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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

REVIEW: Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

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….

Book: Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Genre:Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Past Midnight, #1
Obtained: In exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

I think that a lot of really short books are sub-par, at least as far as the ones I've read, but Past Midnight really pulled it off and made its shortness work for it. I think that I would've hated the way the story was almost skimmed through, the almost short story-esque lack of detail, in any other book, but it really fit with the tone and story of Past Midnight, and even though it was kind of surprising at first, I quickly came to love the style.

Charlotte was a cute, quirky MC, and I really enjoyed her. Her relationship with her older sister was especially entertaining and very well written. I've always wanted an older sister, and it was really fun to read about Charlotte's relationship with her own sister.

The little tiny bit of romance was really breezed over, and I would have liked to see a little more, but I look forward to reading more about it later on in the series, hopefully.

I recommend that anyone who is a fan of ghost stories pick up this light, easy, fun summer read.