Thursday, November 4, 2010

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Pages: 216.
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 ...
Past Midnight is, without a doubt, one of the creepiest books that I’ve ever read. With Charlotte‘s ghost-hunting family and the weird spirits that suddenly haunt her, it‘s like an awesome mix of Casper (without the friendly ghost, of course) and Paranormal Activity.

It’s obvious that this is an introductory book into the rest of the series; it’s kind of anticlimactic and slow until the end. But the ghostly scenes that pop up along the way were so completely terrifying and enthralling that I was never bored. I actually kept myself awake an hour later than usual just to get the book out of my head, I was that freaked out, and I always appreciate a book that can scare me because it’s very rare.

I like how the high school/teenage aspect of the novel was switched up. Charlotte’s rival wasn’t a cheerleader, she actually befriended a group of them. I was a little put off with the relationships between Charlotte/Jared and Charlotte/Noah. There’s no romance in this novel, and although I loved that Charlotte wasn’t obsessing over boys, there was that a of romantic feelings from her. The interaction with Jared and Noah wasn’t developed enough; I think I would’ve preferred if there were absolutely no romantic feelings from Charlotte at all.

Overall, Past Midnight is a scary paranormal that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s an awesome introduction to a series that will hopefully be just as spooky and awesome as the first book is! I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Past Midnight:
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf.
Dreaming In Books.
Reading Teen.
marie LOVES books.


  1. Thanks for the review.
    So putting this on my wishlist!

  2. I like creepy, I'll have to check this out for sure. Great review :)

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