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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

One Hundred Candles (Harlequin Teen)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
Genre: Fiction-Juvenile
Rating: 5 STARS

It’s taken a long time for Charlotte Silver to feel like a normal teenager. But now that she’s settled in a new school, where she’s made friends who know about her parent’s infamous paranormal investigations, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with the popular Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend.

But Charlotte’s new life takes a disturbing detour when Harris takes her to a party where they play a game called One Hundred Candles. It all seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until the spirits supposedly unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now, Charlotte, her friends and her family are in very real danger, and the door that she’s opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

REVIEW (may contain spoilers as this is part of a series)
Charlotte has developed a lot since the last book. She is more comfortable with who she is. Her home life is in a bit of disarray because her parents have been fighting. Her mom thinks that there is more then just a reasonable explanation for some of the phenomena that they experience but her dad doesn't want to believe in that nonsense.

Everyone knows about her parents and accept her for who she is. She even goes to her first dance with her crush, Noah. Unfortunately, now he is acting like they are just friends and he isn't interested in her that way. Over Christmas, Charlotte and her family visit a sanitarium and do an investigation with renowned demonologist Leonard Zelden. Zelden supposedly contacts the other side and his assistant Marcus, becomes possessed by The Watcher and gives an ominous warning to Charlotte: "You have pushed back the curtain too far. There is a price to be paid."

After Charlotte attends a party where they performed a ritual called One Hundred Candles, her school starts experiencing some strange happenings. Now Charlotte must debunk what is going. She starts to think part if it might be linked back to the sanitarium.

Once again another page turner from Purnhagen! The ending is incredible and had me scared and flipping the pages hoping everyone is going to be okay!! I also enjoyed that Purnhagen stays true to ages of characters. Charlotte is 17 and experiences what a normal 17 year old experiences (with the added paranormal parts). She isn't caught in a love triangle but does have her first upset in the world of dating...:( Another interesting aspect of this book is that the parents are a vital part of the story. It really is like a breath of fresh air in the young adult genre. I read this book in one sitting right after I finished the first book!

This book was provided from the publisher via Netgalley in return for a honest review. 
I have received no commission and my opinions are my own.
Summary taken from Goodreads