Monday, September 5, 2011
Author: Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: Harliquen Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Summary: 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….
Review: Past Midnight is an awesome fast-paced ghost stories with some ideas that are truly unique to this book.
Purnhagen has the best ideas for ghosts. That is there aren't any ghosts. Well, we don't think they are. I won't spoil Charlotte's ghost hunting parents ideas of them but trust me...the ideas are super clever.
Charlotte, herself, was a great character. I immediately enjoyed reading about her. It doesn't hurt Purnhagen makes her have real problems and actually turns her into a great, developed character. Charlotte is not a dumb heroine which I really appreciated.
There isn't too much romance in this one but I know there is more to come in the second one, since I've already read and loved it! But I really liked how Purnhagen makes Charlotte's relationships with her friends seem real. So if a romance does develop it will seem realistic. The supporting characters were fantastic just like Charlotte!
There were a few times during Past Midnight where I got the shivers. It is by no means "scary" but there are a few spine tingling moments where Katie, who is scared of her own shadow, felt a little spooked.
Past Midnight is a wonderful read that's perfect for the upcoming fall months. If you're looking for a touch of scary and some great characters look no further!