Review: “Past Midnight” by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight (Past Midnight, #1)Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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….

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I came upon “Past Midnight”, I wasn’t sure if it was something I would like. But I’m glad I gave it a shot. “Past Midnight” is an incredibly easy and fun read.

Charlotte Silver has never had a ‘real home’. Her parents, who work on ‘Doubt’, are always traveling, trying to dispute paranormal claims. Charlotte wants to be normal, but there isn’t anything normal about Charlotte.

Charlotte’s parents decide to settle down for her upcoming senior year of high school after speaking with her older sister, Annaliese. She quickly becomes friends with Avery, her neighbor, and she tries to hide who she is, and what her parents do. But eventually the truth will find its way out.

But Charlotte isn’t the only one hiding a secret, Avery and Jared both have their own secrets that need to be told.

What “Past Midnight” has going for it is that it isn’t your typical young adult novel in that the main character isn’t driven by a teenage romance. Sure, Charlotte has a crush on one of her male friends, but that isn’t the story. The story focuses on Charlotte, her family, her friends, and the paranormal world she’s just beginning to truly experience.

I easily plowed through this book. I needed to know what was going on. I needed to know who *they* were and what they wanted from Charlotte. It’s a very interesting story and I’m ready to start the next book.

If you haven’t yet read “Past Midnight”, get to it! You’re going to want to read this series, especially with “Beyond the Grave” coming out in August (the third book in the series)!

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Posted on July 16, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I liked it too and I really need to catch up with book 2 of the series. Harlequin Teen has some great series books. Did you see Beyond the Grave on NetGalley?

    • Yes! I requested it last week! I’m hoping to squeeze in book two this week, it’s a great series so far.

  1. Pingback: Review: “Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight #3)” by Mara Purnhagen « YA Book Haven — Book Blog!

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