Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
Release Date: September 1st, 2010
Source: NetGalley (Thank you NetGalley!)
Series: Book #1 of the Past Midnight series
Rating: 3 out of 5
Summary (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….

o0.| My Thoughts |.0o

To kick off my Halloween challenge, I thought I would start with Past Midnight. It sounded interesting and slightly creepy and since I can't handle horror thought this would be perfect. And, it was! 

Charlotte is a simple girl who wants simple things but doesn't really have the courage to put her foot down and tell her parents no. That's where her older sister Annalise steps in. I liked Annalise, she was spunky and she obviously cared a lot about her sister. Their parents however, annoyed me. I think they pushed Annalise too far to get ahead of their career's and to me, that was just wrong. As a parent, they should have noted Annalise's freak out and left it at that.

As creepy as it was, I enjoyed the scenes where Charlotte was having dreams about the ghosts. I didn't understand really why she was seeing the girl and not her parents but I did enjoy those scenes and their to piece them together as I read. I wish there was more to the dreams than what we were given. It kind of made the ending sudden, even though everything started to make sense.

I liked Charlotte's friend Avery but the secret she was keeping got on my nerves. It's like the whole school knew and constantly mentioned it but no one bothered to tell Charlotte and it explained nothing as to why she should avoid Jared. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and it reminded me how much I miss reading ghost stories (but I scare extremely easily now that I'm older, weird huh?)! I look forward to reading the second book in the series!

o0.| Favorite Line |.0o

"How about mental health days?" I asked. "I think you could use one."
(No page number provided since my copy was an ebook)

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't sure whether to read this book. Seeing your review, I think I might just have to! I like creepy stories but not horror.