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Book Reviews: 'Taken at Dusk' by C C Hunter a Novel With Supernatural Beings as the Central Theme

An Air Warrior and devotee of Lord Krishna has published over 120 short stories and 15 books on fiction and 4 on military history.



CC Hunter is an American novelist. Her genre is writing fiction for young adults. The initials CC stand for her real name Christie Craig. CC Hunter is her pen name. Hunter also writes romantic suspense novels, but her claim to success is the Shadow Fall series of novels. These novels are out of the ordinary as they relate weird tales of the supernatural. There is an increasing number of writers in English who are writing tales concerning werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and supernatural creatures. The aim is to present something ‘different’ from the normal fare of novels concerning humans and their emotions. There is a ready clientele for such types of stories.

Hunter has written the Shadow Falls series, a series of novels with characters that have supernatural powers. The novels will appeal to only those persons who wish to read weird tales away from normal life. Hunter wrote her first book in 1994 and then took a hiatus of 13 years before selling her next book in 2007 of the Shadow Falls series. Hunter has a gifted pen and has used her talent to a good advantage. I will add that writing fiction is not easy and is inspirational; it is more difficult to write on a subject that is out of the ordinary like spirits and supernatural beings.


The novel

The plot of the novel is replete with ghosts, werewolves and supernatural creatures like fairies. Shadow Falls is a camp for teens. It is exclusively meant for teens with supernatural powers. The teens all of whom have some form of supernatural traits stay at this camp. They fall in love and have friends as they populate the camp.

The heroine of the novel is Kylie Galen. She is beautiful and she resides at the camp. She is propelled by an urge to know more about herself and her family. She also wishes to know how her superpowers are evolving and what the secret behind them is.

The writer creates a love triangle as a backdrop to the story. Kyle is not sure whether she loves Lucas or Derek. She picks Lucas over Derek but is troubled by dark thoughts. She wonders whether she had made the correct choice. Hunter introduces a ghost in the novel. This ghost suffers from amnesia, but it is close to Kyle and in its own way wants to warn the girl. It passes a cryptic message that someone will live and someone will die. Hunter thus sets the stage for a thrilling novel.

Hunter writes a racy novel and in the end, Kyle unravels the mystery of her superpowers. The truth both astonishes and shocks her. Superimposed is the love triangle. Many readers may find the love triangle a little out of the theme of the tale as the story is thrilling as it is.

Kyle makes excellent use of her imagination to enthrall the reader. In case a reader's forte is reading tales of strange supernatural beings in a human environment, the novel will be his or her cup of tea. Kyle creates a world within a world as she lets her imagination run riot. Her prose is simple and correct. The novel which runs to 378 pages makes excellent reading for her fans.

Last word

Hunter was born in Alabama and presently lives in Texas. She is happily married and has four cats and a dog to keep her company. The author has many feathers in her cap. She has written over 35 books and is the NY Times bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Shadow Falls: After Dark series.

Hunter has carved a niche for herself in the world of American literature by winning numerous awards and excellent reviews of her novels. She is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and literature writing guide. In February 2018, Wednesday Books published her young adult and hardcover debut novel This Heart of Mine. She also published her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 10, 2021:

Peggy, nice of you to spare tie and comment

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MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 10, 2021:

Chitra, thank you for sparing tie and commenting

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

I guess these types of books will always be popular, just like the comics based on characters like Superman, and other beings, who have supernatural powers.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2021:

Well presented review. Thank you for sharing about CC Hunter, and her books.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 09, 2021:

Thank you Jennifer for commenting

Jennifer on February 09, 2021:

I have read a few books by CC Hunter and have liked them. You have written an excellent review.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 09, 2021:

Ivana, thank you for commenting.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on February 09, 2021:

This is an excellent review!

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