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Review: “Raising the Dead” (Past Midnight #1.5) by Mara Purnhagen

Raising the Dead (Past Midnight, #1.5)Raising the Dead by Mara Purnhagen

ebook, 84 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Purchased from Amazon.com ($2.51)!
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Charlotte Silver’s world is like no one else’s…

As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading “Past Midnight”, I was dying to read this novella.

Given that “Raising the Dead” is only a novella, I feel as though it was rather good. It served its purpose in making me want to read the next book, “One Hundred Candles”.

Coming off of “Past Midnight”, this novella begins with Charlotte at a book signing with her father. It’s now several weeks from where the first book left off and Charlotte is still debating on whether what happened in Charleston was real or not.

For the most part, things have returned to normal, but that changes when a major rain storm causes flooding and sends coffins floating through the streets. Charlotte and her family work to bring the caskets back to their burial location, where they met William.

As to avoid spoilers, I’ll just state that while the novella isn’t as interesting as the first book, it is an intriguing novella. Charlotte is starting to wonder if Noah feels the same way about her as she does him. Now, romance didn’t play a huge part in the first book. Charlotte had a crush on Noah, but it wasn’t the core. As the series goes on, however, it looks as though Charlotte is going to be struggling with her feelings towards Noah. I’m curious as to where it’ll go.

All in all, if you’re looking to read the “Past Midnight” series – don’t skip this novella!

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