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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen (Book Review)

Title: Past Midnight
Author: Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

About the book: 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….


My thoughts: This was a very quick and fun read.  Charlotte's character is very likable - she is a young girl just trying to fit in.  Because she has been a little ostracized all her life, she is very accepting of other people.

Her older sister Annalise has roped her parents into settling down for Charlotte's senior year of high school.  This is both good and bad for Charlotte.  It is good because she is finally able to live in a "new" house and not a gothic or victorian haunted house.  She is also able to start to fit in and make friends at school.  However, when her parents appear on the cover of the local tv schedule publication, she will have to face what she feels is their "weird" celebrity status.

Charlotte has some good friends in Avery - her next door neighbor and Noah, a boy from her AV class.  I liked the way that secrets were revealed throughout the book among them.

You also get to learn about how paranormal activity is recorded with heat sensing monitors and EMF (electro magnetic field) readers and microphones to catch electronic voice phenomena or EVP's.

I have already read the next book - or novella in the series - Raising the Dead.

~My daughter received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin Teen - She liked it probably more than I did!~

Past Midnight (Harlequin Teen)
Publisher/Publication Date: Harlequin Teen, Sept 2010
ISBN: 978-0373210206
224 pages

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