Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Shadow Falls
Published by Griffin Teen on October 25th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, paranormal, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Over one million readers have already fallen in love with CC Hunter’s Camp Shadow Falls between the Shadow Falls series and the After Dark series. Now comes the conclusion of Hunter’s massive saga MIDNIGHT HOUR (St. Martin’s Griffin; October 25, 2016), a thrilling finale involving a missing sister, a heart in quandary, and a growing tattoo no one understands. Whether you are discovering Shadow Falls for the first time or have been following the series all along, this young adult novel will draw you into its otherworldly plot.
Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.
Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing. Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?
MIDNIGHT HOUR can be read as a standalone novel or as the satisfying ending to a fan favorite series. A coming of age and sister story, Hunter’s conclusion will captivate the young adult audience.
I will not get emotional writing this review, I promise! Who am I kidding? I read the dedication page and got emotional! I’ve been with the Shadow Falls series all six years that it’s been showing up on shelves. The mystery that was Kylie Galen, the snarky vampire that was Della Tsang, and the dyslexic and oh-so-lovable witch that was Miranda, hold a special place in my heart. I don’t want to let them go! Alas, all good things must come to an end, I suppose, but what an ending it was!
Kylie had Lucas (werewolves for the win!), Della finally admitted her feelings for Chase (about time!), and all that was left was for darling Miranda to find her true love. No doubt about it: #TeamPerry! When I read her novella, I just had to read the rest of her story and find out whom she’d choose. Like I said, this series means so much to me, and I wanted my girls to all have their happily-ever-afters.
Miranda and Perry had a tumultuous relationship to say the least. He didn’t think he was good enough for her; she wanted to turn him into a kangaroo with the flick of her pinky whenever he thought such a thing, and they loved each other so much that it made it difficult for them to commit. It sounds backward, I know, but it made their relationship have depth, meaning. Since Miranda only got one book in comparison to the five for Kylie’s story and the three for Della’s, her HEA felt rushed at some parts. Then again, she was around for the others’ stories, so it made sense. A part of me was ecstatic that I didn’t have to sweat through a love triangle with an inevitable favorite, but the other part of me did feel the urgency to finish the story. Nonetheless, it finished perfectly, so I’m going to go wish upon a star for my own Perry…or Lucas…or Chase. I’m not picky.
There was a lot of story packed into this one book. That being said, some of the connections were complicated, and I’m still not sure how everything ties together but more invested in how everything ended up. I would have liked for Tabitha and Miranda’s relationship to have shined through a bit more, but that would have made the book longer—so long that it couldn’t have been only be one book. The Evans/Kane family had issues that will take more than the teenage years to fix, so while I would have liked more, it made sense that it stopped where it did.
I’m glad that Perry got some closure. Perry had a presence at the very beginning of the Shadow Falls saga, and it felt right getting to know him so well, being able to understand what went on in that gorgeous blonde head of his. I got to see a different side of Burnett James, the brusque vampire and closet softie, and wanted to give them both Miranda-sized hugs.
Can I reread them all again and cry while eating a ton of ice cream? Is it really over? It can’t be over! Ugh. I don’t want to accept that it’s over! This series has a special place on my shelves and in my soul! Whether you grew up with Shadow Falls, like me, or are just now discovering the eerily calm angels of death, this camp—these characters—will latch onto your heart and refuse to let go. I know that I always have a home at Shadow Falls, just like Kylie, Della, and Miranda.