24 August 2011

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen - NR

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…


* NR = Not Rated:  Because I have not finished this book, I cannot judge it in its entirety and will not give it a rating.

I could barely get into this book. I barely got through the first two chapters.  The main character, Charlotte, drove me completely bonkers.  Her constant whining made me want to throw the book across the room.  Her low self esteem, cookie-cutter responses and her GORGOUES SISTER (aren't they always?) just annoyed me.

The story didn't hold much appeal either.  The beginning was confusing—are ghosts real or not?  Are they "energy" or are they real spirits?  Confusion doesn't bode well for any story.

The writing wasn't much better. Nothing particularly appealing about it; didn't draw me into the story.

The writing coupled with the type of story made it come off as little kiddish.  Charlotte's "holier-than-thou, I'm-so-misunderstood" attitude is something I expect in a middle grade novel, not YA.

Now, there might've been something more interesting farther in, but the first couple of chapters turned me off so much that I just wasn't willing to wait it out.

Book Info:

  • pages – paperback, 216
  • published – September 2010
  • publisher – Harlequin Teen
  • rating – not rated
  • received via – HarlequinTeen Panel
  • series – Past Midnight
    • Past Midnight
    • One Hundred Candles
    • Beyond the Grave