They were understanding with her struggles. But damn are these girls bitchy. There’s so much arguing between Miranda and Della, as well as other catty girl drama with other members of the camp. I really think we are past the need for stories to have this much negativity between girls. I also have to mention how boy crazy they all are. I remember really liking this series when I read it the first time, so I don’t know if it’s because the later books are better about these things. But Kylie is still getting over her ex, but also is interested in two different guys at the camp. It feels like all these girls can talk about is which boys are the cutest and who has a crush on who.
Overall, I think this book was definitely a little corny. But I enjoyed it mostly. I think a summer camp for supernaturals is such a fun idea. It would be great to see more of the politics between the different factions and to see them working to better those relationships. I’m also hopeful that they will all grow up a little and stop worrying about the boys so much. I just want everyone to be friends. With all that said, if you’re looking for a creative paranormal series, you might like this one. It feels like a bit of a throwback. But it was definitely fun to read.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.