Kylie has hit a rough patch in life - she and her best friend are becoming distant, her boyfriend just broke up with her so he could get laid, her parents are getting a divorce, and she's getting shipped off to Shadow Falls Camp for troubled teens. Let the pity party begin.
But before she can wallow in teen angst and self pity, she is slapped in the face with the announcement that she's not human. She is something different and now is surrounded by witches, vampires, werewolves, and fairies. The only problem is that Kylie doesn't want to be different, especially when no one can figure out what the heck she is. She'd rather be crazy or have a brain tumor than be 'different.' But while she's trying to deal with her family/ex-boyfriend/identity issues, she also needs to figure out what to do with the two boys that are at camp and giving her a bit of attention. Derek a half-Fae who can manipulate emotions and Lucas a werewolf who killed her cat and scares her. They're both handsome, they're both amazing, and she can't trust either of them. But that doesn't mean she can't kiss them right?
Just as life seems to get a little easier, things get harder. The friends she makes at camp are upset with her consistent denial of what she is, she discovers the reason for her parents divorce, it seems that she's in a love square, and the camp she wanted desperately to get away from is getting shut down just as she thinks it might be the only place that makes her feel safe. Oh, and there's a lion.
I read this after I read Once a Witch, and I have to admit that I liked this one a bit better. Mostly because while it does follow a lot of the same tropes that you would expect to find in the private school/camp for supernatural teens, C.C. Hunter has a great deal of emotional depth to her characters. Kylie is not always a super likeable person. She's a bit selfish and cries A LOT but you forgive her for it. She has the emotional depth to draw you in and keep your interest in what's going to happen next to her. She seemed real as opposed to some Mary Sue just playing off the love interest. This book was super character driven which was a nice change up
Two things that were kind of annoying. She gets a bit preachy about sex. It kind of seems like whenever there's discussion about sex (and there's quite a bit) that the girls that are still holding onto their V cards are more emotionally stable and happy; while the girls that have had sex regardless of whether it was safe sex or not are dumped or sluts. It got a little tiresome. I'm not advocating free sex for all, but I think that if you're going to have it in there make sure it has an equal perspsective.
Anyways, it was good times. I enjoyed 95% of it quite thoroughly. The sequel comes out in Oct. 2011. I'll read it, and probably like that one too.