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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Review: Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

Shadow Falls #4
C.C. Hunter
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Reviewer: Sophia

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.

The breathtaking fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series from author C. C. Hunter...Whispers at Moonrise.

I'm pretty sure I've read this when it first came out in 2012. Problem is, I don't remember much from it and well... I don't remember much from the prior books as well, which probably says I should go back and read the other books in the series before even bothering with the second to last book.

I only read the second to last book because I remember more from those books than Whispers at Moonrise, which I may or may not have read before. I figured I would play it safe and go from there instead of dropping the series and feeling the woes of not accomplishing a series, especially when I'm only one book away from the last book.

Not that anyone would actually do anything to me... I hope.

IF I remember correctly, Taken at Dusk ended with Kylie finding out from her real father what she really is – she has a bit of all the Supernaturals in her. In this latest installment, Kylie is trying to find out why her latest ghost looks like a splitting image of her camp leader Holiday and why Lucas seems to be giving her the cold shoulder every so often.

I have no right to judge which book in the series is my favorite – after all, it's been a few years and I don't remember too much. I can say that Della is my favorite character – I just love her attitude and how loyal she is to Miranda and Kylie despite the fact she and Miranda argue a lot – and can't wait to read her story in the spin-off. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy reading Della's story more than Kylie's story – Della's attitude just sets her apart and makes her different that it's really odd when Kylie decides to channel her inner Della.

I was considering reading the last two books in the series, not review it and then read the spin-off and review that instead.

I can also say Lucas is not exactly my favorite character because he's overly protective of Kylie and no matter how adorable that is of him, I just think he tends to be a bit of an obstacle and doesn't really bring out the best in Kylie.

I feel like I'm reading about Kylie playing a game of ping pong in the romance department – she is obviously going to choose Lucas, there's not a single drop of doubt about that. She has such conflicting feelings when it comes to Derek, it's frustrating to read about her going, "I like you, but I love Lucas, so we can't do this." SPARE US THE PAIN AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND, KYLIE. Please. With cherries on top of the pretty.

It's always the characters that fray my nerves. I wonder why?

I did enjoy the novel overall though – Hunter incorporates quite a bit of humor, and the plot isn't entirely predictable. Oh, and there's Della. Without Della and her snarkiness, I might have subconsciously dropped the series (like I have with quite a few others – a friend of mine is horrified I didn't continue The Maze Runner or Gone). The fourth novel in the Shadow Falls series is full of drama, romance, and humor, but I may only read the last book just to feel as though I accomplished something (and to enjoy more of Della's snark).

4.5 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.