Monday, July 25, 2011

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen: Review
Posted by Tiffany at 9:22 AM

Title: Past Midnight
Author: Mara Purnhagen (site)
Published: September 1st, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Pages: 216
Rating: 3/5
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis: 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… (Goodreads)

Review: I picked up this book when the sequel, One Hundred Candles, came up on NetGalley. It's a short little book, easily read in a day. It was fast, light, and Slumber Party creepy. What I mean is that it had a ghost that creeped me out a bit, but I was never actually scared. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the whole Daughter of Paranormal Investigators angle. There is a lot of potential there. A pair of skeptics have a daughter who can actually see ghosts? Love it. However, the characters never really grabbed me. I enjoyed reading Past Midnight and I'll keep reading the series, but it's not anything that I'll have vivid memories of in 10 years. Short, fun, and mildly spooky- this is a great book for the beach or a younger sibling.