Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review - Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
Released: September 01, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 224 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Author Site: Mara Purnhagen
Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive…
This story immediately caught my attention when I realized it was set in my homestate! Then Charlotte began her story and I quickly was drawn into her world. She is not so thrilled with her life, which is typically most any teenager, but with Charlotte's parents being famous and their work they are forever moving from place to place which leaves little room for Charlotte to make any lasting friendships or even join in any school activities until her older sister steps in and convinces them that Charlotte should have stability this year and be able to experience a normal senior year with friends and normal school activities and the whole nine yards. Charlotte soon begins making the friends and joining in like she always wanted but she hides her parents identity from everybody and soon realizes she is not the only one with secrets!

Though not really scary, as you would think when you think of ghost stories, it was still a short wonderful read with small doses of paranormal activity thrown in; just enough to keep it interesting.

Overall I enjoyed Past Midnight and got to know the characters well which is why I must say I really was dissapointed a bit with the ending. It felt rushed and kinda just left you hanging a bit wondering what happened to certain characters. I realize some of that was to get us ready for the next book but still I felt like I had been waiting on this big cresendo that just fizzled out in the last few pages.
The second book is 100 Candles which is out now as well. The third book, Beyond The Grave, will be out later this month I believe.


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