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Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight (Harlequin Teen)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: Sept. 2010
Genre: Fiction-Juvenile
Rating: 4.5 STARS

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….

Charlotte Silver, Princess of the Paranormal (as she was dubbed by her dad) wants a normal life. Her parents are dubunkers of the paranormal and her and her sister Annalise have been raised in this lifestyle. After an investigation near where Annalise attends college scares her she lays down a few rules if they want her to continue to help with what any future investigations. One of them is that they must stay in one place long enough so that Charlotte can finish her senior year at one high school. This is a dream come true for Charlotte and she only hopes that no one finds out who she really is.

Charlotte has lived in her sister's shadow her entire life and now she has a chance to be on her own. She wants people to see her as just a regular everyday kind of girl. She meets Avery (the popular cheerleader who has a secret of her own), Jared (the mysterious boy) and Noah (cute geeky boy). Unfortunately something has followed her home from the last investigation and she must solve the mystery before the spirits take their revenge (and hopefully before anyone finds out about her). Charlotte evolves from a shy-behind-the-scenes-kind-of-girl to a take-charge-this-is-how-we-are-going-to-solve-the-problem woman. She even starts to have her first crush on a boy...:)

This is a fantastic book for the teen reader! It mixes the paranormal (without being cheesy) with normal teen angst. This is a good clean read...:) I was really caught up in this story and didn't want it to end! I had to start the second book, One Hundred Candles, right away! Check out my review tomorrow...:)

Book was given free to me from the publisher via Netgalley.
I received no compensation and my opinions are my own.
Summary taken from Goodreads.