Past Midnight – Review

Posted 8 December, 2010 by Danny in / 3 Comments

Past Midnight
Book 1
by Mara Purnhagen
Published September 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Copy provided by Publisher (Thanks guys)

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….

Charlotte, her sister and especially her parents are something like ghost-hunters, but not really. Actually, the don’t believe in ghost and rather call them “energy“. But they are pretty famous for this and the family moves around a lot, always looking for a new case. They film documentaries which is what made them famous in the first place.

For Charlotte and her sister, this is not always fun. People tempt to laugh at them and since they are moving around a lot they could never really made friends. Why bother if you are moving again in a few month anyway?

Now, Charlottes sister, Analise is in college and the family meets in Charleston to investigate a possible energy. This time though, something strange happens – stranger than usual and Analise freaks out. Strangely, those events triggered some happenings that will keep Charlotte busy and frightened.

The family also finally decides that it’s time for Charlotte to have a normal live for once and stay close to Charleston at least for Charlottes senior year. This, of course makes Charlotte extremely happy!

She also befriends with her neighbor – a Cheerleader from her school…..

What Danny Liked! 

What I liked the most was that here the Cheerleaders are not displayed as bitchy arrogant chicks but rather than normal nice girls that value friendship! I was always afraid that Charlottes friendship with them would fire back, but it never did! Totally loved that!

I liked Charlotte, she was an easy going and nice girl but then became more and more frightened by strange dreams and weird appearances and finally has to admit that something ghostly is going on and that demands her attention.

A Ghost Story and
 a Few Oher Subplots….

The plot is divided in a few subplots, we have the ghost story from Charlotte but then there is also her friendship with Avery, which I enjoyed even more. Avery has some secrets and Charlotte has a feeling that she’s hiding something.

And, when we find out what it is – I was shocked and surprised!

Again, I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, all I want to say is that I could totally connect to Avery here. Something similar happened to me and I totally got her feelings and everything seemed so real, it was described in an absolutely honest and real way.

Then, there is the boy at school : Jared who everyone treats like an total outsider- nodody talks to him or even speaks about him. He’s a sad and so lonely figure… But Charlotte doesn’t get why?
When she finds out – my heart warmed for Jared! Without mentioning any spoilers, I had some tears in my eyes several times.

at least a bit of kissing please….

The only thing that was totally lacking was romance. I was always hoping for Charlotte to meet a guy or something but there was nearly nothing. Zero Love!  True, there is Noah – a year younger and in her AV class, but well… nothing happens..really. And guys, I neeeed loveeeeeee, I neeed kissing! Lot’s of kissing please!

Bottom Line!

Honestly, if the story would have had a bit of love for Charlotte I would have enjoyed it even more. But in the end it was a good read, great characters, a lot about friendship, great subplots (which were even more interesting than the main ghost story) and some great surprising twists.

I enjoyed the book, this I can truly say . 
It’s not a big mind blowing plot but anyway highly enjoyable.

I will definitely read the next one too, which comes out in March 2011 and called 
“One Hundred Candles”.
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