Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
By Mara Purnhagen
Available Sept. 1, 2010
Harlequin Teen Paperback 208 pages
Charlotte Silver's parents are ghost debunkers. Yep I said ghost debunkers think Ghost Hunters on sci fi. Sounds interesting right. Yeah sure unless your a teen starting your senior year of high school.
Charlotte doesn't want to be a paranormal problem solver she just wants to fit in and be normal for her last yr of high school, but unfortunately for Charlotte that isn't going to happen.
Her parents travel all over the country debunking ghost stories and their latest stop is in Charleston SC, which just happens to be where Charlotte's older sister Annalise is attending college.
They are trying to debunk some stories around the Courtyard Cafe and need the girls to help draw out the paranormal energy.
Something happens while the group is in the Cafe that really freaks Annalise out and causes some uneasiness for Charlotte. So when the parents decide they want to go back to the Cafe the only way Annalise agrees is on the condition that they will settle down and stay in one place for a year so Charlotte can go to the same school for her entire senior yr.
So when the family realizes that something from the Cafe has followed them home and that whatever it is seems to focus on Charlotte things start getting really weird. Or should I say weirder because things were already weird right?Because when your a teen and your parents are ghost hunters life is already weird...
This is a very fast paced paranormal read that really does have some awesome spooky elements to it. I also think the secondary characters Avery, Jacob, and Noah also have a great story line going on. Even though this is geared toward teens I really enjoyed it myself. I would have to say this story is a bit more than your average ghost story it also about a young girl realizing that being different is ok. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Purnhagen but it won't be my last. I give this book 5 stars and if your looking for a spooky read be sure and look for this book due out Sept 1st.
Thanks to the publisher Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review. Even though I was provided a copy by the publisher in no way did it alter my opinion of this book..